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Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Guide for Parents

Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Guide for Parents

Chances are, you know one of the nearly 1 in 200 Americans who suffer from the debilitating pain and constant disruptions that come with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The physical and emotional toll it takes can be devastating. Inflammatory bowel diseases cause inflammation in the digestive and intestinal tract, and it can affect anyone men, women and children. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America was created to help those with IBD cope and to find a cure.

IBD: The basics

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the two most common types of IBD. In ulcerative colitis, only the colon is affected; of the multiple layers of the intestinal wall, only the innermost lining of the colon, the mucosa, becomes inflamed in ulcerative colitis patients. Ulcerative colitis also spreads proximally, meaning it starts from the rectum and can spread continuously to the rest of the large intestine (colon).

Crohn’s disease, on the other hand, may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, from the lips to the anus. Unlike ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s can skip large segments of bowel before reappearing in others. The areas most often affected, however, are the lower part of the small intestine (ileum) and the large intestine (colon). Also, in Crohn’s patients, the inflammation doesn’t stop at the mucosa (tissue lining) and may burrow through the thickness of the bowel wall. Both are incurable, chronic conditions.

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E-Course Kids Teens and IBD

I put together a new e-course that is tailored just for young people who have IBD and their parents. Kids are not just little versions of adults, especially when it comes to treating chronic illness.

Kids are being diagnosed with IBD in greater and greater numbers, yet there is still not much research on how to treat them. Even more scant is information about the social challenges that kids, teens, and young adults who have IBD face every day.

In this e-course you will learn more about how IBD is treated in young people, and how they can meet the challenges that IBD poses for them at school and in social situations. Sign up for the e-course here….

Childrens Hospital Oakland

Childrens Hospital Oakland Dr Beth Gleghorn

Treating children children with a wide range of stomach and digestive problems. She explains that having a strong team of doctors allows for more resources and better care for the child. She also stresses that Childrens focuses on the entire patient family, not just the patient.