Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are typically thought of as only impacting adults. But these diseases impact children too with similar symptoms found in adults, including:
- Cramps/abdominal pain
- Unexplained weight loss
- Rectal bleeding
- Loss of appetite
Diagnosis in children tends to be more difficult due to food allergies and/or frequent viruses that can cause similar symptoms. Since these diseases cause the body to have trouble absorbing nutrients, delayed diagnosis in children can actually stunt their growth and development.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program
In Wake County, we are fortunate to have a dedicated Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program to help diagnose and treat the special needs of children who have Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. It is part of the program’s mission to raise awareness of the diseases in children and make connections between families dealing with a diagnosis of IBD.
Raise Awareness About IBD in Children
Help us spread the word of how IBD impacts children and build your support network by walking with us:
Triangle Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis Walk
April 29, 2017
Lake Crabtree in Morrisville
9 am Registration
10 am Walk Begins
Plus, this event is an excellent opportunity to meet other families dealing with a diagnosis of pediatric IBD. Come out, walk, raise awareness and build your support network! We look forward to seeing you at the walk.
About Anna McCormick
Anna McCormick is a pediatric nurse practitioner supporting patients and their families with WakeMed Physician Practices – Pediatric Gastroenterology.