Colitis in Children Q & A
It can be difficult for parents to determine whether their child has the symptoms of colitis, but don’t worry as here at Night Lite Pediatrics, We’re able to provide diagnostic and treatment services for colitis in children. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online. Visit us at a location near you.
What is colitis in children?
Ulcerative colitis, or just colitis, is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation in the colon (the large intestine). Sometimes the inflammation can cause frequent bouts of diarrhea and even bleeding. These symptoms are difficult for anyone to deal with, but they can be especially difficult for children.
Another issue with the condition is that it’s chronic, so the condition doesn’t go away without surgery, but it’s possible to manage the condition and relieve the symptoms significantly. Most children are diagnosed after the age of 10. Treatment is usually different for kids than for adults.
What are the symptoms of colitis in children?
A child with colitis can have a number of symptoms related to the inflammation. The symptoms can vary in severity and frequency too. Also, sometimes a child won’t have any symptoms for a while, but then experience a flare-up of significant symptoms. The symptoms can be identified by parents and may include:
- Stomach pain
- Diarrhea, possibly with some blood in it
- Rectal bleeding
- Anemia that’s caused by blood loss
- Malnutrition that’s caused by the colon not absorbing nutrients efficiently
- Weight loss you can’t explain
- In severe cases, other symptoms like brittle bones, eye inflammation, joint pain, a liver disorder, kidney stones, skin lesions, or rashes
It can be difficult to determine whether your child has certain symptoms like anemia, and even more difficult to determine whether the symptoms are ones of colitis. We can help with this here at Night Lite Pediatrics. Our pediatricians can more easily identify the symptoms of colitis and, if your child does have the condition, help your child to manage the symptoms.
How is colitis in children treated?
Colitis in a child can be diagnosed with blood tests, stool sample testing, endoscopy, or a barium enema with an X-ray. One of our physicians here at Night Lite Pediatrics will be able to help your child get these services. The physician can also provide treatment if your child does have the condition.
Treatment depends on the severity of your child’s symptoms and which treatments your child responds to. Children often can’t tolerate some of the common treatments for adults, so it’s usually better to opt for a treatment like:
- An aminosalicylate which can reduce inflammation in the colon
- A corticosteroid which prevents the immune system from attacking the colon
- An immunomodulator or TNF-alpha blocking agent which is able to reduce inflammation reactions in the body
Also, your child may benefit from nutritional therapy and meal planning. Those services can help ensure your child gets the nutrients they need. We can help with this too here at Night Lite Pediatrics!
Do you provide colitis diagnosis and treatment near me?
We provide these services at our clinic, and we likely have a location near you! Night Lite Pediatrics has locations all throughout the Greater Orlando, Jacksonville, Port St Lucie, and West Melbourne areas, which you can view here. You’ll find each location’s address and contact information on that page. Call us or come see us at the location closest to you. We’d love to meet you and your child in a simple appointment or meet-and-greet!
We look forward to hearing from and helping your child soon here at Night Lite Pediatrics.