It is not uncommon for mealtime to occasionally be a source of stress and frustration for parents and children alike. For children with Down syndrome, there may be additional circumstances that lead to more challenges with eating and swallowing.
Every child is unique and develops at his or her own pace. This is especially true of children with Down syndrome whose rate of development is even more variable.
Down syndrome is a genetic variation that affects one out of 800 to 1,000 babies born in the United States.