Treatment for IBD does not always require medicine or steroids. Dr. David Suskind discusses how formula-based nutrition therapy (exclusive enteral nutrition, or EEN) can bring remission without medication.
Learn more about Dr. Suskind
Learn more about IBD at Childrenâ€™s
Watch the rest of our IBD Video Series https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjvfRtcMhn4OrxA2dD4k8qc5ajjhfpobr
0:06 So many people ask, is there a way of treating Crohn's, treating Crohn's flares, without using medication, without using steroids, and the answer is yes. There is something called EEN, or Exclusive Enteral Nutrition, which allows an individual to get into remission without using the steroids.
0:27 EEN entails formula-based therapy for about 8-12 weeks' time, and what that means is an individual takes formula and formula alone for that period of time. Individuals can have water, but we ask that you don't eat other foods, and drink other drinks.
0:47 EEN allows you to get into remission without the potential side effects of steroids. But in addition, individuals who go on to EEN have much better nutritional status after therapy.
1:03 And finally, EEN allows for better mucosal healing within the bowels, and why that is important is because we know that individuals who have better mucosal healing are much less likely to flare, and much more likely to stay in remission. So if you're interested in EEN, it's important to discuss this option with your pediatric gastroenterologist.
The Psychological Impact of IBD in Children
Dr. Carin Cunningham, a psychologist who specializes in treating gastrointestinal diseases, offers insights into the emotional and psychological toll inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can take....
Healthlink: Crohn's Disease Creates Big Challenges for Children
Dr. Ghassan Wahbeh discusses the prevalence of Crohn's Disease in children.
What Are IBD, Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis?
Dr. Dennis Christie explains the different types of inflammatory bowel disease â€“ Crohnâ€™s and ulcerative colitis. He answers common questions parents ask, including how the right treatment can...
How to Help Your Child Adjust to School After a Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosis
When your child has Crohnâ€™s or Ulcerative Colitis, a normal school day can be difficult and challenging. Seattle Childrenâ€™s nurse Teresa Wachs shares how you can advocate for your child.
Find out by selecting your child’s symptom or health condition in the list below: