Talking to my child about my IBD

As a parent or carer with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis (the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease - IBD), you may wonder whether to talk to your child about your condition. Some parents with Crohn's or Colitis have found telling their child to be a positive experience that helps them develop a closer relationship. Others may wish to keep their illness to themselves so as not to worry their child, particularly if their condition is mild. This information sheet contains helpful suggestions about how to start telling your child about your Crohn's or Colitis.

Should I tell my child?
Should it be me who tells my child?
When and where should I tell my child?
How should I tell my child?
What should I tell my child:?
Going to the hospital
Your child's reaction
Telling your child's school
Looking after yourself
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Last reviewed: March 2018