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Feeding Children with Development Difficulties course for Paediatricians

Speciality Classification
Paediatrics General
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare

This session explores the difficulty children with neurological disabilities commonly encounter with feeding, together with associated problems that can result in growth failure and malnutrition-related multi-system complications. It covers assessment and management, which often involves a range of professionals including a dietitian, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, paediatrician and GP.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Identify the types of problems children with developmental difficulties may have with feeding and how this in turn may adversely affect nutritional status
  • Describe the commonly used interventions to address feeding problems, and the role of tube feeding
  • Explain some of the practical aspects of gastrostomy insertion and management

Nutritional problems are very common in children with developmental delay and neurological disability for a variety of different reasons. Maintaining good nutrition can help children to feel well and maximise their potential.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites


Before commencing this session you should complete:

  • Completed session: 08 Growth and Nutrition/08_09 Faltering Growth
Instructors / Speakers
John Puntis,
Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist, Leeds General Infirmary

Dr John Puntis qualified from the University of Southampton medical school in 1977 and then trained in Birmingham as a paediatrician before taking up a consultant post in Leeds as Director of Neonatal Services in 1990. With a research interest in clinical nutrition, he developed a regional gastroenterology service and now works full time in this specialty. Together with nursing, dietetic and pharmacy colleagues within a multidisciplinary nutrition support team (NST), his work involves managing children with a variety of congenital or acquired gastrointestinal diseases. The NST provides advice and support throughout the Leeds Children’s Hospital for patients with a wide range of nutritional problems, including those needing long-term enteral tube feeding and parenteral nutrition, as inpatients or at home.

Feeding Children with Development Difficulties course for Paediatricians
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Child and family health, Child health/paediatrics/immunisation, Children and young peoples health, Maternal-child
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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