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What is a pediatric gastroenterologist?

Pediatric gastroenterologists treat children who have conditions that affect the organs in the digestive system, including the stomach, liver, and bowel. They also help children with feeding and eating issues.

The gastrointestinal system is complex, particularly in children. As they grow and develop, gastrointestinal disorders can change.

What sorts of conditions do pediatric gastroenterologist treat?

Our pediatric gastroenterology team treats a wide variety of conditions of the digestive tract and their associated medical issues:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Reflux
  • Failure to thrive/weight loss
  • Withholding
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are two types of inflammatory bowel disease in which a child’s immune system attacks the lining of the intestine. These conditions can be painful and can affect your child’s ability to absorb nutrients from the food he or she eats.)
  • Chronic liver disease such as cirrhosis and fibrosis (If your child requires a liver transplant, the gastroenterology team at McLane Children’s Scott & White will coordinate care after the transplant.)
  • Cystic fibrosis and cerebral palsy (These two areas of specialty care partner with other medical services to address patients’ specific gastrointestinal needs.)

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