Symptoms & Diagnosis of IBD

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.

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In this book, medical experts explain all you need to know about IBD and answer important questions, including:

  • What are inflammatory bowel diseases, Crohn’s 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?
  • What challenges may my child face at school and socially, especially as he or she grows older?

To purchase: Please go to the Johns Hopkins Press Website.


Educational support for the NASPGHAN Foundation’s Pediatric IBD Education Campaign was provided by major sponsors P&G Pharmaceuticals, Shire, UCB Inc. and Centocor, Inc. Additional support for the campaign was provided by Prometheus Therapeutics and Diagnostics and Abbott.

North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
The Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Nurses
North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Foundation
The NASPGHAN Council For Pediatric Nutrition Professionals
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