Crohn's Disease in Children

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Contact the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

  • 617-355-6058
  • International: +1-617-355-5209
  • Fax: 617-730-0254

What is Crohn’s disease in children?

Crohn’s disease (CD) is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a condition in which one or more parts of your child’s intestinal tract become inflamed. (Ulcerative colitis (UC) is the other main form of IBD.) Crohn’s disease is a chronic—but highly manageable—disease. Consider these facts about Crohn’s disease in kids:
  • Crohn’s disease may be mild, severe or anywhere in between.
  • It can affect any region of the digestive tract, including the mouth, esophagus, stomach, duodenum, appendix, colon or anus. The most common area to be affected is the last part of the small intestine (terminal ileum).
  • Crohn’s is most often diagnosed in young adults but can be seen in young children as well.
  • It can often be controlled very well with medication and lifestyle changes. Surgery may also be an option.
  • In rare cases, it starts with orofacial granulomatosis (OFG), a chronic inflammatory condition of the mouth highly associated with Crohn’s that often progresses to the bowel.

Watch "Growing up with Crohn’s Disease – What Every Family Should Know", a series of short videos, to learn more about Crohn’s disease.

How Boston Children's Hospital approaches Crohn’s disease in kids

Our clinicians provide a range of services and support for children and teenagers with Crohn's disease:

  • second opinions
  • management of IBD in school, work or social situations
  • management of medications
  • nutritional counseling
  • growth and development monitoring
  • surgical care (in certain cases)

Boston Children’s Hospital is the #1 ranked pediatric gastroenterology department (U.S. News & World Report), which includes a dedicated team of doctors and specialists in the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center. Our world-class care team can help your child by providing individualized treatment plans and access to more specialized care than any other hospital. We see around 2,500 children each year, and our work is guided by our belief that children and young adults with IBD deserve to live a happy and unhindered life. We care for children in Boston and in our many locations in Massachusetts.

As a leading referral center for pediatric IBD, our Center is committed to discovering the causes of, and improving the treatments for, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Contact Us to Make an Appointment:

Contact the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center to make an appointment for your child.
617-355-6058
International: +1-617-355-5209



We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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