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  • NASPGHAN North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
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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

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.

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Crohn’s Disease

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

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IBD Book Cover  Book - Your Child with Inflammatory Bowel Disease - A Family Guide for Caregiving

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 Press at www.press.jhu.edu


 

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.

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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.

Plowing Through the Paperwork

Resources

NASPGHAN Foundation

PO Box 6

Flourtown, PA 19031

Telephone: 215-233-0808

Fax: 215-233-3918

 

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America 

386 Park Avenue South

17th Floor

New York, NY 10016

Telephone: 800-932-2423

 

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada 

600-60 St. Clair Avenue East

Toronto, ON M4T 1N5 Canada

Toll Free Number: 1-800-387-1479

Telephone: 416-920-5035

Fax: 416-929-0364

 

Reach Out for Youth with Ileitis and Colitis, Inc.

PO Box 857

Bellmore, NY 11710

Telephone: 631-293-3102

 

Women's Health/US Dept Health and Human Services

The Federal Government Source for Women's Health Information

Toll Free Number: 800-994-9662