IBD in Children: Answers from a Pediatric Gastroenterologist Maria-Oliva Hemker

Young student writes in her book.

Does IBD present quality of life issues for my child?

Yes. IBD is a chronic illness so children do have to learn how to cope with it. They often struggle with going to school, taking medications and paying attention to their diet. As an IBD center, our team includes not only gastroenterologists, dieticians and surgeons who treat and study IBD, but also behavioral psychologists who help children cope with the condition.

At the end of the day children with IBD tend to be high achievers in both academics and sports. Our goal is to make children’s lives as normal as possible so they can achieve their goals.