Digestive system disorders are common in children. Children suffer from different digestive disorders during different stages of life. During teething, children face a lot of digestive problem. It becomes difficult for the parents to deal with the digestive disorders of children. In conventional system, physicians mostly prescribe antibiotics for different types of digestive disorders in children. Administration of antibiotics may create several other health problems in children. There are different causes of digestive system disorders in children. Digestive problems may be simple that affect children from time to time or more severe. Digestive disorders may produce harmful effects on the health of a child. It is necessary to have healthy digestive system so that the food we give to children should be properly digested and assimilated in the body. Children suffering from digestive disorders do not grow properly. The main organs of our digestive system includes, mouth, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver, rectum and anus. Disorder of any one of these organs may produce digestive disorders in children.
Digestive problems in children
Digestive problems may be congenital or acquired during the life time. Some of the congenital digestive problems in children include the following:
Tracheoesophageal fistula: In this condition a connection is present between the oesophagus and the trachea which is not present normally. Congenital abnormalities are detected soon after the birth and may require surgery to correct the disorder.
Esophagitis: This is the inflammation of the oesophagus and may be produced by bacteria, virus or any other pathogen. Inflammation of the oesophagus may cause regurgitation of the acidic contents of the stomach into the oesophagus. It may corrected by making some lifestyle changes or dietary changes.
Gastrointestinal infections: These may be produced by the bacteria or viruses. In gastrointestinal infection the lining of the stomach and the intestines get inflamed and produce vomiting and diarrhoea.
Appendicitis: This is the inflammation of the appendix and may occur in some children. There is acute pain on the right side and child may have decreased appetite. There is no desire to eat anything. Immediate surgery is recommended for acute symptoms of appendicitis.
Gastritis and peptic ulcers: Chronic inflammation of the lining of the stomach may produce gastric ulcers. There is severe pain in the stomach after eating food. Sometimes, children may complain of constant pain in the stomach.
Inflammatory bowel disease: There are two types of inflammatory bowel disease that may affect children as well as adults. The two inflammatory bowel diseases include crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. This affects all the digestive system organs.
Celiac disease: In this condition, the child suffering may have sensitivity to the wheat due to the presence of gluten. The child is unable to digest the nutrients of the food and gluten is mainly present in barley, rye, wheat, etc.
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Symptoms of digestive problems in children
Children suffering from digestive problems may exhibit wide variety of symptoms. Some of the common symptoms of digestive disorders are:
- There may be constant pain in the abdomen.
- Child may suffer from alternate constipation and diarrhoea
- Child may have decreased appetite
- Nausea and vomiting may be present
- Child becomes irritable and does not want to play outside
- Child may have fatigue and decreased weight
- Child may not have proper physical and mental growth due to improper digestion
Treatment for digestive disorders in children
Natural treatment helps children to get rid of digestive problems easily. Homeopathy digestion remedies help children to get relief from symptoms of digestive problems. Alpha-DP is a homeopathy product that helps in the treatment of digestive disorders in children. Alpha- DP consists of homeopathic remedies that are very effective for the treatment of digestive problem in children. Alpha-DP is a combination of following useful homeopathic remedies for digestive system disorders:
Arsenicum album: It is one of the best homeopathy digestion remedy for children. It gives quick relief from diarrhoea and vomiting that may caused after eating of watery fruits such as melons, ice-cream or acids. There is pain in the abdomen and child may have extreme weakness in legs due to repeated diarrhoea and vomiting.
Croton tiglium: It is a useful remedy for diarrhoea in children that may be produced during summers. There is great pain in the stomach with gurgling and rumbling sound. Child may feel worse after eating food or drinking.
Okoubaka: It is a rare remedy which is used for digestive disorders in children. There is excessive gastric secretion of acid which may produce digestive problems in children. It helps to eliminate the toxic substances from the stomach and the intestines.
Veratrum album: This is excellent remedy which is useful for diarrhoea and nausea produced by inflammation of the stomach lining. Symptoms become worse during the cold season and the child may collapse due to continuous watery diarrhoea and vomiting. The child may have craving for fruits and cold things but it is difficult to digest anything due to inflammation of the stomach.
Carbo vegetabilis: This is another useful homeopathy remedy for digestive problem. There is indigestion with much flatulence. There is loss of fluids from the body in the form of diarrhoea and vomiting and child may be very weak. This remedy is indicated when there is discomfort in the abdomen with extreme belching and flatulence.
During the acute condition one to two tablets may be given after one hour. If symptoms are not very acute then one to two tablets may be given three times in a day.
- Digestive disorders may be easily prevented in children by making some lifestyle changes and taking some dietary precautions.
- Avoid giving processed foods. Give regular meals to your child for proper functioning of the digestive organs.
- Do not give too many chocolates or sweets to your child as these may produce digestive infections quickly.
- Avoid giving street foods to your child.
- Do not give fast food including pasta, burger, and noodles everyday as these are not healthy and good for health.
- Try to send your child for playing outside for proper functioning of the digestive organs. Games or exercise are important for normal functioning of all body organs.