Tuning in With Kids’ Digestive Health: Stress, Food & Pathogens :009

Your Kids’ Digestive Health…

Is it related to the Environment, Food, Emotions or Pathogens?


Dealing with digestive issues can be challenging for anyone, but especially for and with kids.


In this episode Dr. Rory, a Chiropractor and Functional Medicine practitioner in the Minneapolis area, shares how he works with kids and what he looks for when dealing with them and their digestive issues.


When it comes to tracking down the causes of digestive issues the path is sometimes linear and sometimes more circuitous. When working with adults there are simply patterns in our society that lead a Functional Medicine practitioner to go down a list of likely culprits to digestive upset- but this is not so much the case with kids.


For example, a typical check-list might look like this:

  1. Exercise
  2. Stress
  3. Food intolerance: milk, cheese and/or gluten
  4. Pathogens/infection


When it comes to kids, because they are more “pure” so-to-speak, their bodies may react much more purely and readily to an environmental or emotional stressor. This means that this category may actually be at the top of the list of their primary cause of symptoms.


A Holistic Health Practitioner can help to take an overall perspective and help your family find solutions.



Tuning-in with Kids' Digestive Health with Dr. Rory


I asked Dr. Rory: How does Functional Medicine training help you help kids more with Gastro-Intestinal issues?

He said that the Functional Medicine training helps him be more aware of many facets:

  • To use/see the above mention factors: exercise, stress, food, pathogens
  • To use history and lab tests- especially for GI issues



Dr. Rory also illustrates that Gastro-intestinal and digestive issues are specific to each person: for some it may be stress-related and other food-related, even if two people are expressing the same symptoms.


This leads us to talk about archetypes, how we are each different and have intrinsic rhythms to our bodies that vary from one to another. He relates this to kids with metaphors of animals like the rabbit and turtle. do you tend to get exhausted easily or are you more of a sleepy person?


This is a great way to introduce Body-typing, which if you have followed my earlier material you know, I love and it’s the foundation of my book You-niversal Self-care: Improving Health Through Self-Understanding



It’s helpful to know “your type” and “your story” to help understand how to manage your health- at any age!



9 Ways to Alleviate Digestive Issues

In closing we put together a list of things that can easily help digestive issues. Note that not all these recommendations may be suitable for children. Consult your trusted health practitioner before implementing anything new, especially if symptoms are acute (sudden and highly reactive) or persistent i.e. chronic.

Tara offers:

  • Therapeutic grade peppermint oil rubbed on tummy
  • Exercise- a simple walk can help greatly! Or, with small children gently move legs in a cycling motion bringing legs close to belly each time.
  • Simple, gentle twisting of the torso

Dr. Rory offers:

  • Get plenty of clean water
  • Magnesium – Helps draw water into the gut. Consult a knowledgeable practitioner to know which type of supplementation is right for you.
  • Enzymes – help digest, absorb, assimilate and move food easier. Can really make a difference! Most often, take after eating.
  • Adaptogens – Rhodiola, valerian … help calm the body (and helps GI issues when they are stress related) and aids sleep
  • Amino-acids for gut and sleep can really help
  • Pro-biotics and pre-biotics can help with specific conditions such as Autism. Parents have seen positive changes in mood by simply supplementing with probiotics that were specifically recommended by their health practitioner.


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About Rory Faherty, D.C.

Dr. Rory is a chiropractor, and functional medicine physician with two decades of experience connecting with patients, and helping them find their journey to health.    Rory grew up on a small island off the west coast of Ireland in a large family.  Life on the Aran Islands is simple and about connection with people.  He brings the values and lifestyle he learned in Ireland to his practice and approaches to treating patients.
Dr. Rory earned a Doctor of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University and will complete The Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) Certification program in 2016 to join the less than 20 IFM Certified Practitioners in the state of Minnesota.  Dr. Rory takes the complex world of medicine and creates simplistic plans for healing.
To contact Dr. Rory call  his office: 952-474-2395
Specialties include:
* GI Health with a focus on
     * diagnostics
     * gluten sensitivity 
     * treating infection
     * improving microbiome, 
     * customized food plans
* Detoxification
* Chronic Inflammation
* Nervous system & sleep disregulation 
* Applied Kinesiology
* Spinal Adjustment and body work

Rory Faherty, D.C.