IBD Resources for Families


IBD Animation

What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD?

In this animation, our patient Maddie explains what Inflammatory Bowel Disease is and how it might affect you. You'll also learn the difference between Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Indeterminate Colitis.

IBD Animation

Growth and Nutrition with IBD

In this animation, Maddie explains the importance of a healthy, balanced diet to patients with IBD. She also discusses MyPlate and nutrition therapy for managing your IBD.

Managing Life With IBD

Managing Life With IBD

In this animation, our patient Maddie explains how IBD affects things other than your health and offers tips on managing life with inflammatory bowel disease.

What Tests to Expect

What Tests to Expect

In this animation, our patient Nick explains what kinds of tests or procedures are common for kids with IBD.

IBD Transition of Care

Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult GI Care

In this animation, our patient Nick explains what happens when patients transition from pediatric to adult GI care to manage their IBD.

Blog Posts

Blog Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis in Children: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

About one-third of children with IBD have ulcerative colitis and over the past several decades, IBD has become increasingly common.

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IBD and School Accommodations: Establishing a 504 Plan

Being a student with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), can be a stressful experience for children and their parents. Concerns about access to restrooms, missed school days and homework and the general impact of managing a chronic illness within a school setting are common.

Crohn's Disease: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Inflammatory Bowel diseases (IBD), which include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, are chronic inflammatory diseases that affect the gastrointestinal tract.

Nutrition Therapy - Dietitians Practicing What They Teach

Have you ever wondered if your doctor or member of your medical team would choose the same treatment they recommend to you? What if that treatment were difficult, like following a special diet? For the past three years the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center at Nationwide Children’s

Treating Crohn's Disease with Nutrition Therapy

If you could treat your child’s Crohn’s disease with nutrition therapy instead of medication, would you do it? What if the nutrition therapy mostly involved drinking nutritional shakes instead of eating foods? Well, nutrition therapy is an effective treatment for Crohn’s Disease


IBD Handbook

Pediatric IBD experts at Nationwide Children's collaborated with physicians from other leading programs to develop a guide known as "The Handbook." This resource combines clinical knowledge about your diagnosis as well as practical tips from parents and kids living with IBD.

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IBD Annual Visit Information

All patients are offered an annual, multidisciplinary visit with our nurse practitioner, dietitians, psychology providers and social workers. Learn more about what to expect at your child's visit.

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Resource Center

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation offers a number of resources to help patients with IBD receive the support they may need.

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Support Groups

There are hundreds of support groups for people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis throughout the country. Each year, 38 local chapters hold more than 200 support groups, where patients and family members can connect to others living with these diseases.

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Connecting Families

Do you feel like nobody understands what you're going through after your child's diagnosis? Nationwide Children's Hospital's Connecting Families program can match you with a peer who has gone through what you are going though. Learn more and apply here.

Pediatrics Nationwide

Enteral Therapy on Trial

Enteral Therapy on Trial

Making the case for enteral therapy in pediatric Crohn’s disease.

Enteral Therapy Thursday

Enteral Therapy Thursday: Professionals Sharing the Patient Experience

A multidisciplinary team puts themselves on enteral nutrition for a day to gain insights into the patient experience.

Enteral Therapy Thursday

Quality Improvement Boosts Use of Enteral Therapy in Patients With Crohn's Disease

Refined procedures, tools and support promote this proven alternative to steroids.

Race Insurance and ED Visits for Pediatric Crohns Disease

Race, Insurance, and ED Visits for Pediatric Crohn’s Disease

Black children and children insured by Medicaid make more repeat emergency department visits for Crohn’s disease than their white and privately insured peers.