Pediatric GI in South Carolina?

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/26/2008 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
My five year old niece has had severe stomach problems for a year. She complains of stomach pain constantly and has frequent diarrhea and accidents at school. I am so scared that she has Crohn's and so is her mom. She has taken her to her pediatric doctor multiple times but they act like constant bloody diarrhea is no big deal. She went to a GI who said she is too young to test.

Have any of you heard of a five-year-old with Crohn's? Does anyone know of a pediatric GI in South Carolina? We are in the upstate but my niece's mom is willing to travel to get her little girl help.

You advise is much appreciated!

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   Posted 12/26/2008 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
One of my good friends was diagnosed at a very early age, I think around 6 or 7. While I cannot help you locate doctors I can tell you that this friend is now, at age 21, in complete remission and has been since at least 12 years of age. Her mother very very strictly controlled her diet throughout her childhood and she essentially "grew out of it" (though of course that's not really what happened) and has no dietary restrictions nor does she take any medication. Though it's terrible such a young child should have to go through this, I have heard of a few other cases where young children with the disease end up being in solid remission by their teen years. I wish the best for your niece and hope someone here can direct you to a good GI!
20 y/o, diagnosed 6/2007. On Humira, no wheat or corn syrup, low sugar, low dairy.

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/28/2008 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry about your niece and the experience with the ped and GI.  It absolutely is possible a child can have IBD. I know kids diagnosed at age 2. My son was 6 at diagnosis.  And it is completely ridiculous to say a 5 year old is too young to be tested.  The pediatrician could start with labs if they haven't, to see if sed rate, crp, albumin, hemoglobin are normal.  This is how my we got the hint that something was wrong with my son.  If those are abnormal, I would definitely get to a pediatric GI. 
We used to live in SC before my son was born.  At times I have toyed with the idea of moving back, but I noticed there weren't pediatric GIs there.  If I were living there, I would probably travel to Chapel Hill.  
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