Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center | Transitional Care

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Contact the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

  • 1-617-355-6058
  • International: +01-617-355-5209

At the Boston Children’s IBD Center, we look beyond IBD as a chronic, medical condition. We understand that IBD affects the way you or your child experiences the world and interacts with others.

Our team has created a number of helpful guides for patients and their families to help them understand and manage all of the emotional and physical aspects of IBD:

IBD Support Services

The best pediatric IBD care involves so much more than medical treatment. At Boston Children’s, our program offers:

  • Patient education: From the very first visit, our nurses will be on hand to walk you through all aspects of treatment and help answer any questions you may have. They will also reach out to you by phone.
  • Support networks: Want to talk with other IBD patients, or someone whose child has IBD? We can put you in touch with other families who have been through similar experiences and can share their experience. In fact, we host the Boston area IBD support group.
  • Age-sensitive care: Children, teens and young adults have very different needs and challenges. We tailor our care and services to fully support them.
  • Nutrition counseling: Altering diet and eating habits can greatly improve symptoms as a complement to treatment. Our registered dieticians create customized nutrition plans.
  • Dedicated social workers: We help you coordinate insurance coverage, access support services and overcome challenges with school and work situations.

IBD Care for Teens and Young Adults

The teenage and young adult years are challenging enough without having to deal with a chronic illness.

IBD can be an embarrassing disease, and you or your child may find it hard to talk about her bowel movements and tolerate invasive tests and exams. But it’s important that patients feel comfortable discussing their condition so that we can best monitor them and make sure treatments are working.

We work hard to develop a strong, positive relationship with all of our patients and their families.

Our care for teens and young adults also includes:

  • Support and education for parents of teens and young adults who may choose not to take their meds, called “non-adherence”
  • Coordination of counseling services and peer support networks for teens and young adults who need help coping with their diagnosis
  • Assistance securing services or support at school or work environments
  • College prep to teach how to manage disease, take medications, monitor for signs of disease flair-ups and eat healthy
  • Helpful tips for traveling, living and maintaining relationships

Transitional IBD Care for Adults

The director of our IBD Center, Dr. Scott B. Snapper, MD, PhD, is both an adult and pediatric IBD specialist. Under his leadership, our team completely understands the importance of supporting and preparing our patients to transition into adult care by age 26.

For local patients, we maintain a partnership with the Crohn’s and Colitis Center at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. This program continues with the same level of world-class expertise, multidisciplinary care and innovative research.

Make an Appointment

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

Boston Children’s is so much more than a hospital—it’s a community of researchers, clinicians, administrators, support staff, innovators, teachers, patients and families, all working together to make the impossible possible. ”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
For Patients: 617-355-6000
For Referring Providers: 844-BCH-PEDS | 844-224-7337

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