Supporting your child with Crohn’s or Colitis

If your child has recently been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, it’s natural to feel worried about what living with Crohn’s or Colitis could mean for them and your family. But there’s lots you can do to help your child live life to the fullest. And we’re here to help, every step of the way.

This information explains how Crohn’s or Colitis might affect your child, what treatments they may be given and shares tips to help you and your child manage the day-to-day challenges of living with their condition. It has been written for parents of children under 16, but we hope it may also be helpful to parents of older children.

We write our information together with people affected by Crohn’s and Colitis, health professionals and other experts. The content is based on up-to-date, unbiased, evidence-based research. We don’t recommend any particular products, and this information isn’t meant to replace medical advice. Please speak to your GP or IBD team before making any changes.

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Last reviewed: September 2019