Dr Moore has specialized training and expertise in pediatric gastroenterology required to detect potential digestive problems and treat your child. He can also refer or consult with other specialists regarding testing and optimal treatment. Digestive, nutritional and liver problems in children are generally quite different from those seen in adults because their bodies are small and growing. Children also communicate differently and often cannot express their symptoms accurately. Dr Moore is patient, thorough, attentive and supportive and will help get to the bottom of what is causing the discomfort. Dr Moore creates a relaxed environment where children can feel safe to express themselves.
Most digestive issues in children are mild and pass relatively quickly.
However, if your child has vomited more than once, there is bile or blood in the vomit, or your child is under 6 and can't hold down liquids, it’s time to call a doctor. You should also call a doctor if there is associated diarrhoea, fever, or signs of dehydration. The signs of dehydration include decreased urination, dry lips, decreased energy, or if your child looks unwell to you.
Common digestive system issues and symptoms that affect young children and infants include:
- Chronic constipation or chronic or severe diarrhoea, vomiting,
- Food intolerances of allergies, such as gluten or lactose intolerance
- Acute or chronic abdominal pain. Abdominal pain can be caused by irritable bowel syndrome, appendicitis, intestinal obstruction, food allergies, or even pneumonia
- Severe or complicated gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD or reflux)
- Bleeding from the gastrointestinal (GI) tract
- Food poisoning, or gastroenteritis stomach flu
- Inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease
- Intestinal issues, such as weight loss and short bowel syndrome (SBS).
- Gastritis- inflammation of the lining of the stomach
- Liver disease
- Pancreatic insufficiency, including pancreatitis or cystic fibrosis
- Nutritional problems, including malnutrition, failure to thrive (FTT), and obesity
- Feeding disorders
- Swallowing or feeding problems, including breastfeeding