Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates’ Pediatric and Adolescent Division: Expert G.I. Care for Your Children
For children with GI issues, comprehensive care is a top priority at AGA’s Pediatric and Adolescent Division. Led by board certified pediatric gastroenterologists Dr. Tejas Mehta and Dr. Nirav Patel, infants, children, ‘tweens, and teens receive the same high level of healthcare AGA has been providing to adults in metro Atlanta for 40 years.
While younger patients often suffer from common disorders like colic, acid reflux, and constipation, they can also suffer from many of the same GI issues that affect adults, including abdominal pain, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, esophagitis, and irritable bowel syndrome. Chronic abdominal pain, for example, can be a sign of a food allergy or something more serious, like inflammatory bowel disease. Since allergies to certain foods and some digestive issues can be resolved with dietary changes, the practice also offers nutritional counseling for patients and their families.
Whatever GI issues your child may have, our physicians understand that each patient is different and thorough evaluation is critical before a diagnosis and treatment plan can be determined.
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Top 10 Reasons to Call a Pediatric Gastroenterologist
Minor GI issues are common in children and adolescents, but what is normal for one child may not be normal for another. If your child has any of these symptoms or conditions, he or she may require a specialist’s care.
1. Chronic or long-term abdominal pain – especially if it’s more than just mild or occasional pain
2. Recurring nausea, vomiting or reflux
3. Difficulty swallowing
4. Poor weight gain or being underweight (“failure to thrive”)
7. Blood in the stool
8. Food intolerances or allergies
9. Neurologic impairment or developmental delay, which often includes feeding difficulties
10. Children who require feeding tubes
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