Published: Jan. 25, 2012
Updated: Jan. 25, 2012
A large number and variety of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders can be diagnosed in children. Diagnoses can include short gut syndrome, gastroschesis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and malrotation.
Children with these diagnoses often must undergo extensive, and often multiple, surgeries and procedures and can be on long term medication.
Due to the systemic nature of these diagnoses, children are often at risk for developmental delay due to long-term hospitalizations, feeding difficulties, and sensory processing disorders.
The primary goal of physical therapy and occupational therapy for these children is to:
Patients with GI disorders are seen for both inpatient and outpatient therapy.