Gastrointestinal (stomach) issues can affect your child’s entire well-being. When your child struggles with a gastrointestinal (GI) condition, the Children's Health experts at University of Missouri Children’s Hospital are here to work with you and your child to assess him or her and create a customized treatment plan.

Our team treats a full range of conditions in children related to gastrointestinal, liver and nutritional problems. Whether your child has an acute (sudden) condition or something chronic (ongoing) like Crohn’s disease or severe food allergies, we are here to help you manage the symptoms and treat the condition.

Pediatric gastrointestinal conditions we treat

Our specialists are adept at treating any condition related to the GI and digestive tract, including:

  • Celiac disease (gluten intolerance)
  • Constipation
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Cyclic vomiting syndrome
  • Duodenitis (inflammation of the small intestine)
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Esophagitis (irritation or inflammation of the esophagus, the passage of food from the throat to the stomach)
  • Failure to thrive (insufficient weight gain)
  • Gastritis (inflammation, irritation or erosion of the stomach lining)
  • Gastroenteritis (stomach flu)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (when stomach acid flows upward into the digestive tract, causing discomfort)
  • Gastrostomy tube (G-tube) maintenance
  • Hematochezia (bleeding with bowel movements)
  • Infant colic (abdominal pain causing severe discomfort)
  • Infant rumination syndrome (throwing up after almost all feedings)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Melana (bleeding of the GI tract that causes black, tarry stools)
  • Nausea
  • Ulcerative colitis (long-term inflammation and ulcers of the digestive tract)
  • Vomiting
  • Vomiting blood

As part of MU Health Care, MU Children’s Hospital offers a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical procedures to treat your child’s GI condition.

Pediatric gastrointestinal procedures we perform

  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Esophageal dilatation
  • Esophageal varices banding through endoscopy
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
  • PH/Impedance reflux monitoring
  • Polypectomy