Gas Relief for Kids
For children, the topic of “gas” is known to elicit giggles and snickers. Most of the time, gas relief for kids simply means avoiding some of the common foods that cause gas, such as beans and broccoli.
But in some cases, chronic gas in kids, along with abdominal bloating and distention, may be signs of a rare disorder called Sucrose Intolerance caused by Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (CSID)…and it’s no laughing matter.
What is Sucrose Intolerance caused by CSID?
Sucrose Intolerance caused by CSID is a disorder of the small intestine that limits a person’s ability to break down sucrose (table sugar) into glucose and fructose so they can be absorbed. Sucrose is a naturally occurring carbohydrate often found in produce (especially starchy fruits and vegetables, such as potatoes and carrots) and beans and legumes.
It’s also frequently added to processed foods such as ice cream, candy, commercial cereals, and sweetened beverages. When sucrose is not broken down and absorbed, it is common for symptoms, such as gas, bloating, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, to show up soon after consuming sucrose.
What causes gas in kids?
In general, gas comes from two main sources: the metabolism of certain foods and swallowed air.
Foods that cause gas
The gastrointestinal tract is home to millions of good-for-you bacteria called your gut microbiome. These bacteria help to digest the food that is not broken down by your digestive enzymes. In the process, though, gas is created as a by-product.
Ironically, many of the foods that are most likely to cause gas are some of the healthiest foods:
- Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts
- Whole grains
- Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and ice cream
- Certain fruits, including apples, bananas, peaches, pears, and prunes
Sometimes the gas will have an offensive odor. Foods that tend to create smelly gas include:
Kids and chronic gas: Could it be CSID?
Sucrose Intolerance caused by CSID affects people of all ages, starting with infants, but symptoms do not appear in babies until they start ingesting sucrose- and starch-containing foods such as milk-based formula, solid foods, common baby foods, fruit juices, and medications sweetened with sucrose. Infants who are breastfed will not show symptoms until they begin eating sucrose- and starch-containing foods.
Chronic abdominal pain and explosive, watery diarrhea that occur within hours of consuming sucrose are two common pediatric symptoms of Sucrose Intolerance. Other symptoms include gassiness, bloating, chronic colic, irritability, diaper rash often leading to excoriated (abrasions and irritations) buttocks, and vomiting.
Gas relief for kids with Sucrose Intolerance caused by CSID
CSID is a genetic disease that infants and children cannot outgrow. Avoiding foods that contain sucrose and maltose should provide some gas relief for kids with Sucrose Intolerance caused by CSID, and check with your pediatrician about available pharmaceutical therapy to treat CSID.
Young children tend to have diets that are high in sucrose, so proper diagnosis and treatment are crucial for bringing relief. Take the CSID quiz on your child’s behalf and ask your healthcare provider about CSID.
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