Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Gastroenterology and Nutrition

If your child suffers from abdominal pain, problems eating, failure to thrive or weight loss, our experts are here to help.

Our pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition team is dedicated to family-focused care. We consult the child’s pediatrician or family physician, nutritionist, and social worker – along with the family – to determine the best course of treatment.

We also offer nutrition counseling, community outreach, and research programs. Social services include support groups for inflammatory bowel disease, eosinophilic esophagitis and celiac disease.

We specialize in treating the following conditions:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Allergic disorders
  • Celiac disease
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's disease
  • Diarrhea and malabsorption
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Failure to thrive/weight loss
  • Feeding disorders
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Liver diseases
  • Obesity and fatty liver
  • Pancreatic disease
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Total parenteral nutrition
  • Tube feeding
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Vomiting

State-of-the-art diagnostic services

Our advanced program offers the following services, with child life specialists available to assist with preparation of each:

  • Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy (including upper endoscopy and colonoscopy)
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Esophageal pH probe study
  • Lactose intolerance breath test
  • Small bowel bacterial overgrowth breath test
  • Suction rectal biopsy
  • Liver biopsy (with Interventional Radiology)
  • DEXA bone density measurements (with Radiology and Pediatric Rheumatology)
  • Magnetic Resonance Enterography (with Pediatric Radiology)

Procedural sedation

When it comes to diagnosing and treating your child, we try to keep the experience as stress-free and pain-free as possible. Certain procedures require sedation in order to achieve this goal.
 
Our team, led by board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists, develops a sedation plan for each child. This includes maintaining the same staff members with the child throughout the entire experience, for the physical and emotional well-being of the child.

For More Information

Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center
155 Polifly Rd. Suite 102, Hackensack, NJ 07601
551-996-8840

K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center
19 Davis Avenue, HOPE Tower, 5th Floor, Neptune, NJ 07753
732-776-4860

Our Doctors

Our pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition team is dedicated to family-focused care. We consult the child’s pediatrician or family physician, nutritionist, and social worker – along with the family – to determine the best course of treatment.

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