Chapter 14

Early Nutrition and its Effect on the Development of Functional GI Disorders

Y. Vandenplas
K. Huysentruyt    Department of Paediatrics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium


Feeding is a major factor in the development and treatment of functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs). More data are needed on the long-term prognosis of FGIDs in infants and toddlers. The role of protein and carbohydrates has been well established. The knowledge of composition of the gastrointestinal microbiome and the understanding of the complex relation between feeding and the microbiome are among the greatest recent advances in infant nutrition. There is substantial evidence that nutrition can both prevent and treat functional gastrointestinal ...

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