Tips From Our Doctors & Nurses

When you are first diagnosed…

IBD symptoms may disappear at times, but you never know when they’re going to become a problem. If you are prepared and take care of yourself, these symptoms won’t limit your life. Remember, you are more than IBD. Accept your illness and continue to do what you enjoy, and explore the activities you enjoyed before IBD. If needed, modify your activities so you can participate to your fullest potential. Try to form friendships with people who understand and support you. Exercise can improve overall health, reduce stress, and help to maintain and improve bone strength.

Hospital Survival

Friends & Family

Going Out & About

Medications & Procedures

No matter what age, I think every child or teen with IBD should be involved in the care plan. This helps them gain responsibility and some control.

Do not stop/change/alter medication regimen without consulting your physician.


I think it’s important to communicate with all the teachers and staff at school. Even if you’re feeling great, it’s good to let the school know that you have IBD and may have a flare-up in the future. Lots of my patients have 504 plans in place. These allow them to continue to go to school with special accomodations if needed, such as better restroom access and stop-the-clock testing.

Many of my patients are very busy with extra-curricular activities. I take care of many athletes. As long as you pay attention to your body, stay hydrated and eat well, and communicate with your teachers/mentors/coaches/parents if you are having any symptoms, you can continue to be very active.