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Pediatric Crohn's Disease

Key points about Crohn's disease in children

  • Crohn's disease is when there is redness, swelling (inflammation) and sores along the digestive tract.
  • It is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
  • In most cases, it affects the small intestine. But it may also affect the whole digestive tract.
  • It is a long-term (chronic) condition. It may come and go at different times in your child’s life.
  • There is no cure. Making some diet changes may help ease symptoms.
  • Medicine may help. Surgery may be needed. Medicines are usually needed for the long term.
  • The disease can result in emotional problems such as depression and anxiety. A child's mental health needs to be watched. Get professional help when needed.


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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment at Children's National Hospital

The Children’s National Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program takes a comprehensive, holistic approach to care to help your child feel better and enjoy daily activities. Discover more about the treatment we offer.

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Meet the Providers Who Treat Crohns Disease


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Departments that Treat Crohn's Disease

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Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Our gastroenterology experts provide expert diagnosis and treatments for children with digestive, liver and nutrition disorders.

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program

Our pediatric gastroenterology experts provide comprehensive services for children with IBD, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.