Learning About Down Syndrome and Celiac Disease

learning-about-down-syndrome-and-celiac-diseaseDown syndrome is one of the developmental disabilities that we at EDS Learning Institute help our students learn to treat and manage. Learning about Down syndrome is part of our online healthcare training program.

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder caused when abnormal cell division results in an extra full or partial copy of chromosome 21. It varies in severity among individuals, which causes lifelong intellectual disability and developmental delays. This disorder also comes with different health risks, including celiac disease.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that is triggered by eating gluten. Unlike gluten intolerance, celiac disease damages the small intestine, making it difficult for the body to absorb much-needed nutrients. About 1% to 3% of the general population have a chance of getting celiac, but it is six times more prevalent in people with Down syndrome.

This disease causes intense pain and has significant long-term health impacts. It is essential for people with Down syndrome to learn to recognize the symptoms and follow a strict treatment protocol to maintain a good quality of life.

The most common symptoms of celiac disease are the following:

  • Abdominal bloating and pain
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Brain fog or headaches
  • Weight loss or poor weight gain
  • Irritability
  • Delayed growth or puberty
  • Fatigue
  • Anemia
  • Behavioral changes

Through our learning institute, we can train and develop our students into providing families with early intervention and ways to help manage their loved one’s Down syndrome and celiac disease.

With our dedicated instructors, we make sure to conduct ABA training sessions and certifications with a focus on quality and efficiency. Our goal is to produce competent and reliable professionals who are always ready to help families and individuals in need.

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