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Children's Digestive Health Information for Kids and Parents
Millions of children are living with pediatric digestive and nutritional disorders. GIKids provides easy to understand information about the treatment and management of these pediatric digestive conditions for children and parents.
We welcome you to explore GIKids to learn more about pediatric digestive disorders, how they are diagnosed, the treatment and management of conditions, and our patient and parent resources.
Information on the Use of Miralax (PEG 3350)
At this time, there is no evidence to support serious side effects of Miralax (PEG 3350). Most commonly reported side effects include diarrhea, bloating and nausea. No psychiatric/neurological issues are reported in the scientific literature. Similar to many commonly used medications, the use of Miralax (PEG3350) is approved by FDA for adults only, due to lack of clinical trials in children. In the many years’ experience of most pediatric gastroenterologists, Miralax appears to be devoid of serious side effects. Its metabolism and long term use in children is being studied. The results from those studies are not likely to be available in the near future. Like all medications, the decision to use Miralax (PEG 3350) should be based on weighing benefits and possible unproven risks. If there is concern for the use of Miralax/PEG 3350 (for your child), please address it directly with their care provider.
Learn More about constipation: Listen to the segment on constipation for Healthy Children Radio – an educational resource offered to parents and caregivers by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Diagnosing & Treating Celiac Disease - New Video
What is Celiac Disease?
If you have celiac disease, you should avoid all foods that have gluten in them. This is called the gluten-free diet. Learn about the causes, symptoms and treatment for celiac disease in this informational video brought to you by NASPGHAN, GI Kids and Children's Hospital Colorado. More than 40,000 Americans are known to have celiac disease, yet many more cases go undiagnosed and unreported.
The Poo in You
If your child is having problems with soiling accidents (encopresis, “poo accidents,” “poo-ing” in pants), you’re certainly not alone. This is one of the most common problems seen by both pediatric GI and primary care providers. This interactive animated video explains what causes the accidents, why they happen so often, and how we can treat the problem. Watch the video, developed by APGNN member Becky Kendall, NP, from Childrens' Hospital Colorado, supported by an educational grant from the NASPGHAN Foundation.
Steps Towards Lifelong Healthy Eating
Feeding a child can be quite a challenge. Developing and maintaining healthy eating choices is a lifelong endeavor. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has developed MyPyramid guidelines to be used in preparing meals and snacks for all ages greater than 1 year of age. Good and bad nutrition habits begin at home. Individual food preferences and hectic schedules often leave a parent wondering what to do at mealtime. High calorie, highly processed convenience foods are often an easy option. Although many things influence what children eat, adults are still the most important role models when developing healthy eating and lifestyle habits. This brochure is intended to assist children, adolescents, and families practice healthy eating behaviors and gain more knowledge for optimal nutrition.
Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease or “fatty liver” is a liver disease that happens slowly over time. It starts when fat builds up inside the liver. Over time, too much fat stays in the liver. NAFLD can be mild or severe. NAFLD usually happens in children and teenagers who are overweight or gain too much weight. Most of the time, fatty liver happens with other health problems, such as:
- Pre-diabetes, insulin resistance or diabetes
- High triglycerides - Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood. They are used for energy.
- Being overweight
NAFLD can damage the liver, so it is important your child be carefully diagnosed and treated. Learn more with our NAFLD resources.