IBD in children on the rise

 

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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is traditionally considered to be common in the Western world, and its incidence has sharply increased since the early 1950s

According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University Children’s Hospital in Baltimore, children are being diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, at an increasing rate. Until recently, pediatricians had not diagnosed their young patients with IBD, which is primarily found in adults. But Dr. Maria Oliva-Hemker, the author of the Hopkins study, says treating children for the disease has now become “business as usual”.

Not only is it difficult for IBD patients, it can also be very hard for the relatives, especially the parent of someone with IBD.   Sometimes parents can feel racked with guilt.   It’s tough to feel like you can’t do anything to help your child feel better.  

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