Emerson Hospital
Digestive health issues and nutritional problems in children are often quite different from those seen in adults. That’s why Emerson Hospital has a team of pediatric gastroenterologists with specialized expertise for diagnosing and treating digestive disorders in children. 

What’s more, we have an affiliation with MassGeneral Hospital for Children if your child should require even more advanced care.

The conditions our pediatric gastroenterologists see 

Our pediatric gastroenterologists take care of children from infancy through age 18 who have a variety of gastrointestinal, liver, pancreatic and nutritional disorders, including:
  • Acute or chronic abdominal pain
  • Chronic constipation
  • Chronic or severe diarrhea
  • Feeding disorders
  • Food allergies or intolerances, including celiac disease
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding 
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Liver disease
  • Nutritional problems (including malnutrition, failure to thrive and obesity)
  • Severe or complicated gastroesophageal reflux disease (acid reflux or GERD)
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Pancreatic insufficiency (including cystic fibrosis) and pancreatitis
  • Vomiting

Treatment options available for children with digestive disorders include:
  • Nutritional therapy
  • Lifestyle and dietary counseling
  • Medications, including the latest biologics
  • Endoscopic interventions
  • Gastrointestinal surgery, including procedures using the latest minimally invasive techniques

Taking the time to explain your child’s treatment options is a high priority for our pediatric gastroenterology team, and you are encouraged to actively participate in decision-making about your child’s care.


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