Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center treats kids from birth to age 19 who are struggling with a variety of eating and digestive problems — from abdominal pain to constipation, food allergies to liver disease.
In addition to diagnosing and treating a wide range of issues, our team of gastroenterologists — doctors who are specially trained to treat kids with eating and digestive issues — works closely with physicians from other specialties to provide individualized care for every child.
For instance, children with food allergies or hypersensitivities might need to be seen by Allergy, Asthma & Immunology specialists. And patients who struggle with swallowing or aspiration may need to be seen by a pulmonologist (a doctor who specializes in breathing issues) or Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) specialist.
What Sets Children’s Apart?
Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition at Children’s is the only service of its kind in the state of Nebraska that has specialized clinics of experienced medical teams who are trained to treat all aspects of your child’s condition.
Our clinics include:
- Aerodigestive: For infants and children who have swallowing and aspiration issues (where food and liquids pass into airway rather than swallowed). We also see children with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). This is when food in the stomach comes back into the throat.
- Colorectal: For children who have any problems with constipation or soiling, and urinary/stooling accidents.
- Feeding and growth: For children who have significantly slower weight gain than their peers (failure to thrive), or other issues related to eating or feeding difficulties. This clinic includes experts in feeding therapy and behavioral health.
- Food hypersensitivity: For children who have any symptoms of food allergy with secondary GI symptoms.
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): For children who have conditions such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
- Liver: For children with elevated liver enzymes or liver disease.
- Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH): For children with NASH and other obesity-related liver diseases.
- Partial Enteral Nutrition (PEN): For children who require nutrition support, including tube feeding.
We also conduct clinical trials that involve the latest and most effective treatments for conditions such as liver disease, motility disorders, and intestinal failure.
We participate in ImproveCareNow, which allows us to access and share evidence-based practices with other GI facilities. Sharing knowledge with other experts who have seen patients with your child’s condition enables us to provide the highest-quality, most effective care to your child.
Conditions We Treat
Our team is prepared to diagnose and treat many digestive health issues, including:
Crohn’s DiseaseA form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in which the lining of the digestive tract is inflamed.
Elevated Liver EnzymesLiver disease can be the result of a variety of causes, including infections (like hepatitis A, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C), genetic conditions (like hemochromatosis or alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency), autoimmune diseases (like autoimmune hepatitis), obesity-related liver disease, cancers (such as bile duct cancer or liver cancer).
Failure To ThriveSignificantly slower (or no) weight gain compared to what is considered developmentally appropriate.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)When a muscle in the esophagus fails to close correctly, the contents of the stomach may leak back into the esophagus, causing irritation.
Gastrointestinal PolypsSmall growths in the intestines.
JaundiceWhen the liver is unable to properly process broken down red blood cells, a chemical called bilirubin begins to build up inside the body. This can make a person’s skin and the whites of their eyes turn yellow.
Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)A type of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease that includes inflammation and damage to liver cells, as well as fat in the liver.
Short Bowel SyndromeWhen nutrients cannot be absorbed properly because the small or large intestines either did not develop properly or had to be fully or partially removed to address another health issue.
Ulcerative ColitisA form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in which the large intestine and rectum become inflamed and damaged.
We have the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies and equipment to treat children and provide the following procedures, including:
Anorectal ManometryStudying the anus and rectum using a catheter and a balloon.
Anorectal Manometry Patient Education Teaching Sheet
Antroduodenal ManometryStudying the stomach and a portion of the small intestine using a tube inserted through the nose.
Antroduodenal Manometry Patient Education Teaching Sheet
Antroduodenal Manometry Patient Education Teaching Sheet – Spanish
Capsule EndoscopyUsing a swallowable camera the size of a pill to examine the small intestine.
Capsule Endoscopy Teaching Sheet
Dynamic Nutritional Management Of Tube Feeding And/Or Total Parenteral NutritionEnsuring that adequate nutrition is delivered through the G tube or via parenteral nutrition if your child has difficulty absorbing nutrients or taking food by mouth.
Esophageal pH MonitoringMeasuring the frequency that acid from the stomach goes into the esophagus, using a tube inserted through the nose or mouth.
Ph Probe Study Patient Education Teaching Sheet
Esophageal ManometryExamining if the esophagus is working by inserting a tube through the nose down into the esophagus and stomach.
Esophageal Manometry Patient Education Teaching Sheet
Hydrogen Breath TestMeasuring hydrogen levels in a person’s breath in order to determine if the amount of hydrogen indicates that the body is not digesting certain nutrients properly.
Hydrogen Breath Test Patient Education Teaching Sheet
Liver BiopsyUsing ultrasound guidance and a special needle to remove a small piece of liver tissue for further examination.
Liver Biopsy Patient Education Teaching Sheet
Lower Endoscopy (Colonoscopy)Looking at the lower GI tract (colon and small intestine) by inserting a thin and flexible tube through the anus.
Colonoscopy Patient Education Teaching Sheet
Colonoscopy Patient Education Teaching Sheet – Spanish
Nutrition Management Of Dietary RestrictionsHelping parents of children with dietary restrictions (allergies, intolerance, or feeding difficulties) to select a diet that meets your child’s nutritional needs and promotes healthy growth and development.
Pancreatic Stimulation TestingMeasuring the pancreas’ response to the hormone secretin (produced by the small intestine as partially digested food passes from the stomach).
Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)Feeding tube placement with the assistance of an upper endoscope.
Pancreatic Stimulation Testing Patient Education Teaching Sheet
Push EnteroscopyUsing a special camera inserted into the throat through a thin, flexible tube in order to look further into the small bowel.
Upper EndoscopyLooking at the upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, and beginning of small intestine) by inserting a thin and flexible tube with a camera attached into the throat.
Upper Endoscopy Patient Education Teaching Sheet
Upper Endoscopy Patient Education Teaching Sheet – Spanish
Patient Education: Gastroenterology Teaching Sheets
Learn more about these procedures, how to prepare your child, and what to expect during and after the procedure.
- Anorectal Manometry
- Antroduodenal Manometry
- Antroduodenal Manometry – Spanish
- Capsule Endoscopy
- Colonic Manometry
- Colonic Manometry – Spanish
- Colonoscopy – Spanish
- Esophageal Manometry
- Hydrogen Breath Test
- Liver Biopsy
- Pancreatic Stimulation Testing
- Ph Probe Study
- Upper Endoscopy
- Upper Endoscopy Spanish
What To Do Next
Make An Appointment
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For Referring Providers
The Physicians’ Priority Line is your 24-hour link to pediatric specialists at Children’s for referrals, emergency and urgent consults, physician-to-physician consults, admissions, and transport services. Call 855-850-KIDS (5437).
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