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Delayed growth and delayed puberty can occur in young people with IBD, and this is seen more often with Crohn’s disease than ulcerative colitis. 16 Poor growth and poor weight gain are common Crohn’s disease symptoms for young people. 17 Reasons for this include not feeling hungry, difficulty absorbing food, aversion to eating because of symptoms and pain, and some medications. Growth delays are seen at Crohn’s disease diagnosis for about 10% of children. 17 Growth continues to be a problem for 7% to 27% of children, even once treatment begins. Fortunately, treatment with newer medications seems to help children with Crohn’s disease reach average heights as adults. 17