Hannah is 9 years old and is coping with ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease.

What Are the Symptoms of IBD?

Inflammatory bowel disease can cause symptoms that range from mild to severe. Symptoms include, but are not limited to diarrhea that occurs again and again, with or without blood in the bowel movements, rectal bleeding (blood coming out of your rear end), large weight loss over a short period of time, fatigue, abdominal pain and crampiness that occurs again and again, delayed growth and development.

The most common symptom of ulcerative colitis is loose (and bloody, if a person has ulcers) stools. Sometimes, going to the bathroom can be crampy and painful.

The Coping Cart at Norton Children’s Hospital is designed to help ease children’s stress and anxiety.

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  • Amanda Hutchison 12 years ago

    Miss. Hannah,
    I want to say thank you to you for being so brave! My daughter (who is 3) got diagnosed with ulceratvie colitis at age 2. Watching your video is such an inspiration to our family! Stay strong and brave!

  • hi Hannah im taliyah call me t for short if you would like i have IBD to i absulutey HATE OBD so painfull i’ll be happy to give you some suggestion when you got a flare up????