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Gastrointestinal illnesses

Gastrointestinal illnesses are very common. Some may last for only a day or two - for example, with short periods of diarrhoea, vomiting or constipation - while others are long-term or chronic, such as irritable bowel syndrome, coeliac disease and Crohn’s disease. Below are some links to more information about their causes, symptoms and treatments.

A gluten free diet can help manage coeliac disease or gluten intolerance.

Coeliac disease

Coeliac disease is one cause of ‘gluten intolerance’. Find out how it can affect your life and why it’s important to get diagnosed.

Constipation affects people of all ages.

Constipation

Constipation means having difficulty passing stools (poo). It is very common, affecting people of all ages, from babies and children to adults.

Crohn's disease and colitis are both types of inflammatory bowel disease.

Crohn's disease and colitis

Crohn's disease and colitis are types of inflammatory bowel disease that affect the digestive tract. Find out about causes, symptoms and treatments.

Diarrhoea loose, watery stools occurring more than three times in one day.

Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea may last for only a few days, or may be a sign of something else. Find out here about causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.

Child vomiting in a bucket.

Diarrhoea and vomiting in children

These helpful tips can explain some of the causes of diarrhoea and vomiting in children and show you how to alleviate the symptoms.

Gastritis

Gastritis

Gastritis occurs when the cells lining the stomach become inflamed, but often it has no symptoms. Find out here about its causes, treatments and more.

Gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis (gastro) is an infection of the gut that can cause diarrhoea and vomiting. Learn here about the symptoms and how to treat them.

GORD can affect children and adults but can be treated with lifestyle changes.

GORD (reflux)

Learn more about symptoms and treatments for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), which is caused by stomach acid leaking into the oesophagus.

Abdominal pain is one symptom of irritable bowel syndrome.

Irritable bowel syndrome

IBS develops in as many as one in five Australians at some point in their lifetime. Here are the symptoms to look out for.

Vomiting is the body's way of ridding itself of harmful substances.

Vomiting

Vomiting in adults is usually not a sign of anything serious and tends to only last one or two days. Learn the causes and when to seek medical advice.

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A guide to irritable bowel syndrome Dietitians Association of Australia

A guide to irritable bowel syndrome Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition of the digestive system that may result in a variety of uncomfortable symptoms

Read more on Dietitians Association of Australia website

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