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
  • abdominal pain
  • allergic diseases of the gastrointestinal system
  • celiac disease (intolerance to gluten protein)
  • constipation
  • diseases of the liver or pancreas 
  • disorders affecting nutrient absorption (also called malabsorption)
  • esophagitis
  • 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
  • gastroenteritis
  • 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
  • polyps
  • 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.

Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Bryn Mawr

Bryn Mawr Medical Arts Pavilion
825 Old Lancaster Road, Suite 250
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
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Phone: (610) 542-3300
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parking: Valet parking at entrance. Garage parking with convenient skywalk to our suite.

 
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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If your child has a digestive issue, you can be assured that the pediatric gastroenterologists at Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Bryn Mawr are specially trained to diagnose and treat a wide variety of gastrointestinal (GI) conditions in children.

Access Nemours’ renowned pediatric expertise in our state-of-the-art specialty care office and surgery center. We’re located right across the street from Bryn Mawr Hospital, connected by a skywalk.

What to Expect at Your Child’s Pediatric GI Visit

At Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Bryn Mawr, your child’s initial visit with us will include a thorough physical exam by one of our pediatric gastroenterologists. The exam will cover medical and family history, and questions about the frequency and severity of your child’s symptoms.

Based on our findings, we may then recommend further tests:

  • blood and urine tests
  • specialized X-rays
  • endoscopy (evaluating the esophagus, stomach, or intestines through a tiny scope). In an endoscopy, while your child is under sedation, the flexible scope is inserted into the upper digestive tract through the throat.

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.

Procedures Available at Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Bryn Mawr

Depending on scheduling, we’re able to perform some elective endoscopy procedures at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Surgery Center, Bryn Mawr. This center is co-located within the Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Bryn Mawr specialty care office. The center was designed with input from physicians, nurses and parents, and includes a number of family-friendly features to make your visit more comfortable. There are two operating rooms, eight private preop rooms (where you can stay with your child right up until the time of the procedure) and a comfortable waiting area. After the procedure, your child will return to the same room and will usually have the same nurse.

Depending on your child’s needs and the procedure required, the pediatric gastroenterologist will let you know if the procedure can be offered in our surgery center, or if you need to be referred to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.

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