Infants, colic and constipation: how can pharmacists help? - Certificate of Completion
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), colic and functional constipation are among the three most common gastrointestinal disorders, affecting 20% and 15% of infants respectively. These disorders are hypothesised to incur a significant financial burden, trigger doctor consultations and hospital visits, and decrease the quality of life of infants and their families.
There is growing evidence that common gut disorders that present during infancy are accompanied by gut dysbiosis and are mediated by gut flora. The incidence of gastrointestinal intolerance is lower among infants who receive breastmilk, however, many mothers cease breastfeeding early and introduce formula into their infants’ diets, often without consulting a health professional.
While FGID are generally thought to be benign and self-resolving, community pharmacists may need to focus on educating parents and caregivers on identifying signs and symptoms, as well as appropriate management of these disorders, while concurrently providing support and reassurance.
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BPharm MClinPharm PhD MPS
Professor of Pharmacy (Head of Discipline)
Director International Engagement and Recruitment,
School of Clinical Sciences
Queensland University of Technology
MBBS BSc(Med) MMed FRACP PhD
Gastroenterologist, Campbelltown Hospital, Sydney
Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine,
Western Sydney University