Crohn's disease in children and teens
Crohn's disease most commonly affects children in their late teens and young adults in their 20s and 30s. Nevertheless it can affect infants and young children as well, Rates of crohn's disease have increased dramatically in children, It is not rare anymore; 100,000 + teens and preteens in the U.S. have it !
Crohn's disease can appear at any age, but it is most often diagnosed in people between 15 and 30 years of age.
Pediatric Crohn's disease is a sub-population of patients 0-19 years of age who suffer from Crohn's disease In the United States,
Crohn's disease presents special challenges for children and teens. In addition to bothersome and often painful symptoms, the disease can stunt growth, delay puberty, and weaken bones. Crohn's disease symptoms may sometimes prevent a child from participating in enjoyable activities. The emotional and psychological issues of living with a chronic disease can be especially difficult for young people,
There are times when symptoms reappear or get worse (exacerbation's or (Flares) and other periods when symptoms get better or go away altogether (Remission).