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At the Boston Children’s IBD Center, the underlying principle to our approach to treatment is simple: We believe in managing medical, emotional and social needs to truly manage the affects of IBD.
Expert treatment for a chronic conditions starts with recognizing all the ways it can impact daily life – especially for a child, teenager or young adult.
That’s why our specialized team includes medical experts – gastroenterologists, radiologists and surgeons – as well as a registered dietician, social worker and nurse educator, all specially trained in IBD. Meet our IBD team.
Our approach to care involves:
Local and regional patients who can travel to our Boston clinic for ongoing care benefit from this full spectrum of services. However, we routinely offer on-line second opinions and annual visits to national and international patients. We are also available to consult on treatment plans in conjunction with local physicians.
Families residing outside of the United States should first contact the Boston Children’s International Health Services at 01-617-355-5209.
Drug therapy is the gold standard treatment for both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis – both in adults and children.
Our IBD specialists have access to the newest drugs and therapies available today, as well as the expertise to know which work best with a young person’s developing body and overall health needs.
Most of the time, children and teens experience severe symptoms when first diagnosed. In these cases, the first thing we will do is get these symptoms under control as quickly as possible.
There are many foods that can worsen or trigger symptoms – from raw vegetables to dairy products. Guidance from our registered dietician can help you understand what foods to avoid.
IBD does more than cause pain and discomfort; at its worst, it can prevent people from absorbing necessary nutrients from food. That’s why it is so important to maintain a healthy diet.
Our registered dietician will work with you to develop a customized diet plan – taking into account personal health needs and specific medications, some of which can affect appetite and how the body absorbs nutrients.
Individual follow-up routines depend on each patient’s treatment plan and how they are feeling.
Lifelong follow-up is crucial with IBD, since it allows your doctors to:
Treatment for IBD always starts with medication. Sometimes, a patient may not respond – or stop responding to – several drug options, causing symptoms to worsen and putting him or her at risk for serious complications. In these cases, surgery may help you or your child feel better and minimize damage to the intestine.
The decision to have surgery is a joint one, made with the patient, family members, your gastroenterologist and the surgeon. Learn more about IBD surgery at Boston Children’s.
For more information, appointments or a second opinion, please call the Boston Children’s IBD Center at 617-355-6058 or request an appointment online.
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.”