This is an important episode, as your child’s gut health impacts so much of their overall well-being. This includes their immune system, allergies, atopic conditions such as eczema, and asthma, plus mood and behaviour, and sleep. 

But how do you know if your child has an imbalance in their gut? In this episode, I will discuss the signs and symptoms that highlight an imbalance in your kid’s gut. 

Some of the digestive symptoms linked to a gut imbalance in kids include:

  • Tummy pain, excess wind, offensive-smelling bowel movements & toileting accidents;
  • Constipation, loose stools, irregular bowels;
  • Reflux;
  • Food intolerances and sensitivities;
  • Fussy or picky eating – particularly those with a preference for starchy, bland and sugary foods;
  • Appetite issues such as lack of appetite or a tendency to overeat;

Some of the immune symptoms linked to a gut imbalance include:

  • Frequent and recurrent infections & slow recovery;
  • Allergies – food and/or environmental;
  • Intolerances and sensitivities;
  • Atopic conditions such as hayfever, eczema and asthma;

The skin is a reflection of what occurs in the gut. Some of the skin symptoms linked to a gut imbalance include:

  • Eczema;
  • Psoriasis;
  • Rashes;
  • Bumpy skin;
  • Sensitive skin;
  • Itchy skin;
  • Fungal infections such as ringworm;
  • Dark circles under the eyes;

Some of the nervous system symptoms and conditions linked to a gut imbalance include:

  • Mood imbalances such as anxiety, depression, and mood swings;
  • Ongoing behavioural challenges;
  • Learning and concentration issues;
  • Learning disabilities and dyslexia;
  • Sleep issues such as waking throughout the night, bedwetting, and trouble falling asleep;
  • Neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism, ADHD, and sensory processing disorders;

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