Functional gastrointestinal disorders in infants : relevance in daily practice
Worldwide at least 25% of infants suffer from at least one Functional gastrointestinal Disorder (FGID) and more than 75% of them present with more than one FGID. Although FGID are benign and of favorable outcome, there is evidence that they have a long-term impact on the quality of life of the infant and the family and that they are a cause of feeding difficulties. The cornerstone of the management of FGID in infants consists of parenteral reassurance and guidance. Nutritional treatment, focusing on the development and preservation of a heathy gut microbiome has been shown to be effective and safe.