Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The condition most commonly affects the terminal ileum (the end of the small bowel), and the colon. Crohn’s disease can appear in patches, where one part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract is affected and not another.
Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the GI tract. Symptoms can vary from child to child, but many may experience:
Less common symptoms can include:
Children may have poor height and weight gain before other symptoms appear. Symptoms can be mild at first, which may keep a child from seeing their pediatrician. Crohn’s disease is chronic and marked by periods of symptom flares and absent symptoms (remission).
Crohn’s disease is different for each child, but the goal of treatment is similar: to prevent flares, promote healthy growth and heal the intestine from inflammation. The board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists with Norton Children’s Gastroenterology affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, can work with you and your family to come up with a personalized treatment plan for your child. The treatment plan may include: