This article was supported through
an unrestricted grant from Nutricia.
Functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs), namely regurgitation/gastrooesophageal reflux (GOR), colic and functional constipation, are very common and may be seen in more than 50% of infants.2
The prevalence of FGIDs varies from study to study. However, all would recognise them as frequent issues in the first year of life and common causes of parental concern requiring advice from healthcare professionals (HCPs).
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Competencies (2016) addressed: 1.1, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.5
Sarah, a 31-year-old first-time mother, brings her 7-week-old infant, Ben, into your pharmacy. Sarah is worried. Most evenings over the last three weeks, Ben has had episodes of prolonged and persistent crying. These have lasted about three hours. During these episodes, he is hard to console, and keeps pulling his legs up when laid down. He does not feed well during these episodes and keeps pulling off the breast.
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