How has survival improved for children with Down syndrome?

One measure of the remarkable improvements in the quality of life experienced by people with Down syndrome is childhood survival rates:

  • In the 1920s, only 20% of children with Down syndrome survived to 10 years of age
  • By 2010, over 90% of children with Down syndrome (in more developed countries) were living beyond the age of 10 years

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Source: de Graaf G., Buckley F., Skotko B. G. (2016). Estimation of the number of people with Down syndrome in the United States. Genetics in Medicine, advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1038/gim.2016.127