Pediatric Gastroenterology

If your child has frequent digestive issues, stomach pain or rapid weight change, visit UNM Children's. Our pediatric gastroenterology team specializes in the care and treatment of childhood digestive disorders.

We use a team-based approach to give your family the best outcomes. Together, we will develop a personalized care plan to support your child's growth and development.

Advanced Gastrointestinal Services

Some children outgrow certain digestive conditions, such as food intolerances. Other conditions require lifelong care.

Your UNM Children's care team will provide the education, resources and care to help improve your child's quality of life.

Specialized Services Include:

  • Intestinal rehabilitation services
  • Nutrition support team for home total parenteral nutrition and enteral feeding support
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Pediatric infusion unit
  • Specialized liver and bowel care, which includes a twice-annual Liver and Small Bowel Transplant Clinic with Stanford University
  • Specialized liver and small bowel transplant care
  • Viral hepatitis clinic

Conditions We Treat

Our pediatric gastroenterologists offer both inpatient and outpatient pediatric care of a wide range of digestive, liver and nutritional disorders, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Acid reflux
  • Celiac and gluten-related conditions
  • Constipation
  • Cyclic vomiting syndrome
  • Diarrhea
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Failure to thrive
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Gastrostomy tube care
  • Hepatitis B and C
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Liver diseases
  • Polyposis syndromes
  • Care before and after liver, small bowel and multivisceral transplant
  • Short gut syndrome

Make an Appointment

To schedule a pediatric gastroenterology appointment, call 505-272-4928. To get referral information, contact your pediatrician.

7 Common Gastrointestinal Tests

UNM Children's uses the latest in medical technology for the least invasive, most accurate testing approach. Seven tests we commonly use include:

  1. Anorectal manometry evaluates constipation or fecal incontinence issues.
  2. Capsule endoscopy uses a video capsule to show places inside the small intestine that a regular endoscope cannot.
  3. Colonoscopy uses a flexible tube with a camera to examine the large intestine and part of the small intestine.
  4. Endoscopy slides a long, flexible tube with a camera down the throat and into the stomach.
  5. Esophageal pH and impedance monitoring, including Bravo wireless technology, measures how often stomach acid enters the esophagus and how long it stays.
  6. Hydrogen breath test (HBT) uses noninvasive methods to measure hydrogen and can diagnose bacterial growths and food intolerances.
  7. Percutaneous gastrostomy tube (PEG) and gastrojejunal (GJ) tube placements are inserts of feeding tubes for children who are unable to eat with their mouths.