Crohn’s in Childhood Research Association
Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, known collectively as inflammatory bowel disease, are chronic debilitating illnesses involving severe inflammation of the digestive tract. The incidence of Crohn’s Disease in children has increased dramatically over the past few years but to date there is no known cause or cure.
Symptoms vary but can range from acute abdominal pain, blood loss, persistent diarrhoea to the point of incontinence, vomiting and dramatic weight loss to mouth ulceration, painful joints, profound lethargy and other problems. It is particularly distressing in children because it can retard growth and puberty, and the steroids with which it is normally treated can have long term side effects. Surgery is sometimes necessary – and removal of part of the bowel is often the only option.
Crohn’s in Childhood Research Association (CICRA) is a registered charity founded and largely run by parents of young sufferers. It is dedicated to raising funds for approved medical research projects and creating a wider understanding of the effects Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis have on children, and the people who care for them.
CICRA provides literature, information and other materials, advice and support on all aspects of inflammatory bowel disease. Further information on CICRA’s work is available on request.
The need for more research and support is urgent so please help children with inflammatory bowel disease by sending CICRA a donation or making a legacy. We rely on your understanding and generosity.