Children with Ulcerative Colitis
Ulcerative Colitis is very similar to Crohn’s Disease and is often treated in the same way but the symptoms are usually more acute with severe abdominal pain, persistent diarrhoea, usually with blood and mucus in the stools.
Ulcerative Colitis is inflammation and ulceration but varies from Crohn’s Disease in that it is contained in the large bowel and does not affect any other part of the digestive system.
Diagnosis is not easy in children as some of the symptoms mimic other less serious disorders but once diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis children should be treated by a Paediatric Gastroenterologist or other specialist with extensive IBD experience.
Some of the symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis such as severe pain or bloody stools can be very frightening for a child and support and understanding from parents, carers, family and friends is very important. CICRA publishes several leaflets to help families including a Parents Guide, a Teachers Guide, a glossary of medical terms and a book of stories written by young people themselves titled ‘IBD & Me’. These can be obtained by becoming a member of CICRA (membership is free although donations are very welcome)
Allergic Colitis is an inflammatory disorder of the colon which occurs mainly in pre-school children. It is caused by an allergic reaction to food; most usually cow’s milk, egg, soya and/or wheat. It is nearly always associated with other conditions such as asthma, eczema and hayfever but may also occur in other children who have minor immunodificiency states. Symptoms consist mainly of loose stools with flecks of blood often associated with abdominal pain