- What is Fructose Malabsorption
Fructose Malabsorption is not to be confused with Hereditary Fructose Intolerance (HFI), a condition in which the liver enzymes that break up fructose are deficient. In patients with fructose malabsorption, the small intestine fails to absorb fructose properly.
Typical symptoms of fructose malabsorption in children or babies may include:
- Bloating (because of fermentation in the small and large intestine)
- Diarrhea and / or constipation
- Abdominal discomfort Stomach pain (due to muscle spasms, which can vary from mild and chronic to acute but erratic)
- Irritability and tiredness due to lack of sleep
- Night Waking
There is no known cure, but an appropriate diet will help. However, it is very difficult for undiagnosed sufferers to see any relationship between the foods they eat and the symptoms they suffer, even if they keep a daily diet diary. This is because most foods contain a mixture of fructose and glucose. Foods with more fructose than glucose are a problem. However, depending upon the sufferer's sensitivity to fructose, small amounts of problem foods could be eaten (especially when they are not the main ingredient of a meal).
Nursing Education Resources Medi Smart - Carbohydrate Malabsorption in Infants