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What problems may affect my child's healthy gastrointestinal system?

Many of the same problems that affect an adult's gastrointestinal (GI) system may also affect a child's GI system. GI illnesses may be spread among children or teens, and chronic GI illnesses may lead to dehydration in children.

Just as for an adult, good hygiene can prevent GI infections from spreading and adversely impacting a healthy GI system. Teach your child to wash hands frequently and thoroughly to prevent the transfer of infectious viruses or bacteria. Teach your child to maintain a clean bathroom and to wash fruits and vegetables before eating them, good habits that they can adopt for a lifetime.

Very young children are more susceptible to acid reflux than adults. Regurgitation is normal in infants and usually does not require treatment. The condition typically improves around 12 to 18 months of age.

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