Severe Digestive Disorders in Children


“My tummy hurts” that’s something every parent hears. But if seem like your child complains about stomach problems all the time, he may have the serious digestive disorder. The conditions have different causes but share many of the same symptoms.

Bloating

Here are 3 common causes of bloating, how you can avoid them.

  • Overeating is probably the most common cause of bloating. Eating smaller portions should ease the pain.
  • Eating rich and fatty food can make you feel uncomfortable. Fat takes longer to digest than protein or carbohydrates, so it keeps the stomach feeling fully longer. Avoid bloating by limiting fats in your everyday diet.
  • Eating too fast adds to the risk of bloating after a meal.

The remedy is simple – eat more slowly. Safety signals can take up to 20 minutes to reach the brain and dampen appetite. Many weight loss experts believe that eating slowly helps prevent overeating.

Diarrhea

Usually, diarrhea is caused by a virus that infects the gut. Some people call it intestinal flu or stomach flu. It can also happen due to:

  • Allergies due to certain foods
  • Eating food that upset the digestive system
  • Infection by bacteria or another organism
  • Laxative abuse
  • Medications
  • Surgery on your digestive system
  • Trouble absorbing some nutrients also called as malabsorption
  • Several other causes – Your doctor can explain it to you

Nausea and Vomiting

  • Your child nausea has turned to vomiting, and you want to help him fast. Luckily, bouts of vomiting in kids aren’t usually harmful and they pass quickly
  • Common causes are stomach viruses and sometimes food poisoning or food allergy.
  • Check in with your doctor if your child is less than 12 weeks old, acts sick, or if you are worried.

Dehydration

Signs of dehydration

  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive thirst
  • Sunken eyes
  • Fewer tears
  • Less urine output
  • Abdominal distension
  • Lethargy
  • Poor skin turgor
  • Irritability

When should I call my doctor?

Call your doctor immediately if you have

  • Blood in diarrhoea or black tarry stools
  • High fever above 101 F
  • General weakness
  • Headaches
  • Poor skin turgor
  • Dry skin

 

Dr Sukumaran Kanniappan

Special Pediatrician

Paediatrician & Neonatology

Aster Hospital, Mankhool

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