When your baby has Down syndrome

You may have recently learned your baby has Down syndrome. At first you'll be consumed with medical considerations and finding out what your baby could face. Eventually, there's one more area that needs your attention. You and your partner need to come to terms with the fact that your baby has Down syndrome and figure out how to look beyond the diagnosis and see your child as a person.

Newborn screening -- which tests should your baby have?

Before leaving the hospital, your baby will get some special tests. Newborn screening checks for certain harmful or potentially fatal disorders that aren't apparent at birth. With the blood test, hearing and heart screen, the doctor can tell if your baby has a condition that could eventually cause problems and can start early treatment.