Symptoms & Causes of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Children

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Contact the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

  • 1-617-355-6058
  • International: +01-617-355-5209
What are the symptoms of IBD in children?

The ways in which IBD can affect a patient's health can vary considerably from person to person. Various symptoms include:
●   bloody diarrhea
●   obvious blood in the stools or black, tar-like stools
●   abdominal pain
●   fatigue
●   weakness
●   weight loss
●   loss of appetite
●   rectal bleeding
●   loss of body fluids and nutrients
●   anemia caused by severe bleeding

Sometimes children also experience:
●   joint pain
●   inflammation of the eyes
●   liver disorders
●   osteoporosis
●   rashes
●   kidney stones


What causes IBD in children?

The cause(s) of inflammatory bowel disease remain unknown and likely include a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

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