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Gastrointestinal Conditions

A range of internal conditions from top to bottom

Gastrointestinal conditions are disorders of the digestive system – our internal system that breaks down food in order to absorb the water, nutrients, minerals and vitamins that we need to survive, while removing unabsorbed and unwanted waste (our pee and our poo).
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Why is it a problem?

Why is it a problem?

What’s in the gastrointestinal system?

The digestive system is also known as the gastrointestinal tract, and in broad terms, it includes a range of vital digestive organs:

  • The mouth
  • Esophagus (the “feeding pipe”)
  • Stomach
  • Small and large intestines
  • Rectum, and anus

    It also includes other connected organs – the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.

    Common gastrointestinal conditions include:

    Even if you don’t realise, it’s likely that you and/or your kids have suffered from a gastrointestinal condition at some stage – and they can be very serious, especially if not detected or addressed. Common conditions include:

    • Celiac Disease
    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease & Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBD & IBS)
    • Diarrhoea & Constipation
    • Reflux
    • Crohn’s Disease
    • Colitis
    • Gallstones

      Did you know?

      The number of people in New Zealand with IBD is approximately the same number as those who have Type 1 Diabetes.

      What causes these conditions?

      The causes are multifactorial, but can include things like:

      • A low fibre diet‍
      • Stress
      • Not drinking enough water
      • Too many dairy foods
      • Inactivity
      • Aging
      • Genetic factors

        Are there cures?

        While there is no cure for many of these conditions, for kids who have something like Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), a range of treatments can be used to manage symptoms – accompanied by education and self-management – which can help kids go about their normal daily activities.

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