Children's Digestive System

Just about every kid has mild diarrhea or constipation at one time or another. Minor problems like these are common in children and usually disappear on their own. But if the problem doesn’t go away, Mercy’s gastroenterology specialists are ready to help.

Sometimes it’s difficult to determine exactly what's causing a child’s digestive problems. In addition to chronic bathroom problems, the main symptoms to look out for include stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and unexplained weight loss.

To diagnose the problem, your Mercy doctor will look at your child's medical history, perform a physical exam and in some cases, order specific tests. At Mercy, our pediatric gastroenterologists are experienced in diagnosing and treating digestive conditions such as:

  • Eating disorders
  • Celiac disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
  • Biliary atresia
  • Hirschsprung’s disease
  • Gastroesophageal reflux

Your child’s treatment may include making changes to his or her eating habits and diet. For some conditions, medications may be prescribed. The good news is that with early intervention, you can often prevent or reduce the gastrointestinal (GI) disorders that kids may experience later in life.

When you come to Mercy, you will find a team of professionals dedicated to your child’s digestive health care needs. We’ll treat you with compassion and respect, and we’ll work together to help your child feel better as quickly as possible.

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