Without treatment, symptoms of Crohn's disease can be constant or may come and go every few weeks or months.

When the symptoms come back, it's called a flare-up or relapse. The periods between flare-ups are called remission.

Common symptoms

The main symptoms of Crohn's disease are:

You might not have all these symptoms.

Other symptoms

Some people with Crohn's disease also have:

Children with Crohn's disease may grow more slowly than usual.

When to see a GP

See a GP if you or your child have:

A GP will try to find out what's causing your symptoms and may refer you for tests to check for Crohn's disease.

Page last reviewed: 22 April 2021
Next review due: 22 April 2024