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Your Child with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

, 304 pages

13 b&w photos, 17 b&w illus., 30 line drawings

June 2010


Your Child with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

A Family Guide for Caregiving

When a child has inflammatory bowel disease, the family has many concerns: Why is my child sick? What can we do to help him get better? What does the future hold for her? In this book, an expert team of pediatric gastroenterologists explains the symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments associated with Crohn disease, ulcerative colitis, and indeterminate colitis to help parents and children cope with the challenges of IBD.

The authors' empathy and experience are evident throughout as they answer such questions as:

• What are inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn 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?

The book also provides parents with practical advice on how to tell their children about their IBD and discusses the challenges children may face at school and in their social lives, especially as they grow older. Additional information on IBD medications, complementary treatments, and further reading round out this comprehensive and reliable resource.

The North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition is the premier organization for physicians caring for children with digestive disorders in North America. NASPGHAN strives to improve the care of infants, children, and adolescents with digestive disorders by promoting advances in clinical care, research, and education. Maria Oliva-Hemker, M.D., is Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Johns Hopkins Children Center. David Ziring, M.D., is Director of the UCLA Pediatric IBD Center. Athos Bousvaros, M.D., is Associate Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Children’s Hospital Boston.

"An interesting and easy read... anyone who has been diagnosed with a condition that fits within the IBD definition would also benefit from the read."

"This is an invaluable resource for any family living with inflammatory bowel disease. Written clearly and accessibly, it covers all the important aspects of IBD. It’s a wonderful companion guide, full of information, support, and resources that will help a child and his or her family manage all facets of the disease."

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