FeaturesJun/Jul 2011 Issue

Special Need, Special Diet

Emma Cheney, age 6.

Special Need, Special Diet

Understanding the link between Down syndrome and celiac disease

Carol Chaisson learned that her second child, Krista, had Down syndrome shortly after the baby’s arrival into the world on July 24, 2001. The news came as a shock to the family from upstate New York. There had been nothing remarkable about Chaisson’s pregnancy. If anything, it’d been easy.

A special blood test confirmed the diagnosis. Individuals with Down syndrome have an extra copy of the 21st chromosome in each cell. Not a disease, Down syndrome…

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