Special Diet Seen to Induce Remission in Children with Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis

Special Diet Seen to Induce Remission in Children with Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis
A Seattle Children’s Hospital gastroenterologist has documented that diet alone can help some pediatric patients with active Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC) move into clinical remission. The results of the study, “Clinical and Fecal Microbial Changes with Diet Therapy in Active Inflammatory Bowel Disease” by Dr. David Suskind, were published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. "This changes the paradigm for how we may choose to treat children with inflammatory bowel disease," Suskind said in a press release. In his study, Suskind put patients on a diet therapy called "specific carbohydrate diet" (SCD) for 12 weeks as the only treatment for their Crohn’s or UC. SCD is designed to balance nutrition by removing grains, dairy, processed foods, and sugars, except honey. Patients who adopt the diet are to eat only natural, nutrient-rich foods, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, and some meats. At the end of the study, eight of the 10 patients who completed the program showed significant improvement and went into remission. "Stool microbiome analysis showed a distinctive dysbiosis for each individual in most prediet microbiomes," the researchers wrote, "with significant changes in microbial composition after dietary change." Treatment for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s and UC usually
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  1. JD says:

    I wonder how we find out the exact diet so we can try it on our own, even though I’m not a child with Crohn’s disease. Great read!

    • Anita Lynch says:

      Hi, just google SCD diet and it will come up for you. I would have liked my Crohn’s son to try it but he is such a fussy eater it just wouldn’t have worked for him. Hope you get the info and it helps. Anita.

    • Shannon Eavenson says:

      The Specific Carbohydrate Diet song on YouTube is a helpful overview of the diet with a video of many foods allowed and toward the end a few ideas to make it quick and easy!

  2. Kathy Merrell says:

    Dr. Suskind has published the diet in his book. “Nutrition in Immune Balance (NIMBAL) Therapy” by David L. Suskind, MD — available on Amazon

  3. Danny says:

    I turned down medication a year ago and have focused solely on diet – being brought up vegetarian has helped, but removing processed/frozen/oily foods, white bread, crisps and increasing fresh fruit and vegetables, cooking coconut oil or olive oil has helped, but the biggest benefit has been fennel, ginger and turmeric, in meals or in herbal tea form. My symptoms are so much better than they have been for 4 years now, and physically I’m a lot healthier anyway!

    • Poojaa says:

      Hi Danny, so you don’t take any medication? My son is vegetarian. He eats mostly Indian food which of course has ginger, turmeric etc. But I don’t see any change. He is 24 years old, sometimes it scares me. It is wonderful to hear you don’t take any medication.

      • priya says:

        Hi Pooja,
        My daughter is 9 years old, diagnaise with ulcerative colits. Please let me know the Indian food menu.How is your son doing now. Still on diet or taking medication?

    • Tim Bossie says:

      Hi Sunita. We would suggest asking your doctor or hospital’s dietician for more information on special diets and other suggestions.

  4. Julie M. says:

    My son was put on Remicade immediately since he has jejunal Crohn’s. However, upon his diagnosis, we realized sugar had an impact on his symptoms when we really started chronicling his flares. We drastically cut back on his sugar intake (Gatorade, candy, and desserts) and by the time he had his first Remicade treatment his inflammatory markers were only slightly elevated compared to being off the charts prior. I doubt at 18 years old he would adhere to such a strict diet, but I would love to learn more so that as he matures, he might be able to get off the Remicade and instead manage the disease with diet. The drugs out there are a miracle, but no one really knows the long-term effects, right?

    • Tim Bossie says:

      Hi Julie… yes, being 18 he is really tested to stay on any particular diet. However, as he gets older, he will begin to see the importance of it. While drugs are great, and do help many people, there are those who respond very well to living a healthy lifestyle and watching their diet. We will keep you posted on any more information about this diet.

  5. Carol says:

    Hi my grandson has just started going for testing he is hating his life only turn 7 in feb love to eat junk so I need to have insight to make healthy choices good for him to eat.

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