The Ultimate Childhood GI Problems Quiz
by Staff
Gastrointestinal problems are not only reserved for adults . In fact, short periods of constipation are relatively common and normal in children. Take this quiz and learn about childhood constipation, gastrointestinal reflux disease and kidney stones.

Constipation is defined as:

  • one or two bowel movements per week
  • three or fewer bowel movements per week
  • four or fewer bowel movements per week

What is meconium?

  • hard, dark colored stool
  • mushy, light brown stool
  • thick and dark green colored stool

Which of the following babies is more likely to have constipation issues?

  • a baby who is formula fed
  • a baby who is breast fed by a mother who does not get enough fiber
  • both of the above

What ingredient in baby formula leads to constipation in formula fed infants?

  • iron
  • lactose
  • both of the above

What is the desired stool consistency for infants who eat solid foods?

  • soft
  • between soft and firm
  • firm

Periods of constipation in childhood are relatively normal. You should become concerned, however, if you child's constipation lasts longer than:

  • one week
  • two weeks
  • three weeks

What might happen if your child has chronic constipation?

  • Your child will likely do permanent damage to his or her colon.
  • Your child may avoid passing bowel movements.
  • Your child will likely develop ulcers.

How can you decrease the incidence of constipation in your child?

  • Make sure your child gets plenty of water each day.
  • Make sure your child is eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • both of the above

Most children with gastrointestinal reflux disease:

  • grow out of it by their first birthday
  • grow out of it by adulthood
  • continue to have lifelong reflux problems

What are the symptoms of gastrointestinal reflux disease in childhood?

  • diarrhea and heartburn
  • vomiting, coughing and respiratory problems
  • constipation and stomachaches

Kidney stones are:

  • more common in children
  • more common in adults
  • equally common in both children and adults

What can be found in the urine of a child that has kidney stones?

  • fecal matter
  • calcium
  • protein

A child who has kidney stones likely has symptoms typically associated with:

  • urine infections
  • leaky gut syndrome
  • diabetes

What may place a child who has had kidney stones at future risk of developing more kidney stones?

  • diabetes
  • a metabolic disorder
  • an immune system disorder

What should be changed in your child's diet if your child has had kidney stones?

  • water intake
  • fat intake
  • grain intake

How does a doctor diagnose kidney stones?

  • X-ray
  • ultrasound
  • either of the above

Why is it important to know your child's type of kidney stones?

  • It can provide clues as to whether your child has other digestive disorders.
  • It can determine your child's risk of developing future kidney stones.
  • It determines how your child's diet should be changed to prevent future kidney stones.

Children with kidney stones rich in calcium should avoid:

  • dairy products
  • vitamin D supplements
  • both of the above

Children with kidney stones that have high levels of oxalate in their urine should avoid:

  • strawberries and sweet potatoes
  • nuts, citrus juices and chocolate
  • both of the above

Children with kidney stones will likely develop:

  • future kidney stones
  • long-term complications
  • gastrointestinal problems