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Children's Health & IBS

Our clinic provides comprehensive support for individuals of all ages, including children, teenagers, and adults. While Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is more commonly observed among adults, research suggests that between 5 and 20% of children also experience symptoms of IBS.

Establishing a healthy relationship with food during the early years is vital for long-term well-being. However, when children frequently experience symptoms related to eating or specific foods, they may develop food aversions and become selective eaters, gravitating towards foods they perceive as safe. In some cases, children may even restrict their food intake altogether to avoid discomfort, potentially leading to malnourishment and negatively impacting their physical and mental development.

At our clinic, we use the term "IBS" as an umbrella term to encompass a wide range of digestive symptoms.

The label of irritable bowel syndrome indicates that something is causing irritation in the gut, and our role is to identify and address the underlying factors contributing to these symptoms.

Through personalised assessments and treatment plans, we work with our clients, including children and teenagers, to understand the triggers of their digestive symptoms and implement strategies to alleviate discomfort and support their overall health.

By adopting a comprehensive and individualised approach, we aim to empower our young clients to develop a positive relationship with food, enjoy a well-balanced diet, and thrive both physically and emotionally.

Common causes for digestive symptoms in children include: 

  • Infections such as parasitic worms, H. Pylori...

  • Coeliac disease

  • Food intolerances (such as a lactose intolerance) or sensitivities

  • Allergies

  • Poor diet and imbalance of the gut microbiome

  • Dehydration

  • Anxiety and stress

  • Fear of going to the toilet

Listed here are the most common symptoms and conditions that we see in our clinic amongst children and teenagers:

If you are uncertain about whether our clinic is the right fit for your child's needs, we encourage you to reach out to us. We offer a complimentary 20-minute telephone call where we can discuss your child's health and concerns in a no-obligation conversation.

 

During this call, we will carefully listen to your child's specific health challenges and provide guidance on whether we believe we can offer appropriate support.

Our goal is to ensure that you feel confident and informed when making decisions about your child's healthcare.

 

We understand the importance of finding the right practitioner who can address your child's unique needs and provide effective solutions. Through this initial call, we can determine if our expertise aligns with your child's condition and if we can offer the level of support required.

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IBS

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Bloating - windy tummy

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Acid reflux

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Tummy pains

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Constipation/ diarrhoea

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Loss of Appetite

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Undigested foods in stool

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Recurring worm infections

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Fussy eaters

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Nausea / vomitting

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Avoidant/ Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

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Changes to the child's mood and energy

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