Many gastrointestinal issues in children can be diagnosed through careful history taking and physical examination, together with parental observation and discussion. However, if during the initial consultation I identify any red flags, or your child has a more complicated issue, it may be necessary to perform one or more investigations to assist in providing a diagnosis.

Investigations may begin with collecting urine or faecal samples, or taking blood tests. Other common gastrointestinal investigations include:

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