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Digestive System

Epigastric Hernias

An epigastric hernia is when part of the intestines pushes through the abdominal muscles between the belly button and the chest. Many are small, cause no symptoms, and don't need treatment.

Fetal Abdominal Cyst

A fetal abdominal cyst is a bubble of fluid in a balloon-like bag in the belly of an unborn baby.

Functional Abdominal Pain

Functional abdominal pain is lasting belly pain that doesn't respond to treatment. Many school-age kids have it at some point, but get better without lasting problems.

Galactosemia

Some babies are born with the metabolic disorder glactosemia. They must drink soy-based formula instead of breast milk or a cow's milk-based formula.

Gastroesophageal Reflux

When symptoms of heartburn or acid indigestion happen a lot, it could be gastroesophageal reflux (GER). And it can be a problem for kids - even newborns.

Gastroschisis

Gastroschisis is when a baby is born with the intestines, and sometimes other organs, sticking out through a hole in the belly wall near the umbilical cord.

Hirschsprung Disease

Children with Hirschsprung disease aren't able to pass a bowel movement, or do so with difficulty. Treatment almost always requires surgery.

Immunizations and IBD

Vaccines are safe to give to kids and teens with IBD and won't make their symptoms worse. Here are the ones they need.

Imperforate Anus

In an imperforate anus, the anal sphincter (a group of muscles in the anus that controls the release of poop) usually forms in the right place but without the normal opening.

Indigestion

Indigestion is an upset stomach that most often happens because someone eats too much or too fast, or has foods that don't agree with them.