For physicians taking care of children with IBD, Dr. Stephens recommends:
Doctors who see children with GI symptoms need to be mindful that these diseases are becoming more and more common and make sure to look for these diseases.
Doctors in the hospital taking care of these children also need to be mindful of this trend, as well as other co-morbidities like Clostridium difficile infection.
For patients and their families, Dr. Stephens recommends:
It's important to have regular visits to the gastroenterologist to monitor your disease. If signs of a flare-up can be identified early, and physicians can intervene early, that flare may be easier to control.
Make sure IBD medication is taken regularly and be proactive when symptoms of a flare-up begin.