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Digestive System

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to two chronic diseases that cause intestinal inflammation: ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Although they have features in common, there are some important differences.

Inguinal Hernias

An inguinal hernia happens when part of the intestines pushes through an opening in the lower part of the abdomen. Doctors fix these hernias with surgery.

Intestinal Malrotation

Malrotation is a type of obstruction caused by abnormal development of the intestines while a fetus is in the womb. Find out more about this condition and the complications it can cause.

Intussusception

Intussusception is the most common cause of bowel blockages in very young children. Quick treatment can help them recover without lasting problems.

Lactose Intolerance

Many kids have lactose intolerance - trouble digesting lactose, the main sugar in milk and milk products - which can cause cramps, diarrhea, and gas.

Laryngomalacia

Laryngomalacia is a common cause of noisy breathing in infants.

Nasogastric Tube (NG Tube)

An NG tube goes through the nose, down the throat, and into the stomach to deliver formula or medicine.

Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Necrotizing enterocolitis is an intestinal disease that usually affects preemies. Medicines and therapy can help babies with NEC.

Nutrition Therapy and Crohn's Disease

Nutrition therapy is an alternative to medicines that doctors use to ease the symptoms of Crohn's disease. It can help improve nutrition and growth, ease inflammation, and heal the gastrointestinal tract.

Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is sometimes mistaken for a stomach virus because symptoms can include fever, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Symptoms usually get better on their own, but sometimes treatment is needed.