Feeding Difficulties in Children with Gastrointestinal Disorders

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Although feeding difficulties are a common phenomenon in children with gastrointestinal disorders, symptoms are often not recognised early enough, preventing early management and the escalation of symptoms.

It is important that healthcare professionals familiarise themselves with this topic, as difficulties may impact on both the child's growth and development as well as the wider psychological well-being of the child and family.

This teaching module explains current evidence as well as addressing some of the more practical issues of management, which may assist you in your daily practice.

This course was developed by:

All gastroenterologist dealing with a variety of gastrointestinal conditions, dietitians, nutritionists, psychologist, speech pathologist and any other healthcare professionals involved in a feeding team.

The objectives of this course are:

  1. To understand the definitions for feeding difficulties in children and which one is appropriate for children with gastrointestinal disorders
  2. To be able recognise the symptoms
  3. To understand the possible causes of feeding difficulties in gastrointestinal disorders
  4. To understand the basic management principles
  5. To understand the importance to early recognition to prevent the development of feeding difficulties

Author:
Dr. Rosan Meyer is a state registered dietitian who practices in London, United Kingdom. She has specialised in paediatric nutrition and is particularly interested in food allergies and intolerances, medical/feeding complications and poor feeding.

No conflict of interests have been declared in relation to this course.

This course is not accredited for CME by EACCME.