Digestive System

Every child gets a tummy ache or the flu once in awhile, but ongoing symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or poor growth may be cause for concern. Unlike adults, children are still growing, so it’s important to see someone with special training and expertise in pediatric digestive problems.

Care from a Specialist

A pediatric gastroenterologist is a doctor who specializes in digestive system disorders affecting infants, children, and adolescents. University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is home to the most comprehensive gastroenterology service in Eastern Iowa and offers expert diagnosis and care for children with stomach, intestinal, and liver disorders.

  • Abdominal pain
  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn's disease
  • Congenital bowel dysfunction
  • Congenital liver disorders
  • Constipation and soiling
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeding, growth and nutritional problems
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Hepatitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Vomiting

We believe parents and family members know their children best, so at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, you’re an equal partner on the pediatric health care team. We listen to you and your child so that we can work together to improve your child’s health and well-being.

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Patient Stories

  • Konner Guyer

    Konner Guyer portrait Konner and his twin brother, Kolby, were born in Des Moines prematurely at 28 weeks gestation. Unfortunately, Kolby passed away when he was 6 days old. Konner was transferred to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital for advanced care.Read more
  • Hayden Despenas

    Hayden Despenas portrait Hayden was diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), a rare form of muscular dystrophy, in 2012. He wants to help other children with muscular dystrophy by raising money for research. Hayden also serves as an honorary firefighter with the Mason City Fire Department.Read more
  • Makayla Bell

    Makayla Bell portrait Makayla was born three weeks premature at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital with additional birth defects. The doctors diagnosed her with OEIS syndrome, which occurs in just one of 300,000 infants. Once Makayla was born, a team of pediatric specialists worked together to develop a plan of care and she had her first surgery at just five days old. Read more
  • Rare Disease Leads to Rare Friendship

    Christopher and Aly Aly and Christopher share a special bond. Both have spent hundreds of days in the hospital due to severe cases of severe cases of Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE).Read more
  • Nate Fisher

    Nate Fisher thumbnail There was a strong possibility that Nate wouldn’t live past a few months old, but UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital never treated him that way. He’s past 10 now.Read more

Locations and Contact

  • Coralville, Iowa

    UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing
    105 East 9th Street
    Coralville, IA 52241
    • Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Friday: 8 a.m to 5 p.m..
    • Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon
    • Phone: 319-467-2000
    • Toll free: 855-467-3700
  • Iowa City, Iowa

    2400 Colloton Pavilion
    In House Directions: Elevator F, Level 2
    UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, IA 52242
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Appointment: 319-356-2229
    • Emergency: 319-356-1616
    • Toll Free: 888-573-KIDS (5437)
  • Bettendorf, Iowa

    UI Stead Family Children's Hospital–Quad Cities
    865 Lincoln Road
    Suite 400
    Bettendorf, IA 52272
    • Phone: 563-344-2240
    • Toll free: 877-386-9105
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    10th Street Medical Building
    411 10th Street
    Suite 1200
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
    • 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • Davenport, Iowa

    Center for Digestive Health
    Genesis West Pavillion 2 Suite 4300 (4th floor)
    1351 West Central Park Ave
    Davenport, IA 52804
    • Phone: 563-421-0406
  • Dubuque, Iowa

    Mercy Medical Center
    250 Mercy Drive
    Dubuque, IA 52001
    • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • Mason City, Iowa

    Mercy Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic
    910 North Eisenhower
    Mason City, IA 50401
    • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • Waterloo, Iowa

    Northeast Iowa Medical Education Foundation, Inc
    2055 Kimball Avenue
    Waterloo, IA 50702
    • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)

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