Our pediatric gastroenterology team at Children's Health℠ is here to provide personalized care and long-term support to children and young adults with Crohn’s disease. We offer a wide range of treatments that are proven to help ease symptoms and manage flare-ups. We’ll work closely with you and your child to help control their condition so they can grow up healthy and strong.
Pediatric Crohn’s disease is a long-term (chronic) condition that causes redness or swelling (inflammation) in any area of the gastrointestinal tract. This includes the mouth, esophagus, stomach, intestines, and rectum. For many children, the small intestine is the most affected area.
Crohn’s disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It’s usually diagnosed between the ages of 15 to 20 but it can happen at any age.
There are five types of Crohn’s disease. They include:
Affects the middle part of the small intestine (jejunum).
Affects the final section of the small intestine (ileum).
Affects the end of the small intestine (ileum) and the first part of the large intestine (colon).
Affects the stomach and first section of the small intestine (duodenum).
Affects only the colon.
Crohn’s disease can also cause other complications, like:
Symptoms of Crohn’s disease can range from mild to severe. They can also come and go, sometimes disappearing for years (remission) then flaring up again. While there isn’t a way of knowing when remission will happen or when symptoms will return, we can help manage your child’s condition at every stage of their life.
At Children’s Health, we use state-of-the-art tests and procedures to diagnose children and young adults with Crohn’s disease. These include:
The exact cause of Crohn’s disease isn’t known but we do know that some possible triggers include:
Crohn’s disease is a long-term disorder. Our goal with treatment is to help control your child’s symptoms. This is done by creating a plan that reduces inflammation, eases symptoms, and prevents potential complications, like intestinal blockage or tears.
Depending on the severity of your child’s condition, their treatment may include the following:
Our pediatric team has extensive knowledge and experience in diagnosing and treating children and young adults with Crohn’s disease. We’ll work together to build a treatment plan that gives your child the best quality of life possible. We are here to support and serve your family.
Making sure your child eats a well-balanced diet can help manage Crohn’s disease and improve uncomfortable symptoms. Avoid foods that are high in fat, sugar and fiber. Include foods that are gentle on the digestive system, like bananas, rice and oatmeal.
If you notice your child is experiencing Crohn’s disease symptoms then it may be time to schedule a doctor’s visit.