Why Choose Us?

The Center for Neurogastroenterology and Motility Disorders at Connecticut Children’s is dedicated to treating and medically managing children with a wide array of complex gastrointestinal motility and sensation issues. A multidisciplinary team of experts works toward the primary goal of diagnosing and improving your child’s symptoms using sophisticated diagnostic testing and therapeutic strategies.

What Are Neurogastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Motility?

Neurogastroenterology focuses on the connection of the nerves between the brain and the gut. The nerves in the GI tract communicate with nerves from the brain, which aid in regulating its functions.

Gastrointestinal (GI) motility is the term used to describe how the GI tract moves food throughout your body using muscle contractions controlled by nerves.

Children can have issues with food passing too slowly through their bodies (resulting in constipation) or too fast (leading to diarrhea). The nerves in the GI tract not only help with moving food but also with how the GI tract senses food. Sometimes children have increased sensation (hypersensitivity), which can result in functional disorders such as abdominal pain and irritable bowel syndrome.

Personalized Therapeutic Care

Our specialists treat a large variety of diagnoses such as disorders of the gut-brain interaction (DGBI), primary motility disorders, motility issues secondary to associated diagnoses, as well as therapy-related complications. These include but are not limited to:

We offer advanced diagnostic tests and procedures, including:

  • Anorectal manometry
  • Anal sphincter Botox® injections
  • Esophageal manometry
  • pH/pH-impedance monitoring

Meet Our Team

The Center works closely with pediatric specialists from Ear, Nose & Throat, Psychology, Physical Therapy, Pulmonary Medicine and Pediatric Surgery.

Heidi Sweeney, APRN

Nurse Practitioner, Gastroenterology

Corey Baker, MD

Director, Center for Neurogastroenterology and Motility Disorders