Day 21 (Down syndrome Awareness Month): People with Down syndrome are more prone to certain medical conditions like hearing and vision problems, thyroid issues, leukemia (although they are less likely to get certain other cancers and more likely to overcome leukemia than the general population), dementia, and heart defects. Most of these are easily treatable.
Like most of the women in my family, L has hypothyroidism and takes a pill for it daily. She loves to eat so much that sometimes she signs "more" after I give it to her. She is also being followed by audiology for potential hearing loss in her left ear, although that is more precautionary than anything. Other than that, she's a healthy little bean. Now you know!