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, Upland

Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Vivacqua Pavilion
One Medical Center Boulevard, Suite 443
Upland, PA 19013
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For Appointments: (800) 416-4441
Fax: (484) 483-0310

Hours: Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours may vary; please call.

 
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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 gastroenterology specialists at Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Upland are specially trained to diagnose and treat a wide variety of gastrointestinal (GI) conditions in children.

What to Expect at Your Child's Gastroenterology Visit

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

Based on the exam 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)

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.