Pediatric Gastroenterology

While many GI needs are easily treated by a child’s pediatrician or primary care provider, some conditions and illnesses require the specialized care of a pediatric gastroenterologist. This sub-specialty of gastroenterology and pediatrics is based on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and symptoms affecting the liver, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract in children under age…

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All children will occasionally become ill, experiencing acute nausea and vomiting when exposed to certain viruses or bacteria. However, some children suffer from chronic or frequent vomiting and nausea not caused by an acute illness. Episodes of nausea and vomiting can be severe at times and often occur without explanation. These children require the attention…

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Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease characterized by inflammation and swelling of the inner lining of the large intestine. Over time, repeated inflammation can cause deterioration if the inner colon, resulting in ulcers and lesions. There are many different types of ulcerative colitis that can present in children. Sometimes the inflammation is…

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Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a disease in which fat accumulates in the liver, causing inflammation and irritation. Known also as a non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, this condition can occur as early as childhood, especially in children who are overweight or obese. Fat builds in the liver slowly over time, allowing many children with fatty liver disease…

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Hepatitis is a term used to describe an infection or inflammation of the liver. Though the disease often causes symptoms, a child who is asymptomatic can have liver disease for a very long time before parents or physicians become aware of it. It is important to identify liver disease and inflammation as soon as possible…

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For children, dairy products are a primary component of a healthy and balanced diet. Not only do these foods taste good, but they also deliver high doses of calcium necessary for growing bodies. Unfortunately for some children, drinking a glass of milk or eating a bowl of ice cream is not so simple. It could…

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When a child is diagnosed with irritable bowel disease (IBD), the first step is understanding that these diseases are chronic but also treatable. Inflammatory bowel diseases, which include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, cause painful swelling and irritation to the lining of the bowels. Though it is not yet know what causes this inflammation, genetic…

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Gastrointestinal reflux disease, or GERD, is a GI health condition occurring in people of all ages, including infants and children. Children often develop the disease when lower esophageal sphincter relaxes and fails to keep contents within the stomach. It may be necessary to consult with a pediatric gastroenterologist if a child experiences persistent reflux that…

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Gastrointestinal cancer refers to any malignancy of the digestive tract and its organs, including the esophagus, stomach, and bowels, as well as the pancreas and the biliary system. While gastrointestinal cancer is very rare in children, pediatric cancer screenings may be necessary for children considered at high risk of developing GI cancer or for those…

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Pediatric dysphagia is a disorder identified by a child’s difficulty with eating or swallowing foods and liquids. It can be caused by difficulty mobilizing the mouth, lips and tongue (oral dysphagia) or by difficulty with swallowing in the throat (pharyngeal dysphagia). It is important for children with swallowing problems of any kind to see a…

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Crohn’s Disease is a form of irritable bowel disease (IBD) in which inflammation occurs in specific areas of the intestine – particularly in the lower portion of the small intestine (ileum) and within the colon. Unlike ulcerative colitis (another form of IBD) which causes inflammation of the entire intestinal wall, Crohn’s disease tends to occur…

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Constipation is a common problem in childhood present in kids of all ages, including babies. In fact, nearly all children will experience constipation at some point though some experience it more frequently or severely than others. At our pediatric GI office, we recognize the discomfort and inconvenience constipation can cause a child. Though the condition is…

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Celiac disease is an immune reaction gluten, a protein found in many everyday foods. Most children eat gluten on a daily basis with no intolerance or negative reaction. For children with celiac disease, even modest amounts of gluten can cause uncomfortable symptoms and trigger the immune system to begin attacking the inner lining of the…

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Childhood abdominal pain is an uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating condition that may indicate the presence of an underlying health condition. The pain may be acute, occurring suddenly and lasting a week or less, or it may be chronic, lasting for long periods of time or on a chronic basis. There are a variety of problems…

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