What is Pediatric Crohn’s Disease?

Common symptoms of Pediatric Crohn’s disease

Symptoms can begin slowly or come on suddenly and progress quickly. Your child’s symptoms can be very different at times from mild to serious. Symptoms can usually be well-controlled with proper treatment.
Common symptoms can include:

  • thermometerfrequent diarrhea
  • stomach pain or cramping
  • blood in your child’s stool
  • fevers
  • weight loss
  • joint, skin or eye irritations

What are complications of Crohn’s disease?

Complications of Pedi Crohn’s disease can include

  • Bowel obstruction is a blockage of the intestine that happens when active disease thickens and swells the walls of the intestine and reduces the amount of space for digestive matter to pass through.
  • Fistulas are sores, or ulcers, that tunnel through the affected area into nearby tissues, such as the bladder, vagina, anus or rectum. Fistulas can become infected and can be treated with medicine. In some cases surgery may be required.
  • Fissures are small tears that can develop in the lining of the mucus membrane of the anus.
  • Nutritional deficiencies or lack of age-appropriate amounts of proteins, calories and vitamins can often be a serious problem in children with Crohn’s disease. This lack of nutrients can be caused by poor absorption or too few calories taken in on a daily basis.

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