As part of Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness week (1st – 7th of December) Crohn’s and Colitis Ireland launch colouring and information journal for children with IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) 

Recent research reveals the incidence of inflammatory bowel disease in Irish children has trebled since 2001 and continues to rise, with over 120 new cases diagnosed each year. 

As part of Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness week, Crohn’s and Colitis Ireland launch a new colouring and information journal for children and teens living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  

The incidence of inflammatory bowel disease in Irish children has trebled since 2001 and continues to rise, with over 120 new cases diagnosed each year. 

Considering this, Crohn’s and Colitis Ireland have launched a new resource called “Me (and IBD)”, a 120-page colouring journal designed to accompany young people with IBD on their journey, offering friendly support and gentle learning along the way.? 

Speaking about the initiative, Amy Kelly, Head of Communications with Crohn’s and Colitis Ireland said: “We want to help empower young people to become complete experts in their illness, understand all aspects of how it may impact their life, understand the terminology, learn about how their digestive system works, and help to remove fear and embarrassment around IBD. 

The journal has been carefully put together by fellow IBD patient and parent of a child with IBD, Jen Rose, to cover all the need to-know IBD topics and information in an approachable and accessible way for all ages.” 

As part of the launch, Crohn’s and Colitis Ireland have donated 100 complimentary copies of the journal to CHI at Crumlin Hospital along with colouring pencils to give to newly diagnosed children in hospital this Christmas.  

Consultant in Gastroenterology from CHI at Crumlin, Dr. Cara Dunne added:  

“When diagnosed with a chronic illness such as Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis, it can be an overwhelming time to take in all the relevant information - especially as a young person. So, it is with great excitement and enthusiasm that the IBD team in CHI- Crumlin are collaborating with the team in Crohn’s & Colitis Ireland on a fantastic new patient resource.” 

For more information on IBD and to get your IBD (and me) journal, call Crohn’s and Colitis Ireland’s Support Line on 01 5312983 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9.30am to 12.30pm), or check out?www.crohnscolitis.ie