Pediatric Malabsorption

Malabsorption is a condition in which a child's body has trouble absorbing nutrients from food.


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What is Pediatric Malabsorption?

If a child's small intestine can't process certain sugars, fats, proteins or vitamins, it can lead to malnutrition.

What are the signs and symptoms of Pediatric Malabsorption?

Symptoms of malabsorption vary depending on the cause, but most often include:

How is Pediatric Malabsorption diagnosed?

There are several tests to diagnose malabsorption in children. A doctor will go over your child's medical history and perform a physical exam. Your healthcare provider may also perform one or more of the following tests:

What are the causes of Pediatric Malabsorption?

Malabsorption can be caused by disease; intolerance to milk proteins; lactose intolerance; intestinal parasites; or weight loss, stomach, intestinal, or bowel surgeries. Diseases that can lead to malabsorption include:

How is Pediatric Malabsorption treated?

The cause of your child's malabsorption will determine the treatment. Your healthcare provider may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

  • Medications to treat diarrhea, inflammation, and infection
  • Treatments for contributing medical conditions
  • Vitamin and mineral supplements

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