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Pediatric motility


The Children's Mercy Pediatric Motility program, part of the nationally recognized Division of Gastroenterology, offers some of the best pediatric care for children with all types of gastrointestinal motility disorders (problems with the way muscles move food and liquids through the digestive tract). We utilize advanced diagnostic techniques and motility tests only offered in a few locations around the country to treat cases often related to vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal distension, and difficulty swallowing. Families frequently travel from across the U.S. so children with previously unexplained cases can be treated in the program. 

What to expect 

Initial evaluation

Prior to your child’s visit in the Motility Program at Children’s Mercy you will be contacted by our nurse coordinator to obtain details regarding your child’s medical history. During your initial visit in the Motility Program you will meet with one of our specialized pediatric gastroenterologists. Your child’s initial visit will be approximately one hour in length. Your child’s records will be reviewed along with any testing that has been done previously. During this visit a patient specific plan of care will be established for your child. This will include necessary testing, medication recommendations or other therapies that may be encouraged for your child.

Follow-up evaluation

Following your initial visit, your provider will identify a plan of care that is specific to your child’s needs. Follow up appointments are yearly at a minimum and on an as-needed basis if symptoms persist or require more frequent follow up. Recommendations will be provided by your physician and discussed at your clinic visit or over the phone.

Learn about the different pediatric motility testing done at Children's Mercy Hospital. These tests provide our staff with information regarding how the intestines move, relax, and contract.

Frequently treated conditions and services

  • Gastroparesis

  • Hirschsprung’s Disease

  • Rumination Syndrome

  • Severe Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

  • Feeding Problems/Intolerances

  • Chronic Constipation

  • Failure to Thrive

  • Percutaneous Cecostomy

  • Biofeedback

  • Motility Testing

  • Esophageal pH studies/ Impedance Testing

  • Breath Hydrogen Testing

  • Smart Pill