Study finds, Impact of Parental Illness and Injury on Pediat
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A Study was conducted to evaluate the relationship between parental injury and illness and disorders of gut brain interaction (DGBI) in Children.

A self-controlled case series compared ICD-9 reported DGBI associated outpatient visits and medications in 442,651 children ages 3-16 years before and after their military parent's injury and/or illness in the two years before and after the injury and/or illness. Before and after parental injury and/or disease, visit rates for constipation, fecal incontinence, stomach discomfort, irritable bowel syndrome, and a combination of these were compared using negative binomial regression. The odds of stooling agent and antispasmodic prescription before and after PII were compared using logistic regression clustered by infant.

Results:
--In the 2 years following PII children had increased visits for DGBIs [adjusted incidence rate ratio (aIRR): 1.09], constipation (aIRR: 1.07), abdominal pain (aIRR: 1.09), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) (aIRR: 1.37).

--Following PII, the odds of stooling agent prescription decreased [adjusted odds ratio (aOR): 0.95 and the odds of antispasmodic prescription increased (aOR: 1.26).

In conclusion, PII is linked to higher healthcare utilization among DGBIs. Clinicians should consider parental wellbeing when evaluating DGBIs, counseling patients, and developing treatment plans.

Source: https://www.jpeds.com/article/S0022-3476(21)00440-6/fulltext?rss=yes
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