The Penn State Health Children’s Hospital Approach to Pediatric Digestive Health
The pediatric gastroenterologists at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital know it’s hard to see your child in pain or uncomfortable. That’s why they’ve worked hard to become experts in their field. Just like you, they want your child to feel better and get back to doing what kids do. They have experience caring for conditions that affect the esophagus, abdomen, intestinal tract, pancreas and liver. Through comprehensive assessment, our providers will work with you and your child to treat your child's digestive condition.
Broad Yet Specialized Treatment
Families come here because our doctors are experts in a broad range conditions. Using their knowledge, skills and the most advanced diagnostic and treatment methods, they provide complete care.
While managing a wide range of digestive disorders, Penn State Health Children’s Hospital pediatric gastroenterologists treat each child and family individually. Your child’s treatment plan will be tailored to his or her particular needs.
Our Experts in Pediatric Gastroenterology Care
The Pediatric Gastroenterology (GI) and Nutrition care team treats young people with digestive problems. We specialize in testing, treatment and follow-up care.
Why Choose Penn State Health Children’s Hospital for Care
Dedicated, Multidisciplinary Clinics for IBD and Feeding Problems
Our pediatric gastroenterologists provide specialized care for feeding problems and pediatric IBD through dedicated, multidisciplinary clinics. By teaming up with experts from many different fields, our doctors produce the best patient outcomes.
In the Feeding Program, our gastroenterologists work alongside psychologists, dieticians, speech pathologists and feeding therapists to deliver effective treatment for a variety of feeding problems, including chewing, choking and swallowing problems, food refusal or sensitivity, and tube feeding management. In the IBD clinic, our doctors collaborate with pediatric surgeons, behavioral psychology and nutrition to provide complete care when IBD requires surgery.
Elevated Nutrition Care
Nutrition management is a key part of treating many digestive diseases. In order to provide the highest quality and most effective nutrition care, our doctors work with dietitians who assess your child’s dietary needs on an individual level.
Guidance for Transitioning to Adult Digestive Diseases Care
When it’s time for your child to move from our care to adult digestive disease care, we are here to make the process easy and stress-free. From offering physician referrals to helping your teen learn how to manage their own health care, our team has the resources and a plan.
Research and Clinical Trials That Move Treatment Forward
Penn State Health includes Penn State Health Children’s Hospital. In partnership with colleagues at Penn State College of Medicine, members of Pediatric Digestive Diseases and Gastroenterology at the Children’s Hospital participate in clinical research for pediatric IBD and feeding problems. Through these studies, they hope to improve the understanding and treatment of these conditions, which in turn benefits children’s quality of life. Search our active clinical trials.
- Abdominal pain
- Celiac disease
- Chronic diarrhea
- Eosinophilic esophagitis
- Failure to thrive
- Feeding problems
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Gastrointestinal (stomach or intestinal) bleeding
- Pediatric Crohn’s disease
- Pediatric inflammatory bowel disease
- Ulcerative colitis
Support groups provide children and their families an opportunity to connect with others in similar situations. Learn more about the support groups offered at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.
Our Convenient Locations
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