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A 31-year-old member asked:

How long do down syndrome children live?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 74 years experience
Variable: They do die relatively young in the 20s and 30s but they thrive on love just the same as normal kids and their death is unpredictable.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 42 years experience
Longer: Lifespan has increased up to the mid 50's nowadays.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Into 60's: If a kid is born with ds today & receives the care offered to non ds kids for their many problems their projected lifespan is 60+ years. As they age they do have many problems more common to the DX like scoliosis, foot problems, diabetes, thyroid problems etc. However, their life is much different today than 50 yrs ago when they were often parked in institutions.

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