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Ulcerative Colitis in Toddlers

Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis in Toddlers

Ulcerative Colitis in Toddlers : Typically, ulcerative colitis is an irritable bowel disease that is addressed in and associated with adults. The condition, however, also affects children a great deal. Currently, there are an estimated 140,000 children living with Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) [1]. This already high number is rising as both the average number of persons struggling with IBDs as well as the percentage of that number that represents children is rising. While ill children are the last thing we want to see happening, research shows that studying IBD in children provides the opportunity to garner more “insight into the earliest immune response, natural history of the disease, genetic associations and environmental factors important in the development of IBD” [1].

Of the two IBDs, Ulcerative Colitis is less common in children than Chron’s disease. Some of the symptoms include abscesses around the opening of the anus, anal fissures, and abnormal skin tags. Unsurprisingly, the symptoms of ulcerative colitis in toddlers will show up differently than they do in adults and children will require different modes of treatment to treat symptoms of the condition.

Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis in Toddlers

As intimated prior, Ulcerative Colitis shows up differently in adults than they do in children. For starters, when the condition shows up in toddlers, it is not usually the actual autoimmune disease. Instead, it is a bacteria or virus that results in the symptoms of the conditions [2]. Additionally, while doctors are studying to learn more about the causes of Ulcerative Colitis, they also believe that the condition occurs because there is a disconnect between a child’s genetic makeup, their microbiome, and their immune system. This disconnect causes inflammation in the intestines and the immune system is unable to restore the necessary balance and stop the inflammation [3].

Ulcerative colitis is a long-term condition and may have symptoms that appear and disappear over different periods. Some of the main symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis may include fever, anemia, urgent bowel movements, bloody diarrhea filled with pus and mucus, and abdominal pain. Although children and older adults can develop Ulcerative Colitis, people aged between ages 15 and 30 are at the greatest risk of developing the condition [4]. Additionally, IBDs like Ulcerative Colitis runs in family [6].

For more information read: Ulcerative Colitis in Children

Treating Ulcerative Colitis In Kids

Probiotics are critical for treating symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis. Check out the information on What is the Colon.  This is a good brand for children age 2 to 12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a wide range of options that doctors can use to treat the symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis in toddlers. Importantly, thanks to being so young and having a better ability to ‘bounce back’ from various treatment options, children may sometimes prove to be easier to treat. Testing for the condition in children will include stool tests, blood tests, and X-rays among other kinds of tests. Once tested and children are found to have the condition, then a combination of treatment options may be considered or used.

Treatment options for children include recommending a change in diet – like reducing fat, fiber, and dairy products intake, and keeping them low. Check with the pediatrician before changing the diet of your toddler. They are picky eaters to begin with and may lose more weight. However that are many benefits to a special diet like the SCD diet for children. This is a PDF from the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of Canada. The site has changed but not the pdf listed here.

Medicines may also be used to prevent infections and reduce inflammation. Always read on http://drugs.com the side effects. The medications used are very powerful and Asacol almost killed my son because the doctors didn’t believe his increase in pain could be pancreatitis which happens in 5% of patients taking Asacol.

Finally, surgery is sometimes necessary. In such instances, children will have their large intestines removed which can cure them of the condition. It is important that children living with this condition and their parents understand that they can lead normal lives with this condition and the best thing they can do is to take care of themselves by eating well, exercising, taking their medicines, resting, keeping stress and anxiety at a minimum and more [5].

Self-care cannot be understated for children living with Ulcerative Colitis. In fact, in most cases, medication can control the condition in children and adolescents. Additionally, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology (May 2017, online) children who ate diets that were grain, dairy, sugar, and processed foods free and rich in nuts (be careful of these if the little one is in flare), fruit, vegetables, and meat went into remission without even without medication [6]. Therefore, parents and their children should learn as much as they can about the condition and take care to manage it.

Ulcerative Colitis in Toddlers

Sources:

1. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/ccf/media/files/Digestive_Disease/Crohns_Digest_Winter_2007.pdf
2. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/ccf/media/Files/digestive_disease/inflammatory-bowel-disease-guide.pdf)
3. http://www.seattlechildrens.org/medical-conditions/digestive-gastrointestinal-conditions/ulcerative-colitis/
4. https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=90&contentid=P02020
5. https://kidshealth.org/en/kids/ibd.html?WT.ac=p-ra
6. https://www.everydayhealth.com/ulcerative-colitis/living-with/ulcerative-colitis-in-children/

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