Which Gastrointestinal Problems are most common in children?

Children can develop a variety of digestive disorders. All digestive disorders involve varying degrees of pain, vomiting or changes in appetite and bowel function. The challenge for parents is to provide information that helps the doctor to distinguish between serious and non-serious illnesses and, in some cases, to help their children adapt to chronic illnesses that require almost constant medical assistance . Check which digestive problems are most common in the infant stage!

 

Gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis is an intestinal infection , which affects the stomach and intestine. Initially, it manifests itself through loss of appetite and vomiting and, after 24 hours, diarrhea also appears. The most serious problem with gastroenteritis is the loss of fluids and minerals expelled in vomiting.

 

Hernias

It is the protrusion of a portion of an organ or several organs through an abnormal opening. The risk of herniation is to impair circulation and the protruding organs to invade other organic structures.

 

Gastroesophageal reflux

It is the return of gastric contents to the esophagus, due to a decrease in the function of a valve (sphincter) that is located between the esophagus and the stomach, and may be clinically exteriorized through vomiting and / or regurgitation (gulps), or by other symptoms , such as, anemia, lack of appetite, difficulty in gaining weight, irritability, heartburn, nausea, pain or burning in the chest.

 

Appendicitis

Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix caused by an infection . When we talk about appendicitis in children, we know that this problem does not usually appear before the age of 3. The appendix is ​​found in the large intestine and is a small tube whose function is not yet clear.

When this infection occurs, it is necessary to remove it. The main complication can appear in case of rupture of the appendix, as it can cause a strong infection that affects the child’s intestine.

The treatment of this problem involves surgery that does not pose risks and it is possible to lead a totally normal life after this surgery . Thanks to technology and laparoscopic surgery, the scar is not large and recovery is quick.

 

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