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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
Gastroparesis is a condition in which the stomach muscles do not work properly. As a result, food empties from the stomach very slowly, or not at all.
Children with this disorder may feel full all the time, be very nauseous, have pain or vomit undigested food left in the stomach.
The most common symptom of gastroparesis is vomiting. Children with this condition often get sick late in the day after a meal, and commonly vomit foods eaten several hours earlier.
Other symptoms may include:
If your doctor suspects your child may have gastroparesis, he or she may order one or more of the following tests:
Boston Children’s is known worldwide for our advanced GI motility testing services. In fact, many of our GI motility doctors are pioneers in the development of the newest, non-invasive tests.
There is no cure for gastroparesis. In some cases, it gets better after a few months to years, and in others it may be a life-long condition. But with proper management and diet, specialists can help you and your child control the symptoms.
At our Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Center, we work with patients and their families to develop a personalized treatment plans that draw from the latest therapies and research available today.
The first step is to treat any underlying conditions and stop any medications that may contribute to your child’s gastroparesis. Other treatment options may include:
Learn more about our GI motility treatments and approach to care at Boston Children’s
For an appointment, more information or to obtain a second opinion for your child, please contact the Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Center at 617-355-6055 or request an appointment online.
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