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Coronavirus Update:What patients and families need to know

Conditions

From the beginning of care, through treatment, and into recovery, we provide an experience that’s right for children and families. Children’s National Hospital provides a wide range of clinical services and specialties dedicated to improving children’s health.

Aspiration

Aspiration is when something enters the airway or lungs by accident. Learn more about aspiration in children.

Constipation

Constipation is defined as a decrease in frequency of bowel movements, compared to a child's usual pattern (some health care providers define constipation as fewer than 3 bowel movements per week). Learn more about this condition and its causes and treatment.

Diarrheal Diseases

Diarrhea is defined either as watery stool or increased frequency (or both) when compared to a normal amount. It is a common problem that may last a few days and disappear on its own.

Dysphagia

Dysphagia is a term that means "difficulty swallowing." It is the inability of food or liquids to pass easily from the mouth, into the throat and down into the esophagus to the stomach during the process of swallowing.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a chronic digestive disorder that is caused by the abnormal flow of gastric acid from the stomach into the esophagus.

Hirschsprung Disease

Hirschsprung disease occurs when some of the nerve cells that are normally present in the intestine do not form properly while a baby is developing during pregnancy. Learn more about this condition and its causes and treatment.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder causing annoying and often painful abdominal and bowel symptoms.

Spina Bifida

Spina bifida is a condition in which there is abnormal development of the back bones, spinal cord, surrounding nerves and the fluid-filled sac that surrounds the spinal cord. Learn more about this condition.

Urinary Incontinence or Enuresis

Urinary incontinence (enuresis) is the medical term for bedwetting. Incontinence is accidental or intentional urination in children who are at an age where they should be able to have control of their bladders. Learn more about this condition.