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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
It can be very scary if your child is having recurring bouts of abdominal pain, cramping, blood in the stools and diarrhea that don’t seem to go away. These symptoms may indicate a condition called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), in which parts of the intestinal tract become inflamed. The good news is that once diagnosed, most children with IBD respond quite well to treatment.
Consider these facts about inflammatory bowel disease in kids:
The two main forms of IBD are Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). Around one out of 10 children have what’s called “indeterminate colitis,” which means that the doctor can’t definitively state whether the IBD is Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Over time, many of these cases are eventually diagnosed as one or the other.
Children and teenagers with inflammatory bowel disease have a wide variety of needs that may include medication management, help changing their diet, growth and development monitoring, surgical care, and psychological support. Boston Children’s Hospital is the #1 ranked pediatric gastroenterology division in U.S. News & World Report, 2014-15), which includes a dedicated team of doctors and specialists in the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center. Our world class care team can help patients and their parents by providing individualized treatment plans and access to more specialized care than any other hospital. Our team includes:
We care for patients in Boston and in several satellite locations. 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 the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center to make an appointment for your child: 617-355-6058
Boston Children's Inflammatory Bowel Disease is centrally located at Boston Children's Hospital main campus, but many of our physicians see patients throughout Massachusetts. For a complete list of our locations, please click here.
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