Pediatric gastroenterology

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Pediatric gastroenterologist works to treat gastrointestinal, liver and nutrition problems in children and young children. In fact, due to functional differences in digestion and nutrition of children compared to adults, children's digestive system is examined by a pediatrician. There is no specific age group to see a pediatric gastroenterologist. But in general, newborns to 10-year-olds usually go to a pediatrician for digestive problems. A pediatric gastroenterologist first performs relevant tests on the child's problems to diagnose and begin treatment. Sometimes endoscopic methods are used to examine the gastrointestinal tract or part of the gastrointestinal tissue. Pediatric gastroenterologist diagnoses and treats swallowing and digestion problems, internal bleeding and intestinal inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, eating disorders and liver disease in children.

Treatment of gastrointestinal diseases
As mentioned earlier, Immatures have major differences in their digestive system with adults. Babies, toddlers, children and adolescents have different needs than adults because they are constantly growing and changing. These people are not aware of their health status due to their younger age than adults. They also have less patience due to childhood. That's why pediatricians and pediatric gastroenterologists are trained to know how to treat a child properly and know how to ask questions. The pediatric gastroenterologist is fully aware of the rapid and constant changes in the body of children, the physical condition and the diseases that they generally suffer from. As a result, they can work well in treating and eliminating problems and complications caused by diseases. Gastrointestinal diseases should normally be treated by controlling the symptoms. But the thing about pediatric gastrointestinal diseases is that even though these children are in pain, sometimes the source of the pain cannot be found. Anxiety and depression are one of the problems that cause digestive problems in children. Anxiety can negatively affect bowel function. Most children with gastrointestinal disorders are also prone to disorders such as anxiety and depression. But it is not clear exactly which of these problems occurs sooner and causes another. Also, in some cases, painful bowel movements may cause anxiety in children, and this factor causes the child to be afraid to go to the toilet and refrain. This in turn increases the risk of constipation and abdominal pain in children and further increases the child's anxiety.
Pediatric gastroenterology is a specialty that diagnoses and treats the following in children:

  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • lactose intolerance
  • Food allergies in infants
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Severe or complex gastrointestinal reflux
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Short Bowel Syndrome
  • Liver disease
  • Acute or chronic abdominal pain
  • Vomit
  • Chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea
  • Nutritional problems such as malnutrition, stunted growth and overweight
  • Eating Disorders
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