I guess that I am a "GERDNERD." The NASPGHAN conference sessions have been so interesting. I have selected a few sessions to report on that are of interest to parents:
Session#1: Clinical course of gastroparesis in children.
The researchers reviewed the charts of children who had undergone testing for gastroparesis or delayed gastric emptying. The children were treated with a variety of treatments, including medication and diet.
The researchers were able to follow up on 59 percent of the children and determined that 40 percent reported "resolution" of gastroparesis at 1.3 years (with a range of 1 month to 6 years).
Session#2: Discordance in physician and parent perception of formula intolerance.
Enfamil Lipil (full lactose, intact cow protein formula) was compared to Good Start Supreme formula (70 percent lactose, 100 percent whey protein) to assess formula tolerance. Both formulas were equally tolerated by the babies in the study. Parents and doctors did not agree on what constituted a formula intolerance. it was noted that there was no change in infant fussiness while on either formula.
Session#3: Feeding Disorder of Infancy or early childhood: Is there anybody out there?
There is little agreement on how to define a feeding disorder in an infant or young child. While it is clear that many infants and young children struggle with feeding and their parents seek the assistance of a feeding team or feeding therapist, most children do not meet the standards in place for defining a feeding disorder (DSM-IV Feeding Disorder of infancy and Early Childhood). This makes it difficult to study the effectiveness of treatments and affects who gets treatment.
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Published On: October 26, 2007