Gastrointestinal System Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Colic Improved by Probiotics?

    Colic Improved by Probiotics?

    The long crying spasms of colic can be exhausting for parents and babies alike. Because babies with colic have been shown in some studies to have fewer species of beneficial bacteria in their intestines, researchers in Turin, Italy wondered whether giving babies probiotics (beneficial bacteria) might help solve the colic.

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  • Breastfeeding, Diarrhea, and Pneumonia

    Breastfeeding, Diarrhea, and Pneumonia

    In the modern United Kingdom, about 12 percent of all normal, healthy, full-term babies are hospitalized at least once in their first 8 months of life. Many of these hospitalizations are for pneumonia, bronchiolitis, or other chest infections; many are for diarrhea or other gastroenteritis.  How big a difference might breastfeeding make in preventing these […]

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  • Changing Colic Culture

    Changing Colic Culture

    How about a fresh approach? What if simply giving probiotics to babies would dramatically reduce the vexing symptoms of colic? What if the crying and distress of colic were related to the mix of bacteria in babies’ guts?

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  • Dark Chocolate Treats Diarrhea?

    Dark Chocolate Treats Diarrhea?

    he medicinal use of cocoa to treat childhood diarrhea and other intestinal problems was common among the Mayans and Aztecs. Europeans began writing about this in the mid 1500s, but the practice is probably far older. Now, 21st century research published in the October 2005 Journal of Nutrition suggests a scientific basis for this ancient […]

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  • Karo Syrup

    Karo Syrup

    In a 2000 article, you stated that 1 tsp of light Karo syrup mixed with 4 oz of water would assist your infant in having a softer bowel movement. Well I did that and I gave my infant some….

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  • Allergic to Bread? A Hidden Problem

    Allergic to Bread? A Hidden Problem

    Pizza, macaroni, breads, crackers, cereals, and spaghetti are among many children’s favorite foods. These foods and many others can be sources of gluten (protein found in wheat, rye, and barley). When some children eat gluten-containing foods, their bodies mistake the grain protein for a foreign invader and launch an attack on the protein, damaging the […]

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  • Gas Pains

    Gas Pains

    Our 1-month-old seems to be experiencing a lot of gas-type of discomfort. Any suggestions?

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  • GERD and Pyloric Stenosis

    GERD and Pyloric Stenosis

    What can you tell me the difference between GERD and pyloric stenosis?

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  • Vomiting

    Vomiting: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to vomiting: It tugs at our hearts to hear our children retch, to watch them vomit, and to feel helpless to make it go away. Vomiting is intense. It grabs our attention, and it’s intended to! Vomiting is a signal that something going on in the body needs to be addressed.

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  • Food Allergies

    Food Allergies: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Food hypersensitivity, Oral allergy syndrome, Allergic proctocolitis Introduction to food allergies: Many parents of infants and toddlers are told that food allergies don’t happen that young, or that they are very rare. We’ve learned that food allergies certainly do happen and that they are common – affecting about 1 in 18 children before […]

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