Pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Susan Edelstein discusses other treatment options for constipation in children.
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Treatments for Constipation in Children Dr. Susan Edelstein: Well, the most common reason for constipation is just a slow colon exacerbated by diet. So we can start adjusting diet that will most likely help resolve her symptoms. But there are other non-invasive procedures that we can do. Number one is a test called a Lactulose Breath Hydrogen Test. It’s a non-invasive study, doesn’t hurt, where we basically do a breath test to see if there’s excess bacteria in the intestine, and more specifically if it’s getting into the small intestine where it’s not supposed to be. If you have it, you treat it with antibiotics and sometimes we even follow that treatment with a probiotic to recolonized with the good bacteria. Dr. Jim Sears: That’s really a good point because a lot of parents think that antibiotics are usually bad for the intestine but this is one time that they’re actually retreated. Dr. Susan Edelstein: Right. There’s actually -- there’s very specific antibiotic that we use that’s not absorbed. So it’s totally different from the antibiotics that we use for colds and congestion kind of infections. It’s great, it’s just gets into the intestine, kills of those excess bacteria and you excrete it. No side effects.
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