Does My Child have IBD?
Symptoms of IBD can appear at any age. The two most common forms of IBD are Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. The symptoms of these two diseases can be very similar. If your child has IBD symptoms, contact your pediatrician for an examination.
Pediatric IBD symptoms checklist:
- Diarrhea, sometimes with blood and mucus
- Stomach aches
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Unexplained fever and tiredness
- Delayed growth or maturation
Diagnosing Pediatric IBD:
If your physician suspects your child has pediatric IBD, he or she will likely run several diagnostic tests, including:
- Blood tests
- Stool tests
- X-rays and other radiology tests
- Endoscopy of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract
Also, since genetics can play a role in IBD, your physician may inquire about your family’s medical history.
If your child is experiencing IBD symptoms discuss them with your family doctor or find a pediatric gastroenterologist near you.