A to Z: Intestinal Malabsorptionenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about gastrointestinal problems and conditions that affect the digestive system.Intestinal malabsorption, malabsorption, malabsorption syndrome, Celiac disease, Crohn's disease, Whipple's disease, lactose intolerance, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, digestive system, chyme, small intestine, GI tract, stomach, diarrhea, stool, abdominal pain, CD1Gastroenterology06/12/201304/05/201909/02/20194223925c-f6d8-4a35-9dad-a4aa9ef01f20https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-intestinal-malabsorption.html/<p><em>May also be called: Malabsorption; Malabsorption Syndrome</em></p> <p>Intestinal malabsorption (mal-ab-ZORP-shun) is difficulty absorbing nutrients from food in the intestines.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>In the stomach, food is processed into a thick liquid called chyme. Chyme is then squirted down into the small intestine, where <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/digestive.html/">digestion</a> of food continues so the body can absorb nutrients into the bloodstream.</p> <p>When someone has intestinal malabsorption, something causes the small intestine to have trouble absorbing nutrients, especially sugars, fats, proteins, and vitamins. When this happens, the nutrients are passed out of the body in the stool (poop). This can cause abdominal pain, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/">diarrhea</a>, weight loss, flatulence, bulky stools that smell bad, weakness, fatigue, and muscle wasting.</p> <p>Intestinal malabsorption is a common symptom of a number of diseases and conditions, including infections like traveler's diarrhea, lactose intolerance, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/celiac-disease.html/">Celiac disease</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibd.html/">inflammatory bowel disease</a>, endocrine disorders, cystic fibrosis, certain medications, and surgeries or treatments for conditions of the digestive tract. Treatment for intestinal malabsorption depends upon which condition is causing it.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>In many cases, intestinal malabsorption happens after a stomach flu or intestinal flu. In those cases, it usually clears up within a couple of days and is no cause for concern. Longer-lasting cases should be examined by a doctor to determine the cause and the best course of treatment.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
DiarrheaMost kids battle diarrhea from time to time, so it's important to know what to do to relieve and even prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/38efbf41-ac94-4d02-be5d-365f9b03cc12
Digestive SystemThe digestive process starts even before the first bite of food. Find out more about the digestive system and how our bodies break down and absorb the food we eat.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/digestive.html/f2005e0d-6586-4e09-94e7-65388be2bb40
E. ColiUndercooked burgers and unwashed produce are among the foods that can harbor E. coli bacteria and lead to infection and severe diarrhea. Here's how to protect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/e-coli.html/e50859c8-aed8-4e36-80cf-946493dc4f12
Food PoisoningSometimes, germs can get into food and cause food poisoning. Find out what to do if your child gets food poisoning - and how to prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/food-poisoning.html/3574049c-833d-4fb5-b597-6a9d1c4aae09
Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseInflammatory bowel disease is an ongoing illness caused by an inflammation of the intestines. There are two kinds of IBD: Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/ibd.html/c57ab671-d60f-4706-887c-a02296112ad7
Lactose IntoleranceKids with lactose intolerance have trouble digesting a type of sugar found in milk and other dairy foods. But by making smart choices, they can eat delicious foods without feeling sick.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/lactose.html/4d406e07-fe06-4b4c-ae64-c0d24ee6ddc4