The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center at Boston Children's Hospital is one of the most heavily referred to centers in the world when it comes to diagnosing and treating children with Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis. Our team includes IBD and childcare specialists, each with a unique role in providing care to make treatment as easy as possible for young patients and their families.
Scott B. Snapper, MD, PhD
Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
Athos Bousvaros, MD, MPH
Associate Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
What is IBD?
Inflammatory bowel disease, often refereed to as IBD, is a term for inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine. The main forms of IBD are Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis, and are considered autoimmune diseases, where the body’s immune system attacks elements of the digestive system.
Our team of physicians and nurse practitioners recently created this IBD eBook, Living with IBD, with school-aged children in mind. It is complete with easy-to-understand information about Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), including helpful video links.
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Whether you (or your patient) has been recently diagnosed, or is seeking a second opinion, the eBook clearly explains:
- how Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affect the intestines, digestive tract and stomach
- the various methods of treatment using diet, medication and/or surgery
- tips for living with IBD, including going to school and college
- traveling comfortably with IBD
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Our multidisciplinary team of experts includes:
- nurse educators
- social workers
While treating children and teens with IBD is a big part of our mission, we're also committed to researching the biological causes of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitiis. By better understanding what causes these conditions—and closely studying the precise ways they affect the body—our team can provide the top care for our patients, informed by the most up-to-date research and clinical knowledge.
With so many experts working side-by-side—all with adeep understanding of IBD's causes, clinical progression and treatment—the team at Boston Children's Inflammatory Bowel Disease is often able to properly diagnose and treat patients who couldn't be helped at other medical centers. And because of our center's size and collective years of experience, the treatment we offer is coordinated quickly and efficiently, getting life back to normal for your child and family, as soon as possible.
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Complete patient care
Patients at Boston Children's Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center don't just see a doctor—a complete team of specialists is involved in their treatment so that our patients benefit from the collective knowledge and experience of an entire group of experts.
When you make an appointment at Boston Children's Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center you and your child have access to:
- gastroenterologists - doctors with special training focused on the digestive system and its disorders
- nurses to help care for your child and teach you about your child's illness
- nutritionists and dieticians who are experts in the role food choice plays in managing IBD symptoms, who will will assess your child's nutrition, vitamin, protein and caloric intake to make sure they receive proper overall nutrition.
- social workers to help you and your child deal with any stress caused by IBD and help you identify and contact community resources available
- psychologists to offer emotional and psychological support
- surgeons who in some cases may need to operate on patients with severe cases of Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis.
Our knowledgeable and well-staffed team routinely cares for children who are referred from other hospitals because their cases are difficult to treat or their symptoms haven't been managed as well as hoped. Our group uses their collective knowledge, and the latest technology and treatments, to help get the disease under control and improve the health of these patients.