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Pediatric Gastroenterologist for 7 month old
My 7-month old seems to have reflux. She has aversion to feeding. We are currently working with a GI doctor and the doctor isn't sure what else to do for my daughter. Current treatment plan ''offer her the bottle first, then put whatever she doesn't take down the tube.''. I need to find someone who can figure out why she is still not eating well. Have you taken your child to a GI specialist that you love? Right now we're working with a GI specialist at a Children's Hospital, but we're open to any hospital team, or a private practice GI. Alternatively, any GI docs that we should avoid? Please feel free to ask moderator for my email if you'd rather discuss this privately. A
For a different perspective, you might try Dr. Yeh, who is at an integrative medicine clinic affiliated with Lucille Packard's pediatric GI clinic (but not based there). Dr. Ann Ming Yeh is trained in both conventional pediatric GI medicine and integrative medicine, so uses a combination of acupuncture and other integrative med techniques in addition to standard tests. While in my child's case that has not yet fully addressed all of the symptoms yet (very different from your daughter's), I like the approach, and have found that Dr. Yeh was much more proactive than the previous two pediatric GI specialists we saw -- and also made sure certain traditional tests were done. She has a clinic in Menlo Park and one in SF (see http://www.sutterhealth.org/dr-annming-yeh.html). She's out on leave till March. -another mom of a child with GI issues
Hi there. It sounds like your kiddo has a g-tube, or similar? My 15mo girl has a g-tube, so I have some thoughts. We work with Gleghorn and Sue Hilk at CHO, and we love them, but they are only charged with GI stuff (growth, puke, poop, reflux). It's my understanding that we all must work with an occupational therapist who specializes in feeding issues, and their job will be to help increase the proportion of nutrition that goes in via mouth vs by tube. So talk with your ped and get a referral to an OT (Paula Rainey, Heather Horn, and ask your ped and the GI team who they recommend) who *specializes in infant feeding problems* (not just any OT). that way your insurance will pay for it (if you have it). The OT will help address the feeding issue; turn to the GI folks for help with reflux, allergies, and growth. Second, you asked about ''why the little one is not feeding''...this part is hard. I've been on this road for more than a year now, and it has taken me this long to accept that there are theories, but most docs/nurses can't answer this question definitively. Same for others I've talked with. My girl was intubated from birth for about a month, and these kids can have aversion to oral things, but there are a ton of other reasons as well that may apply. Nobody knows which one is true for them. So we invest our energy in slowly and gently transitioning them from not eating to eating a tiny bit to eating more. I wish you and your little one good luck on this road. If you or any other tubie parents would like to discuss more, please do email me. (I'm slow to respond due to this crazy life we have.) Lisa-
Check out the Feeding Clinic at California Pacific Medical Center. They have an interdisciplinary feeding team that will help you sort out the issues your child is facing. Peds health professional
Looking for a Pediatric Gastroenterology for teen
My Teen kid needs to have a polyp removed from the stomach area. Can anyone recommend a Pediatric Gastroenterology doctor to do that procedure? (Kaiser or Blue Cross) Also, Is there anyone out there who went through it? Is it a complicated procedure or will you say a simple, safe one? Thanks for the support worriedmom
I highly recommend the Pediatric GI team at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. All the providers are great, however I especially like Dr. Rhee and Dr. Tsai. Full disclosure- I work in a different department at UCSF, so perhaps I'm biased, but you could also say I'm in a position to know when a team is great! Bonus- they are just moving to the new hospital in Mission Bay (SF), and the brand-new facility is amazing. Another thing to consider- if your child needs a procedure performed under anesthesia (as upper endoscopies are), you may prefer a hospital with (specifically) pediatric anesthesiologists. UCSF has these- many other Bay Area hospitals/clinics do not. Best of luck! UCSF mom
Pediatric Gastroenterologist for 2 year old
My 2 year old son has been diagnosed with Delayed Gastric Emptying, reflux, and multiple food allergies. We are currently working with a GI doctor who has been somewhat helpful, but my son continues to be in serious pain, and the doctor isn't sure what else to do for him. As his mom, that's just not good enough for me....I need to find someone who can figure out why he is still in a significant amount of pain.
Have you taken your child to a GI specialist that you love? Right now we're working with a GI specialist at a Children's Hospital, but we're open to any hospital team, or a private practice GI. Alternatively, any GI docs that we should avoid?
We live on the Peninsula, but we're open to driving anywhere to see someone great. Please feel free to ask moderator for my email if you'd rather discuss this privately.... Thanks so much! Concerned Mom
We really, really, like Fadi G. Haddad, M.D. who is in private practice in Walnut Creek (925-975-0775, http://www.kidsgicare.com/). He is extremely thorough and correctly diagnosed our daughter with a serious condition after it was missed by a highly recommended pediatric GI at Children's Hospital Oakland. Good for you for following your instincts and seeking another opinion in case something has been missed or there are other, better, treatments available. Good luck. Whitney
We have been very happy with Dr. Fadi Haddad. He is extremeley thorough and has a great way with children. His office is in Walnut Creek, near John Muir Medical Center. I'm not as fond of his partner though so stick with Haddad. Celiac Momma
i sent a request to the moderator for your email, but haven't heard back yet, so feel free to contact me directly at the email below. depending on the diagnosis, IMO there are a few good pediatric gi's in the area. however, my daughter was diagnosed w/ an autoimmune disease approx 9 months ago that presents much as how you've described your son and is related to food/environmental allergies and intolerances. it's called eosinophilic esophagitis, or EoE, (she also has eosinophilic colitis) and can only be diagnosed through scope (endoscopy/colonoscopy) AND tissue biopsy. for this disease, the dr must also be familiar w/ the protocol for where to biopsy. dr. cox at stanford has been recommended to us, but we currently see dr melvin heyman at ucsf. both are pediatric gi's, and both come highly recommended. however, for my daughter's diagnosis, i'm still figuring out if any dr in the bay area has enough experience treating this complicated disease. i have too much info to put in a post, so please email me if you'd like to talk further. best of luck, there's not much worse than seeing your child in such pain. emily
I am sorry that I didn't see your original post, but one of my children saw Mel Heyman at UCSF for reflux and didn't get much relief or help from conventional medicine. One of her friends also saw Dr. Heyman, had very extensive tests, and then the diagnosis turned out to be lactose intolerance, which maybe should have been considered before innumerable and invasive tests.
In the interim, two adult GI docs recommended a Dr. Haddad in Walnut Creek to us, both saying that they thought highly of him. We never saw Dr. Haddad because I submitted to having my child treated with acupuncture and herbs, and she is about 80-90% better. Go figure. Good luck to you. GI stuff can be tricky. Anon
Hi: My son suffered years of frequent stomachaches, loss of appetite, and malabsorption. He had no weight gain for a couple of years and was in 1 percentile for ht and wt. It was worrisome. Saw Dorsey Bass, at PAMF, then Mel Heyman at UCSF. Dr. Bass could find nothing wrong. Dr. Heyman ran extensive tests and surgery to scope out the problems. All very expensive but none of which provided any real answers whatsoever. Fortunately, we found an excellent Chinese acupuncturist and in 3 months, acupuncture has made a huge difference at a fraction of the costs. Anonymous
Pediatric Gastroenterologist for my 3 yr old
I am looking for a referral to a good, experienced Pediatric Gastroenterologist for my 3 yr old. I am looking for someone who is willing to perform procedures themselves vs. Fellows as is the practice at the teaching hospitals such as UCSF or Stanford. Thanks in advance.
Elizabeth Gleghorn at Children's Hospital Oakland has been incredible. She is very responsive (we get emails responses at 10 at night!) and is head of the GI dept at CHO. Our kid is sort of complicated (in heart failure and has a feeding tube, etc) and she's been great to work with. She's kind of no-nonsense but has a great sense of humor if you can break through :-) Good luck! Jaime
My 4-year-old is a patient of pediatric gastroenterologist Fadi G. Haddad, M.D. in Walnut Creek, 925-975-0775, www.kidsgicare.com. He is extremely kind and thorough and has done a wonderful job diagnosing and treating my daughter. We got to him after having a bad experience somewhere else. Dr. Haddad has performed several procedures on my daughter and yes, he does the procedures himself. I highly recommend Dr. Haddad. He is well worth the drive through the tunnel. Whitney
We have had great success with Dr. Fadi Haddad in Walnut Creek. (925-975-0775). He does his own procedures and is affiliated with John Muir hospital. Ellie
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Pediatric Gastroenterologist at Children's Hospital
My daughter was recently referred by her pediatrician to the Children's Hospital GI department to rule out mal-absorption issues as she is just 17lbs at 17 months old. We have an appointment in late June with Dr Elizabeth Gleghorn. I'm interested in hearing about experiences with this MD. I am hoping that she will listen, is not too invasive with care and will take into account family history (both my husband and I were small babies, and I have GI issues). Thanks in advance for sharing your experiences. Angela
Hi, I am a therapist at Children's and work with many of her patients. I wanted to assure you that you are in very good hands with Dr Cleghorn and with CHO in general.
I have read positive reviews of Dr. Gleghorn on BPN. So there definitely are people who were happy with the help they received. My experience with Dr. Gleghorn is unfortunately not positive. I found her rather dismissive. I got the feeling if your child doesn't have a condition that she deems to be severe enough, she will not treat your child as a patient really needing any help. When talking to my child's other doctors at CHO, about the outcome of the visits, I heard that this was not unusual for her. Now, this could still just have been an isolated, unfortunate occurrence. However, other parents I have met over the past years, who needed a pediatric GI for their children, confirmed having had similar experience with Dr. Gleghorn. I have to say that all the children I am talking about, were born with systemic anomalies, and were clearly not simple cases that didn't need intervention. I have also expressed my concerns to other, new parents with issues similar to your child's. They also heard similar opinions from their own doctors about Dr. G. You may still go and see for yourself. If you don't feel you got the help you expected, I suggest you try to get referred to UCSF for a second opinion. Good luck.
pretty sure she's the doc we saw when my daughter had some apparent reflux issues. She was great-straightforward, reassuring, not at all invasive (recommended against a more invasive procedure that would have possibly given us more definitive info, in favor of the ''most likely solution'' w/ basically no adverse side effects.) She's smart, didn't mind lots of questions & challenges on my part. So don't worry.
I have worked with Dr. Gleghorn for 12 years and she is as dedicated a doctor as there is. At Children's Hospital Oakland we are all very dedicated and spend long hours there, but Dr. Gleghorn is surpassed only by a handful of doctors for the time she puts in at the hospital. She is an expert in Pediatric GI, unsurpassed by anyone else I have worked with in my career and I've had the finest training at the top medical centers in the country. Dr. Gleghorn is the one to see to make sure you are getting the best possible medical Pediatric GI opinion. Pediatric Specialist
Dr. Gleghorn was my son's Gastroenterologist (sp?) approximately 10 years ago. At one years of age he developed aspiration and needed a GT tube. I wouldn't say she has a cuddly bedside manner but she was a good fit for our family. I found her and her staff accomodating, knowledgeable and helpful through our four year ordeal. Of course this was 10-14 years ago but I imagine she has even more experience then she had at that time. Sharlene
Pediatric Gastroenterologist for 2 year old with stomach pain
I have a 2 year old with stomach pain (gas pain or ????) throughout the night causing her to wake up hourly. She has a history of stomach problems from when she was 6 months old. Frequent vomiting, gas, pain, etc. She has had an upper GI and they found nothing abnormal. She does not have pain when she eats or drinks and reflux is not suspected. We can go to any area -even Sacramento area. Thank you! yvette
Dr. Fadi Haddad in Walnut Creek has helped my daughter with the sames kind of problems. He's very nice and genuinely concerned. Here's his info: http://www.vitals.com/doctors/Dr_Fadi_G_Haddad.html Good luck! Mom whose been through a few pediatric GI docs