If you have a concern in one of the following areas of pediatric specialty, please talk with your pediatrician for more information.
Adolescent medicine is a subspecialty of pediatrics that focuses on the healthcare needs of young persons, ages 10 years through 21 years of age. Adolescence represents a transition time between childhood and adulthood in which young persons are taking increasing responsibility for their own health. The prevention of substance abuse and other health risk behaviors is an important area of adolescent medicine. Other medical concerns often encountered in adolescent medicine include the treatment of acne, behavioral and emotional problems, pubertal development, adolescent menstrual problems and sports medicine.
Interestingly, pediatric gastroenterology, involving disorders of the stomach, liver, intestines and related organs, involves a different disease spectrum than that which is common in adult gastroenterology. It is therefore important that children with gastroenterology disorders receive treatment from a physician specializing in pediatric gastroenterology.
Common pediatric disorders treated within pediatric gastroenterology include chronic diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, gastro esophageal reflux and abdominal pain. Pediatric gastroenterology also includes other less common disorders such as cystic fibrosis, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcers and liver disease. Nutritional problems including failure to thrive, obesity and malabsorption are also covered.
Board certified in pediatric gastroenterology, HMG pediatrician Mary Pat Francisco, MD, is a member of the American Gastroenterology Assocaition and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.
Find more information about Pediatric Gastroenterology at HMG, including our office locations and how to set up your first appointment, by visiting our Pediatric Gastroenterology page. You can also view more information about our specialist Mary Pat Francisco, MD.
With recent advancements involving new medications and techniques, asthma therapy within pediatric medicine has become prevalent. Emphasizing a preventive regimen of care, children and adolescents are educated regarding medications, monitoring devises and healthy lifestyle choices to prevent asthma attacks and allow participation in a full range of activities.
With the establishment of a temperament very early in life, it is possible to diagnose behavioral disorders at an early age—before they become teenagers who are left behind socially and educationally. Types of behavioral disorders treated include Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Tourette syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder and a pervasive developmental disorders.