Living with Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis (IBD) can be frustrating for both parent and child. To learn about an integrative and evidence-based medicine approach to treating IBD in your child, call now to schedule a consultation. Dr. Standing helps children and families manage IBD through physical activity, diet choices, mind- body therapies, and personalized support at Bluebird Integrative Pediatrics.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease is a general name that includes two specific diagnoses: Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Both of these conditions stem from a problem with the immune system which leads to inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. The cause is probably a combination of genetic susceptibility, environmental factors and a dysregulated immune system.
Crohn’s disease can show up as inflammatory patches in any part of the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus. Ulcerative Colitis is characterized as inflammation of the colon and/or rectum. Symptoms can include abdominal pain, diarrhea, blood in the stool, weight loss (without trying) and fatigue.
Dr. Standing would never suggest that your child stop taking medications prescribed by their gastroenterologist, but there are many facets of integrative medicine that have been shown to be effective in calming inflammation in the bowel. These may be related to diet, probiotics and botanicals and/or neutraceuticals as well as stress reduction.
If you are motivated and committed to making lifelong diet and lifestyle changes, are interested in helping your child learn and appreciate some of the approaches that are often only offered to adults---like mindfulness and nutritional education---contact Dr. Standing today to reserve a seat at her next free dinner talk. Should you choose to work with Dr. Standing she will begin by meeting with both parents so together you can determine the best plan for you and your child. Dr. Standing’s 4 to 6-month comprehensive programs include individual sessions with Dr. Standing, a health coach, exercise specialists, reading material, group classes and online video material. Dr. Standing and her team will work closely with your family to mentor you through each step of the process and make sure you feel supported. As you and Dr. Standing discover what works for your child(ren), you can help them develop healthy habits that last a lifetime.