Gastroenterology at Norton Children’s
Norton Children’s offers pediatric gastroenterology services for infants, children and teens. Our board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists provide gastrointestinal (GI) care and treat disorders of the stomach, intestinal tract, liver and pancreas, as well as nutritional issues. Our physicians have specialized training to diagnose, treat and care for chronic and acute GI diseases in a way that is “Just for Kids.”
When should your child see a pediatric gastroenterologist?
Good digestive health helps your child in many ways, including ensuring they gain weight and grow to reach physical and mental developmental milestones. Good digestive health includes eating three healthy meals with snacks per day, drinking enough water and going to the bathroom regularly. Every child’s bowel movement schedule is different. However, bowel movements should be consistent and painless.
Digestive issues can manifest in many ways. If your child has any of the following common symptoms, talk to your child’s health provider to find out if your child should see a pediatric gastroenterologist:
- Bloody diarrhea
- Bloody stool
- Burning or pain in the stomach or chest
- Chronic abdominal pain
- Failure to grow
- Foul-smelling, greasy stool
- Painful, infrequent bowel movements
- Vomiting that is bloody, green or persistent
- Rectal bleeding
Collaboration with UofL Physicians for your child’s care
We work with providers from UofL Physicians to provide highly skilled care for your child. Norton Children’s Hospital serves as the primary pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of Medicine. These doctors are professors and active researchers helping to advance medical care through clinical research and education.
The Norton Children’s difference
With a 125-year presence in Louisville, Norton Children’s is a leader in pediatric care across Kentucky and Southern Indiana, providing an expanded footprint that includes:
- Norton Children’s Hospital– The region’s only full-service, free-standing pediatric hospital and Louisville’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. Norton Children’s Hospital also has one of the largest Level IV (highest level) neonatal intensive care units in the country.
- Numerous regional outpatient centers and extensive pediatrician and pediatric specialist offices throughout the area.
- Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital– The only women’s hospital in Louisville, providing care dedicated to the needs of women and children.
- Norton Children’s Medical Center– A unique regional outpatient facility designed “Just for Kids,” bringing pediatric care to northeastern Jefferson County and the surrounding area.
Norton Children’s offers specialized programs and services, including:
- Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville, and the Addison Jo Blair Cancer Care Center, which is one of the oldest oncology programs continuously accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.
- Norton Children’s Heart & Vascular Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville, a pioneer in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. Norton Children’s heart transplant surgeons performed Kentucky’s first heart transplant in a newborn in 1986, making the hospital the second site in the United States for infant transplants. Norton Children’s Hospital will be home to the Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (expected completion in 2019).
- Pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, including a Level 4 epilepsy center
- Orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation
- The Wendy Novak Diabetes Center
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