Gastrointestinal Disease

Gastrointestinal Disease

If your child has a gastrointestinal disease, diet becomes an important part of her treatment.  

If a child has a GI disease, we come with a treatment plan that is tailored exactly to her needs.

Children can be susceptible to various gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, especially inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.

A gastrointestinal disease can manifest itself in a number of ways, including:

  • Weight loss
  • Poor appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain

Coming Up with a Nutritional Plan

As part of your child’s treatment, your child’s pediatrician may refer your child to our Pediatric Nutrition Services at John Muir Health. Our pediatric registered dietitian works closely with both of you to devise a nutritional plan that addresses the gastrointestinal disease and works with your child’s lifestyle and tastes.

If the condition is chronic, we may see you on a regular basis to assess your child’s physical progress, see how she’s doing with her diet, and make adjustments to the plan as needed.

For more information on our children's nutrition services, please call (925) 941-4027.