Our feeding community has a multitude of options when it comes to continuing education and professional and personal outreach. You may attend in-person workshops, view webinars, participate in chats, or peruse an article. So why should you attend Feeding Matters’ 6th Annual IPFDC?
2018 was an exciting year of growth for Feeding Matters and the pediatric feeding community. From welcoming new team members to our Feeding Matters’ family to expanding our partnerships and donations received, we were constantly moving to further advances for pediatric feeding disorder (PFD). One of our biggest accomplishments in 2018 was the acceptance of our consensus paper for publication by the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.
The world of pediatric feeding disorder (PFD) is changing. With the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition accepting "Pediatric Feeding Disorder: Consensus Definition and Conceptual Framework" for publication, PFD has transitioned from being regarded as a symptom to now having its own identity and diagnosis. As information and resources regarding PFD become more available, so does the need for a supportive network, proper education, and a space to foster collaborative communication surrounding all aspects of PFD.
It is with deep appreciation for the time, commitment, and passion of our dedicated advocates and volunteers that Feeding Matters is launching a monthly Q & A series. They help with events, participate on committees, and coach in our Power of Two program. The advocate and volunteer spotlights will share the stories of our growing network of change agents, the driving force behind our vision to create a world where children with pediatric feeding disorders will thrive.
A symposium is a formal gathering where experts in their field converge to discuss a specific topic. This basic definition may not capture your attention, but a closer look reveals the true potential within the symposium walls. A symposium is characterized by an openly discursive format balanced by a focused area of examination. Multiple voices are intended to be heard and open discussion reigns. This forum allows dynamic think tanks to devise innovative ideas around a central subject.
One conference, two days, over twenty internationally renowned feeding experts, and hundreds of people from around the world. That is what you can expect at the 6th International Pediatric Feeding Disorder Conference (IPFDC), taking place January 17-19, 2019. Healthcare professionals, advocates, caregivers, and community members will converge on the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa for 2 days of intermediate and advanced level sessions spanning multiple disciplines within pediatric feeding.
It is with deep appreciation for the time, commitment, and passion of our dedicated advocates and volunteers that Feeding Matters is launching a monthly Q & A series. They help with events, participate on committees, and coach in our Power of Two program. And sometimes, they become employees!
To honor Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month, Feeding Matters created an infographic to share how prevalent pediatric feeding disorder can be in children who have spent time in a NICU. Feeding is complex, and eating is only instinctual in the first few weeks of life. After that, it is a learned behavior – early intervention is critical.
When Mason began losing weight and showing signs that he had stopped growing at just a few months old, his doctor recommended that it was time to see a specialist. His parents were devastated to learn that their baby was failing to thrive. After doing everything they possibly could to help him, they decided it was time to have a g-tube put in. Throughout the next few years, Mason went through feeding therapy, which he successfully completed. Mason’s mother recalls seeing a drastic change in her son, who has since recovered and now enjoys eating foods orally.