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For people with Down syndrome, family members, caregivers and professionals.
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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a health issue in the intestines (bowels). It is not clear how common it is in people with Down syndrome (DS). However, we suspect that IBS is more common i
Vitamin B12 deficiency is an issue that we often check for in individuals who receive medical care at the Adult Down Syndrome Center. We usually get enough vitamin B12 from the foods we eat. Vitamin B
A common recommendation we give to individuals with Down syndrome who come to our clinic is to drink more fluids. Many people with Down syndrome we see are at least mildly dehydrated
This handout can be used to mark off how much water you drink each day.
Weight management can be challenging. It is likely that part of the reason is that there are factors for which our understanding is limited. While a great deal has been learned, more research is being
Swallowing problems (dysphagia) are common in people with Down syndrome (DS). In our large cohort study that reviewed health data from people cared for within Advocate Health, swallowing problems were
In October 2021, the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA (DSMIG-USA) shared a consensus update for families called "Regression in Persons with Down Syndrome." The res
Managing portion sizes of foods can be challenging for people with and without Down syndrome. Below are some products that may help with portion control. Many of these products can be found at retaile
We received a question about a man with Down syndrome in his late 30s. His family shared that he developed catatonia, was hearing people speaking in his head, and lost a significant amount of weight.
This handout uses a stoplight to help individuals with Down syndrome know what drinks to consume everyday (green), sometimes (yellow), and on special occasions (red).
This handout uses a stoplight to help individuals with Down syndrome know what foods to eat everyday (green), sometimes (yellow), and on special occasions (red).
This visual shows steps to take to have a healthy pace for eating. Take a bite, put the fork down, chew 5-10 times, swallow the food, take a small drink, pick up your fork and start all over.
The link below takes you to a closed Facebook page for families, caregivers, and professionals who support individuals with Down syndrome who have experienced or are experiencing regression. If you cl
We received the following question: I have a son with Down syndrome. He had testicular cancer in his late 20s. Since then, he seems to have developed an eating disorder. He always feels he i
What are probiotics? Probiotics are foods or supplements that contain live microorganisms (e.g., bacteria). Foods with labels that say "live and active cultures" contain probiotics.
Fibrosis of the liver can be thought of as a "scar" in the liver that results from chronic liver injury. It is similar to scarring that may form on the skin or in the lung or other o
Abstract Down syndrome disintegrative disorder (DSDD), a developmental regression in children with Down syndrome (DS), is a clinical entity that is characterized by a loss of previously acquired adapt
The link below takes you to a recording of a webinar by Brian Chicoine, MD, called "Decline in Skills and Regression in Adolescents and Adults with Down Syndrome." This webinar was p
We received a question about low carb diets. I am looking for information on helping my 28-year-old daughter with Down syndrome lose some weight. We both started a low carb diet a couple wee
We received a question about a person with Down syndrome who was refusing to eat solids. He was found to have dental disease. He needed several fillings and had a couple baby teeth removed. The dentis
The video below is a recording of Brian Chicoine, MD, medical director of the Adult Down Syndrome Center, presenting on "Regression and Loss of Skills in Adolescents and Adults with Down Synd
This handout provides 6 ways to make healthier choices for meals. Eating healthy meals helps us do our best at home, school, work, and in the community.
This handout provides suggestions and images of healthy snacks.
This handout explains why it is important to drink water and stay hydrated.
Please note: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as a substitute for a medical, psychiatric, mental health, or behavioral evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment plan by a qualified professional. We recommend you review the educational material with your health providers regarding the specifics of your health care needs.