Crohns and Colitis Awareness Week, 1-7 December

the impact of Crohn's and colitis on childhood

As well as symptoms of swelling, rupturing and ulcers in the bowel causing pain and chronic diarrhoea, the impact of Crohn's and colitis is much wider and many children suffer with fever, nausea, loss of appetite, loss of concentration and lack of energy.

The number of young people with IBD in the UK has doubled over the past 20 years and the average age at diagnosis of children is now around 13, with more young children than ever being diagnosed before the age of 10.

We all have a crucial role to play in tackling the bullying and emotional distress that can occur and recognising that young people with IBD may struggle day-to-day with schoolwork and social life.

To help raise awareness, please share our short video about how Crohn's and colitis impact childhood.

I am always having appointments, trying new diets, foods and medicines and sometimes missing out on things. Knowing that I wasn’t like my friends was hard.

other ways you can help raise awareness of the impact of IBD on childhood