children stomach ulcer

A stomach ulcer is not an “adult disease”. Children can also develop stomach ulcers.

Why do children develop stomach ulcers?

Researchers are not sure of the exact reason children develop stomach ulcers. Unlike adults who develop stomach ulcers mostly as a result of a h. pylori infection, children do not usually develop stomach ulcers because of h. pylori infections. It is believed that many children develop stomach ulcers as a result of medication.

Certain medical conditions can also cause stomach ulcers in children. Children with severe burns can develop ulcers secondary to the stress and trauma of their injuries. Infants who become septic, or very ill with a bacterial infection also have an increased risk of developing a stomach ulcer. In otherwise healthy kids, stomach ulcers are very unusual.

Symptoms of a stomach ulcer

The most common symptoms of a child with a stomach ulcer are:

  • burning pain in the stomach (between the breastbone and the belly button)
    • This is the most common symptom
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • chest pain (usually dull and achy)
  • loss of appetite
  • frequent burping or hiccuping
  • weight loss
  • feeding difficulties
  • blood in vomit
  • black bowel movements
  • red bowel movements

**If the symptoms go away, it doesn’t mean that the stomach ulcer is cured.

What to do if your child has a stomach ulcer

If your child is diagnosed with an h. pylori-related ulcer, make sure that your child takes all of the medications as directed by the doctor. Follow the instructions that the doctor has given you even if the symptoms have disappeared. If the symptoms are no longer present, it doesn’t mean that the infection is gone.

Ask you child’s doctor if it is necessary to change their diet. It might be necessary to change their eating habits until the ulcer heals.

If your child has a medicine-related ulcer, her doctor will tell you to avoid the medications that caused the ulcer, including any medication containing ibuprofen or aspirin. Also, be sure to give your child the medication prescribed by the doctor.

Questions to ask your child’s doctor

  • What caused the stomach ulcer?
  • What are the treatment options?
  • Should we change our child’s diet and eating habits?
  • What are emergency symptoms that need a visit to Urgent Care?
  • How many ulcers are there?
  • Do we need to schedule a follow-up visit?
  • How long will it take to heal the ulcer?

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