Before Feeding, Consider the Plumbing



When you begin a feeding assessment or treatment, do you know and understand where the food is going? Where it is digested, absorbed, and eliminated? Do you know the difference between gastroesophageal reflux (GER) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)? One of them is normal for some children, the other a very serious disease that must be addressed every time a child eats or drinks a meal.

Tests and medication can be helpful in determining a plan for the child. Many times, however, families leave the physician's office with lots of questions about their child's feeding.  Basic information and support for families regarding gastrointestinal disorders are crucial to a child's success with any feeding plan. So, before you plan an outcome for an infant or toddler and their family, consider the plumbing!
During this webinar, participants will review anatomy and developmental progression of the pediatric gastrointestinal (GI) system through various didactic and visual slides. In addition, functional gastrointestinal disorders will be discussed for the infant and toddler. Interactive pieces will help the participant understand and navigate through gastroesophageal reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease symtoms, tests, medication, and treatment strategies based on the age of the child. Key points and recommendations will be offered to assist providers with supporting and educating families struggling with a young child's GI issues.
Kim Geissinger
Kim Geissinger, OTR/L
Kim graduated from Quinnipiac University in 1988 and began her career at YALE - New Haven Hospital and then to Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters. In 1993, she moved on to her position in Early Intervention with Rehabilitation Associates, where she continues to work today.

In 2003, Kim created the Developmental Program for the Sentara southside Hospitals. Currently, she treats babies and their families in the NICU at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital PRN. Kim's specialty area and great passion, is feeding therapy for all infants/children and the families.
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