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Tag Archives: Digestion

Let’s Talk about Stools…

Stools are normally composed of water, bacteria, fiber, mucous, fat, dead cells, protein, and the remains of food not absorbed by the small intestines.  One can examine the stools and get a pretty good idea of just how well the digestive process is going – or not going.  In times past, pediatricians would wear bow ties to avoid soiling their regular ties during the examination of ill children’s stools. Just try getting your pediatrician to look at your child’s stool today, bow tie or not!

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Let’s talk about… Yeast!

Many experts in the medical community question if yeast is a real issue in children.  My clinical experience shows that it definitely is a serious problem!  Many children with a history of multiple antibiotic exposures, immune deficiency demonstrated in blood work, or chronic constipation indeed do have yeast overgrowth.  This overgrowth can be demonstrated by looking at the stool for yeast under the microscope or submitting it for a fungal culture (fungus is another name for yeast). Read More

Let’s Talk about…Constipation

Constipation can be a source of great discomfort and can be a source of self-injurious behaviors, teeth grinding, night-awakenings, bad gas, bloated or a big belly (the “pregnant belly” look), and just irritable and cranky behaviors.  It is NOT an option to ignore and MUST be addressed in every age child.

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Let’s Talk about…Diarrhea

Diarrhea can be defined as a child having anywhere from 1-6 or even more liquid stools per day.  They can be explosive, foul smelling, and have a variety of colors.  Some pediatrician may call it “toddler’s diarrhea” and say it should be ignored, but diarrhea is never normal unless associated with a passing viral infection.  These children with recurring diarrhea tend to be in pain, have bloated tummies and are commonly very uncomfortable after eating.  They also tend to have a lot of self-injurious behaviors.  Many would rather not eat and thus have muscle wasting in the extremities.
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