Live from the GI Conference: The Reflux Mom
I have always wanted to attend the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) Annual Meeting and this year everything worked out so that I could attend. For the next few days, I will be attending the conference sessions and sending reports so you will have the newest information on pediatric gastroesophageal reflux available. Watch the HealthCentral website at www.healthcentral.com for daily updates.
The North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition is the professional organization of Pediatric Gastroenterologists (doctors with advanced training in pediatrics and diseases of the digestive system also known as gastroenterology). NASPGHAN has approximately 1100 members in the United States and Canada. The organization promotes research, cutting edge care and education. All of the reflux moms might think that the Pediatric Gastroenterologist’s (G.I. for short) office is full of refluxers but G.I. doctors also treat infants and children with other diseases of the digestive tract such as Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Hirschsprung’s Disease, ulcers and biliary atresia. GI doctors are trained to perform many tests such as endoscopy, colonoscopy, pH probe, manometry and liver biopsies.
While I am busy today making my way from the east coast to Salt Lake City, Utah, I recommend that you take a virtual tour of the NASPGHAN website at www.naspghan.org. You will find many resources for physicians but there is excellent information in the Family Resources section. There are many excellent downloadable brochures and information sheets for parents, plain english explanation of the tests as well as treatments for reflux and other digestive conditions. Follow the link to the Children’s Digestive Health and Nutrition Foundation (www.cdhnf.org) for more parent information. I really like the physician finder on the website. A parent can locate a gastroenterologist by using the comprehensive state by state guide.
I am really excited about meeting some of the researchers and committee members who developed the comprehensive guidelines for treating Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (http://www.naspghan.org/user-assets/Documents/pdf/PositionPapers/GERD.pdf). The guidelines offer pediatricians and gastroenterologists the standard of care based on research and best practice. And I will be on the look out for new products and medications of interest to parents as I visit the exhibit hall.
I will be back later today to give you an update.