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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.
New Fact Sheets
All are available in English, French and Spanish.
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 Children’s 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.
It's not uncommon for a baby to reflux (otherwise known as spitting up). The majority of infants do reflux during their first year of life, and most of them are completely healthy.If your baby is growing properly and has a generally good disposition, then infant acid reflux is not a problem. If, however, you have a fussy baby who is showing symptoms of pediatric GERD, such as poor feeding, vomiting, irritability, and breathing problems, consult your pediatrician as soon as possible. In many instances, simple lifestyle changes can alleviate GERD and turn a fussy baby into a very content child. Medication may also be an option in certain cases. The important thing to realize is that with treatment, severe reflux and GERD can improve. A pediatrician or a pediatric gastroenterologist can help your child, and can offer you strategies for coping with GERD. Once your baby's GERD is under control, he or she should enjoy a happy, healthy childhood.
More than 40,000 Americans are known to have celiac disease, yet many more cases go undiagnosed and unreported. Learn the diagnostic signs, and clinical manifestations of celiac disease with resources from GIKids.