FUNCTIONAL GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS IN INFANCY: IMPACT ON INFANTS AND FAMILY HEALTH


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Aim. Functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) such as infantile colic, constipation and colic occur in almost half of the infants. The aim of this paper is to provide health care physicians a critical and update review on the management of FGIDs and their impact on infant’s and family health. Materials and methods. Guidelines and expert recommendations were reviewed. Results. FGIDs are a frequent cause of parental concern and consequent impaired infants and relatives’ quality of life, and impose a financial burden to health care, insurance and families. Therefore, the first management of these FGIDs should focus on improving both infants symptoms and family quality of life. If more than parental reassurance is needed, available evidence suggests that nutritional advice is recommended as it is effective and most of the time devoid of adverse effects. Conclusion. The role of healthcare providers in reassuring parents and proposing the correct behavior and nutritional intervention, avoiding inappropriate use of medication, is essential in the management of FGIDs.

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Yvan Vandenplas

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Email: Yvan.Vandenplas@uzbrussel.be
д-р мед. наук, проф., зав. отд-нием педиатрии Университетской клиники Брюсселя, зав. каф. педиатрии Свободного университета Брюсселя, член комитета по гастроэнтерологии ESPGHAN Brussels, Belgium

Bruno Hauser

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Brussels, Belgium

Silvia Salvatore

University of Insubria

Department of Pediatrics Varese, Italy

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