Talking to my child about my IBD

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As a parent with Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease (collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD), you may be concerned about whether to talk to your child about your illness.

Some parents may wish to keep their illness to themselves, feeling that it is better for their children not to know about it, particularly if the condition is mild. Other parents may decide to tell their children about it, especially if they feel that their illness may be affecting the family.

This information sheet looks at talking to your child about your IBD, and suggests ways in which you can go about this.