If you are able to manage the pain and symptoms associated with pancreatitis, your child should be able to live a normal and active life. We said should because let’s face it, every child is different. One child may have moderate pain that is frequent but easily managed while another may have severe pain once or twice a year. It is important that families work closely with their child’s physicians to manage the pain in a way that allows them to have the best quality of life.
Often, pancreatic flares can be minimized through a low-fat diet. Your doctor may recommend multi-vitamins or other supplements to help with inflammation, or digestive enzymes to help with the digestion of certain foods. Keeping a log of foods and flares is a great way to learn what foods may be causing your child increased pain. It will also help you find foods that your child can eat freely.