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As teens with Crohn’s disease become adults, the health care provider who oversees their care will switch from a pediatric gastroenterologist to an adult provider. Planning for this transition can help teens take on more responsibility for managing their inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
It depends on the person, but most teens with Crohn’s disease should transition to an adult health care provider when they’re between 18 and 21 years old. Many young adults are going to college or moving away from home at this age. It’s important for teens to learn how to take care of themselves and make independent decisions about their health.
Starting as early as 12 years old, teens with Crohn’s disease can start to take charge of their health. Parents can supervise, then give more responsibilities as their child gets older.
To help prepare for this transition, teens should know:
Before moving away from home, teens with Crohn’s disease should:
Teens going to college should:
Teens who start a job should:
To find a doctor who specializes in caring for people with Crohn’s disease:
Crohn’s disease is a chronic condition that causes parts of the bowel to get red and swollen. The goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms, prevent other problems, and avoid flare-ups.
Nutrition therapy is an alternative to medicines that doctors use to ease the symptoms of Crohn’s disease. It can help improve nutrition and growth, ease inflammation, and heal the gastrointestinal tract.
If you suffer from a chronic illness, you know it can be anything but fun. But you can become better informed and more involved in your care. Here are tips to help you deal.
Most people think digestion begins when you first put food in your mouth. But the digestive process actually starts even before the food hits your taste buds.
The digestive process starts even before the first bite of food. Find out more about the digestive system and how our bodies break down and absorb the food we eat.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to two chronic diseases that cause intestinal inflammation: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Although they have features in common, there are some important differences.
It’s normal to get a stomachache once in a while, but some kids have something more serious called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Find out more about it.
Inflammatory bowel disease is an ongoing illness caused by an inflammation of the intestines. There are two kinds of IBD: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
People with celiac disease can’t eat gluten, which is found in many everyday foods, such as bread. Find out more by reading this article for kids.
Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that happens only in the colon. It causes the inner lining of the colon to get red and swollen with sores called ulcers.
Crohn’s disease is a condition that causes parts of the intestine (bowel) to get red and swollen. It can be challenging to deal with, but many teens find that they’re able to feel well and have few symptoms for long periods of time.
What teachers should know about inflammatory bowel disease, and what teachers can do to help students with IBD succeed in school.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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