Ask the Doc – Digestive Health Issues in Children

Rami Arrouk, MD, a pediatric gastroenterology specialist with Mission Children’s Hospital, addresses some common digestive health-related issues for children.

Q: What are some things children can do to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal (GI) tract?

A: Maintain a healthy diet. Eat on a schedule. Stay hydrated. Stay active, preferably as a family. Manage stress (even babies can have tummy discomfort if they are stressed). The old Latin phrase says “Mens sana in corpore sano,” which means a healthy mind in a healthy body.

Q: Our pediatrician said my 2-month-old baby has infant colic. What’s the best treatment for her?

A: Infant colic is characterized by recurrent and prolonged periods of crying or fussing with no evidence of failure to thrive, fever or illness. They peak at 4 to 6 weeks and tend to resolve by 3 to 4 months of age. The best treatment is to apply soothing maneuvers, such as rhythmic rocking and patting 1-3 times per second in a quiet environment.


Rami Arrouk, MD, is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist with Mission Children’s Hospital.

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