Chronic diarrhea is linked to a variety of health complications but often the underlying cause is linked to a nutritional imbalance. If you are concerned about the onset of chronic diarrhea in your child, it is important to speak with a pediatrician about the issues of vitamin and nutritional deficiencies. This consultation should include discussion about how this GI complication may be associated with folic acid deficiency symptoms and how treatment may help to also prevent further complications such as folic acid depression symptoms.
Folic acid is an essential part of our nutritional balance and is necessary for healthy neurological function. When a child suffers from folic acid deficiency symptoms, there are many symptoms that may arise but often the first signs will be related to neurological changes. In a child, this neurological change may include changes in mental and cognitive function, changes in coordination, and changes in gastrointestinal function.
To determine if a folic acid deficiency is the underlying complication to your child’s chronic diarrhea, your child’s doctor will first recommend a series of tests, including blood work, to determine the natural level of folic acid present in your child’s body. When folic acid levels are low, your child’s doctor may prescribe prescription oral, liquid vitamins that contain higher levels of folic acid.
In addition to oral, liquid vitamin supplements, a pediatrician may also recommend using methods to help with mitigating chronic diarrhea by way of diet. Finding a pediatric nutritionist may be the best way to resolve this issue and to help your child find a more balanced diet of foods high in folic acid. While diet may include foods of substance, be sure to also discuss the use of smoothies and other beverages that provide hydration and help to ease the transition to nutritional balance in your child’s GI tract.
While not all complications associated with chronic diarrhea can be related to folic acid deficiency symptoms, many children who experience this type of GI upset are typically suffering from some form of nutritional imbalance. To ensure you get the optimal health for your child, be sure to ask about the role of folic acid when working to resolve the causes of chronic diarrhea in your child’s life.
Sources: Parents’ Nutrition Bible, by Earl Mindell