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When you child is suffering from a condition affecting digestion or nutrition, you know how unsettled the day can become for your entire family. At Novant Health Pediatric Gastroenterology – Matthews, our goal is to accurately diagnose your child’s gastrointestinal issue or nutritional concern promptly. Your child’s care team also can develop a management or treatment plan to help ease your child’s discomfort, so your family can carry on as usual.

Conditions our providers regularly diagnose and manage include:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD, or acid reflux)
  • Constipation
  • Infantile colic (common cause of discomfort in newborns)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (inflammatory bowel diseases)
  • Allergic gastrointestinal disorder (a digestive problem caused by an allergic reaction)
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Celiac disease (sensitivity to gluten)
  • Jaundice (a buildup of bilirubin in the blood marked by a yellowing of the skin)
  • Hepatitis (inflammation of the liver)
  • Fatty liver disease (extra fat in the liver)
  • Enlarged liver
  • Failure to thrive (insufficient weight gain or too much weight loss)
  • Cows-milk protein intolerance (common food allergy in babies)
  • Pancreatic insufficiency (condition in which the pancreas does not produce enough enzymes to digest food)
  • Obesity
  • Malnutrition
  • Feeding disorders
  • Short bowel syndrome (disorder of the small intestine leading to diarrhea and weight loss)

Should your child need a screening test or procedure, these are available at a number of convenient locations in the Charlotte area. Location and scheduling will be discussed with you prior to an appointment being made.

Tests and procedures regularly ordered by our providers include:

  • Upper endoscopy/EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy; a test to examine the upper digestive tract)
  • Colonoscopy (a test to examine the lower digestive tract)
  • Capsule endoscopy (a procedure that uses a small wireless camera to take images of the digestive tract)
  • pH probe (a test to determine the pH level, or acidity, in the digestive tract)
  • Bravo pH monitoring (a test to measure reflux symptoms)
  • Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement (feeding tube placed into the stomach)
  • Manual disimpaction (for constipation relief)