Crohn’s Disease in Children Q & A
If you suspect your child may have Crohn’s disease, or if your child has already been diagnosed with it, you can get the help your child needs here at Night Lite Pediatrics. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment.
We understand Crohn’s disease in children, so we can identify the signs easily and provide treatment on an ongoing basis. We’re here for your child on a walk-in basis too. Connect with our clinic today or keep reading to learn more about Crohn’s disease and what we can do for your child.
What is Crohn’s disease in children?
It’s a condition that causes parts of a child’s intestine (bowel) to become red and swollen. The condition can run in families and is usually diagnosed in teens and young adults, but it can be diagnosed in children too. Since Crohn’s disease is a chronic condition, it lasts a long time, constantly recurs, and requires ongoing professional treatment.
The disease is a kind of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affecting any part of the gastrointestinal tract all the way from the mouth down to the anus. Generally, though, the disease is in the end of the small intestine or the beginning of the large intestine. The entire bowel wall is damaged by the inflammation the disease causes. There can be many complications.
It’s possible for parents to identify many of the symptoms of Crohn’s disease in their child, but the condition still requires professional diagnosis and treatment. We’re able to provide these services and more here at Night Lite Pediatrics.
What are the symptoms of Crohn’s disease in children?
Parents should look out for the common symptoms of Crohn’s disease in children, which are belly pain and diarrhea. There are other symptoms too, though. Here’s a list of the signs and symptoms parents can look out for and help their child notice:
- Blood in the toilet, on toilet paper, or in your child’s stools
- Belly pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Lethargy, which is low energy
- Sores, skin tags, or drainage in the area of the anus
- Mouth sores
- Weight loss, or even stunted growth or late puberty
- Possibly rashes, eye problems, joint pain, kidney stones, or gallstones
There are some other symptoms too, but they can’t be identified by parents. For example, a child may experience a narrowing of the bowel. Here at Night Lite Pediatrics, we can help you identify the signs and symptoms we listed above, and provide the stool tests, blood tests, and other tests your child will need for diagnosis.
What are the treatments for Crohn’s disease?
The disease is often treated with medicine and dietary changes. Remember, the disease is chronic, so the focus of treatment is on relieving symptoms, preventing complications, and preventing flare-ups in the future. Here at Night Lite Pediatrics, we may recommend:
- Nutrition therapy and nutrition support which can allow the bowel to heal
- An anti-inflammatory drug to help with the inflammation
- An immunosuppressive agent to prevent the immune system from causing more inflammation
- A biologic agent which can block the proteins that cause inflammation
Some medicines can make it more difficult for your child to fight infection, so before treating your child, we may test your child for tuberculosis and make sure your child has the recommended vaccines.
Can you diagnose and treat Crohn’s disease in children?
Yes, here at Night Lite Pediatrics, we can help with both the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. We’d be happy to tell you more, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you believe your child would benefit from our services. Night Lite Pediatrics has multiple locations in the Greater Orlando, Jacksonville, Port St Lucie, and West Melbourne areas, which you can view here.
Call the location nearest you or come see us in-person for any of our services, like a simple meet-and-greet with one of our friendly physicians. We look forward to hearing from you and helping your child here at Night Lite Pediatrics!