Malabsorption is a condition in which a child's body has trouble absorbing nutrients from food.
If a child's small intestine can't process certain sugars, fats, proteins or vitamins, it can lead to malnutrition.
Symptoms of malabsorption vary depending on the cause, but most often include:
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:
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:
The cause of your child's malabsorption will determine the treatment. Your healthcare provider may recommend one or more of the following treatments:
American Board of Pediatrics/Gastroenterology