Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center
The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center cares for children with inflammatory bowel diseases, which include Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and indeterminate colitis.
Visits are longer than typical clinic visits in order to provide a comprehensive assessment and treatment. Children with IBD are regularly monitored in many areas, including nutrition, gastrointestinal symptoms, growth, anxiety/stress management and quality of life. We offer personalized treatment plans that are tailored to each patient and incorporate scientifically proven therapies. All children with IBD who are 12 years and older are enrolled into our transition program, which helps our young adolescents and adults learn necessary knowledge and skills to become their own health advocates.
The IBD Center works closely with colleagues from Nutrition and Pediatric Surgery in order to provide all necessary services. We also actively engage community partners, including the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, and national partners, including the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, to provide the best standard of quality care.
The IBD Center holds an annual IBD Family Day to provide the community with more information/resources.
We actively enroll patients in the ImproveCareNow initiative. ImproveCareNow is a collaborative community where patients, parents, clinicians and researchers work together to improve the health and care of children and youth.
We also enroll patients in other investigations to improve their health and well-being. Participation is on a purely voluntary basis and has no bearing on treatment received at our center.
About Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term used for several conditions (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and indeterminate colitis) that involves chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. In children, symptoms can vary from chronic abdominal pain and diarrhea (with/without blood) to feeling well with poor growth or short stature. There appears to be a genetic predisposition to developing IBD but not all patients have affected family members (in fact, many do not). Patients with IBD carry the diagnosis for life and must be regularly monitored by an experienced physician, preferably with additional training in gastroenterology.
Call Robin Kruth, R.N., at 858 966-4003.