​Effective IBD Care: Out of Adolescence into Adulthood

Transitioning from pediatric to adult care represents a critical process for children suffering from IBD. The IBD Center at Baylor University Medical Center works with young patients, their families and pediatric GI specialists to create a smooth transition into the adult care setting.

The Center works to help young adults become savvy decision makers when it comes to managing IBD in adulthood with the goal of long-term remission and normal quality of life.  

Time for the Change?
Ideally, the transition from pediatric to adult care occurs when the patient is healthy and the disease is in remission. Young patients who are ready to transition to adult care typically:

  • exhibit maturity and responsibility in decision-making.
  • are more self-reliant/less dependent on parents when it comes to health decisions and taking medications.
  • are confident when speaking to medical professionals.
  • know or ask questions about their IBD history, so they can share it with future providers.

Make a Successful Switch
The physicians and staff of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Baylor Dallas focus exclusively on the treatment of adult patients with IBD and have helped many patients make the transition from pediatric to adult IBD care. For a referral to a gastroenterologist on the medical staff specializing in IBD, call 1.800.4BAYLOR or search our online physician directory at http://www.BaylorHealth.com/Pages/Default.aspx.