Posted by: Alvin J. Freeman, MD, MSc on Dec 14, 2023

Abdominal pain, excessive gassiness, bloating/abdominal distention and loose stool: these are symptoms that all children experience at some point. But as a parent, when are these symptoms something to be worried about?

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700 Children’s® features the most current pediatric health care information and research from our pediatric experts – physicians and specialists who have seen it all. Many of them are parents and bring a special understanding to what our patients and families experience. If you have a child – or care for a child – 700 Children’s was created especially for you.

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TPIAT: Relief for Patients with Acute Recurrent and Chronic Pancreatitis

Jun 22, 2023

Total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation (TPIAT) is a specialized surgical treatment for patients diagnosed with acute recurrent and chronic pancreatitis. If your child is suffering from pancreatitis, TPIAT may help and allow them to return to normal activities without pain. Read More

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Can Children Get Pancreatitis?

Jan 11, 2023

Until quite recently, pancreatitis was thought to be almost exclusively a disease of adults and most frequently associated with alcohol abuse. However, pancreatitis occurs in all age groups, even infants. Read More

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Intestinal Transit Time: The Red Poop Challenge

Sep 02, 2021

What can your poop tell you about the tiny bacteria that live inside your intestines? Quite a bit! Researchers in London recently found a way to figure out intestinal transit time, or how long it takes for you to ingest something, absorb the nutrients and then for it to leave your body as poop.
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Could My Child Have Acid Reflux?

Oct 30, 2020

Gastroesophageal reflux (GER), commonly known as acid reflux, is a common diagnosis in infants and children. It is one of the most common reasons for primary care visits and referrals to pediatric gastroenterology. Read More

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Rumination Syndrome: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

Sep 10, 2019

What Is Rumination Syndrome? Rumination syndrome, a functional gastrointestinal disorder (FGID), is a rare condition in which food and drink that has been swallowed but not yet digested is involuntarily regurgitated, or brought back up, shortly after intake. Read More


Infant Jaundice: What Is It and How Is It Treated?

Dec 26, 2018

Infant jaundice happens when bilirubin (a pigment made when the liver breaks down blood cells) builds up in a baby’s body. This usually happens because the baby’s liver is not mature enough to get rid of bilirubin as fast as it’s made. Read More

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Ulcerative Colitis in Children: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Apr 12, 2018

About one-third of children with IBD have ulcerative colitis and over the past several decades, IBD has become increasingly common. Read More

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Anti-Inflammatory Foods: Injury Healing Through Nutrition

Mar 21, 2018

When an athlete is injured, they suddenly lose control of many aspects of their plan of care. Resting and following doctors’ orders can be very difficult for athletes. The good news is that nutrition is a part of the injury treatment plan athletes are able to influence. Read More