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
- gastroesophageal reflux disease (heartburn)
- 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)
- 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.
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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
Bring these forms for your first appointment:
Returning Patient Forms
- Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Resources for Patients & Families
At Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, pediatric gastroenterologists provide comprehensive care for children with a wide variety of digestive disorders and pediatric GI conditions.
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.
Nemours outpatient specialty clinics care for children with:
- inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- celiac disease
- eosinophilic esophagitis (allergic inflammation of the swallowing tube)
We also provide inpatient hospital care services for children who have:
- general pediatric GI problems
- the need for intraveneous nutrition (when food cannot be taken by mouth)
Additionally, we have a board-certified hepatologist (liver specialist) on staff to
work with patients who have liver disease, as well as with the solid organ
transplant team in providing pre-transplant and post-transplant care for children
with liver failure.
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 then perform further tests:
- 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.
Helping You & Your Child Understand Our Procedures
If your child needs a traditional endoscopy or colonoscopy, you can watch an easy-to-use animated program, created by Emmi® Kids, to help you better understand the procedure and what to expect at every step.
"Camera in a Pill:" A Non-Invasive Approach to Pediatric GI Tests
At duPont Hospital for Children, we offer a non-invasive alternative for some pediatric GI tests called wireless capsule endoscopy. Essentially a "camera in a pill," is a state-of-the-art procedure that provides high-quality images in a less invasive way. This technique allows doctors to see parts of the small intestine that are often difficult to see using other means.
What to Expect If Your Child Needs Surgery
If your child needs surgery, you can trust our pediatric surgical team at Nemours. Our pediatric surgical specialists (surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses), understand what kids need, psychologically and physically. Our guidebook provides step-by-step instructions and information about what to expect before, during and right after surgery.