Pediatric Gastroenterology

If your child has a digestive health problem, you can count on Essentia to provide expert and compassionate care. While all of our gastroenterologists care for adults and children, our pediatric gastroenterologists in Duluth, Minnesota, specialize in caring for kids.

What’s a Pediatric Gastroenterologist?

A pediatric gastroenterologist is a pediatrician with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of the liver and digestive system in children birth to age 18. The digestive system, or gastrointestinal (GI) tract, includes the stomach, intestines, esophagus, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, colon, and rectum.

When to See a Specialist

You should bring your child in to see their pediatrician or primary care doctor if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms.

  • Heart burn
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Stomach pain
  • Unintentional weight loss

Your child’s doctor may refer them to see a gastroenterologist for more specialized care or diagnostic testing.

Conditions Treated

See the full list of conditions we treat, and select a condition to find providers and locations near you.


Your First Visit

Expect dedicated, approachable specialty care when you visit Essentia for pediatric gastroenterology. Our doctors will take the time to get to know your child and their history before doing a complete exam.

After a diagnosis is made, they will talk with you and your child about treatment options which may include medications and/or at-home therapies. We only recommend procedures as a last resort.

Endoscopies & Colonoscopies

Your child may need an endoscopy or colonoscopy to diagnose or treat their condition. Rest assured, our pediatric gastroenterologists take a gentle, skilled approach.

With an endoscopy, a tiny scope with a camera is guided down the throat. With a colonoscopy, a tiny scope with a camera is directed through the rectum and colon.

During the procedure, anesthesia or sedation will be used to help your child relax or sleep. After the procedure, your gastroenterologist and primary care doctor will follow up with you.

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a referral from your child's primary care provider for this service.

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