My eleven year old daughter was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease two years ago, after suddenly becoming very ill and being admitted to the hospital. Over these past two years, I have learned everything I can about how to help her have the healthiest life possible. Â This report came from my research.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease is a general term which refers to Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease. IBD is a chronic condition which causes inflammation, bleeding, and mucus in the gastrointestinal system. Ulcerative Colitis is confined to, and affects the lining of the large intestine and rectum. Crohn's Disease usually affects the small intestine, but can affect any part of the gastrointestinal system from the mouth to the rectum.
Diarrhea and inflammation can cause dehydration, fever, weight loss, and malnutrition. Children with inflammatory bowel disease have greater risks because they are not yet fully grown, and the disease can stunt their growth and maturation. Those with inflammatory bowel disease can also have inflammation in other parts of the body such as the eyes, skin, liver, and joints.