Gastroenterology (Digestive Health)

Pediatric gastroenterologists help children with digestive problems

Abdominal pain in childhood is as predictable as loose teeth and skinned knees. But when digestive problems start interfering with your child’s life, it’s time to talk to your primary care doctor about a referral to a pediatric gastroenterologist. At Nemours, our board-certified doctors evaluate, diagnose and treat a variety of conditions in pediatric gastroenterology or “pediatric GI.”

 
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Pediatric GI Conditions We Treat
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease (heartburn)
  • constipation
  • abdominal pain
  • inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • celiac disease (intolerance to gluten protein)
  • recurrent vomiting
  • recurrent diarrhea
  • disorders affecting nutrient absorption
  • allergic diseases of the gastrointestinal system
  • diseases of the liver or pancreas 
  • feeding disorders
  • gastrointestinal bleeding
  • motility disorders (slow or rapid movement of the stomach or intestines)
  • feeding intolerance requiring feeding tube placement (when a tube is inserted to deliver nutrition directly to the stomach via the nose — called a nasogastric, or NG tube — or through an opening in the abdomen — called a gastrostomy, or G tube)
  • polyps
  • liver disease requiring transplantation
Integrated Specialty Care for Pediatric Digestive Disorders

We have specialty programs dedicated to the care of children with specific chronic pediatric GI conditions. These clinics allow for a Nemours pediatric gastroenterologist to work alongside other pediatric specialists, nurse practitioners, licensed clinical social workers and registered dietitians in a child-centered environment.

Jacksonville

Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville

807 Children’s Way
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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Phone: (904) 697-3600

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
New Patients

Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
 
Forms & Resources
New Patient Forms
Returning Patient Forms
Resources for Patients & Families
Support Services & Helpful Information

Pediatric gastroenterologists at Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville, offer comprehensive outpatient care for children with a wide variety of digestive disorders and pediatric GI conditions. We also provide inpatient hospital services at our neighboring pediatric partner Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital.

For care that’s closer to home, our gastroenterologists see kids at our Jacksonville South clinic located next to Baptist South Hospital.

 
Pediatric GI Conditions We Treat
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease (heartburn)
  • constipation
  • abdominal pain
  • inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • celiac disease (intolerance to gluten protein)
  • recurrent vomiting
  • recurrent diarrhea
  • disorders affecting nutrient absorption
  • allergic diseases of the gastrointestinal system
  • diseases of the liver or pancreas 
  • feeding disorders
  • gastrointestinal bleeding
  • motility disorders (slow or rapid movement of the stomach or intestines)
  • feeding intolerance requiring feeding tube placement
  • eosinophilic esophagitis (allergic inflammation of the swallowing tube)
  • polyps
  • liver disease requiring transplantation

Nemours: Advanced Care for Children With Digestive Disorders

At Nemours, we evaluate, diagnose and treat digestive disorders in children of all ages. Your child’s initial visit with us includes a thorough physical exam by one of our expert pediatric gastroenterologists, medical and family history and questions about the frequency and severity of your child’s symptoms.

Based on our findings, we may then perform further tests here at the clinic, or at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

 
Evaluating Digestive Disorders in Children
To evaluate your child’s condition, we may order:
  • blood and urine tests
  • abdominal X-ray
  • abdominal ultrasound (uses sound waves to create images of organs in the pelvic area)

For more in-depth evaluation, our pediatric gastroenterologists can perform advanced tests at our pediatric partner Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

These might include:
  • Upper GI endoscopy (a thin tube or scope with a tiny camera that’s inserted into the throat to view the digestive tract)
  • Lower GI endoscopy (a thin scope that’s inserted into the anus examines the rectum, the large intestine and parts of the small intestine)
  • Manometry (pressure recordings) of the GI tract
  • Specialized testing for gastroesophageal reflux and other acid related conditions
  • CT or CAT scan (computed tomography scan to view more detailed images inside of the body)
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging to view the pelvic organs and structures)

The goal of treatment is always to alleviate your child’s symptoms as quickly as possible, and, when necessary, to provide an ongoing management plan to maintain your child’s good digestive health.


Liver and Intestinal Transplant Clinic at Nemours

Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville has a liver and transplant clinic where children with complex liver diseases can be seen locally and benefit from interaction and coordinated care with our pediatric gastroenterologists.

 
Electronic Health Record: Keeping Everyone in the Loop

No matter where your child receives care at Nemours, your medical team (including your primary care provider) can access your child’s medical history, test results and visit notes anytime through our award-winning electronic health record system.

You can also view parts of your child's health records, communicate with your Nemours care team, make appointments, request prescription refills and more through our MyNemours online patient portal.

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Family-Centered Care from Nemours

At Nemours, we recognize the importance of the family in the care and healing process. We understand that no one knows your child better than you do — and that you’re one of the most important members of your child’s care team. That’s why we make every effort to include you in the process and to create a close relationship built on mutual respect, collaboration and education.

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