‘good’ Bacteria Help Kids With Bowel Troubles

Additionally, the researchers got in touch with the children in the study through their primary care physicians, not from clinics specializing in treating the condition. This shows it’s possible to identify children with irritable bowel syndrome early on, before they are referred to a specialist doctor, and begin treatment sooner, than what is now done, said study researcher Dr. Ruggiero Francavilla, a gastroenterologist at the University of Bari in Italy. Starting treatment earlier and lessening the kids’ pain may prevent future complications. “The longer the pain lasts, the higher the chance of having other disorders when the children grow, such as anxiety, depression, and being a hypochondriac,” Francavilla said. “I believe that if we treat these children very quickly and we resolve the pain, we may prevent the onset of some psychiatric disorders when they become adults,” he said. Good bacteria About 10 to 15 percent of children experience recurrent abdominal pain, the researchers said. The pain can be due to irritable bowel syndrome which is usually relieved by defecation or can be “functional abdominal pain,” which is not explained by another disease. While LGG has been tested before in children with abdominal pain, the studies were small and showed mixed results. The new study, which involved 141 children with irritable bowel syndrome or functional abdominal pain, was conducted in Italy between 2004 and 2008. Researchers gave the kids either the probiotic or a placebo for eight weeks. Neither the doctors nor the patients were aware which treatment they received. Following the treatment, the patients were followed up for another 8 weeks. During the treatment and follow-up, the severity and frequency of abdominal pain decreased for both groups, but the probiotic group experienced a more drastic reduction. For instance, after 12 weeks, patients who took the probiotic reported experiencing, on average, 1.1 episodes of pain per week, compared with 3.7 weekly episodes before the treatment. Those who took the placebo reported experiencing 2.2 pain episodes per week, compared with 3.5 episodes initially.

more about the author http://www.livescience.com/35244-probiotics-treat-irritable-bowel-syndrome-abdominal-pain-101208.html

Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Children

Illustration of an esophagogastroduodenoscopy procedure

The laboratory tests, imaging studies, and procedures to be performed will be dictated by the history and physical examination. Tests and procedures that your child’s health care providerAmay order include the following: Blood tests. These tests are done to evaluate whether your child is anemic, has an infection, or has an illness caused by inflammation or irritation. Urine analysis and culture. These are done to help assess for urinary tract infections. Stool sample.AThis sample is takenAto culture to check for bacteria and parasites that may cause diarrhea. Stool samples for occult blood. Occult blood cannot be seen and is only detected by a special solution that turns blue when coming into contact with blood. It suggests an inflammatory source in the gastrointestinal tract. Lactose breath hydrogen test. This test is done to determine if your child is intolerant to lactose, a sugar present in milk and milk products. Abdominal X-ray. A simple study that will give the health care provider an idea of how the internal organs look. Abdominal ultrasound. A diagnostic imaging technique which creates images from the rebound of high frequency sound waves in the internal organs. Endoscopy.

helpful hints http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=90&ContentID=P01983

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