Bowel & intestine (2)
The articles listed below deal with typical issues with the bowel and intestines which may be encountered by people living with Down Syndrome. The list is not exhaustive. Please contact us with any errors or omissions.
Click on the title of the article synopsis to see the full article
The gastrointestinal (GI) tract consists of the parts of the body that take in food, extract the nutrients, and dispose of the waste. Gastrointestinal problems tend to be more common in children with Down syndrome than in the normal population, however most of these conditions are rare.
Constipation is a common problem in children with Down syndrome. It is related partly to the low tone of the abdominal muscles, which does not allow sufficient pressure to develop inside the abdominal when the child tries to pass a motion.