Shriners Children's Provides Specialized Care for Children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
The goal of our colorectal and gastrointestinal specialty care is to provide children with anal-rectal disorders advanced care and rehabilitation that frees them from social stigma and allows them to live and play like other children.
What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a functional bowel disorder caused by changes in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. IBD is a disorder that has both physical and mental causes.
What Are the Symptoms a Child With Inflammatory Bowel Disease May Experience?
Children with IBD may have symptoms that include discomfort, cramping, diarrhea, constipation and changes in bowel habits.
How Do We Care for Children With Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
Treatment begins with a proper diagnosis, and the pediatric specialists at Shriners Children's carefully evaluate each patient to develop an individual treatment plan, which may include a bowel management program, medications, dietary changes, yoga, exercise therapy and, in severe cases, surgical intervention.
We provide follow-up care to monitor your child’s health, prevent problems, manage symptoms and give your child the best quality of life.
Specific treatments and services may vary by location. Please contact a specific location for more information.
Understanding your Child's Colorectal and Gastrointestinal (GI) Appointment(s)
On the first visit, parents and children typically come for a group overview and educational presentation about bowel management. Our doctors and nurses explain the medicines, enemas and diets we use as treatment options. Each family has a one-on-one clinic visit with a provider from the program to make a plan for their child.
If referred to one of our hospitals for a more complex condition or surgery, you and your child go directly to the one-on-one visit with one of our providers to build an individualized plan of care.
Sometimes, when deemed appropriate, your child may have a bowel X-ray. This helps us with diagnoses and check whether your child’s plan is working. A nurse from our program will talk with you either in person or by phone to discuss your child’s results.
Our goal is for your child to empty their bowel daily with no accidents and to live with as few limitations as possible. Success depends on your child’s condition and following your plan closely.
How We Support Your Child’s Total Health and Well-Being
Families and patients say that Shriners Children’s feels like home to them, and it's no wonder to us. We know that a child's needs go beyond the physical. Our care teams support their social, emotional and developmental health with patient programs and activities.
A few examples include:
The dietitians at Shriners Children's do an especially good job. They visited us every day to give advice on what foods were best for Jordyn’s digestive system. They recommended food combinations that would help her digestion work well.