Short bowel syndrome happens when the small bowel (intestine) is too short. It can't fully absorb enough of the nutrients that kids need to grow, like water, protein, fat, and sugar. Food that isn’t fully absorbed stays in the intestine and can cause diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration, malnourishment, and other problems.
Children with short bowel syndrome often need to get to help them grow. This is nutrition given through a special IV into a vein.
What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Short Bowel Syndrome?
The most common symptoms of short bowel syndrome are: