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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
Your pediatrician may refer you to our IBD Center, or you may be looking for a second opinion for your child’s symptoms. In many cases, we will confirm the diagnosis and learn more about how ulcerative colitis your child before meeting to discuss our treatment recommendations.
Tests we commonly recommend may include one or more of the following:
Once we have an accurate diagnosis of your child’s condition, our goal is to get your child on the road to proper care and management of IBD — and most importantly, start feeling better as soon as possible.
Ulcerative colitis, a type of inflammatory bowel disease, is very treatable. With consistent IBD care management and a good understanding of the condition, the vast majority of people with IBD go on to live full and active lives.
Depending on the severity of symptoms, treating ulcerative colitis often requires a combination of approaches. Our IBD team will meet with you to discuss a customized treatment plan based on individual symptoms and health needs.
Members of our IBD team include:
Treatment plans include:
A small percentage of children with ulcerative colitis who do not respond to medication may need surgery, which can dramatically improve quality of life and improve symptoms. The decision to have surgery is a joint one, made with the patient, family members, your gastroenterologist and the surgeon.
Members of our IBD team include:
Each child has a treatment plan that is most effective for their ulcerative colitis. Treatment plans can include medication, nutritional support, and in-depth consultation with any member of our IBD team
Drug therapy can reduce inflammation and control symptoms. Medications we may prescribe include:
anti-inflammatory drugs, such as steroids, to bring the disease under control
immune system suppressants that can reduce swelling
antibiotics to treat related complications, such as abscesses or fistulas
antiulcer/H2 blockers (acid-reducing medications) to treat related ulcers and irritation
All of our patients have the option to meet a registered dietitian who specializes in IBD who will develop a nutritional plan to help control symptoms and improve health.
To learn more about the treatment and services we offer please visit the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
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.”