A to Z: Hirschsprung Diseaseenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about Hirschsprung disease, a birth defect that prevents a child from passing bowel movements.Hirschsprung Disease, hirschsprung, hershprung, hirsprung, hersprung, hershsproong, hershsprung, bowels, colon, large intestine, anus, constipated, constipation, bowel movements, bms, pooping, can't poop, birth defects, stool, stool sample, not pooping, bowel problems, diarrhea, vomiting, gas, swollen belly, difficulty gaining weight, rectum, rectim, dictionary, a to z, definitions12/05/201204/04/201909/02/20194452adca-1023-404d-83a6-9107d342cd88https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-hirschsprung.html/<p>Hirschsprung (HERSH-sproong) disease is a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/birth-defects.html/">birth defect</a> that affects the large intestine (colon) of newborns, babies, and toddlers.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hirschsprung.html/">Hirschsprung disease</a>&nbsp;prevents bowel movements (stool or poop) from passing through the intestines due to missing nerve cells in the lower part of the colon. A blockage forms, causing <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/constipation.html/">constipation</a>. If untreated, this can sometimes lead to life-threatening complications.</p> <p>Most of the time, the problems with pooping start at birth, although in milder cases symptoms may appear months or years later. Symptoms of Hirschsprung disease can include constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, gas, a swollen belly, and difficulty gaining weight.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Hirschsprung disease is treated with surgery. The surgeon removes the section of the colon without nerves and reattaches the remaining portion of the colon to the rectum (the area where poop is temporarily stored just before a bowel movement). After surgery, most kids&nbsp;recover well and can pass stool normally with no lasting problems.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
ConstipationConstipation is a very common problem among kids, and it usually occurs because a child's diet doesn't include enough fluids and fiber. In most cases, simple changes can help kids go.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/constipation.html/daadcdeb-56c7-48cf-aef9-460c9922304a
DiarrheaMost kids battle diarrhea from time to time, so it's important to know what to do to relieve and even prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/38efbf41-ac94-4d02-be5d-365f9b03cc12
Digestive SystemThe digestive process starts even before the first bite of food. Find out more about the digestive system and how our bodies break down and absorb the food we eat.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/digestive.html/f2005e0d-6586-4e09-94e7-65388be2bb40
Hirschsprung DiseaseChildren with Hirschsprung disease aren't able to pass a bowel movement, or do so with difficulty. Treatment almost always requires surgery.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hirschsprung.html/9095a8c5-9508-4519-a1cc-d25dfe18b55a
How Can I Tell if My Baby Is Constipated?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/constipated.html/27878ead-7912-445c-a0a1-44bf36553c1d