When parents visit a gastrointestinal (GI) specialist, they assume they're coming to get a medicine to treat their child, says Joelynn Fitz, DO, pediatric gastroenterologist with Lehigh Valley Reilly Children's Hospital. But each child, whether experiencing abdominal pain, constipation or something else, is unique and requires a comprehensive evaluation.
“No two patients have the same stressors, diet or lifestyle. So it’s important to work with the family to understand what is contributing to the symptoms,” Fitz says. “In GI, we have options for many of the diseases we treat.”