Why Refer to Pediatric Gastroenterology?
Pediatric gastroenterologists are physicians with advanced training who can diagnose, treat and manage problems of the digestive system or liver in infants, children and adolescents. They also can treat nutritional problems.
According to guidelines established by the American Academy of Pediatrics, a pediatric gastroenterologist typically provides treatment for the following:
- Bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract
- Lactose intolerance
- Food allergies or intolerances
- Severe or complicated gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Short bowel syndrome
- Liver disease
- Acute or chronic abdominal pain
- Chronic constipation
- Chronic or severe diarrhea
- Pancreatic insufficiency (including cystic fibrosis) and pancreatitis
- Nutritional problems, including malnutrition and failure to thrive
- Feeding disorders
A Multispecialty Approach to Treatment
Our team is led by two dedicated, board certified pediatric gastroenterologists. Team members include four pediatric nurse practitioners, a medical social worker and a dietitian - all of whom have specialized training and experience in working with children's gastroenterological health issues. We work closely with other subspecialties and departments at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital including radiology, psychology, surgery and child life services to provide coordinated, comprehensive and kid friendly care.