Crohns Disease In Children
Crohns Disease In Children.
This question came from a reader with terrible, terrible situation. It’s hard enough to deal with Crohn’s when you are an adult, but it’s devastating to have a child with this autoimmune disease. Crohn’s disease in children is becoming more of an epidemic now.
“Please help, 7 year old son diagnosed with Crohn's disease.
I am extremely worried about my son who is only 7 years old. The doctors here in Scotland have diagnosed him with Crohns Disease. He has severe abdominal cramps. Constipation complains of joint pain and sometimes tells me that he feels full after only 2 or 3 spoons of food. These stomach pains can be before eating, during eating or after eating.
He also has an anal fistula where a seton tube has been placed there to drain the pus. The doctors have told me that the seton tube can be left there for months or even years. The tube is uncomfortable for him and he finds the area which they cut to insert the tube very itchy.
Two weeks ago, after and endoscopy and colonoscopy the doctors decided to keep my son in hospital for four days and at present, he is on a liquid diet (modulen milk) for the next 6-8 weeks to allow his bowel to rest and heal. It is a very strict diet and he is not allowed any solids at all.
He is finding it difficult as he is surrounded with children eating crisps and chocolate when at school. The doctors want to put my son on an immune suppressant drug called AZATHIOPRINE. I am unsure of what to do.
I would very much appreciate any advice you can give in particular, foods that he should avoid or eat to help his condition and any alternative treatments other than steroids and immune suppressants that would cure his disease.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. A prompt reply would very much be appreciated.
F R "(I’m not posting the full name here for privacy).
Comments from Inna:
Crohns Disease in Childern…Disaster. Makes me so upset to even think how the poor kids suffer.
But I am nowhere in the negative thinking land anymore. I am in the land: “What can be done for children with Crohn’s, What natural methods
can be used, so less possibilities for side effects and adverse reactions, What type of foods to avoid for these kids? What can a parent really do? And most of all what can parents with genetic predisposition can do to prevent it for coming?”
Obviously, not many doctors get to the bottom of this. Why so many kids are getting sick now with this Crohn’s? Maybe it’s because the food that is commonly used in most homes has something to do with that?
How many Crohns kids do you think there are that were taught to eat fresh veggies, fresh fruit, clean protein and healthy oils ONLY? I don’t know…
Even though traditional approach is not the diet but medications first. I would still recommend trying changing the diet of that kid. No gluten, no dairy for at least two month. Maybe for much longer. There are many, many gluten free products available now. But also read labels and avoid soy and high sugar content.
Invest into organic fruits, organic vegetables and healthful organic raw snacks. Make it fun for the child.
When my kids started gluten free diet I talked to them all the time. I explained over and over the benefits of good quality food and how important for them to stay off gluten. They listen. Really.
Also, it’s important to show good example. It’s easy for my kids not to eat to junk because we don’t have it at home.
I pay attention when other kids eat unhealthy snacks and my boys can for a second look like they wish they could. But I see how proud they are to tell others that they CAN’T eat this or that because it’s just not healthy for them. They are not embarrassed. They are proud. That’s because I worked so hard to make them feel this way. It’s not easy, I know. And it cannot be accomplished overnight. It’s a process.
Generally speaking, children with Crohns would really benefit from great Omega supplement like this ONE
. And also there’s a great product from a great company that help absorb fatty acids, find it HERE HERE
We should pray that Crohns disease in children should be the thing in the past.
I wish you and your child only the best!
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