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101 Helpful Sites for Kids ‘n Teens with Crohn’s (and their Parents)

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011



Looking for advice on parenting children with Crohn’s disease? Here are some great blogs, forums and recipe sites for IBD sufferers.


Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes inflammation in your digestive system.  Symptoms of Crohn’s disease are painful, embarrassing and sometimes life-threatening:

  • Severe stomach cramps
  • Chronic watery diarrhea
  • Bloody stools
  • Ulcer
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Arthritis
  • Fatigue
  • Delayed growth
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency

Crohn’s Disease: What You Can Do about it Now

One of the best ways to treat IBD is to follow a diet plan that alleviates most of the symptoms. There are many food ingredients that are associated with increased Crohn’s disease symptoms: dairy, gluten, sugar, and grains, for example.

The gluten-free diet excludes all food items that contain gluten, a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye, oats and others.

The casein-free diet eliminates the specific protein that occurs naturally in milk, while the dairy-free diet rules out all dairy products as a whole.

The  Specific Carbohydrate Diet eliminates certain carbohydrates and encourages eating more meat, nuts, eggs, and vegetables. The Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet involves reducing complex carbohydrates, processed foods, gluten, and sugar.

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Below is a list of 101 helpful sites and blogs for adults, teens and children with Crohn’s disease and colitis.

Casein-Free CF

Dairy-Free  DF

Gluten-Free  GF

Gut and Psychology Syndrome GAP

Specific Carbohydrate Diet SCD

Sugar-Free  SF

  1. Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom GF
  2. Avoiding Milk Protein CF
  3. Beths Blog SCD
  4. Breaking the Vicious Cycle SCD
  5. The Bright Side of Crohn’s
  6. Building a Crohn’s Community
  7. CCFA of America
  8. CDSN – The Crohn’s Disease Support Network
  9. Children’s Digestive Health and Nutrition Foundation (CDHNF)
  10. A Chronic Dose
  12. The Colitis Experience
  13. ComfyTummy SCD
  14. Cooking for Celiacs, Colitis, Crohn’s and IBS
  15. Crohn’s and Colitis UK
  16. Crohn’s Boy
  17. Crohn’s/Colitis Foundation of Canada
  18. Crohns Disease and my Experience
  19. Crohn’s Disease Center (WebMD)
  20. Crohns Disease Forum
  21. Crohn’s disease: Lifestyle and home remedies (MayoClinic)
  22. Crohn’s Disease/Ulcerative Colitis Mommies Baby Center
  23. Crohn’s/IBD News
  24. Crohn’s Lives With Me
  25. Crohn’s Mommy
  26. Crohn’s On Campus — A Survival Guide For The College Student With Crohn’s Disease
  27. Dairy Free Betty DF
  28. Dairy Free “Tried and True” DF
  29. The Dietary Adventures of Jilluck SCD
  30. The Digestion Blog
  31. Eat Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free, & Low Sugar DF-GF
  32. Elana’s Pantry GF
  33. Engaged: A Blog on the Bog
  34. Farty Girl
  35. A Foodie’s Fall from Grace SCD
  36. GAPS Diet GAP
  37. GAPS Guide GAP
  38. Get Your Guts In Gear
  39. The Gimpy Colon
  40. Gluten-free girl GF
  41. Gluten Free Global Community GF
  42. Gluten-Free Goddess GF
  43. The Gluten-Free Homemaker GF
  44. Grain-Free Foodies GAP
  45. The Gutsy Girl
  46. Heal-Balance-Live SCD
  47. Healingwell.com’s Crohn’s Page
  48. How we can’t eat anything
  49. IBD and Me Activity Book (PDF)
  50. IBD in Our Home
  51. IBD U – A site for older teens with IBD transitioning into college, work and adult healthcare
  52. I Hate IBD
  53. I Have UC – Ulcerative Colitis Community
  54. In Sickness and In Health
  55. Intense Intestines Blog
  56. The Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society (IDEAS)
  57. Irritable Bowel Blog
  58. Jpouch Life: Stories of Colitis, Crohn’s, IBD, Ostomy, Ileostomy & J-Pouch Surgery from around the world
  59. Jenni’s Guts
  60. Journey Through Crohn’s
  61. Kat’s Food Blog SCD
  62. Kickin’ It with Crohn’s Disease
  63. Kid Appeal
  64. Know Your Gut
  65. Let’s Talk Crohn’s and other GI Issues (Facebook)
  67. A Life of Sugar and Spice GF
  68. A Life Without Ice Cream DF
  69. Living with Chronic Illness
  70. Living with Crohn’s Disease
  71. Miss Dropsie DF-GF
  72. Mrs Ed’s Research and Recipes SCD
  73. My Crohn’s and Colitis Blog
  74. My Crohn’s Disease
  75. MyIBD.org
  76. No more Crohn’s for me! SCD
  77. Organically Autoimmune
  78. PARA: Scientific Facts About Mycobacterium Paratuberculosis and Crohn’s Disease
  79. Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
  80. Pecanbread web site SCD
  81. The Perfect Health Diet
  82. Pete Learns All About Crohns & Colitis Comic Book (PDF)
  83. Ramble On SCD
  84. Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet SCD
  85. The SCD Girl SCD
  86. SCD Lifestyle SCD
  87. A Second life-Living with Crohn’s Disease
  88. Semi Colon
  89. Shaky Crohny Guy
  90. She Let Them Eat Cake GF
  91. So they say I have Crohn’s
  92. The Spunky Coconut CF-GF-SF
  93. Straight Into Bed Cakefree and Dried
  94. Stronger than Crohn’s
  95. Teens With Crohn’s Disease Website
  96. UC and Crohn’s: A Site for Teens
  97. The UK Lactose Intolerance Page DF
  98. U.S. Food Safety Blog
  99. Undercoverostomy
  100. WANTED: Crohn’s End
  101. Z’s Cup Of Tea GF-SCD

Also read:

On the Run with Crohn’s? 6 Ways to Ease Public Restroom Anxiety

Natural Treatments for the Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease

Gut Bugs:Winning the Bacteria Battle

6 Great Diets for Autistic Children

Monday, June 6th, 2011



What are the best diets for children with autism? Here are some gluten-free diet dips, plus 5 more great eating plans for kids with special needs.


Autism is a brain disorder that affects a child’s ability to communicate feelings, desires, and needs. Autistic children are often referred to as “special needs,” because they require individualized attention.

One common symptom of autism is the tendency to suffer gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea, stomach cramps and constipation. According to Livestrong, almost half of all children diagnosed with autism spectrum require a special diet, such as a gluten-free diet plan, to prevent stomach upset. Additionally, scientists have also noticed a decrease in some of the behavioral signs of autism in children who followed special diets.

Below is a list of 6 popular diets for children with autism which have been found to drastically improve their health:

1) Gluten-Free Diet (GF)

Gluten is a protein which occurs naturally in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. Many individuals, in addition to children with Asperger’s syndrome or other forms of autism, have benefited greatly from removing all products which contain gluten from their diet. A wide range of bakery items, mixes, packaged snack foods and flours which are labeled gluten-free are available at most health food stores. Grains which do not have gluten are popcorn, brown rice and whole-grain corn meal.
2) Casein-Free Diet (CF)

Casein is a protein found all milk products, including milk, cheese, yogurt, cream and milk derivatives, such as whey. Many people who benefit from a dairy-free diet will often omit gluten as well.  The gluten free-casein free (GFCF) diet has helped children and adults manage allergies and promote intestinal health.

3) Body Ecology Diet (BED)

The Body Ecology Diet was developed to correct digestive flora when fungal infections occur in the gut.

Based on the theory that autism and a multitude of other health problems are caused by pathogenic organisms which escape the infected gut and attack the rest of the body, the BED diet incorporates a combination of cultured foods, healthy oils and reduced carbohydrates and sugars for generating good bacteria in the intestines.

4) Low Oxalate Diet

Oxalates are salts which occur in naturally in many vegetables, fruits and other plant-based food items, such as sweet potatoes, strawberries and chocolate. A low-oxalate diet is often prescribed for people who get kidney stones.

Many autistic children whose parents have restricted oxalates from their diets have experienced improved urinary tract health, clearer skin when eczema was a factor, better digestive health, and enhanced feelings of wellness.

5) Nutrient-Rich Diet

The inclusion of various vitamin-rich foods, supplements, healthy oils, lean proteins and dietary fiber has been used as an autism treatment for children with autism spectrum and Asperger’s, in addition to children with ADHD.

Children with autism who suffer vitamin B12 deficiency, for example, often feel fatigued, irritable and restless. Nutritionists who treat special needs children have noted a rapid improvement in mental clarity, energy levels and overall health with the addition of beneficial vitamin B12 supplements and omega-3 foods, such as salmon, flaxseed and walnuts, t0 their diet.

6) Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SC)

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet was originally developed for patients of Crohn’s disease and colitis, and is based on the premise that rotted, undigested carbohydrates sit in the gut and harm our immune system. The SC diet recommends restricting certain carbohydrates, while encouraging the consumption protein foods such as meat, fish and eggs, vegetables and fruit, and healthy oils, such as nuts and seeds.

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