Doctors should recognize IBD in children
It’s important for health care professionals to recognize Crohn’s correctly, especially in children. Most people with IBD are diagnosed at 15 years old or later, but many of them have symptoms much younger than that. It’s not been known if Crohn’s runs in families or not, but the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation states that up to one-fifth of people with Crohn’s have a parent, child, or sibling with inflammatory bowel disease. There seems to be more familial trend with Crohn’s compared to ulcerative colitis.
Knowing that we need to look for IBD in kids is extremely important. Without the right treatment, IBD can really limit the quality of life for these children. We don’t want to keep these kids like Esther from reaching their full potential in life! It’s amazing how much the right medication can make a big difference in a person’s ability to go to work, school, and partake in sports or other hobbies.