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Improved education and support has presented more opportunities to people with Down's syndrome. These include the option to leave home, form new relationships, gain employment and lead independent lives. However, it is important to remember that each child is different and it is not possible to predict how individuals will develop.
Screening for Down's syndrome: In some cases, babies with the condition are identified before birth as a result of antenatal screening for Down's syndrome. If screening indicates there is a chance your baby has Down's syndrome, further testing is available to determine how likely it is. Screening tests don't tell you for definite if your baby has Down's syndrome, but they can tell you how likely it is. The only way to get a definite diagnosis is for a chromosome test to be done using a sample of the baby's blood.
If you have any concerns about your child's health, discuss them with your doctor, health visitor or paediatrician.
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