A digestive disorder is more than a health issue. Conditions that affect the GI tract, pancreas or liver keep children from feeling like themselves.
At Cincinnati Children’s, we’re committed to finding the answers to help your child feel healthy — and smile again.
That’s how we measure success.
We understand how digestive disorders can affect every aspect of life – school, friends, family time and much more. Our team of nationally renowned physicians, surgeons, therapists, nurses and other care providers puts your child at the center of every decision, care model and treatment plan.
We listen to your questions, concerns and goals, and offer the latest diagnostic tools, proven procedures and treatment strategies to bring hope, health and happiness back to your family.
Caring for children is our calling – not a job. We tackle challenges, discover innovative ways to help with even the most complex issues so that your child can feel better.
Our care never stopped with COVID-19. We offer video visits to patients when clinically appropriate. Many patients use this option not just for safety reasons but also because it is convenient and easy for their family.
A Team Approach to Care
For common digestive disorders, our gastroenterologists and nurses work with your child and family to implement treatment. Complex digestive disorders that impact many areas of the body are handled collaboratively. We work closely with the specialists your child needs – whether that’s allergy and immunology; ear, nose and throat physicians; radiologists or referring providers – to find the answers to help your child feel better.
- Our Liver Center team includes physicians and surgeons who work closely together to evaluate every child with liver disease and offer treatment, including clinical trials and a liver transplant if needed. Their work and commitment to children and research has earned them recognition as one of the top liver centers in the world.
- Our Steatohepatitis Center identifies and addresses early cases of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (called NASH), a chronic condition in which too much fat is stored in the liver. A pediatric gastroenterologist, behavioral health specialist and dietitian work on lifestyle goals for physical activity and diet with children who often are obese, have diabetes or high cholesterol. The team also uses advanced imaging techniques to track liver disease and is pursuing research to promote better management and prevention.
- The Schubert-Martin Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center treats the whole child to offer hope and relief for children with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and very-early-onset IBD.
- Our Pancreas Care Center is one of only a few pediatric programs recognized as a center of excellence by the National Pancreas Foundation.
- An Interdisciplinary Feeding Team, one of the busiest in the country, helps children with complex chewing, swallowing or eating difficulties. During a single evaluation day, a pediatric gastroenterologist, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist and dietitian observe a child eating and combine group expertise to create a customized eating plan.
- Our Neurogastroenterology and Motility Disorders Center offers neuromodulation therapy, delivered via a noninvasive electro auricular device (EAD) to improve outcomes for children.
- The Advanced Nutrition Program assesses the nutritional risk and needs of patients with a variety of chronic conditions and works in collaboration with the Department of Nutrition Therapy (Registered Dietitians) to develop the optimal enteral and/or parenteral nutrition support plan.
- Our Celiac Disease Center provides the highest standard of care for children with celiac disease, wheat allergies and non-celiac gluten sensitivities. Through education, our experts provide support to our patients and their families as they adapt to a gluten-free lifestyle.
The Best at Getting Better
We’re honored to be recognized as the No. 5 pediatric gastroenterology and GI surgery program in the country by U.S. News & World Report. But we take the most pride in the care, compassion and research advances our team delivers to the children and families we see every day, including:
- Simplifying diagnostic tests for biliary atresia. Scientists have discovered a blood protein that, when present at high levels, indicates biliary atresia. This simple test helps lower costs, improves accuracy of diagnosis and allows children to skip some diagnostic tests and go straight to treatment.
- Developing a biomarker of disease activity for children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Identifying and understanding a biomarker can help tailor treatment for better results.
- Leading research for liver, pancreas and GI diseases as one of 18 National Institutes of Health-funded digestive centers. Cincinnati Children’s is the only center among those 18 that focuses on pediatric digestive disorders.
- Providing total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation (TPIAT) procedures for children with severe and chronic pancreatitis.
- Providing successful living transplant to children of all ages, including the very young and small. Our living donor program offers a second option for life-saving treatment that can greatly reduce time on the waiting list.
- Developing MRI and serum liver biomarkers to stage autoimmune liver disease, which will help measure the success of treatments.
- Developing new treatment strategies to block inflammation and improve symptoms of children with allergic diseases of the esophagus and intestines at the Center for Eosinophilic Disorders.
- Offering a multidisciplinary approach to promoting intestinal growth and better absorption of nutrients. Our gastroenterologists at the Intestinal Care Center led a clinical trial of a new medication that allowed children to reach full enteral feedings, thus substantially decreasing or eliminating the need for parenteral nutrition.
- Reducing retching and gagging following a tube feeding by utilizing the Pureed by Gastrostomy Tube diet, a nutritious, blenderized diet co-created by the Interdisciplinary Feeding Team.