Best diet for acute pancreatitis
Low fat diet, tube feeding, or IV nutrition?-
Aminu Mohammed is a pediatric gastroenterologist at GI Care for Kids, where he leads the efforts on pancreatic disorders.
The best diet for acute pancreatitis is determined by the child's condition.
Children with a mild case of pancreatitis can eat a low-fat diet as soon as they have an appetite. Others may need to be started on tube feedings. A quick start to refeeding can decrease the risk of further damage to the pancreas and shorten the time in the hospital.
In more severe cases, the child may need intravenous fluids initially. Once they begin to improve, nutritious feedings will be given through the same IV. Gradually, they advance to tube or regular feedings.
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