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.

Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando


13535 Nemours Parkway
Orlando, FL 32827
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For Appointments: (407) 650-7715

General Information: (407) 650-7617 | Fax: (407) 650-7256

Clinic Location: 2nd Floor

 
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
 
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In the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology (Liver care), and Nutrition at Nemours Children's Hospital, we provide comprehensive care for infants, children, and teens with digestive disorders (pediatric gastroenterology or "pediatric GI" conditions).

One of our first priorities is to make sure your child feels comfortable. We also want you to know that you will be listened to and heard by our entire team. Family-centered care is at the heart of everything we do and you can rest assured that you will have a voice in your child's care and treatment.

Providing Complete, One Stop Pediatric GI Care for Your Child

GI problems can touch nearly every aspect of your child's life, so we take a multidisciplinary approach to your child's care. Our pediatric gastroenterologists work alongside other pediatric specialists here at the hospital to provide coordinated diagnostic testing and treatment for your child.

Our team includes:

Working together, we provide compassionate care for children with a wide variety of GI issues including problems related to complex conditions like inflammatory bowel disease.

 
Types of Pediatric GI Conditions We Treat
We have the expertise to treat conditions that include:
  • abdominal pain
  • celiac disease (intolerance to gluten protein)
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • eosinophilic esophagitis
  • failure to thrive
  • feeding disorders
  • foreign body removal in the gastrointestinal tract
  • general disorders of the gastrointestinal tract
  • gallbladder disease
  • gastroenteritis
  • gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn)
  • gastrointestinal bleeding
  • gastrointestinal polyps
  • gastroparesis
  • inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • intestinal failure
  • intestinal pseudo-obstruction
  • liver disease and transplant care
  • malabsorption
  • motility disorders (slow or rapid movement of the stomach or intestines)
  • nutrition
  • pancreatic disease
  • short bowel syndrome
  • swallowing disorders
  • vomiting
 
What to Expect on Your Child's First 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. We always ask "What are your concerns?" as you are the expert on your child.

Based on our findings, we may then perform further tests:
  • blood and urine tests
  • specialized X-rays, such as an Upper GI study

We strive 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. We may prescribe specific medications to treat your child and provide detailed education on how to care for them.

 
Offering the Latest in GI Diagnostics and Non-Invasive Procedures
We offer the following:
  • traditional endoscopy that includes colonoscopy and EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) – evaluating the colon, intestines, stomach, or esophagus through a tiny scope
  • advanced therapeutic endoscopy that includes, but is not limited to control of GI bleeding, removal of polyps, small bowel endoscopy, enteroscopy, and endoscopic dilatation of esophageal, bowel or colon stricture (narrowing)
  • feeding tubes (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)
  • pH and impedance probe testing for acid and non-acid gastroesophageal reflux, aspiration, croup, asthma, and rumination
  • advanced breath hydrogen testing for malabsorption and lactose intolerance
  • liver biopsy
  • wireless capsule endoscopy — essentially a "camera in a pill", this state-of-the-art procedure provides high quality images throughout the entire GI tract allowing doctors to see parts of the small intestine that are often difficult to see using other methods

At Nemours Children's Hospital, we also offer a wireless capsule endoscopy. Essentially a "camera in a pill," this state-of-the-art procedure provides high quality images throughout the entire GI tract. This technique allows our pediatric gastroenterologists to see parts of the small intestine that are often difficult to see using other means.

 
Advanced Pediatric Medical Imaging Services Available Onsite

If your child needs medical imaging, we offer some of the area's most advanced pediatric radiology services here on campus at Nemours Children's Hospital, including:

  • interventional radiology: Our team of experts uses image-guidance to diagnose and treat diseases and tumors throughout the body. Certain conditions that previously required open surgery can now be treated by Nemours pediatric interventional radiologists. We are very fortunate to have the only dual-trained pediatric diagnostic and interventional radiologist in the state. Learn More »
  • Abdominal and Pelvic MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging): Our subspecialty-trained pediatric radiologists use this highly specialized imaging for children with complex conditions.

Our team of board-certified pediatric radiologists and pediatric radiologic technologists are experts in the safe medical imaging of children of every age, even newborns. We have also pledged our commitment to the "Image Gently" campaign of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, which is increasing awareness of the opportunities to promote radiation protection in the imaging of children.

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Committed to Pediatric GI Disorders Research

Nemours Children’s Hospital is an academic institution as well as a pediatric medical facility. This means that pediatric research is a priority for us. In fact, the opportunity to pursue safer, better ways to treat children has attracted some of the finest pediatric specialists in the country to our hospital. Our nationally and internationally recognized physician researchers will continue to improve the knowledge, research, and outcomes for pediatric GI conditions. They will also be teaching and mentoring the next generation of pediatric specialists in this area.


A Hospital Designed by Families, for Families

At Nemours Children’s Hospital, family-centered care is at the heart of everything we do. In fact, families helped shape the unique amenities and convenient services that make our hospital like no other in the region.

 
If Your Child Needs to Stay Overnight in Our Hospital
At Nemours Children's Hospital, we provide inpatient services for children with:
  • general pediatric GI problems
  • kids receiving total parenteral nutrition (when no food can be taken by mouth and nutrition must be given intravenously)

If your child needs to stay overnight, you'll feel right at home in one of our private patient rooms designed with input from families who understand what it's like to have a child in the hospital.

Our large, comfortable, single-patient rooms have sleeping accommodations for two parents, a private bathroom, wireless internet access, connections for DVD players and game systems, and flat-screen TVs.

Other in-room features include:
  • full floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light
  • refrigerator for family meals and snacks
  • wardrobe storage for personal items and a hotel-style safe
  • GetWellNetwork interactive television, uniquely based on your child's age, medical condition and more, so your child can watch TV, surf the web, check e-mail, play music and games, and learn about your Nemours health care team

Our "hospital within a garden" setting features many places for you and your family to go for fresh air and relaxation, including a one-acre interactive sensory discovery garden or one of our rooftop gardens on the second and fourth floors.

We have many more comforts and amenities, like:
  • free parking
  • complimentary valet parking
  • kid-friendly commons areas for siblings
  • café & coffee shop
  • non-denominational chapel
  • concierge services

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With Your Family From Clinic and Hospital to Home: KidsTRACK

If your child has a complex or chronic condition we encourage you to take advantage of KidsTRACK, a unique service of Nemours Children’s Hospital. Located on the 1st floor of our hospital, KidsTRACK is designed to help families by providing expert assistance and information on all aspects of your child’s care, even before you leave our hospital or clinic.

A KidsTRACK care coordinator is available during every step of diagnosis, treatment, and healing — helping your family make a smooth transition from Nemours Children's Hospital to home. Your coordinator works alongside the nursing/case managers in our subspecialty areas and acts as a single point of contact connecting you to medical and community resources.

Simply ask your physician for a referral to KidsTRACK
or call (407) 650-7715.

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