Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Nellie | 2008/08/06


Digestion Problems

Hi Doctor,

I have a 15 month old baby boy. He eats solid foods (soft porridge, veggies and fruits), drinks his milk (Nido 1+), juice, rooibos tea and water.

My problem is that he cannot digest his food very well. e.g. when he eats a pumpkin, it will be passed on the stools as it is. Is this normal?

Sometimes he suffers from constipation. I took him to see a doctor about this problem, but it won' t stop.

I also want to know wether the banana can cause constipation on children his age.

Concerned mother

Expert's Reply



It is common for some foods/vegetables to pass right through a baby's digestive system unchanged especially peas and carrots, but pumpkin is unusual.Banana is rich in pectin and may cause constipation in some children.I would like to advise you as to what you can do about your baby's constipation but I am concerned about him having certain food intolerances. It would be best to first see a paediatrician to make sure that he is well and he just has some minor constipation.

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Posted by: Sebe | 2009/05/20

Hi. I often feel like I am out of breath, this usually is what alerts me that I' m hungry rather than feeling an empty stomach. On a some occasions I also feel nauseus. The shortness of breath doesn' t go away until much later after I' ve eaten. I snack and drink throughout the day, so I don' t leave my body to a point where there' s absolutely no food supply. I' ve been worrying that I may be aneamic or hav diabetes but can' t be sure. Please help.

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