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Gastrointestinal (GI) issues can make it hard for kids to get through daily routines without discomfort or distress. Fortunately, help is available through the care of Advanced Pediatrics in Vienna, Virginia. Don’t hesitate to schedule a visit for your child. Online booking is one option, or you can also call to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff. 

GI Q & A

What kinds of GI challenges do children face?

If you’re like most people, you probably pay very little attention to your gastrointestinal tract unless or until an issue arises. This system includes all of the organs your food passes through as your body converts it into energy. 

Your child’s GI tract includes their:

  • Mouth
  • Throat
  • Esophagus
  • Stomach
  • Small intestine
  • Large intestine
  • Rectum
  • Anus

A problem in any of these areas can cause serious pain and dysfunction. Kids can develop GI issues at any age. 

What are some symptoms of GI issues in children?

Understanding the signs of gastrointestinal distress is the first step in seeking treatment for your child. A stomachache is perhaps the most common symptom, and most kids are great about communicating when they have an upset tummy. 

Some additional signs of GI issues in kids include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramping
  • Problems swallowing
  • Refusal to eat
  • Decreased energy

Digestive issues are a part of life for both children and adults, and most kids experience these issues at some point. 

When should I bring my child in for GI diagnostic or treatment services?

An occasional stomachache or bout of diarrhea is usually not a cause for concern, but parents should carefully monitor their child’s condition to determine if there is a more serious health issue developing. 

One sign of GI problems in kids is a picky or fussy eater. Many kids experience gastrointestinal distress when they eat certain foods. They can consciously or subconsciously develop an aversion to foods that have a similar color, taste, or smell as the offending food item. 

Acid reflux is common in children. This develops when a portion of the digestive fluids in the stomach move backward into the esophagus. Left untreated, this can cause additional health issues and even dental damage. 

If your child’s GI symptoms linger for more than a few days, or if they recur frequently, it’s important to bring them in for a diagnostic exam. Food allergies might be part of the problem, and learning which foods to avoid or trying immunotherapy is a great way to resolve many GI issues. 

Of course, any time a child experiences extreme pain or discomfort, a visit to Advance Pediatrics is a good idea. Booking a visit is fast and easy online or by phone, and same-day or even drive-up visits are an option.