Dr. Eva Szigethy runs a coping clinic for children diagnosed with IBD. The clinic incorporates behavioral health into the medical care plan and teaches children strategies to reduce stress and help them remain active despite feeling ill.
Medical science is learning more about the importance of probiotics -- living microorganisms that may be useful in treating diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome and other diseases. One expert says the bacteria in our bodies have an influence on digestion, metabolism, and how the GI tract and immune system function.
Breaking down a child's diet into pieces, highlighting gluten-free foods that a child already eats, and considering general nutrition and digestion can help families transition to a gluten-free regimen, one dietician says. Some families also suggest seeking a doctor's advice, experimenting to increase nutritional foods, varying the diet when possible and identifying problem areas in routines.