Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Children

The complicated nature of inflammatory bowel disease deserves the expert care of a pediatric digestive specialist. We hope to support your child’s comfort and work toward symptom-free living.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is actually two chronic diseases: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Both cause inflammation of the intestines, which may occur in any part of the digestive tract in Crohn’s disease and occurs in just the large intestine in ulcerative colitis. Symptoms of both can include diarrhea, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, anemia, weight loss or poor growth. It’s unknown what causes inflammatory bowel disease, but environment, diet and genetics may be factors.

Treatments for Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Children

Whether your child has colitis or Crohn’s disease, you’ve seen him or her struggling with inflammatory bowel disease symptoms long enough. Now, you’re looking for answers. Our pediatric gastroenterologists will guide you through the best treatments and therapies for your child’s specific condition. The good news is we’ve made great progress in developing medicine that relieves symptoms of irritable bowel disease more effectively than ever. 

We can also recommend dietary adjustments that work very well for children with mild Crohn’s disease. Surgery for Crohn’s disease is usually avoided, as it can cause short bowel syndrome and a reduced ability to absorb nutrients. But if your child suffers from symptoms of colitis, even with medication, surgery can be an option. Learn more about how our digestive specialists can help your child here.

Medicine
Anti-inflammatory medications or medicines that suppress the immune system are often used to treat the symptoms of IBD.

Nutritional Supplements
Supplements may be needed to ensure your child gets enough nutrients. A liquid diet is sometimes recommended to control symptoms. Our pediatric gastroenterology dietitian is specially trained to pinpoint your child’s nutritional needs.

Surgery
When surgery is required, our pediatric gastroenterologists work closely with our surgeons to determine the best course of action.