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Babies with Trisomy 13 and 18 may be prone to constipation. Discomfort can be relieved by diet, fluids, or medication depending on the cause and severity.

Midwives may suggest adding a little (brown) sugar to the feed as a temporary measure for the very young baby, but suppositories may be needed for chronic constipation. 

American based Trisomy.org has produced Constipation 101 which is a transcript of a Trisomytalk.com video presentation for parents of Trisomy 13, 18 and related disorders. Read the transcript here

English Charity, ERIC (The Childrens' Bowel and Bladder charity) may also be able to provide some useful information. 

Always seek the advice of the baby's doctor or health visitor.


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