Allergy Advice/Pediatricians

When you first become a parent it is the most overwhelming feeling. Certainly for me I couldn’t believe I could love another being as much as this new little friend in my arms.  It’s a time to cherish, but no-one prepares you for the onslaught ahead. The lack of sleep, the worry over the slightest cough or sniffle, the breast feeding (arghhhh), the recovery from the birth. That’s enough to deal with isn’t it? So, when your little friend has colic or a bad tummy and the crying drills a whole in your brain then your stress levels rise that little bit more. Add on top of that  green slimy poos, waling all day and night, puking up every feed, refusing to feed, refusing to be put down, will only sleep in a baby carrier or moving in a pram, sleeping for only an hour (if that) at a time..then it’s no wonder if you feel deranged, insane, tearful, anxious, depressed and melodramatic. Now, believe me I am not looking for sympathy here but if you’ve arrived on my site and this is what is happening to you then DON’T WORRY! there will be a reason for  your angel expressing himself like this. He/she is in pain and needs some help. Don’t just listen to your over-worked and stressed GP when they say it’s probably just Colic. No it probably isn’t and the sooner you find out what it is the bloody better. When I talk to some of the top Pediatric Gastroenterologists in the UK they tell me it takes up to 4 years for a child to be correctly diagnosed. That’s a hell of a long time when your child is in pain and hasn’t been able to tell you properly. Tummy issues account for 40% of healthcare issues in the UK but only 4% of funding is spent on research.. Oh, i love a good rant but it’s not really good enough is it? The sooner you discover what’s happening then you can start getting your life back on track.

‘A top pediatric dietician told me that she didn’t get a diagnosis for her childs allergy to dairy for 3 years. She didn’t sleep for 3 whole years, she says she nearly went mad. To the point that when she finally stopped giving her daughter dairy and she wasn’t screaming her head off all night she put her to bed and unbelievably she slept soundly for up to 6 hrs. She thought she had died but she was so utterly exhausted and strung out that she fell asleep even when she thought her daughter was dead in her bed downstairs?!!!!!.’

Get help if you are worried and get the best help you can if its available to you. If you are struggling financially then get a referral from your GP to see a good NHS pediatric gastroenterologist and don’t take no for an answer. As a mother your instinct will be right, believe in yourself.

Here are a list of some great Pediatric Gastroenterologists in the UK. Some are private and some work on the NHS and privately.

Dr. Neil Shah
Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist
Great Ormond Street Hospital

Dr Neil Shah qualified in 1990 from the Royal Free Hospital. At qualification he was awarded a London university medal for Medicine and Paediatrics.

Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals. Dr Shah has been a Paediatric Gastroenterologist at Great Ormond Street since 2001. Dr Shah has developed a passion for gastrointestinal allergy studies as he faces food allergy problems every day both at home as well as work. Dr Shah was appointed to the St. Thomas paediatric allergy service in 2009 to work with their food allergy team in cases where children have ‘mixed’ allergy. In 2008, he was a runner up for a doctor of the year award.

Dr Shah is involved in the development of regional guidelines for practical identification and treatment of GI allergies in general paediatrics. He is leading a research team and publishing on the multidisciplinary presentations of food allergies, primary care symptoms recognition of food allergies, histological and endoscopic manifestations of allergies and new diagnostic tests for allergies.
Dr. Nikhil Thapar
Consultant in Paediatric Gastroenterology
Great Ormond Street Hospital

Nikhil Thapar undertook his undergraduate medical training at Southampton University. He went on to complete his MRCPCH and postgraduate Paediatric training in the Wessex region and thereafter his subspecialist training in Paediatric Gastroenterology in London. He has a particular interest in neurogastroenterology and gut motility disorders and has completed a PhD at the National Institute for Medical Research, London studying the therapeutic potential of stem cells for gut motility disorders. Following completion of the PhD in 2004 (University of London), he was awarded a Clinician Scientist post at the UCL Institute of Child Health and in 2006 was also appointed as honorary consultant in Paediatric Gastroenterology at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Together with Dr Keith Lindley, Dr Thapar runs a specialist clinical service for children with congenital and acquired gut motility disorders, which includes state-of-the-art diagnostics, in-patient and out-patient facilities. Inherent to the service is a research team studying the pathogenesis and treatment of gut motility disorders with particular focus on molecular mechanisms (including allergies), stem cells, and gut tissue engineering. Dr Thapar sits on the council of the British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition as research lead and is a member of the sub-specialty clinical studies group of the Medicines for Children Research Network.

Both of these doctors can be seen 0n the NHS. For private bookings contact Lorna on lorna@viveka.co.uk or call Viveka on 0207 483 0099

Mamoun Elawad MBBS, MRCP(UK), MRCPCH
Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist
Special interests: inflammatory bowel disease, coeliac disease, autoimmune gut disorders and haematopoetic stem cell transplant for gastrointestinal disorders

Lead clinician, Honorary Senior Lecturer – Institute of Child Health, University College of London

Keith Lindley BSc, MB, PhD MRCP(UK) MRCPCH  
Consultant and Honorary Reader in Paediatric Gastroenterology
Special interests: pancreatic disorders, neurogastroenterology and dysmotility disorders, coeliac disease and inflammatory bowel disease

Honorary Reader, Institute of Child Health, University College of London

Susan Hill MBBS, DCH, MRCP, MRCPCH, MD

Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist
Special interests: intestinal failure and small bowel transplant, nutrition and long term parenteral nutrition, gastrointestinal food allergy and inflammatory bowel disease

Honorary Senior Lecturer, Institute of Child Health, University College of London