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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- 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:
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- Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
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Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Resources for Patients & Families
Pediatric gastroenterologists from Nemours Children’s Hospital travel to Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Melbourne to offer convenient, comprehensive outpatient care for children with a wide variety of digestive disorders (pediatric gastroenterology or 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. We may prescribe specific medications and provide detailed education on how to care for your child.
What to Expect at a Visit
At Nemours, we evaluate, diagnose and treat digestive disorders in children of all ages. Your child’s initial visit with us includes a thorough physical exam by one of our expert pediatric gastroenterologists, a 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 testing. In some cases, we may refer you to additional Nemours specialists, including registered dietitians, pediatric psychologists or social workers, or pain management specialists.
To evaluate your child’s condition, we may order:
- blood and urine tests
- abdominal X-ray
- abdominal ultrasound (uses sound waves to create images of organs in the pelvic area)
For more in-depth evaluation, our pediatric gastroenterologists can perform advanced tests at Nemours 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
- computed tomography scan (CT or “CAT” scan) to view more detailed images inside of the body
- magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to view the pelvic organs and structures
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.
Family-Centered Care at Nemours
No matter what your child’s condition, we recognize the importance of the family in the care and healing process. Because many of the children we see have chronic (long-term) illnesses that require repeated visits, we are committed to building strong relationships with families. We’re also committed to teaching our patients and their families about their condition and how best to manage it. Through education, we can help improve your child’s quality of life.