Gastrointestinal Health / FGIDs

Functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) in early life

During infancy, the structure and function of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, the nervous system and microbiota are still maturing and this may cause GI signs and symptoms that have no obvious structural or biochemical cause.1

Common FGIDs include regurgitation (30%), infantile colic (20%) and functional constipation (15%).2

More than half of infants display at least one FGID or related symptoms during the first year after birth2

These not only affect the well-being of the infant in both the short and long term, but can also cause distress for their families.3 Furthermore, more frequent healthcare visits result in an increased economic burden on healthcare systems.4

 

‘Gut Health is Early Life: Implications and Management of Gastrointestinal Disorders’ provides the latest updates in the prevalence, cause, impact, diagnosis and management of common functional gastrointestinal disorders during pregnancy and infancy.

Watch a short film about our FGID in early life here:

 

Managing functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs)

Infants suffering from GI symptoms often go through a series of unnecessary investigations and medical treatments. Generally, medication has failed to bring significant improvement in these conditions.5

Based on the latest international guidelines and expert recommendations, the practical algorithms for the management of frequent GI symptoms emphasise the importance of dietary intervention, parental reassurance and education.1 We affirm that breast feeding is the ideal source of nutrition for infants and it should be continued even when infants display gastrointestinal symptoms.

More and more experts recognise and acknowledge the value of nutrition, together with parental education and reassurance, in the management of common FGIDs and related symptoms.5

Read more on: Clinically proven innovations for FGID management

Click here to view our infographic about functional gastrointestinal disorders in infancy and the effect of early life nutrition.

1.
Salvatore S, Abkari A, Cai W, et al. Review shows that parental reassurance and nutritional advice help to optimise the management of functional gastrointestinal disorders in infants. Acta Paediatr. April 2018.
2.
Vandenplas Y, et al. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2015;61:531-37.
3.
Vik, et al. Acta Paediatr. 2009; 98:1344-8.
4.
Glanville, et al. BMJ Open. 2016;6:doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011475.
5.
Vandenplas Y, et al. Acta Paediatr 2016;105:244-52.