Digestive Problems in Children

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If your child can’t finish the food on their plate, don’t just quickly assume they are a picky eater. There are various reasons why kids behave strangely around foods. One of the most common causes of all involves problems within their digestive system.

Digestion problems: When to call your pediatrician?

What causes digestion problems? Ranging from a viral infection, food allergies to potty training stress, the list of possibilities is endless. While mild cases of upset tummy usually can be treated at home without medical intervention, call your pediatricians immediately if you notice one of these following symptoms:
1. Diarrhea
-The stool is particularly watery.
-There is blood in the stool.
-The child has more than 5 bouts of diarrhea within 24 hours.
-The child has diarrhea that has been lasting for more than 3 days.
2. Constipation
-There is blood in the stool.
-The child has less than 3 bowel movements per week.
-The constipation is accompanied by either vomiting, fever, weight loss or the swelling of the belly.
3. Vomiting
-There is blood or bile in the vomit.
-The vomiting is accompanied by diarrhea, fever or severe abdominal discomfort.
-The baby is under 1 year old and has vomited for more than a day.
-The child is a toddler and has vomited for more than 3 days.
4. Abdominal pain
-The pain is extreme, sudden, and constant.
-The pain has been lasting for more than 14 days.
-The pain is focused on 1 particular abdominal region.
-The pain comes and goes periodically.
5. GERD (Gastro esophageal Reflux)
GERD normally goes away by itself when children stop eating certain types of food such as chocolate, peppermint or fatty products. However, contact your doctor if your kid shows signs of having a severe case of acid reflux, which include:
– Low or no weight gain
-Breathing problems
-Vomiting of green or yellow liquid after eating
-Stomach or chest pain
-Long-term cough
-Swallowing difficulty

Less common digestive issues

Vomiting, stomach cramps, constipation, and diarrhea can be symptoms of underlying health issues which include:
Food intolerance or allergy: Common conditions include lactose (found in cow’s milk), gluten (found in wheat and different types of grains) and histamine (found in shellfish and cocoa) sensitivities.
Crohn’s disease: a permanent inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Celiac disease: Rather than a food intolerance or allergy, Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder which results in the damage of the small intestine’s lining after the ingestion of gluten. The condition is also known as gluten-sensitive enteropathy.
−Bowel obstruction: blockages within either your small or large intestine
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): This is a gastrointestinal condition. It has been suggested that there are links between IBS and vitamin D deficiency. In details, a study found that in every 10 IBS patients, 8 suffer from the lack of vitamin D.
−Congenital bowel or liver disorders
Pancreatitis: Inflammation of the pancreas.
−Urinary tract infections, or sometimes referred as UTIs, are more common in girls than boys.
−Ulcerative colitis: Inflammation of the colon and rectum
Hepatitis: Liver inflammation


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