Ordinarily, digested food, water, and nutrients are absorbed into the walls of the small intestine and then carried by the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Children with short bowel syndrome have lost the use of a major part of their small intestine, usually after a bowel resection surgery where a portion of the intestine is removed. After bowel surgery, infants and children often have difficulty absorbing all the nutrients they need.
The major symptom of short bowel syndrome is chronic
EleCare® is designed to be taken orally or via a feeding tube. It has protein in the form of free amino acids (the building blocks of protein), which are already broken down and are easily absorbed. This may be beneficial for infants and children with short bowel syndrome.
Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Short Bowel Syndrome. Available from: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/short-bowel-syndrome?viewAsPdf=true (Accessed Jun 2018).