Pediatric digestive care goes beyond diagnosis and treatment. For young patients, a digestive disease can affect one’s routine, diet, social interactions, and even time spent learning. The Center for Advanced Digestive Care understands this impact, and provides numerous services that go beyond treating the disease, often at little to no cost to CADC patients.
Understanding if the cause of a digestive condition is genetic can shed new light on risk factors for the patient and family members. Nutritional counseling by registered dieticians at the Center can help reduce recurrence and alleviate symptoms. Digestive diseases can take young patients away from the classroom and activities crucial to childhood development, and the CADC can work with patients and families to address education and emotional needs. The Center for Advanced Digestive Care also has a transition program to help adolescent patients take charge of their own medical care when the time comes to move on to adult care.
Contact the Center for Advanced Digestive Care at 1-877-902-2232 for more information on any of these services.
Nutritional Assessment & Counseling
Mindful of the central role nutrition plays in treating and managing digestive disorders, Center physicians conduct a thorough nutritional assessment of all our pediatric patients, looking carefully at vitamin and nutrient levels, caloric intake, and overall wellbeing. Since many digestive diseases often occur before or during adolescence, we focus on correcting nutritional deficiencies essential to normal growth and development. Our nutrition team directs patients toward a sound diet and appropriate nutritional therapies often critical in the prevention or treatment of digestive disorders, as well as in recovery or healing following surgical procedures.
Shara Greenspan, RD, CDN, CNSC graduated from Syracuse University and the Dietetic Intern and Fellowship programs at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital before joining the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health as a Registered Dietitian. Shara’s five years of experience includes medical nutrition therapy for food allergies and intolerances, picky eating, failure to thrive and gastrointestinal disorders.
Genetic evaluation and testing can help to make a definitive diagnosis in a child, as well as predict the risk for developing a digestive disease in future children or other family members. We perform a battery of molecular genetic tests on children with conditions that often have a familial tendency. Improved understanding of genetics allows us to offer earlier intervention and more targeted therapies to children with a family history of these disorders, giving them the opportunity to build healthy lives. Genetic education and counseling help patients understand and cope with the results of genetic tests. Learn more about genetic counseling at the Center for Advanced Digestive Care.
In many cases, your child's illness is a diagnosis that will require lifelong vigilance, special care, and follow-up.
As a way to initiate a pathway to self-sufficiency and assist patients in taking charge of their condition as young adults, the Center has developed a program that begins during adolescence. Working in partnership with our patients, we facilitate transition from pediatric to adult-centered healthcare. We introduce patients to their new physicians and specialists; help them understand the critical importance of keeping up-to-date with therapies and appointments; and provide them with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to make responsible decisions affecting their care.
School & Child Life Services
Because we know that any hospitalization brings with it anxiety and stress, we have several programs designed to address your child's emotional and educational needs and help make the hospital stay for patients and families less intimidating.
Learn about support and wellness services for adults at the Center for Advanced Digestive Care.