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About Crohns in Childhood Research Association (CICRA)
We support children and young people with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). IBD is a chronic debilitating illness that can appear at any time causing severe inflammation of the digestive tract. There has been a dramatic increase of IBD amongst children and young people, including babies. Symptoms range from acute abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, bleeding and dramatic weight loss to mouth ulceration, painful joints and profound lethargy. Drugs used to treat these conditions help but do not cure and can have serious side effects. Surgery is sometimes necessary – sometimes the only option being to remove all, or part of, the bowel. We arrange meetings throughout the UK for parents and young people to meet informally with IBD specialists and health professionals. Those we have helped are enthusiastic about the change we made to their lives, but the need for more research and support is urgent. Your generosity can make a big difference to a small charity.
Learn more at www.cicra.org