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Ordinarily, digested food, water, and nutrients are absorbed into the walls of the small intestine and then carried by the bloodstream to other parts of the body.
Short bowel syndrome describes a group of problems affecting individuals who have lost the use of a major part of their small intestine. This syndrome often occurs after bowel resection surgery in which a portion of the intestine is removed. After bowel surgery, patients — especially infants — often have difficulty absorbing all of the nutrients they need.
Chronic diarrhea, which can result in:
Immediately after bowel surgery, most patients must be fed parenterally. However, it is important to get the bowel working properly again by shifting as quickly as possible to tube feeding directly into the small intestine.
Enteral feeding encourages a process called intestinal adaptation, in which the bowel begins to grow larger and is able to absorb more nutrients. This bowel growth is essential to your child's long-term ability to absorb nutrients from food.
Nutrition management varies according to the severity of the disease. In addition to dietary changes, patients may need to supplement with vitamins and minerals to meet daily nutritional needs.
EleCare and EleCare Jr are designed for both tube and oral feeding. They have protein in the form of free amino acids (the building blocks of protein), which are already broken down and are easily absorbed. Amino acid-based formulas such as EleCare and EleCare Jr may be useful in the dietary management of SBS.
The Oley Foundation gives people living with home intravenous nutrition and tube feeding the tools and confidence they need to achieve normalcy in their lives.
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