Crohn's disease is most commonly diagnosed in adolescents or young adults, but it can strike at any age (even in children). Tough to diagnosis and often mistaken for other illnesses, Crohn's disease can cause diarrhea, gut pain, and even skin, joint, and eye problems. Read more about how you can get Crohn's disease under control with medication and lifestyle changes.
Photos of her ileostomy bag and scars show the physical toll of Crohn's disease.
What I’ve learned from all of this is that if your child is having problems, you just really have to be his or her advocate.
Stay informed about the disease. See a doctor regularly, and monitor Crohn’s progression. If you can stop having flare-ups and losing muscle, you can get back on track.