Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Richlands, North Carolina, USA:

My daughter has been having stomachaches for the last two weeks. I finally took her to the doctor and was told, after an x-ray, that her bowels had a little more than they should have. We were given a treatment plan and then told, if there were no improvement in two weeks, she should come back. Also, they indicated that it MIGHT be (won't know until further testing) a diabetic complication that happens in children, being that sometimes their stomachs take longer to digest food than normal, gastroparesis? I'm astounded because I thought I knew all the possible complications and this is totally new to me. Can you tell me about this complication or where I can get more information?


Gastroparesis is very rare in kids, but more common in older teens and adults. It is a type of neurological complication associated with damage to the autonomic nervous system control of bowel motility. Your description is exactly right: slow movement of food through the stomach and/or intestines. Sometimes it can produce faster movement and diarrhea; more often, slower movement and stomach fullness, vomiting and even slow absorption of foods. It is difficult to diagnose since standards for gastric and intestinal emptying times are not so well established. It is more important to look for more treatable causes: thyroid and/or adrenal abnormalities, celiac disease, gastroesophageal reflux etc. You should discuss these possibilities with your diabetes team.


Original posting 17 Nov 2004
Posted to Aches and Pains and Complications


  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Return to the Top of This Page

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:10:00
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.