What you get by completing this session

  • 35 mins of CPD

    A 25 minute video lecture with presentation slides, you can stop and start anytime you like. Includes 10 minute quiz

  • Certificate of Completion

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  • Easy CPD Documentation

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What you'll learn in this expert session

Functional gut disorders are very common in infancy. They are generally self-limiting and rarely represent an underlying pathological diagnosis. Nonetheless, they have a significant impact on parents/carers as well as being a common reason for interactions with healthcare professionals.  A thorough history and examination is required to ensure there are no red flags. Parental education/reassurance and nutritional advice are the main management strategies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Classify the common presentations of Functional Gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDS), which are mostly self-limiting, and distinguish them from Pathological FGIDS in infants.
  • Recognise the warning signs for serious illness that manifests as constipation, regurgitation/reflux and infantile colic.
  • Plan for referral of patients at risk of serious illness for prompt investigation and management.
  • Support and reassure families of infants with FGIDS and discuss the implications of overtreatment.

About the Expert

Dr Rupert Hinds

Rupert is a Paediatric Gastroenterologist at Monash Medical Centre since March 2009. Prior to this he had worked in the United Kingdom as a consultant at King’s College Hospital and St Thomas’s Hospital in London from November 2004. He manages children and adolescents with gastrointestinal problems and his clinical and research interests include nutrition, hepatology and inflammatory bowel disease. He is now head of the department of gastroenterology at Monash Children’s Hospital as well as Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics at Monash University.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    How to Complete this Course

    • Instructions

  • 2

    Topic: Functional Gut Disease in Infants - Colic, Constipation, Reflux

    • Summary and learning objectives

    • Video presentation (25 mins)

    • Quiz: test your learning (10 mins)

  • 3

    Document your CPD here

    • CPD Documentation and Reflection Activity Tool

  • 4


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