Crohn's disease - Kids & Teens
Treatment plan for Crohn’s disease
When you are
unwell, it is important to take care of any inflammation (swelling,
redness and sores) in your bowel. Your diet is also important to
your health – you need energy to grow. Before trying any medicines,
your doctor may suggest you try a special liquid diet. There are two
types of diet available - called the ‘polymeric fluid diet’ and the
‘elemental fluid diet’.
Both these diets
come in different flavours. You could ask your doctor if you could
try the different flavours and see which one you like best. For
about 4–6 weeks you won’t eat normal food, and will have only the
special liquid diet and water. You can then return to a normal diet.
Sometimes, you may be asked to continue with the liquid diet
alongside your normal diet – this is to ensure that you get enough
calories and nutrients.
Some people may
find it difficult to take these fluids by mouth and, as a result,
may need to be fed through a tube. If a tube is needed (although
most people will not need this), there are two different types which
may be used: