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Dr. Anas Bitar, M.D.

Gastroenterologist (Pediatric)

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6 years Experience
Dr. Anas Bitar, M.D.
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Oklahoma University
  • Accepting new patients

Does my son have Crohn's?

It could be Crohn's Disease. It could be also Celiac Disease. I recommend his PCP make a referral to Pediatric Gastroenterologist.

What are the symptoms of lactose intolerance?

Your son might have lactose intolerance. Patients with lactose intolerance may tolerate limited amount of lactose in their diet. If Lactose consumption exceeds certain limits, READ MORE
Your son might have lactose intolerance. Patients with lactose intolerance may tolerate limited amount of lactose in their diet. If Lactose consumption exceeds certain limits, they will have symptoms.

How long does lactose intolerance usually last in kids?

Lactose intolerance could be temporary secondary to gastroenteritis. It may take 3-4 weeks before it resolves. On the other hand, Lactose intolerance could be congenital or secondary READ MORE
Lactose intolerance could be temporary secondary to gastroenteritis. It may take 3-4 weeks before it resolves. On the other hand, Lactose intolerance could be congenital or secondary to a other underlying gastrointestinal diseases.

Are there any home remedies to treat diarrhea?

It really depends on the cause of diarrhea. If diarrhea is always associated with travel, then it might be infectious.

What are the risk factors of celiac disease in children?

Celiac disease may present at any age after introducing gluten to the diet. A family history of celiac disease increases the risk of having the disease. When someone is diagnosed READ MORE
Celiac disease may present at any age after introducing gluten to the diet. A family history of celiac disease increases the risk of having the disease. When someone is diagnosed with celiac disease, it is reasonable to have all first-degree relatives get checked for celiac disease by obtaining serologic tests.

Is a dairy allergy different from lactose intolerance?

Dairy allergy is related to the protein in the dairy. Patients who are allergic to dairy would have symptoms when exposed to any kind of dairy (cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and milk READ MORE
Dairy allergy is related to the protein in the dairy. Patients who are allergic to dairy would have symptoms when exposed to any kind of dairy (cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and milk including lactaid milk). Lactose intolerance is related to the sugar in the dairy (Lactose). Patients with lactose intolerance would be OK with lactose free dairy.

Are probiotics safe for kids?

Yes, you can. There are many OTC probiotics for children. I do not recommend Probiotics for long term (> 2 months) though.

My daughter keeps having an upset stomach. What can I do to help her?

It is hard to answer your question without seeing and examining her. If physical exam and growth are normal, next step is to obtain labs, urine tests, stool tests and/or imaging. READ MORE
It is hard to answer your question without seeing and examining her. If physical exam and growth are normal, next step is to obtain labs, urine tests, stool tests and/or imaging. A referral to pediatric gastroenterology would be the next step.

What causes colic pain in small kids?

The differential diagnosis for abdominal pain in pediatric patient is very wide. It is hard to answer your question without knowing all details related to the pain (period, frequency, READ MORE
The differential diagnosis for abdominal pain in pediatric patient is very wide. It is hard to answer your question without knowing all details related to the pain (period, frequency, location, etc). I recommend he sees his pediatrician who may obtain labs/X-Ray/Ultrasound and decide about referral to Pediatric Gastroenterology.

My daughter has celiac disease, and is having trouble with the gluten-free diet. What do you recommend?

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (www.eatright.org) and http://www.publix.com

Can milk cause loose stool in kids?

This might be related to lactose intolerance.

What can I give my child for acid reflux?

There are many treatment options for acid reflux. All drugs have side effects but the benefits, sometimes outweigh the risks. Before suggesting a treatment, we have to know your READ MORE
There are many treatment options for acid reflux. All drugs have side effects but the benefits, sometimes outweigh the risks. Before suggesting a treatment, we have to know your child’s age and history. We have to make sure that your child has reflux. Although GERD is common, many parents assume their children have reflux based on certain symptoms (e.g. heartburn, spitting up, difficulty swallowing, decreaed oral intake, vomiting, and abdominal pain) which could be related to other GI disorders. I suggest you counsel with a Pediatric Gastroenterology. Hope this helps!

Why is my daughter passing black stools?

A dark/black stool could be related to certain food. An Upper GI bleeding (from esophagus or stomach) presents also with black stool. If this persists, I recommend contacting the READ MORE
A dark/black stool could be related to certain food. An Upper GI bleeding (from esophagus or stomach) presents also with black stool. If this persists, I recommend contacting the PCP and get the poop tested for blood.

If my child is lactose intolerant, will he be weak?

Lactose intolerance does not cause physical weakness. If he is on dairy-limited diet, this may results in low calcium. On the other side, many food items are fortified with calcium READ MORE
Lactose intolerance does not cause physical weakness. If he is on dairy-limited diet, this may results in low calcium. On the other side, many food items are fortified with calcium (e.g. orange juice, cereal). Furthermore, calcium exists in certain sea food and vegetables.

Should children be given probiotics?

I am not aware of any recommendations or benefits related to probiotics in healthy children.

Is constipation in children normal?

It is not normal to struggle with bowel movements but it is common for children to have constipation. Constipation could be functional or secondary to many underlying diseases. READ MORE
It is not normal to struggle with bowel movements but it is common for children to have constipation. Constipation could be functional or secondary to many underlying diseases. I recommend your son gets seen by a pediatric gastroenterologist for further evaluation and treatment.

How can celiac disease be diagnosed?

In the absence of diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, or weight loss, it is hard to tell. Rash by itself in association with wheat consumption is not diagnostic of celiac disease. READ MORE
In the absence of diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, or weight loss, it is hard to tell. Rash by itself in association with wheat consumption is not diagnostic of celiac disease. Rash associated with certain food consumption could be related to gluten or wheat allergy. Celiac disease can be diagnosed by obtaining celiac serologic markers and upper endoscopy with biopsies. The serologic markers can be ordered by the primary care physician. The upper endoscopy with biopsies can be performed by pediatric gastroenterologist.

No peristalsis, floppy colon- what can help?

It is hard to answer your question without knowing the current pattern (frequency and consistency) of your bowel movements.