Pediatric Gastroenterology

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Digestive Care for Kids

Pediatric gastroenterologist examines boy's stomach with a stethoscope

Occasional tummy troubles are a fact of life for most children. But when problems go beyond the usual belly aches, Nemours pediatric gastroenterology (GI) specialists are here to help. Our team of experts in digestive care and nutrition work together with other specialists to provide advanced therapies to give your child the best possible quality of life.

Conditions We Treat

Conditions We Treat

Nemours pediatric gastroenterology team evaluates and treats all digestive health and liver issues — from minor to extremely complex chronic (ongoing) and acute (short-term) conditions.

We see a full spectrum of conditions — far too many to list here. The conditions we treat vary depending upon the location and providers selected. Don’t see a condition listed? Call us.

  • abdominal pain
  • aerodigestive disorders
  • allergic diseases of the gastrointestinal (digestive) system
  • celiac disease (an autoimmune disorder that makes the body react to gluten — a group of proteins found in wheat, rye and barley and other grains derived from them)
  • chronic retractable constipation (ongoing constipation that doesn’t respond to the usual treatments)
  • cystic fibrosis
  • esophageal conditions (problems with the esophagus, the swallowing tube; includes gastroesophageal reflux disease and eosinophilic esophagitis, allergic inflammation of the esophagus)
  • failure to thrive (when children don’t gain weight or grow in height as expected)
  • 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 tube,” or “NG tube” — or through an opening in the abdomen — called a “gastrostomy tube,” or “G tube”)
  • gallbladder disease (problems with the gallbladder, an organ hidden just below the liver that helps with digestion)
  • gastroenteritis (an infection of the digestive tract, often called the “stomach flu,” which causes nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea)
  • gastrointestinal bleeding
  • inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • intestinal failure
  • intestinal pseudo-obstruction (problem with the intestines’ ability to move food through)
  • liver disease (includes hepatitis, jaundice and liver disease requiring transplantation)
  • malabsorption (disorders affecting how the body absorbs nutrients)
  • motility disorders (slow or rapid movement of the stomach or intestines; includes gastroparesis)
  • pancreatic disease (problems with the pancreas, an organ beneath the stomach that helps with digestion)
  • polyps (small tissue growths)
  • recurrent (ongoing or repeated) diarrhea or vomiting
  • short bowel (or short gut) syndrome
  • swallowing disorders (dysphagia)
Services We Offer

Services We Offer

We offer comprehensive services, which may vary depending upon the condition and location. Using the latest diagnostic techniques and equipment adapted just for children, our services may include:

  • abdominal ultrasounds (use of sound waves to create images of organs)
  • abdominal X-rays
  • advanced breath hydrogen testing (for lactose intolerance and problems with absorbing nutrients)
  • advanced therapeutic endoscopy (the use of a flexible tube and camera to treat conditions such as bleeding, polyps, and narrowing of the bowel or colon)
  • blood and urine tests
  • capsule (or “pill camera”) endoscopy (a quicker and easier way to view the intestines — essentially a “camera in a pill”)
  • colonoscopy (a procedure in which a long, thin tube attached to a TV monitor is inserted through the anus to look for inflammation, bleeding or ulcers on the wall of the colon)
  • computed tomography (CT or CAT scan) (creates detailed images inside of the body)
  • diet and nutritional services (providing diet plans, intravenous nutrition and tube feeding)
  • esophageal dilation (a procedure used to dilate, or stretch, a blocked area in the esophagus)
  • feeding tube placement
  • foreign body removal
  • interventional radiology (the use of imaging technology to precisely target diagnosis and treatment)
  • liver biopsy (removal and testing of liver cells for disease)
  • lower GI endoscopy (a thin scope inserted into the anus to view the rectum, the large intestine and parts of the small intestine)
  • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (to view the pelvic organs and structures)
  • manometry (a test in which a balloon is inflated inside the rectum to see if the anal muscle relaxes as a result)
  • pH studies (to measure the reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus, the swallowing tube, over a 24-hour period)
  • proctoscopy (a common medical procedure using an instrument called a “proctoscope” to look inside the anal cavity, rectum or sigmoid colon — the lower part of the large intestine)
  • testing for asthma, acid and nonacid gastroesophageal reflux, aspiration (difficulty breathing), croup (an infection that affects breathing) and rumination (partial vomiting of food after meals)
  • upper GI endoscopy (a thin tube or scope with a tiny camera that’s inserted into the throat to view the digestive tract)
  • variceal banding (placing small rubber bands over varices — large veins in the esophagus, often from advanced liver disease)
Why Choose Us

Why Choose Us

Nemours’ children’s hospitals are known worldwide for research into pediatric digestive conditions. We’re at the forefront of care, providing life-changing disease-specific therapies and actively researching cures and treatments for kids. Our specialists have published in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, and we’re proud to be part of the national pediatric inflammatory bowel disease improvement network ImproveCareNow .

We keep you and your child at the center of the care team by emphasizing thorough communication, coordinating appointments and, whenever possible, getting studies done on-site the same day. We offer innovative therapies and advanced technologies, including renowned pediatric surgical services and minimally invasive GI procedures. In addition to subspecialty expertise in very specific conditions, we work with our registered dietitians to provide nutritional support. Our care also includes state-of-the-art pediatric imaging expertise and behavioral health care and treatment, including cognitive behavioral therapy and counseling.

Regional Pediatric Gastroenterology Highlights

Services, programs and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.

Our gastroenterologists treat problems with the digestive tract.

We offer pediatric gastroenterology care at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.) and select Nemours duPont Pediatrics satellite locations.

  • ranked one of the best children’s hospitals in the country for pediatric gastroenterology and GI surgery by U.S. News & World Report
  • GI Access Clinic, offering treatment within five days for nonemergency conditions such as abdominal pain or constipation
  • convenient clinic-based subspecialty treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, aerodigestive disorders, cystic fibrosis, intestinal failure (rehabilitation), celiac disease and eosinophilic esophagitis (allergic inflammation of the swallowing tube) 
  • board-certified liver specialist to coordinate liver disease care
  • solid organ transplant team to help care for children with liver failure
  • Ronald McDonald House of Delaware , right across from our campus, for an affordable home away from home during long hospital stays

We offer pediatric gastroenterology care at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando) and select Nemours Children’s Specialty Care satellite locations.

  • outstanding patient satisfaction scores, with 95 percent of patients and families consistently rating our providers as “good” or “very good”
  • one of the few pediatric hospitals in Florida that’s part of PEDSnet (a network that pools patient information from eight pediatric health systems to help to produce new and better research into treatments for childhood illness and disease)
  • only Florida children’s hospital with academic appointments at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine — teacher the pediatric gastroenterologists of tomorrow
  • convenient clinic-based subspecialty treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, cystic fibrosis, aerodigestive disorders, intestinal failure, celiac disease, motility disorders and esophageal disorders
  • Ronald McDonald House  on campus, for an affordable home away from home during long hospital stays

We offer pediatric gastroenterology care at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville (in collaboration with Wolfson Children’s Hospital) and select satellite locations.

  • specialized testing for gastroesophageal reflux and other acid-related conditions
  • IBD Comprehensive Clinic to improve the quality of life for children with inflammatory bowel disease
  • Liver and Intestinal Transplant Clinic (coordinates care of children with complex liver disease)
  • Ronald McDonald House  across the street, for an affordable home away from home during long hospital stays

We offer pediatric gastroenterology care at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Pensacola.

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