Your Child with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Family Guide for Caregiving

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JHU Press, Oct 1, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 304 pages
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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.


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Part IIntroduction to IBD
1An Overview of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
2IBD Causes and Risk Factors
3Why Is I t So Difficult to Diagnose IBD?
Part IIDiagnosing IBD
15Different AgesDifferent Issues
16Complying with Treatment
17School Days
18Insurance and OtherFinancial Issues
Part VAs a Child Grows Up
19Transitions from School to Work andIndependent Living
20Transitions from Pediatric toAdult Health Care Providers
Part VIAdditional Information

4The Sympt oms of IBD
5How to P repare for a Visit to Your Childs IBD Doctor
6Office V isits and Procedures for Children with IBD
7Laborato ry Testing
8Imaging Studies
9Endoscopic Exams
Part IIITreating IBD
12Managing Specific Problems
13The Role of Nutrition
Part IVLiving with IBD
14Family Life
21Complementary and Alternative Medicine
22Where to Get Additional Help and Information
23Frequently Asked Questions
AppendixA Guide to IBD Medications by Trade Name Generic Name and Medication Class

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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.

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