For patients with IBD, the role of a good diet has been on replacing or supplementing nutrients that may not be absorbed because of intestinal swelling (as discussed in our blogpost on nutrition for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  Additional goals included promoting growth in the children and supporting the good health of patients with IBD.

Providing appropriate and adequate nutrition has long been an important part of taking care of patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (two of the most common Inflammatory Bowel Dieases, or IBD). This has been particularly true for children with IBD. They often have decreased growth (and delay in starting puberty). So the idea has always been to give them more (and better) nutrition--more calories with higher protein levels to improve growth and the kids' general health, and to replace or supplement what they may not be able to absorb completely through inflamed intestines.