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Gastroenterology & Hepatology Specialized Programs

Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital offers a range of highly specialized pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology programs. Within these programs, our expert gastroenterologists work alongside other pediatric specialists, surgical specialists, speech and language therapists, dietitians, nurse coordinators, child life specialists and social workers to provide the best possible care.

Our board-certified and nationally recognized experts have training in the most up-to-date and innovative treatments for patients. Our team is dedicated to working with families to establish an individualized care plan for each patient to address his/her unique needs.

Pediatric Aerodigestive Program

The Pediatric Aerodigestive Program provides coordinated care for infants, toddlers and adolescents with combined airway and gastrointestinal disorders.

Learn more about the Pediatric Aerodigestive Program

Pediatric Celiac Disease

Our Pediatric Celiac Program provides coordinated care for children and adolescents with possible and confirmed celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders. Our team is dedicated to the education and maintenance of a gluten-free diet to ensure that each child’s diet is well balanced. Pediatric specialists such as gastroenterologists, advanced practice providers, nurses, dietitians and social workers provide families with the tools to successfully adapt to a gluten-free lifestyle.

 

Treatment

 

Currently, the treatment available for celiac disease is to remain on a lifelong gluten-free diet. If celiac disease is left untreated there is an increased risk for developing long-term health complications. Due to the increased risk for micro-nutrient deficiencies in children with celiac disease and the restrictive nature of the gluten-free diet, close follow-up with your child’s care team is recommended.

Pediatric Colorectal Disorders Program

Even after successful surgical correction of the most common congenital colorectal disorders, many patients continue to struggle with gastrointestinal symptoms including constipation and fecal incontinence.

Learn more about the Pediatric Colorectal Disorders Program

Pediatric Eosinophilic Esophagitis Program

Eosinophilic esophagitis and other food allergies with gastrointestinal symptoms are a growing nationwide concern. Eosinophilic esophagitis, a chronic disease of the esophagus, is caused by an allergy to foods or other environmental factors.

Learn more about the Pediatric Eosinophilic Esophagitis Program

Pediatric Feeding Disorder Program

The Feeding Disorder Program provides coordinated care for infants, toddlers and adolescents with feeding problems.

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Pediatric Healthy Gut Program

While medications can be effective and often necessary to treat many intestinal diseases, improved and tailored diets are key to establishing good health, preventing and treating intestinal diseases in children. Personalized nutrition, incorporating the use of functional foods can decrease or eliminate the need for long-term medications in diseases such as constipation and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

 

Conditions we treat

 
  • Chronic abdominal pain
  • Chronic constipation
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Food allergies
  • Gastritis
  • Gastrointestinal reflux
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
 

Treatments

 

Our gastroenterologists are passionate about using targeted nutritional approaches to treat diseases and improve the health of children. They work closely with dietitians to review the child’s dietary history and provide specific tailored recommendations in conjunction with conventional medicines where necessary to treat diseases and improve the health and well-being of the child. By providing guidance in healthy and functional foods shown to be beneficial for specific diseases, the care team works with families to reduce the need for long-term drug therapy for various intestinal diseases.

Pediatric Hepatology Program

The Pediatric Hepatology Program treats children with a wide range of liver diseases, including acute liver failure, biliary atresia and fatty liver disease.

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Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program

Our Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program is dedicated to providing comprehensive and multidisciplinary management of inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in children.

Learn more about the Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program

Pediatric Neurogastroenterology and Motility Program

Our Pediatric Neurogastroenterology and Motility Program provides a personalized and comprehensive assessment of children and adolescent patients who suffer from symptoms secondary to gastrointestinal dysmotility (abnormal movement) and disorders affecting the brain-gut interaction (sensation).

Learn more about the Pediatric Neurogastroenterology and Motility Program

Pediatric Short Bowel Rehabilitation Program

Our Pediatric Short Bowel Rehabilitation Program cares for patients who have undergone bowel resection due to a variety of reasons including impaired intestinal function from inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease.

 

These children are closely monitored to maximize their growth and nutrition. We work closely with our Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program to ensure that children are meeting milestones in oral motor development and encourage feeding orally when medically possible.

 

Our surgeons have extensive expertise in intestinal lengthening procedures including Serial Transverse Enteroplasty (STEP). STEP increases the absorptive surface area of the small intestines and may decrease intestinal motility to enhance nutrient absorption.

 

Conditions we treat

 

Conditions associated with short bowel syndrome including:

  • Enteral nutrition including nasogastric, gastrostomy and jejunal feeds
  • Feeding intolerance
  • Feeding problems
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Parenteral nutrition (intravenous administering of nutrition)
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth