Digestive Topics : Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a chronic inflammation of the intestines. IBD causes the immune system to become active, damaging the intestines. The two most common types of IBD are Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative colitis.
Ulcerative colitis affects the lining of the large intestine (the colon). To learn more about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of Ulcerative Colitis in children, download the GIKids Fact Sheet on Ulcerative Colitis.
Crohn’s Disease can affect any part of the intestine and can affect more than just the lining. To learn more about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of Crohn’s Disease in children, download the GIKids Fact Sheet on Crohn’s Disease
The book, written by over 50 NASPGHAN members and edited by Drs. Maria Oliva-Hemker,David Ziring and Athos Bousvaros, provides parents with practical advice on how to tell their children about IBD and discusses the challenges children may face at school and in their social lives, especially as they grow older.
Copies can be purchased through Johns Hopkins University Press.
IBD & Nutrition
Poor nutrition does not cause IBD; however proper nutrition can help alleviate the symptoms. To learn more about the impact of diet and nutrition on IBD in children, download the GIKids Fact Sheet on IBD and Nutrition.
Managing the Paperwork
It’s difficult enough to manage an illness without dealing with all the paperwork. GIKids has a guide that helps with insurance, letters of medical necessity, Family and Medical Leave Act, and Educational Accommodation Plans for families dealing with IBD.
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IMPORTANT REMINDER: This information from the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) is intended only to provide general information and not as a definitive basis for diagnosis or treatment in any particular case. It is very important that you consult your doctor about your specific condition.