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Tips for Introducing Solid Food to Infants

  Most infants are ready to start solids around 6 months of age. It is now recommended to wait until 6 months, whereas it was previously common to start purees at 4 months. There are no nutritional or developmental benefits that have been found with feeding solids earlier. In fact

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A Look at Medium Chain Triglycerides for Nutrition

Triglycerides, or fats, are often classified by their size as either short-, medium-, or long chain triglycerides. Short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) are found only in small amounts in food. In our bodies, they are produced in the intestines as a byproduct of carbohydrate and fiber digestion. SCFAs are used

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Formula Shortage 2022

Going on three months since the infant formula shortage began, we are aware of the stress and concern this has caused families with young children. In recent days, President Biden invoked Defense Production Act, Nestle Nutrition ordered shipments of formula from other countries, and Abbott Nutrition has come to an

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Cooking Classes at GI for Kids

We are now offering cooking classes at GI for Kids! These classes are open to the community and all ages. You do not have to be a patient at GIFK to participate. Each class will include an interactive cooking demonstration and nutrition education. Call our office at 865-546-3998 or email

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Pediatric Hepatitis Outbreak: Spring 2022

On April 21st, 2022, the CDC released a health advisory regarding a recent outbreak of acute hepatitis in pediatric patients in Alabama. Hepatitis, a term referring to inflammation of the liver, can occur in otherwise healthy children after developing a viral infection, especially by one of the hepatitis viruses (A,

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A Look at Carbohydrate Digestion

Carbohydrate Digestion:   Carbohydrates are in many foods that we eat. Ultimately, carbohydrates are broken down to glucose and used for energy that allows our body to function and for you to do all your daily activities. Let’s take a look at the different types of carbohydrates and how we

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Wellness Wednesday: What is IBD?

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Over the past few years, doctors have noticed an increase in the number of pediatric patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD, which is a chronic disorder characterized by autoimmune-related inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract including the colon and intestines, and includes both Crohn’s

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Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a type of “dysautonomia”, a disorder involving a person’s autonomic nervous system. Your autonomic nervous system is responsible for regulating the automatic functions of your body, actions that your body performs without you thinking of it. This includes breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, digestion,

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