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  • NASPGHAN North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
  • NASPGHAN Foundation North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Foundation
  • APGNN The Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Nurses

Featured Resources

New Fact Sheets

All are available in English, French and Spanish.


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.


New Video

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.


NAFLD

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.