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Caring for your Child

As a parent, you want to do everything possible to help your child manage and cope with inflammatory bowel disease. However, the unpredictability of the disease can make it difficult for everyone. The most important thing you can do is to seek treatment and make sure you follow your doctor's treatment plan. Proper nutrition and diet are also critical to ensure your child grows and develops properly. Having your child eat small meals throughout the day can help reduce symptoms. Foods high in fat and sodium can increase the symptoms of the disease.

You'll also want to work with your child's teachers to ensure they understand the disease and your child's special needs. In some cases, psychological counseling may help your child learn to adjust and accept the disease. With proper care and treatment, your child can live a normal and productive life.