Food related symptoms include those which are persistent and unresponsive to usual management. Abdominal pain, nausea, reflux, regurgitation, diarrhoea and constipation may all be provoked by eating in sensitive guts. When symptoms are persistent and/or worsening, its most likely to have an impact on appetite and food intake. If weight loss results, a dietary assessment can provide a sensible first step to looking at dietary causes. Alleviating symptoms through a combination of food choice, mindful eating, supporting digestion and elimination. I regularly work with the conditions below.
- Functional abdominal pain (where there is no organic cause)
- Coeliac disease and a range of gluten sensitive disorders
- Chronic constipation – in early childhood and adolescence
- Diarrhoea – across the paediatric age spectrum
- Cow’s Milk and Multiple Food allergy in infancy and young children
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome in adolescence
- Lactose intolerance – across the paediatric age spectrum
- Unexplained weight loss
- Weight Management
- Growth Faltering in infancy and young children
- Food Refusal Behaviours
- Specific nutrient deficiency
An allergy focused history is the first step in considering if food allergy is likely diagnosis.