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Promoting good digestive health in children

Good digestive health refers to a healthy condition of the digestive system, and this should begin from childhood. There are many ways to promote good digestive health for your child, including drinking more water, increasing physical exercise, having a fibre-rich diet, limiting high fat foods and more.

Effects of good digestive health

When your child has good digestive health, these are some visible effects on your child:

Normal functioning of the digestive system

Has a good and healthy appetite

Shows no signs of indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence or fussiness
 

Displays age appropriate habits of eating, drinking and bowel movements

Displays age appropriate physical and psychological developments

Effects of poor digestive health

On the flipside, there are various impacts to having poor digestive health. Most often, these effects are seen through various digestive disorders on your child. Consequently, these can also affect parents or caregivers with added levels of stress.

With poor digestive health, these effects are visibly seen in children, where they:

For child

Are easily annoyed, and quickly lose interest in playing

Have a reduced appetite that could also lead to malnutrition

In younger children, it could cause them to experience discomfort that leads to constant crying both in the day and night time

For older children, their discomfort could affect their quality of life, their learning activities and community engagement

For the family, longer-term impacts are also noted on the parents or caregivers, as their child’s poor digestive health could:

For family

Affect their life and work as they worry about their child

Increase stress and pressure as they find a solution

Require lots of time and money to get an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for their child