Digestive Health for Kids

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An upset stomach.  Not eating very well.  Constipation or diarrhea.  

You know when your child isn’t feeling well and although they may not be able to express it, you understand it’s time to look into it further.

Kids commonly have digestive issues and are unable to communicate exactly what they are experiencing.  Due to this, some kids may act out and showcase behavior challenges while others may consistently complain without good detail of what’s going on.

This can leave a parent wondering if there is something actually wrong and how to go about fixing it.  At CNMA, we are here to help you find the root cause of your child’s digestive concerns and treat him or her accordingly to get that tummy feeling better!

If you’re child is experiencing:

– stomach pain 

            – frequent stomach aches 

            – constipation 

            – diarrhea 

            – unusual eating habits 

            – abnormal behavior

it’s a good time to examine his/her bowel habits and digestive health.

Many times, a traditional Western doctor will prescribe antacids or even antibiotics to relieve symptoms kids are feeling.  However, even though these solutions may help a child in the short-term, these typically do not treat the underlying issue.

Often, kids encounter digestion issues due to:

– an unbalanced microbiome 

            – food sensitivities 

            – use of certain medications such as antibiotics 

            – allergies 

            – stress or anxiety

which can all be treated naturally, healing the root cause for long-term relief.

At CNMA, we start by asking questions such as how long the issue or condition has been taking place, the intensity of it, and what may have started it.

From there, Dr. Graves commonly starts treating the gut.

This can include:

– Probiotics to support a healthy microbiome 

            – Omega-3 fatty acids to calm inflammation 

            – Magnesium for digestive muscle health 

            – Hydration

and other things that help achieve proper bowel movement everyday.

In addition to these recommendations, a food sensitivity test can be prescribed for children over the age of 2 in which an elimination challenge diet for 3 weeks can help symptoms resolve.

For those who may have digestion issues due to mental trauma or stress, holistic counseling through art therapy at our office can help to process big emotions.

It’s important to note that kids are not immune to digestive upset and can suffer from similar issues adults do.  Although they may communicate what they are feeling differently, they can still be treated and healed naturally for good long-term health.

If your child is experiencing digestion issues and you live in Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Centennial, Parker, Larkspur, Monument, Colorado Springs, or the greater Denver metro area, please call us at (303) 688-6698 or click here to schedule a complimentary 15 minute phone consultation with Dr. Graves to discuss what your child is dealing with and to learn how our office may be of help.

Let’s get that tummy feeling better so your child can simply enjoy childhood!

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