Akron Children's Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology provides diagnosis and treatment of infants, children and teens with gastrointestinal diseases such as celiac disease, gastroesophageal reflux, and inflammatory bowel disease. Read More...
Akron Children’s Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology provides diagnosis and treatment of infants, children and teens with gastrointestinal disease.
Between 10 and 15 percent of children between the ages of 3 and 16 experience chronic abdominal pain, defined as 3 or more episodes of stomachache within a 3-month period.
Symptoms of gastrointestinal disease vary in type and severity, but the presence of a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the stool, weight loss, poor appetite, or waking up frequently in the middle of the night are all signs that something serious may be behind your child’s stomach pain.
A pediatrician can determine whether your child’s stomach pain is something serious. This may include testing your child’s blood and stool for signs of a parasite.
A pediatrician also will review your child’s family history. Depending on the type and severity of the problem, the pediatrician may then refer your child to a pediatric gastroenterologist.
In cases of more serious ailments, such as a peptic ulcer or Crohn's disease, a close relative typically has the condition as well. Most of these conditions are treatable and controllable through a combination of diet, medicine and, in some cases, surgery.
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