Our Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program offers a multi-disciplinary approach to the management of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in children and teens. The program brings together a wide range of care specialists to support the child and family in managing their individual needs.
Our Treatment Approach
Our program incorporates a comprehensive care approach that includes advanced endoscopic procedures, age-appropriate medical therapies, including steroid-sparing biologics, and individualized dietary therapy. Our goal is to support children with IBD in attaining remission and optimizing quality of life.
- We strive to provide a holistic treatment regimen that may include use of evidence-based medications, such as antibiotics, mesalamine, steroids, immunomodulators or biologics.
- Sometimes, special nutritional therapy is needed to successfully treat IBD in children, because their maturing bodies require more vital proteins, vitamins, calories and minerals.
- We strive to avoid surgery if possible, but sometimes a severe disease course might require surgery to repair or remove parts of the intestine.
- IBD is a chronic disease that can affect a child’s emotional development. We offer specialized psychological support to help children and families cope with emotional challenges and manage stress.
Our Nightengales’ Infusion Center is a dedicated area where patients can rest comfortably while receiving intravenous (IV) therapy. The center is staffed by registered nurses who are experienced in managing infusion therapies for IBD patients. In addition, child life specialists help to alleviate fears by offering activities to distract and engage the child or teen throughout their treatment.
We are part of the ImproveCareNow network, an international, multi-center collaborative network that is transforming care and improving outcomes for children, adolescents and young adults with IBD. This partnership provides access to the latest advances in medical research and treatments so that patients can get better faster and stay well longer.
Other Team Members
- IBD nurse practitioner
- IBD registered dietitian
- Social worker
- Child life specialists
- Pediatric Radiologists,