Crohn disease

  • Long-term disease that results in inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract
  • Most often affects the small intestines but may involve the mouth, large intestines and other areas
  • Symptoms may include abdominal pain, diarrhea and weight loss
  • Cause unknown but may be due to conditions such as a weakened immunity, heredity or environmental factors
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but onset more common in young adults
  • May be mild to severe
  • Complications more often associated with long-term disease and may be life threatening

  • Decrease or avoid dairy products
  • Use caution when eating high fiber foods; experiment eating them in different ways such as raw, steamed, baked or stewed
  • Avoid foods that make your symptoms worse
  • Eat smaller meals several times a day
  • Exercise regularly
  • Decrease your level of stress where possible. Don’t be afraid to ask for helps

 

FOR DIARRHEA

  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Home oral rehydration solution (ORS):
    • Six (6) level teaspoons of Sugar
    • Half (1/2) level teaspoon of Salt
    • 1 L (5 cupful’s) of clean drinking or boiled water and then cooled
  • Eat the BRAT diet (Bananas, Rice, Apple sauce, Toast)
  • If accompanied by nausea, suck on small pieces of ice (not small enough to choke on!)
  • Avoid strenuous exercise
  • Over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medicines (refer to manufacturer’s recommendation for dosage):
    • Loperamide
    • Bismuth subsalicylate

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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