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Crohn’s disease


Crohn’s disease is a long-term condition that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system.

Inflammation can affect any part of the digestive system, from the mouth to the back passage, but most commonly occurs in the last section of the small intestine (ileum) or the large intestine (colon). 

People with Crohn’s disease sometimes go for long periods without symptoms, or with very mild symptoms- this is known as remission.

Remission can be followed by periods where a person’s symptoms flare up and become particularly troublesome.

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Training / Help

SEaTSS can support students with this condition.

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Screenshot for video: Crohn’s disease- Dr Tummy

Crohn’s disease- Dr Tummy

Michael Davis, MD, pediatrician, discusses Crohn's disease and inflammatory bowel disease in children.

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Crohn’s disease- What to do at school?

Learn what to do if you're not feeling well or wondering whether or not to tell classmates why you may be missing class

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Crohn’s disease- Children’s voices

Kids tell their stories about not feeling well, learning about Crohns, learning to cope, making adjustments, educating their friends, and getting better.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What causes Crohn's disease?

    The precise cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown. It may be a combination of factors including:

    • genetics - genes that you inherit from your parents may increase your risk of developing Crohn’s disease
    • the immune system - it seems that the immune system (the body’s natural defence against infection and illness) is responsible for the inflammation in the digestive system
    • previous infection - a previous infection may trigger an abnormal response from the immune system
    • environmental factors - Crohn’s disease is most common in westernised countries, such as the UK, and least common in poorer parts of the world
    • smoking - smokers with Crohn’s disease usually have more severe symptoms than non-smokers 
  • What are the symptoms of Crohn's Disease?
    • Diarrhoea
    • Abdominal pain
    • Fatigue - extreme tiredness
    • Weight loss

Family Resources

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Over the Wall


Over the Wall is a holiday camp for children who have a serious illness.

Serious Illness Camp

We invite applications from children who are experiencing, or have recently experienced the challenges of a serious or life threatening condition. This includes, but is not limited to-

  • Respiratory conditions (eg Severe Asthma, Chronic Lung disease)
  • Blood disorders (eg Sickle Cell Anaemia, Haemophilia, Aplastic Anaemia)
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders (eg Crohn’s disease, Colitis)
  • Heart Conditions (eg Congenital heart disease)
  • Immunological Disorders (eg Immune Deficiencies)
  • Kidney Disease (eg Nephrotic Syndrome, Polycystic Kidney Disease)
  • Liver Disease (eg Biliary Atresia, Liver Transplant)
  • Neurological Disorders (eg Epilepsy, Spina Bifida)
  • Neuromuscular Disorders (eg Muscular Dystrophy)
  • Autoimmune Diseases (eg Juvenile Arthritis, Lupus, Dermatomyositis)

Children must be between the age of 8 and 17 when attending our camps. Presently, we only accept applications from children living in the UK. The child must be able to function and participate in a group setting with children of a similar age, and must be able to communicate their needs independently. If the child is in a wheelchair they must be able to transfer independently.

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