What is pediatric gastroenterology?
Pediatric gastroenterology focuses on digestive, liver or nutritional disorders in children from infancy through teenage years. Pediatric gastroenterologists undergo extensive training to perform diagnostic tests of and treat children's digestive systems, which are very different from those of adults.
What conditions do pediatric gastroenterologists treat?
Pediatric GI doctors can treat a range of digestive, liver and nutritional disorders including:
- Bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract
- Lactose intolerance
- Food allergies or intolerances
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (reflux or GERD)
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Short bowel syndrome
- Liver disease
- Abdominal pain (acute or chronic)
- Constipation (chronic)
- Diarrhea (chronic or severe)
- Pancreatic insufficiency (including cystic fibrosis) and pancreatitis
- Nutritional problems (including malnutrition, failure to thrive, and obesity)
- Feeding disorders (child refuses to eat certain food groups, textures or liquids)
- Pediatric Crohn's disease
- Celiac disease in children