There are various diseases and conditions that can lead to GI impairment in children.

Gastrointestinal impairment can be caused as a result of various diseases and conditions, which can affect normal intake and absorption of nutrients.  The appropriate nutritional solution can play a key role in improving the overall condition, nutritional status and quality of life of the child.1 

Pediatric gastrointestinal impairment refers to a range of disorders that can affect any part of the digestive tract, from the esophagus and stomach to the small intestine, colon and rectum. 

The GI tract is responsible for the digestion of the food we eat. When children suffer from GI impairment, there is often a risk for malabsorption or maldigestion, which may lead to nutritional deficiencies.1 It is for this reason that a specific focus is placed on the nutritional status of these children, as optimum nutrient intake has been shown to support normal growth and development as well as improve the overall condition. For example, with children in critical care, appropriate nutrient intake is linked to a better recovery and shorter length of hospital stay.1

At Nestlé Health Science, we are committed to providing nutritional solutions that are tailored to the individual needs of the child. In the case of infants and children with GI impairment, these needs are very specific to the condition, which is why we have a range of different solutions to fulfil a variety of nutritional requirements, and an optimized taste to facilitate acceptance. 

1. Accessed December 2014

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