Crohn’s disease can manifest at any age, so children are not spared from this condition. Approximately 20 percent of all Crohn’s cases occur in children, and 20 to 30 percent of Crohn’s patients acquire this illness before age 20.
In children and teens, this condition is known as Pediatric Crohn’s disease. It affects both boys and girls, although boys are more prone to developing it. Compared to ulcerative colitis, this is more common in children and can be seen in patients as young as 7 years old.
How to Know If Your Child Has Crohn’s Disease
The symptoms of Crohn’s disease in children and teens are similar to those experienced by adults, with the most common ones being diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramping, fever, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, and rectal bleeding.