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What are Functional GI and Motility Disorders?

Functional GI and motility disorders in children refer to a wide variety of digestive conditions that occur from birth to 18 years old.

A functional GI disorder refers to a condition where the primary abnormality is an alteration in the way the body works (altered function), rather than an identifiable structural or biochemical cause.

Gastrointestinal motility is defined by the movements of the digestive system, and the transit of the contents within it. When nerves or muscles in any portion of the digestive tract do not function normally, symptoms may result.

General Treatments

Pediatric functional gastrointestinal (GI) and motility disorders are challenging to live with and to treat. But usually, working with a caring and accesible health care provider, they are manageable.

Living with GI Disorders

Living with a functional GI or motility disorder affects not only the child who has the disorder but also many others, especially family members and friends. It can also touch on relationships in the classroom and in social interactions. It is important to understand the condition and to advocate for better health.

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