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

  • Cooper Foster

    Cooper Foster Cooper was very sick as a baby. At 1 month old, he was hospitalized for repeated vomiting, issues with weight gain, and difficulty with normal bowel movements. Over the course of 10 days at a Cedar Rapids hospital, his condition turned dangerously worse.Read more
  • Looking back, moving forward

    Myat Haggart Family from New York For years, Myat Haggart’s parents have been searching for answers. Myat, a 10-year-old living in New York City, has been blind since age 5. He also wears bilateral hearing aids to help with hearing loss and has other health issues. Read more
  • 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

Locations and Contact

  • UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing
    105 East 9th Street
    Coralville, Iowa 52241
    Hours
    • Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Friday: 8 a.m to 5 p.m..
    • Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon
    Contact
    • Phone: 319-467-2000
    • Toll free: 855-467-3700
  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    2400 Colloton Pavilion
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    In House Directions: Elevator F, Level 2
    Hours
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Contact
    • Appointment: 319-356-2229
    • Emergency: 319-356-1616
    • Toll Free: 888-573-KIDS (5437)
  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital–Quad Cities
    865 Lincoln Road
    Bettendorf, Iowa 52272
    Contact
    • Phone: 563-344-2240
    • Toll free: 877-386-9105
  • University of Iowa Health Care–Cedar Falls
    2624 Orchard Drive
    Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
    Contact
    • 855-543-2884
  • 10th Street Medical Building
    411 10th Street
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403
    Contact
    • 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • Center for Digestive Health
    Genesis West Pavillion 2 Suite 4300 (4th floor)
    Davenport, Iowa 52804
    Contact
    • Phone: 563-421-0406
  • Mercy Medical Center
    250 Mercy Drive
    Dubuque, Iowa 52001
    Contact
    • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • Mercy Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic
    910 North Eisenhower
    Mason City, Iowa 50401
    Contact
    • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)

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