Pediatric inflammatory bowel disease
(IBD) is the term used for children who have been diagnosed with either Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. These are two diseases that cause inflammation of the intestines leading to pain and digestive problems.
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According to pedsibd.com
, the disease differs significantly in children compared to adults because it can cause problems with growth if the child is not getting sufficient nutrients from their diet. To counter this, an early diagnosis is needed so the child can begin treatment as soon as possible to avoid any potential growth problems.
Symptoms of pediatric IBD can be difficult to spot, particularly in young children who may not be able to adequately describe their symptoms. Children can regularly have stomach aches and pains, but if these become prolonged and are accompanied by other symptoms such as bloody stools, excessive diarrhea or constipation, vomiting with bile in it, joint pains, rash on the lower leg, or fatigue, they should see a doctor.
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