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When someone is aspirating food and drink, and they don't improve with exercises or drink thickeners, their doctor may recommend they don't take anything by mouth. The person may then need to obtain primary nourishment from an enteral feeding tube, or "g-tube." (see my previous blog at http://www.healthcentral.com/diet-exercise/c/26240/19541/talk-tube ).
But for most of us, eating is a major source of pleasure. While it's reasonable to hold oral feeding when it's likely a person's dysphagia will improve, abstaining from oral intake entirely can be intolerable for someone who may aspirate for the rest of their time on this earth. It's important to understand that while tube-feedings can be beneficial to health, they are not proven to prevent aspiration pneumonia or prolong life in someone with severe dysphagia. If you or your loved one is in this situation, it's important to be aware of the possibility for improvement, as well as the alternative to go ahead and eat despite the ...
A stomach ache here and there might not be something to worry about but if your child is constantly complaining about their stomach there could be something else going on. We used to be taught that stomach or GI issues were either caused by a physical source OR and emotional one. Only recently has it become evident that the physical and emotional issues are more closely intertwined. An interesting study just released indicated that in 50% of IBS patients have experienced some kind of abuse ( 1 ). This number is double what is found in people with out IBS. The abuse was not limited to sexual abuse but included other forms of psychological trauma. While stress has often been linked to IBS it is thought that the trauma of sexual or psychological abuse may sensitize the brain gut interaction. Of course this news does not mean that everyone with IBS is abused but it is definitely something to keep an eye out for. If your child has serious changes in behavior, including...
Definition Hirschsprung's disease is a blockage of the large intestine due to improper muscle movement in the bowel. It is a congenital condition, which means it is present from birth. Alternative Names Congenital megacolon Causes, incidence, and risk factors Muscle contractions in the gut help digested materials move through the intestine. This is called peristalsis. Nerves in between the muscle layers trigger the contractions. In Hirschsprung's disease, the nerves are missing from a part of the bowel. Areas without such nerves cannot push material through. This causes a blockage. Intestinal contents build up behind the blockage, causing the bowel and abdomen to become swollen. Hirschsprung's disease causes about 25% of all newborn intestinal blockages. It occurs five times more often in males than in females. Hirschsprung's disease is sometimes associated with other inherited or congenital conditions, such as Down syndrome.
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