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Having a lifelong condition like inflammatory bowel disease can be challenging, especially for kids. At Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, we aim to provide compassionate, patient-centered service from the initial diagnosis to the time a child is ready for a transition to adult medical care.
About the Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
In addition to our pediatric IBD specialists, Children’s Colorado is the only hospital in the Rocky Mountain region to offer an entire team of professionals dedicated to IBD care for kids and teens. From surgeons to social workers to nutritionists and more, a team of this size means we’re able to focus on how IBD impacts an entire family and provide an individualized treatment plan that meets everyone’s needs.
Services offered at our IBD center
An initial visit includes:
Physician evaluation and plan for IBD treatment
Education about IBD from our nurse coordinator
Dietician evaluation and diet planning
Social work evaluation for school and mental health needs
Follow-up visits include:
Physician evaluation and plan for treatment
Nurse evaluation for needs and coordination of care
Dietary and social work follow up as needed
Our bowel treatment program also provides the following services and procedures, offering complete and comprehensive care:
Upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, video capsule endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound, therapeutic endoscopy and balloon enteroscopy
Primary nutritional therapy for Crohn’s disease
Non-irradiating radiologic imaging to prevent radiation exposure
Magnetic Resonance Enterography
Small bowel ultrasound
Research into the causes of IBD and development of new treatments for IBD
Clinical trials that make new medications available
Medical coverage of Camp Oasis, a camp for children with IBD
Why choose us for inflammatory bowel disease care?
50Years of combined experience
COMPLETECare for patients and families
ONLYIBD center in the region to offer nutritional therapy
Our Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at the Digestive Health Institute is the only IBD center in the region to provide comprehensive, pediatric-specific multidisciplinary care. Essentially, this means we have a well-rounded team of specialists who can provide seamless care for children with IBD, no matter the type or severity.
In addition to our unique, multidisciplinary approach to care, our focus on nutrition and its role in treating IBD in kids stands out as an example for other caregivers and providers. We’re the only IBD department in the region that provides nutritional IBD therapy as an option for inducing remission. This method allows our patients to avoid the risks of other medications typically used to treat IBD.
After nutritional therapy, our speciailsts help patients and their families learn to structure a balanced diet and eliminate fiber, lactose and foods high in fat that may worsen symptoms. We also participate in research and clinical trials, which helps us identify new and innovative treatment methods.