Topic Overview

Children with
Down syndrome who do not have severe physical
disabilities can learn to dress themselves.

Teach your child how to dress himself or herself by taking extra
time to explain and practice.

  • Explain what you are doing when you dress your
    child. Let your child help you and allow extra time for getting
  • Provide your child with time to practice dressing and
    fastening buttons, snaps, and other devices on dolls and articles of clothing.
    This practice improves your child’s skills and helps him or her gain
  • Choose clothes that are easy to put on and take off,
    easy to fasten, and comfortable, such as slip-on shoes with Velcro
  • Incorporate the use of lip balm and protective clothing,
    such as a hat and sunscreen when needed, in the daily routine of helping your
    child learn to dress and groom. This will help prevent and manage dry skin and
    other problems, such as atopic dermatitis (eczema), that people with Down
    syndrome are prone to developing.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD – Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Louis Pellegrino, MD – Developmental Pediatrics

Current as ofMay 4, 2017