Pediatric gastroenterology is performed specifically with a child’s body and anatomy in mind. Children’s gastrointestinal disorders and treatment procedures vary greatly from the approach that would be taken for adult gastroenterology.
Pediatric trained professionals handle every aspect of the child’s care including anesthesia and medical imaging, and are dedicated to keeping children focused on enjoying their childhood, rather than on their digestive disorder.
Digestive disorders and conditions in children can be chronic (long-lasting), or very sudden (acute). Most conditions are not life-threatening, however, some may require immediate attention. Our board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists are experts in recognizing symptoms and signs in children’s bodies and giving the most effective treatment. Our doctors utilize child-friendly treatment environments and appropriate bedside manner for children to ensure the most comfortable patient experience.
Help your child’s digestive system stay healthy by helping them drink plenty of water and eating a healthy diet. Eating foods rich in fiber, and plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will help their body grow properly and stay healthy. Getting regular exercise also helps their digestive system move and operate at its best.
About Our Pediatric Gastroenterologist
Dr. Manisha “Mona” Dave
Dr. Mona Dave is a board-certified pediatric gastroenterologist who practices in Plano and Southlake, Texas. Dr. Dave comes from a family legacy of caring for children in DFW, as she followed in the footsteps of her mother who has been practicing in the area since 1976. As a mother herself, she is passionate about making every child feel comfortable and providing the highest quality of care for her patients.
Dr. Dave received her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1998. She completed her residency training in pediatrics and her subspecialty fellowship training in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2001 and 2004 respectively. Dr. Dave was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh from 2004 to 2006. In 2006 she moved back to North Texas and entered private practice caring for children with gastrointestinal disorders.
When she is not seeing patients, Dr. Dave enjoys outdoor activities, reading, and most of all, spending time with her husband and twin girls.
Digestive Disorders in Children
The digestive system includes the food pipe (esophagus), stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, large bowel, and small bowel. Our pediatric gastroenterologists are highly experienced at treating children with disorders in the digestive system.
Common gastrointestinal conditions that are treated in children:
- Acid reflux (heartburn) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Abdominal/belly pain
- Allergies to food-Celiac disease, lactose intolerance, etc.
- Bleeding- from the bottom, or vomiting blood
- Diet and Nutrition
- Failure to thrive, poor growth, cannot gain weight
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) – Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
- Nausea and vomiting
Common pediatric procedures performed:
- Upper endoscopy- Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
- Lower endoscopy- Colonoscopy
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- Capsule endoscopy
- Feeding tube placement – Pecrutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
- Liver biopsy
- Esophageal dilation
- Foreign body removal
Awards and Testimonials
DFW CHILD magazine: Mom-approved doctor
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Career Development Award
Named one of the “Best Pediatric Specialists in Dallas”
“Love the way Dr. Dave communicates with the kids as well as the parents.”
– Jodi R.
“Thank you for curing my slow digestive system. Because of you, I am eating better, I don’t have stomach problems anymore, and my appetite has increased. I appreciate what you have done for me. You’re the best!”
“Very knowledgeable, doesn’t rush and takes her time, explains everything very well and is approachable.”
– Taylor S.
“She is very clear and explains what’s going on and what’s going to happen very well. My family feels very comfortable with her.”
– M. Brown
Our Pediatric Gastroenterologist
Mona Dave, M.D.
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