Understanding Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (FGIDs) in Infants
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Time: 12:00 - 13:00 ET
Speaker: Jose M. Saavedra, MD
Functional gastrointestinal disorders in infancy and childhood, including colic and constipation are a spectrum of conditions that constitute a large portion of pediatric medical attention and practice. While the pathophysiology and etiology for some of them is today better understood, the exact mechanisms explaining their signs and symptoms remain to be elucidated. The role of the intestinal microbiota and the potential interventions that derive from this understanding are increasingly being described. We will review the spectrum, diagnostic criteria, epidemiology, and approaches to management of these disorders in early life.
By end of presentation, participants should:
- Understand the definition of Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (FGIDs)
- Be familiar with the evolution and changes in definition of FGIDs (Rome criteria)
- Understand the potential mechanisms associated with FGIDs in infants, particularly the potential role of the intestinal microbiota
- Discuss management options for infantile colic and regurgitation, including nutritional management and use of probiotics
About the Speaker:
Jose M. Saavedra, MD, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is a pediatrician, gastroenterologist, investigator, educator, and medical and scientific business executive. Dr. Saavedra carried out ground-breaking work in the area of probiotics in pediatrics, and has an extensive record of publications in nutrition, and in the area of intestinal microbiota, immunity, and preventive nutritional strategies. During his career he also worked as Medical Director for Nestlé Nutrition in North America, and most recently as Global Chief Medical Officer for Nestlé Nutrition in Vevey, Switzerland. Throughout this tenure, he expanded scientific innovation, and enhanced Nestlé’s educational and research activities focused on infant and childhood health. He spearheaded a number of collaborative initiatives, many on education and dissemination of nutrition knowledge, focused on Early Childhood Nutrition Education, with pediatric and nutrition societies and organizations globally, including NASPGHAN, ESPGHAN, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Academies of Science in Washington DC., and UNESCO. He recently published a book entirely dedicated to the impact of early life nutrition on life-long health consequences, focusing on nutrition in the first 1,000 days as society’s biggest opportunity for progress. Dr. Saavedra is Chairman of the Board of the Nestle Nutrition Institute.
This webinar is sponsored by Nestle Nutrition.