The following links provide information about everything from symptoms to treatments, to how to talk to your friends about IBD. Many of them address the unique concerns teenagers may face.
Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis are embarrassing and difficult illnesses to have. Most people have times when they feel okay, but sometimes you may have lots of feelings about it that make you miserable or confused and which perhaps you keep to yourself. Most teenagers with IBD experience at least some of these concerns.
IBD is a general term that refers to illnesses that cause chronic inflammation in the intestines. If you’re having diarrhea, stomach cramps, and other symptoms that make you question your digestion, you may want to learn more about the digestive system and IBD, as well as other digestive conditions.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Children and Adolescents (CDHNF Kids IBD)
This site includes a information on IBD, genetics, diagnostics, medical therapy, diet and nutrition, psychosocial issues, surgery, clinical trials and vaccines.
Living with your J-Pouch (The J-Pouch Group)
An illustrated overview of the surgical procedure. This section is intended to address some of the surgical questions that face a patient who is about to undergo J-pouch surgery.
Teen Guide (CCFA)
Dealing with Crohn’s and Colitis.
UC and Crohn’s
We know how difficult it is to live with Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s. Did you know? Starbright World® online community is a safe, private, moderated social network for teens affected by medical conditions – like UC or Crohn’s. If you’re a teenager affected by IBD, whether it’s your illness or a sibling’s, you can join (for free) and meet other teens going through similar journeys. SBW is a safe, fun place to chat, vent, ask advice and provide support for other teens.