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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
As your child begins to feel better and gets back to her regular activities, there is a risk that she may choose not to take her meds. This is called “non-adherence,” and may happen for several reasons:
Your teen may also:
Of course, it’s up to your teen to decide how much she feels comfortable sharing—that’s part of letting her maintain her privacy and feelings of control. Let your teen know that while it may feel embarrassing at first, many teens find that telling their friends about their IBD strengthens their friendship—the friend is trusted with the information, and the child with IBD feels that they can trust their friend.
How can I help my teen with ulcerative colitis?
It’s always challenging for a family to deal with chronic disease, and IBD may raise issues of privacy and independence that feel especially emotional. This can strain communication between you and your teen. Remember that good communication includes talking and listening, and sometimes what a teen needs most is simply to feel understood.
Everyday living ideas for teens with ulcerative colitis
Use these tips for living more comfortably with UC:
Good things to keep on hand if you have ulcerative colitis include:
Navigating college with ulcerative colitis
Traveling with ulcerative colitis
You needn’t be denied the rewards of travel because of UC. Lots of people with IBD are able to manage their condition well enough to let them focus on their destination and not their disease.
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