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My friend has a son with Down syndrome and a newborn. How should she explain it to the younger one when he is old enough?
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree
In brief: Honestly
Children are amazing and intuitive and pick up differences long before you are aware they have.
Simple and honest explanations work best. Answer the question the child asks...Understand it at his/her level and then you will know what to say. It won't be hard. I have several families in your situation and the siblings get it. They are ind and protective and see the beauty of their sibling.

In brief: Honestly
Children are amazing and intuitive and pick up differences long before you are aware they have.
Simple and honest explanations work best. Answer the question the child asks...Understand it at his/her level and then you will know what to say. It won't be hard. I have several families in your situation and the siblings get it. They are ind and protective and see the beauty of their sibling.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Be very honest
Your friend might consider describing the child with Down Syndrome as a slow learner. Later, depending on the level of understanding of the younger child, additional information can be given about the etiology of the intellectual issues and what problems will come up later in life.
It is not necessary to give too much information at one time.

In brief: Be very honest
Your friend might consider describing the child with Down Syndrome as a slow learner. Later, depending on the level of understanding of the younger child, additional information can be given about the etiology of the intellectual issues and what problems will come up later in life.
It is not necessary to give too much information at one time.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Love them equally
If you show love for both children equally, they will accept each other equally.
As special problems surface, they can be discussed and dealt with in an appropriate manner. If other children or adults make comments, you can explain how other people can lack understanding and they need to be accepted for their weaknesses.

In brief: Love them equally
If you show love for both children equally, they will accept each other equally.
As special problems surface, they can be discussed and dealt with in an appropriate manner. If other children or adults make comments, you can explain how other people can lack understanding and they need to be accepted for their weaknesses.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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