Crohn's disease is an autoimmune chronic disease in which the individual's immune system attacks its own intestines causing inflammation. Often the affected part is the final leg of the ileum or small intestine, although the disease can occur anywhere in the digestive tract.

The exact origin of the disease is unknown, but factors known genetic character and increase environmental risk. This evil is encompassed within the group of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, IBD), which is also part of ulcerative colitis.

The three most common types of Crohn's response to the affected area of the intestines:

Alternative Names of Crohn's:
* Ileocolitis granulomatous
* Ileitis
* Inflammatory bowel disease
*Regional enteritis
* Segmental Colitis

Depending on the site of inflammation in Crohn's disease is classified:

* Ileocolitis, is the most common form, affects the lower small intestine (ileum) and large intestine (colon).
* Enteritis Crohn's affects the small intestine in general,
* Ileitis, which affects the final portion of the ileum or small intestine.
* Gastro duodenal Crohn's disease, which causes inflammation in the stomach and first part of the small intestine called the duodenum.
* Jejunoileitis, which causes patches of inflammation in the upper half of the small intestine (jejunum)
* Colitis Crohn's (granulomatous), which affects the colon.

The disease is characterized by periods of activity (flares) and inactivity (remission). These periods vary between patients in remission some tough years, but in other ongoing outbreaks may occur. The reference phases are characterized by the absence of symptoms; while in the phases of activity occur predominantly abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, obstruction and fever, loss of appetite and weight loss.

Crohn's disease symptoms:

Patients with Crohn's disease symptoms can be very variable. A few suffer almost no discomfort, a few others have severe and continuous discomfort, and most are between two extremes, with symptoms that come and go, generally improve with treatment.

Depending on its location of disease, symptoms may vary. People with small bowel involvement, the most common, are especially diarrhea, abdominal pain and what is called general symptoms: weakness, weight loss, and lack of appetite. In the case of colon involvement, will prevail diarrhea, sometimes bloody.

It also determines the type of disease symptoms. Patients with inflammatory symptoms often have more pain and diarrhea, while those who have symptoms of narrowing, have more pain, and may even bowel obstruction.

It is important to remember that Crohn's can affect the anus, producing lesions of type fistula, abscess or ulcer, with associated discomfort.

Children with Crohn's may experience delays in school performance, sexual development and growth.

Crohn's disease Treatment:

Today, Crohn's disease is not curable, but controllable, and most people can do a normal life. The goal of treatment is to prevent further outbreaks or reduce the duration of which they arise.
Alternative treatment diet: low-carb diets are based on the intake of specific carbohydrates and non-complex, which could be effective, more cases of ulcerative colitis, Crohn's, although not in all cases. Crohn's disease being one enfermdad autoimmune, the body attacks itself. But why? According to study this is because the immune system mistakes the body tissue structures of bacteria and viruses. Many of these bacteria feed on starch (a carbohydrate complex). Therefore eliminating much of diet and certain complex sugars such as lactose, these bacteria.

Then the immune system becomes less aggressive and not so strongly attacks the intestines of the digestive system. For example, in the case of rheumatic autoimmune disease that usually causes intestinal inflammation and Crohn's disease, is considering the possibility that the bacteria in question. Anyway, in the case of Crohn's disease is often recommended to patients to avoid foods that will upset them. More specifically, if there is intestinal stricture not to take too much fiber. Another possible treatment is a diet which is based on only take high-calorie milkshakes as ensure, after a period of about 2 months the patient goes into remission and recovered the body mass, the symptoms disappear and the likelihood of returning to have another outbreak in the short term is minimal.

Herbal Treatment for Crohn's Disease:

Boswellia and Ashwagandha are well known anti-inflammatory herbs. They have been shown effective in treating conditions such as crohn's disease.

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26 thoughts on “Autoimmune Diseases In Kids

  1. Cam5X5

    How strong do you think the placebo effect is?
    Do you think it is a myth?
    Do you think it can cure most disease if the person believes it will happen completely?
    Do you think it works but only in small amounts?

    Feel free to put examples in, sources if you want to.
    But I like to have opinions of the placebo effect and how effective it is.

    1. Miranda

      It’s not a myth
      It doesn’t cure anything. A person experiences relief because many illnesses can be impacted by stress and one’s emotional state
      It works often if an illness is stress-related – people ultimately need comfort and reassurance and sometimes a placebo provides that. It won’t work on cancer, autoimmune diseases and other serious illnesses. It may provide comfort but it does not provide a cure.
      It doesn’t work for everybody.
      My mother had multiple illnesses and chronic complaints. A little care and concern went a long way to her feeling better. But when it came to her serious illnesses, nothing could alleviate the symptoms.
      It works like with children, when they bang their knee or fall down and get a cut – they cry and cry – and then mom offers to kiss and make it better and then they stop crying. The trauma of the fall and the pain they felt were emotionally shattering. But that little act of affection helped comfort them. The point really is that many of us have been trained to respond that way. To others like my sister’s kids – she wouldn’t baby them and when they had cuts and bruises she’d just treat it and let them go, wouldn’t take any tears. I doubt those kids would be affected with a placebo – they didn’t get nurturing for injuries so they aren’t conditioned for that type of response.
      One of the things that’s changed in medical practice is that doctors don’t give personal attention anymore, there’s not a family doctor for most people, no regular family caregiver to run to and rely on. We’ve lost personal contact with healers. Placebo is the replacement – it is depersonalized but yet still symbolic of the care they would have gotten. It wouldn’t hurt our society to return to personal care – it would probably reduce the problems many of us have. I’ve got a chronic illness and have not been able to do anything to gain much recovery – and I admit a little laughter, some attention and caring helps improve my mood and that helps elevate how I feel – it improves one’s physical well-being, and that can be the boon to healing and recovery.

  2. Cara Leopard

    has anyone out there ever chosen NOT to vaccinate their child and then down the road had problems?
    I want to hear stories of people who did not vaccinate and then had contracted a communicable disease for which they chose not to vaccinate. All answers are welcome no matter what your view on the subject…. Just curious if this happens ever/a lot and if so which diseases and details etc. Thanks!

    1. Lisa

      My kids have not been vaccinated at all.

      Chickenpox and pertussis (whooping cough) are still possible to get these days, unlike some other diseases such as polio and diphtheria. Both I and my daughter had pertussis when she was 2 1/2 years old. Both my kids have had chickenpox, but that’s only because we went to a chickenpox party. Otherwise, they may not have gotten it yet. It’s getting harder to get exposed to chickenpox during childhood, and if you don’t actively look for it, you risk your kids not getting it until they are teenagers or adults, when it can be serious. You also take that risk by getting them vaccinated for chickenpox, since immunity from the vaccine does not last a lifetime.

      One of my kids got measles, but I was actually pretty surprised by that, since it is rare in the U.S.

      I and one of my kids got swine flu in the spring.

      No medical treatment was needed for any of these illnesses, and I never once wished that I had vaccinated. You asked if we had any problems down the road, but I would not consider any of this to be a problem.

      At a time when 1 in 91 kids (1 in 58 boys) suffers from autism, 1 in 6 children suffers from a learning or behavioral disorder, 1 in 6 kids suffers from asthma, and allergies and autoimmune disorders are at an all time high, my kids have never even had a single ear infection. They have no chronic illnesses and no learning or behavioral disorders.

      I will take occasional acute illness any day over a lifetime of chronic illness.

  3. cc

    Has anyone else developed major allergies who has a parent with Lupus?
    My Mother had Lupus and Now all of her kids have Major allergies. Has anyone else had this happen?
    I am wondering if it is related because I am allergic to MSG which means it neurologically effects me. And Lupus is a neurodegenerative disease so I find this concerning. My sisters are all allergic to Protein such as Soy, Milk, etc. What are other peoples experience with having a parent with Lupus?

    1. Linda R

      Lupus is an autoimmune disease not a necessarily a neurodegenerative disease. Multiple sclerosis is a neurodegenerative disease. People with lupus can have neuropathy, which is nerve pain. Lupus can affect any part of the body. For me it was heart, lungs, bone marrow, blood and kidneys but NOT nerves.

      I have lupus and none of my kids have allergies. They are not necessarily linked, although both have to do with an immune system reaction.

  4. Kavi

    Is it morally wrong to have kids whose parents have autoimmune disease such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis?
    Will The parent pass the disease or the gene to the kid? will the kid most likely going to have the autoimmune diseasewhen the kid gets older? what is the possibility that the kid will get that gene and may be triggered in their life for autoimmune disease or may never happen?

    1. Divine Oubliette

      If I knew my baby would ultimately be born with a disease that would make them suffer – I would abort the pregnancy but that’s just me.


  5. sunnypearlrose

    Can a person with celiac disease be overweight?
    My daughter was just diagnosed. She is 10 years old and is overweight. There are numerous issues that has led me down this path to a holistic doctor seeking reasons for certain behaviors she has. A blood test revealed she was positive for celiac disease but all that I’m reading online tells me celiac people appear almost anorexic at times and that’s not in my case.

    I’m also questioning a possiblity of yeast overgrowth. Could this have something to do with being overweight?

  6. myprtybutterflies

    Anyone have the autoimmune disease alopecia areata?
    I just found out I have it . OMG it has happened so fast. In just a few weeks it’s went from one spot to over a dozen. My family tells me,”Well at least your not going to die from this.” which I know but is really no comfort to me. I am hoping I can find somebody else that has a better insight on what I’m going through.

    1. Make me wet

      ur going to be ok ur not the only one that have it. so be strong. my cousin friend has it and she use to cry all the time cuz kids at school tlk so much shit about her but she ok now.. her wigs are hella pretty. dont let anybody tlk shit about u at all ,if they do stay strong and tlk shit back.

  7. Arthur N

    Are we making ourselves fragile as a thin glass vase?
    Studies recently have shown that as a result of our society’s fantasy with cleanliness children are growing up with weak immune systems. This is because their parents have been keeping the environment so sterile that when they do come in contact with disease they have no way to fight it.

    Keeping this in mind is our safety culture making us weak?

    What I mean is this, in the past there were no weight restrictions on lifting things (unlike now where at work you are no allowed to lift anymore than 20 kg), there were no air bag systems or ABS in cars, There was no very effective anti-bacterial chemicals, etc.

    So is our health and safety culture making us as a race (the western world) weaker and more fragile or is it helping us to grow stronger? And what (if anything) should be done about it?

    PLEASE do not quote injury statistics to back up your argument. That is not the point of the question.

    Serious answers only and please explain your answers.

    I thank you in advance.

    1. Croa

      Delightful question.
      Germs are the imagined enemy.
      Moms, Dads, and schools are being targeted and manipulated by the manufacturers of the products designed to kill germs/bacteria and viruses.
      I agree wholeheartedly that we are creating very helpless indiviuals with no immune systems.
      I grew up in a literal OCD household.
      My Mom still doesn’t let children sit on her furniture when they visit her house, and she carries a can of Lysol with her when she visits our house.
      I taught preschool until 5 years ago when I became too ill to do so. We teachers were made to bleach the toys in our classrooms once a week. It was mandatory to use the skin sanitizers on ourselves and our students at each bathroom break and before feeding the kids. We used a pine-scented product on the floors at the end of the day.
      I have suffered from severe allergies/asthma all my life and developed an AutoImmune disease in my early 40s.
      I’m a “Baby Boomer’ (hate that phrase) and we are the first generation to be truly exposed to all the neurotic cleanliness, immunizations and antibiotics. We are also the sickest generation to date, and the ones who most utilize the Social Security Disability benefits. Coincidence? I think not.
      My kids live in a decidedly germy house. I clean regularly, but I use only Baking Soda ,vinegar and rubbing alcohol. The kids almost never get sick.
      My Grandma used to say “Everybody has to eat a peck of dirt before they die, if they want to stay healthy ’til then”.
      I think she was right on.

  8. W2BAP

    What are ways that girls can’t have kids of their own?
    Is there a disease? Are you born with it? What do people do to cause it? Can you contract it? Are there multiple ways? Is it just one?

    Please give me as much information that you know, and be very crucially specific…

    1. Curly Girl

      This is a BIG question. Autoimmune disease, such as endometriosis and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis can cause infertility. Polycystic Ovarian syndrome is a hormonal disorder. A bi cornate uterus is a structural problem that could prevent carrying a pregnancy to term. There can be problems with the cervix, which serves to sort of hold the baby in there until they are ready to be born.

      STD’s and abortion can create extensive scarring. Then there can be injuries sustained in prior pregnancies.

      Lastly, cancer treatments can also have an adverse affect on fertility.

      I’m sure I missed something…. there are many many ways that a woman can lose her fertility. Sort of goes to show exactly how fortunate women that can get pregnant truly are.

  9. xoil1321321432423

    Do you think we should be vaccinating our children against chickenpox?
    Do you think we should be vaccinating our kids against chickenpox?

    Or should we just let them catch it when they are little as was done previously?

    Which do you agree with and why?

    1. quelisto

      In the case of chickenpox (Varicella zoster), I’d say DON’T vaccinate. Why? Because it is so easy for them to get inoculated “naturally” by getting a case of it from a friend at the daycare center. If they contract chickenpox when young, it is a bit discomforting, but it isn’t anything dangerous at all. There is evidence that shows immunity later in life to varicella due to this type of exposure is much more reliable and less likey to cause autoimmune problems than to get the vaccine.

      In general, I support vaccination to prevent disease, but in this case, I’d say it is better to just allow nature to run it’s course via the busy daycare center.

  10. Anonymous

    What advice should I give my best friend about MS?
    My best friend just found out that she more than likely has M.S. I know almost nothing about it besides that it is an autoimmune disease that damages the myelin sheath of neurons (or something like that) and that it can be paralyzing and cause vision problems. I am really worried about her. So if you or someone you know has MS could you help me out? What is likely to happen? etc. How should I react and what could I do to make her feel better? What do I need to know about it?

    1. Tearjerker

      My sister was just diagnosed. It’s a hard thing to take in. She’s 28 and has a 5 year old. She takes the injection daily. She is always tired and just had surgery to help with the pain in her face. They still don’t know if it will help.

      When I first found out I was very scared and I had to stop myself from showing it. I think it’s important that we be strong for our loved ones. They already know what could happen. It’s best to enjoy the time that we have and not think about the future what-ifs.

      You should look up all you can on MS. There are some really great websites. There’s not really a way to tell how a person’s MS will progress. It’s really a matter of time. We can either spend our time worrying, or we can spend our time enjoying every day.

      I’m sorry to hear of your friend. Just act normal around her. When she is having her bad days, ask if there is anything you can do to help her. If she has kids, offer to help with them when she has flare ups.

  11. Sage

    Poll: Why are some parents against vaccinating their children?
    I heard some are afraid of the risk of autism, but doesn’t the risk of getting diseased with something because of NO vaccination outweigh any potential risks?

    *Why do you think some parents don’t want them?
    *Is it selfish of the parents?

  12. danceluvr365

    Can I still get a spot in a swine flu vaccine trial?
    At the Children’s Mercy hospital near me, they are testing 160 children for the swine flu vaccine, and I really, really want a spot, but they are only enrolling kids under 3 now, and I’m thirteen. Is there any chance of someone dropping out so I could get a spot?
    I know there already is a trial, I just want to know if it’s common for people to drop out.

    So I don’t think it really matters where I live.
    Thanks, but I already got the Gardisil.

  13. Barlow

    What are the chances of our baby having diabetes?
    Right now I’m sort of seeing the man I hope to marry and the other day we brought up the subject of babies. We discussing that there may be a high risk if we had children that one of our babies would have diabetes. Diabetes runs in my family and I believe it runs in his. He is a diabetic and I’m not. We figure we are in a very high risk category, but since at this time we’re not married or planning to have kids yet we haven’t asked a doctor. We would both like your opinions and answers.

    1. reginachick22

      Is it the SAME Type of diabetes in both families? The genetics for Type 1 and Type 2 are completely unrelated. If one family has Type 1 and the other Type 2, the child is at an increased risk of either form, but it does not “doubly” increase the risk of either in that case. Two different diseases.

      Type 2 diabetes does have a strong genetic link. However,in most cases, Type 2 diabetes can be prevented with a healthy diet, maintaining normal weight, and exercise, so it isn’t a huge issue. If his family has a RARE form of Type 2 called MODY, the risk is about 50% of passing it on. In this case, see a genetic counsellor. In most cases, children NEVER have to get Type 2 if they maintain a healthy lifestyle.

      If it’s autoimmune Type 1 diabetes you are concerned about (the severe non-preventable kind that always requires insulin), then the risk is usually 2-5% for a mother passing it on, and 7% for a father passing it on. The risk of BOTH parents having Type 1 is about a 30% chance of passing it on. I assume the risk for you would be in the range of 30% up to even 50% if there is a large family history of Type 1 diabtes and other autoimmune diseases, especially on both sides. It’s a bit of a grey area. The risk is much higher than the general population risk for Type 1 diabetes (.5%), but not 100%.

      There is a study called TRIGR that is looking at ways to prevent Type 1 in infants at risk. You can ask your doctor or go to their website.

      Putting your infant on a gluten (wheat, barley, oats) and casein (cow’s milk) free diet from birth may help delay or prevent Type 1 diabetes in *some* infants. The data is inconclusive on this, but in your case it can’t hurt. In the TRIGR study, infants are fed a special formula in which the whole casein proteins are broken down.

      I would also suggest you see a genetic counsellor.

  14. Cacharro

    What are the chances of kids inheriting diabetes?
    I would like to know what are the probabilities of a kid inheriting insuline dependendant diabetes, offspring of a person who has diebetes, diagnosed at age 19, whose dad had diabetes diagnosed at 4…help!

    1. micksmixxx

      The following page, from the American Diabetes Association, states:

      “Type 1 Diabetes: Your Child’s Risk

      In general, if you are a man with type 1 diabetes, the odds of your child getting diabetes are 1 in 17. If you are a woman with type 1 diabetes and your child was born before you were 25, your child’s risk is 1 in 25; if your child was born after you turned 25, your child’s risk is 1 in 100.

      Your child’s risk is doubled if you developed diabetes before age 11. If both you and your partner have type 1 diabetes, the risk is between 1 in 10 and 1 in 4.

      There is an exception to these numbers. About 1 in every 7 people with type 1 diabetes has a condition called type 2 polyglandular autoimmune syndrome.

      In addition to having diabetes, these people also have thyroid disease and a poorly working adrenal gland. Some also have other immune system disorders. If you have this syndrome, your child’s risk of getting the syndrome including type 1 diabetes is 1 in 2.

      Researchers are learning how to predict a person’s odds of getting diabetes. For example, most whites with type 1 diabetes have genes called HLA-DR3 or HLA-DR4.

      If you and your child are white and share these genes, your child’s risk is higher. (Suspect genes in other ethnic groups are less well studied. The HLA-DR7 gene may put African Americans at risk, and the HLA-DR9 gene may put Japanese at risk.)

      Other tests can also make your child’s risk clearer. A special test that tells how the body responds to glucose can tell which school-aged children are most at risk.

      Another more expensive test can be done for children who have siblings with type 1 diabetes. This test measures antibodies to insulin, to islet cells in the pancreas, or to an enzyme called glutamic acid decarboxylase. High levels can indicate that a child has a higher risk of developing type 1 diabetes.”

  15. Michaela Rose

    Which Breed Is Better For Family, Border Collies or Australian Shepards?
    Which breed is best with kids and other pets (like cats) and which needs more physical actiovity? Whcih breed is more enrgetic and which is slightly more calm?

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