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When a child has inflammatory bowel disease, the family has many concerns: Why is my child sick? What can we do to help him get better? What does the future hold for her? In this book, an expert team of pediatric gastroenterologists explains the symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments associated with Crohn disease, ulcerative colitis, and indeterminate colitis to help parents and children cope with the challenges of IBD.
The authors' empathy and experience are evident throughout as they answer such questions as:
• What are inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn disease, and ulcerative colitis?
• Is there a cure for IBD?
• How is IBD going to affect my child's daily life?
• Will my child's diet change?
• Can my child still play sports?
• Will my child need surgery?
• What are the side effects of commonly prescribed medications?
The book also provides parents with practical advice on how to tell their children about their IBD and discusses the challenges children may face at school and in their social lives, especially as they grow older. Additional information on IBD medications, complementary treatments, and further reading round out this comprehensive and reliable resource.
About the Author
The North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition is the premier organization for physicians caring for children with digestive disorders in North America. NASPGHAN strives to improve the care of infants, children, and adolescents with digestive disorders by promoting advances in clinical care, research, and education. Maria Oliva-Hemker, M.D., is Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Johns Hopkins Children Center. David Ziring, M.D., is Director of the UCLA Pediatric IBD Center. Athos Bousvaros, M.D., is Associate Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Children’s Hospital Boston.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors
1. An Overview of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
2. IBD Causes and Risk Factors
3. Why Is IBD So Difficult to Diagnose?
4. The Symptoms of IBD
5. How to Prepare for a Visit to Your Child's IBD Doctor
6. Office Visits and Procedures for Children with IBD
7. Laboratory Testing
8. Imaging Studies
9. Endoscopic Exams
10. Medical Treatments
12. Managing Specific Problems
13. The Role of Nutrition
14. Complementary and Alternative Therapies
15. Family Life
16. Different Ages, Different Issues
17. Following the Treatment Plan
18. School Days
19. Insurance and Other Financial Issues
20. Transitions from School to Work and Independent Living
21. Transitions from Pediatric to Adult Health Providers
22. Where to Get Additional Help and Information
23. Frequently Asked Questions
What People are Saying About This
"This is an invaluable resource for any family living with inflammatory bowel disease. Written clearly and accessibly, it covers all the important aspects of IBD. It’s a wonderful companion guide, full of information, support, and resources that will help a child and his or her family manage all facets of the disease."
"This is an invaluable guide, full of information and resources that can help families manage all facets of inflammatory bowel disease."