Pediatric Gastroenterologists Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Naples & Hollywood, FL
The specially trained and experienced pediatric gastroenterologists at KIDZ Medical Services have the expertise to treat children – from newborns to teenagers – with digestive system, liver, or nutritional health issues. These problems can be quite different from those experienced by adults and require specialized training and experience to treat them.
Our pediatric gastroenterologists provide treatment in the form of diagnostic tests and endoscopic procedures for a range of conditions, including:
- Acute or chronic abdominal pain (e.g., gastritis)
- Bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract
- Celiac disease
- Chronic constipation
- Chronic or severe diarrhea
- Feeding disorders
- Food allergies or intolerances
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (reflux or GERD)
- Inflammatory bowel disease: Crohn’s disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease: Ulcerative colitis
- Lactose intolerance
- Liver disease
- Pancreatic insufficiency and pancreatitis
- Short bowel syndrome
Our pediatric gastroenterologists also treat bleeding, swallowing problems, and other intestinal problems.
Constipation in Children
A common problem among children is constipation, which is difficulty having frequent, normal bowel movements. It can be caused by a number of factors, including a diet that includes too much processed foods, cheeses, white bread, and meats, and doesn’t include enough water and fiber that help the bowels move properly.
Constipation can also be caused by certain conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, or medications, such as antidepressants or those used to treat iron deficiencies. It can occur in infants that are transitioning from breast milk to formula or from baby food to solid food. Kids may also become constipated due to stress or ignoring the urge to go.
How would you know if your child was constipated? Symptoms include:
- Having fewer bowel movements than usual
- Having trouble (straining) or pain when they attempt to poop
- Feeling bloated or full
- Noticing a drop of blood on the toilet paper
- Staining their underwear with bits of stool
Childhood Constipation Treatment Options
- Serving your child more liquids and fiber. Most school-age children need at least 3 to 4 glasses of water daily. For a constipated infant, serve 2 to 4 ounces of apple, pear, or prune juice daily. Meanwhile, high-fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain bread can help your child avoid becoming constipated.
- Make sure your child is getting enough physical activity and exercise. This helps prod the bowels to perform normally.
- Adhere to a regular meal schedule. This will enable your child to develop routine bowel habits.
If your pediatrician or family doctor recommends that your child see a doctor who specializes in gastrointestinal disorders, trust the experts at KIDZ Medical Services. Call to make an appointment with one of our pediatric gastroenterologists or request an appointment online.