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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The pediatric gastroenterologists at Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville South, provide expert diagnostic services and care to kids with a variety of gastrointestinal (or GI), liver and nutritional disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), celiac disease (intolerance to gluten protein) and eosinophilic esophagitis (allergic inflammation of the swallowing tube).
Our office serves as a satellite to our clinic located in downtown Jacksonville where some of the same pediatric gastroenterologists and other specialists extend convenient care to our families here on Jacksonville’s south side.
Pediatric Gastroenterology Care at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville South
When you bring your child to Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville South, you’ll notice right away that we’re all about kids. Our child-friendly environment is inviting and calming, and the staff makes every appointment as comfortable as possible for the whole family.
Your child’s initial visit with us includes:
- physical exam by one of our pediatric gastroenterologists
- thorough medical and family history
- questions about the frequency and severity of your child’s symptoms
To get to the bottom of what’s causing your child’s digestive problems, we may order a number of tests and procedures, including:
- blood tests
- urine tests
- abdominal X-rays
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
The Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville South, offers X-ray imaging onsite, while MRIs and nuclear medicine studies, CT scans, ultrasounds and interventional radiology services are provided at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
If your child needs additional tests, therapies or rehabilitation, surgery or an overnight hospital stay, your pediatric GI team and specialists at Wolfson Children’s Hospital will take good care of your family and make the experience as easy and stress-free as possible.
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.
Advanced Care: Your Child’s Pediatric Gastroenterology Team
In addition to expert pediatric gastroenterologists, your child’s care team includes highly trained, licensed and certified professionals who are experienced in managing GI disorders in children, including:
- nurse practitioners
- registered dietitians
- licensed clinical social workers
Our Nemours clinic in downtown Jacksonville, Fla. offers a special liver and intestinal transplant clinic. This means patients with complex liver diseases can be seen locally in Jacksonville, and allows close interaction and coordinated care between the transplant center and our pediatric gastroenterologists.
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.
The Nemours Commitment to Family-Centered Care
At Nemours, we recognize the importance of the family in the care and healing process. Because many of the children we see have chronic illnesses that require repeated visits, we build strong relationships with our families that foster respect, dignity and collaboration. We’re also committed to educating children and families about the medical condition, and how best to manage it. Our goal is to get your child back to the business of being a kid as quickly as possible.