Pediatric Gastroenterology in Ocean Springs, MS
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What is pediatric gastroenterology?
Pediatric gastroenterology involves the identification and treatment of gastroenterology-related diseases in children from birth to age 18. Pediatric gastrointestinal disorders should be managed and treated by keeping a child's body and anatomy in mind. A pediatric gastroenterologist is a pediatrician who has undergone three more years of advanced training for gastrointestinal (GI) conditions in young individuals. They address all aspects of a patient's care, including diagnostic tests, treatment strategies, medical imaging, and anesthesia.
The pediatric gastroenterologists at Digestive Health Center of MS are experts in pediatric GI health. A number of our pediatric gastroenterologists also specialize in pediatric liver conditions and feeding issues. They care for children of all ages, diagnose and treat gastrointestinal diseases and issues, and are experienced in recognizing the signs and symptoms of digestive problems in children. Our specialists work within child-oriented treatment environments and provide individualized care to create pleasant, positive experiences. To locate a provider who offers pediatric GI care in Ocean Springs, MS, please contact our team today.
Gastrointestinal disorders in children
Working closely with a child's primary care physician, our Ocean Springs, MS pediatric gastroenterologists diagnose and treat a range of digestive issues affecting children and teens, including:
- Liver disease
- Celiac disease
- Food intolerance
- Diet and nutrition
- GERD/acid reflux
- Recurrent vomiting
- Eosinophilic esophagitis (difficulty swallowing)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease
- Inability to thrive, poor growth, and issues gaining weight
- Childhood obesity
- Peptic ulcers
Common digestive concerns in children:
- Blood in the stool
- Discomfort in the abdominal area
- Swallowing/feeding difficulties
- Nausea or queasiness
- Inability to gain weight or weight loss
Common pediatric GI procedures:
- Esophageal dilation
- Foreign body removal
- Feeding tube placement (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy or PEG)
- Upper GI endoscopy (esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD)
- Capsule endoscopy
- Colonoscopy (lower endoscopy)
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- Biopsy of the liver
Pediatric care for digestive health
At Digestive Health Center of MS, we understand the importance of locating a doctor you can openly talk to and trust. Our physicians are dedicated to maintaining excellent communication with children and their guardians/parents. We also believe that it is imperative for caregivers/parents to fully understand any testing and treatment their child might require. Our gastroenterologists provide detailed information to help caregivers understand the GI issue their child is experiencing, care for their child's condition, and manage their digestive health at home. Contact us today to connect with a doctor who offers children's GI care in Ocean Springs, MS.
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He is the bomb! I LOVED him when I was sick. And he is very entertaining too.
Dr McNair is extremely knowledgeable in his profession and has an excellent bedside manner. He explains what he is doing in terms that I can understand. Him and his staff is always professional!!!