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A Concerned Mom Asked Parents What to Expect From a Down Syndrome Diagnosis. These Are Their Responses.

When Reddit user “MrsEtcheto” learned her unborn child has an increased risk of having Down syndrome, she reached out to strangers for advice.

“While I know this isn’t a diagnosis, I want some insight as to what to expect, how to prepare and how to better parent a child with [Down syndrome],” she wrote on Reddit. “I don’t want to go into this blind. I want to be the best parent I can for her and help her reach her own goals as best I can.”

Here’s what Reddit had to say:

1. “Let your kid be your kid. The traditional milestones may be pushed out a bit further, but when you hit them, they’ll be that much sweeter. Don’t grieve for the child you think you lost; celebrate the child you have.”

2. You will be your child’s biggest advocate. Don’t accept something just because it’s from a teacher or a doctor. The more you fight for services the more you will get them.”

3. “When you hold your baby in your arms for the first time, you fall in love. Downs or no Downs. It makes no difference. A child is a child. And that child needs you to love them no matter what.

4.Don’t ever let someone tell you your child can’t do something. What the heck do they know?”

5. “Check out the blog, ‘Noah’s Dad,’ great stuff from a great parent of a little boy with Down syndrome.

6. The Down syndrome community is an awesome group no matter where you go, and I’d suggest involving yourself with other local parents who have kids with DS.”

7. Treat the little one like you would any other child; everything will be fine.”

8. “Whether your child has Downs or not, it’s going to be wonderful experience.”

9. Congratulations. You’re going to be a great parent.”

Related: If you haven’t seen the video below, it’s worth your time.

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Editor’s note: Some responses above have been edited and condensed.