The Nest 46: Functional Gastrointestinal disorders in Infants

Yvan Vandenplas. Rodrigo Vazquez Frias, Carlos Lifschitz, Camille Jung

Functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) such as regurgitation, colic and functional constipation are very common during infancy. FGIDs are a frequent reason for pediatric consultations, with an estimation of 20-30% consultations during the first months of life being related to FGID. Although they are benign and of favorable outcome, they cause significant parental worry and anxiety. The cornerstone of the management of FGID in infants consists of parental reassurance and guidance. Considering several studies have reported an association between FGID and microbiome alterations, nutritional treatment, focusing on the development and preservation of a healthy gut microbiome has been shown to be effective and safe.