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All you need to know about paediatric digestive disorders

| Gastroenterology & Gastrointestinal (GI) Surgery
All you need to know about paediatric digestive disorders

Children and adults may report common symptoms for their digestive and other stomach related disorders. The most common problem reported by kids is abdominal pain in the paediatric functional GI condition. It may keep interrupting with your child’s daily activities.

Paediatric digestive disorders take place when the gastrointestinal system stops working properly. These disorders may stop the physical development of your child and also hampers the day to day functioning.

Your child may complain about different Paediatric Gastroenterology problems that occur due to irregular eating and physical activities. And the exact reason can be countered by health professionals only. There are different stomach conditions or digestive disorders reported by your kid when you should be consulting a paediatric Gastroenterologist.

Symptoms of digestive disorders include:

  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Bloating
  • Bleeding
  • Appetite problems
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation

You immediately need to see a doctor if your child reports a couple of these symptoms often.

Your kid may face different types of gastrointestinal conditions, which can only be treated under the true guidance of gastroenterology doctors. The right systematic approach is required to be adopted to treat your child with gastroenterology and liver-related issues by a formally trained and experienced pediatric Gastroenterologist

 There are a number of specific conditions as listed below which could be the cause of symptoms of your child. These need to be ruled out based on the history, physical examination and appropriate tests.

  • Celiac Disease
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Food Allergies
  • Gallbladder diseases
  • GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Hirschsprung's disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Intestinal pseudo-obstruction
  • Liver disease
  • Motility disorders
  • Polyps
  • Obesity
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Pancreatic diseases

How a Paediatric Gastrointestinal doctor tests for digestive disorders in a child?

Your family doctor may refer you to a paediatric gastrointestinal doctor who can help you diagnose and treat digestive problems and spectrum of pediatric liver diseases like jaundice, acute hepatitis, chronic liver diseases, liver abscess and pancreatic disease. Your child may go through multiple tests to help diagnose the core digestive disorder.

Following are the tests, the doctor may ask you to go through:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Upper GI endoscopy
  • Ultrasound
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Biopsy
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Blood tests
  • CT scan

The procedure of treating digestive disorders by Paediatric Gastroenterologists:

Paediatric gastroenterology doctors may come to the conclusion of treatment when all the scanning and asked tests are done. The treatment completely depends on the reports obtained after tests. These treatments may include:

  • Medication
  • Surgery
  • Swallowing Therapy
  • Nutrition counselling and dietary changes

Paediatric doctor at Signature Hospital offer advanced treatments for different digestive disorders. A dedicated team of the best gastroenterology doctors at Signature Hospital monitor all the paediatric cases closely to treat them effectively.

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