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.”
Pediatric GI Conditions We Treat
- abdominal pain
- allergic diseases of the gastrointestinal system
- celiac disease (intolerance to gluten protein)
- diseases of the liver or pancreas
- disorders affecting nutrient absorption (also called malabsorption)
- feeding disorders
- 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)
- foreign body removal in the gastrointestinal tract
- gallbladder disease
- gastroesophageal reflux disease (also called GERD or heartburn)
- gastrointestinal bleeding
- inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
- intestinal failure
- liver disease requiring transplantation
- motility disorders (slow or rapid movement of the stomach or intestines)
- pancreatic disease
- recurrent diarrhea
- recurrent vomiting
- short gut (also called short bowel syndrome)
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.
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- 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
- Patient Registration (PDF)
- Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
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Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Resources for Patients & Families
At Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Philadelphia, pediatric gastroenterologists provide comprehensive care for children with a wide variety of digestive disorders and pediatric GI conditions.
What to Expect at Your Pediatric GI Visit
Your child’s initial visit with us will include 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 recommend additional tests, including:
- blood and urine tests
- specialized X-rays, such as an Upper GI study
- endoscopy (evaluating the esophagus, stomach, or intestines
through a tiny scope).
Typically, a scope is inserted, under sedation, into your child’s upper digestive tract via the throat or into the intestines via the anus (colonoscopy), depending on what view is necessary.
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.