Ulcerative Colitisenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/Ulcerative_Colitis_enHD_1.jpgUlcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that happens only in the colon. It causes the inner lining of the colon to get red and swollen with sores called ulcers.Ulcerative Colitis, colitis, ulcers, ulcerative, ibd, irritable bowel disease, bowels, bowel disease, crohn's, crohn, chrons, intestinal, intestines, digestive, gastroenterology, diarrhea, belly pain, weight loss, late puberty, delayed puberty, ulcers, inflammation, toxic megacolon, 10/16/201710/26/201709/02/2019J. Fernando del Rosario, MD10/06/2017db4b4e50-10fe-476a-9279-3d4226f00c45https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ulcerative-colitis.html/<h3>What Is Ulcerative Colitis?</h3> <p>Ulcerative colitis is a condition that causes the inner lining of the large intestine (colon) to get red and swollen with sores called ulcers. It's a chronic condition, which means it lasts a long time or constantly comes and goes.</p> <p>Ulcerative colitis is a type of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibd.html/">inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)</a> that happens only in the colon.</p> <h3>What Are the Signs &amp; Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis?</h3> <p>The most common symptoms of ulcerative colitis are cramping <strong>belly pain</strong> and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/"><strong>diarrhea</strong></a>. Other symptoms include:</p> <ul> <li>blood in the toilet, on toilet paper, or in the stool (poop)</li> <li>urgent need to poop</li> <li>a fever</li> <li>low energy</li> <li>weight loss</li> </ul> <p>Ulcerative coliits can cause other problems, such as rashes, eye problems, joint pain and arthritis, and liver disease. Kids with ulcerative colitis may not grow well as well as other kids their age and puberty may happen later than normal.</p> <h3>What Causes Ulcerative Colitis?</h3> <p>The exact cause of ulcerative colitis is not clear. It is probably a combination of genetics, the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/immune.html/">immune system</a>, and something in the environment that causes inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. Diet and stress may make symptoms worse, but probably don't cause ulcerative colitis.</p> <h3>Who Gets Ulcerative Colitis?</h3> <p>Ulcerative colitis tends to run in families. But not everyone with ulcerative colitis has a family history of BD. Ulcerative colitis can happen at any age, but is usually diagnosed in teens and young adults.</p> <h3>How Is Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosed?</h3> <p>Ulcerative colitis is diagnosed with a combination of blood tests, stool tests, and X-rays. Medical imaging tests, such as CT scans and MRIs, might be done too.</p> <p>The doctor will check the stool for blood, and might look at the colon with an instrument called an&nbsp;<strong>endoscope</strong>, a long, thin tube attached to a TV monitor. In this procedure, called a <strong>colonoscopy</strong>, the tube is inserted through the anus to let the doctor see inflammation, bleeding, or ulcers on the wall of the colon. During the procedure, the doctor might do a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/biopsy.html/">biopsy</a> (taking small tissue samples for further testing).</p> <h3>How Is Ulcerative Colitis Treated?</h3> <p>Ulcerative colitis is treated with medicines and sometimes surgery. The goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms, prevent other problems, and avoid flare-ups.</p> <p>The doctor may recommend:</p> <ul> <li>anti-inflammatory drugs to decrease the inflammation</li> <li>immunosuppressive agents to prevent the immune system from causing further inflammation</li> <li>biologic agents to block proteins that cause inflammation</li> </ul> <p>Because some medicines make it harder to fight infections, it's important that your child be tested for <a class="kh_anchor">tuberculosis</a> and have all the recommended <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibd-immunizations.html/">vaccines</a> before starting treatment.</p> <p>Surgery may be necessary if:</p> <ul> <li>the bowel develops a hole</li> <li>the bowel widens and swells up (called <strong>toxic megacolon</strong>)&nbsp;</li> <li>the bleeding can't be stopped</li> <li>symptoms don't respond to treatment</li> </ul> <h3>What Else Should I Know About Ulcerative Colitis?</h3> <p>Poor appetite, diarrhea, and poor digestion of nutrients can make it hard for people with ulcerative colitis&nbsp;to get the calories and nutrients the body needs.</p> <p>Kids and teens with ulcerative colitis&nbsp;should eat a variety of foods, get plenty of fluids, and learn to avoid foods that make symptoms worse. Some may need supplements, like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/calcium.html/">calcium</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vitamin-d.html/">vitamin D</a>. Kids who are not growing well may need additional nutrition support.</p> <p>Kids and teens with ulcerative colitis can feel different and might not be able to do the things their friends can do, especially during flare-ups. Some struggle with a poor self-image, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/understanding-depression.html/">depression</a>, or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/anxiety-disorders.html/">anxiety</a>. They may not take their medicine or follow their diet. It's important to talk to your health care professional if you're concerned about your child's mood, behavior, or school performance.</p> <p>Parents can help teens with ulcerative colitis <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/toc-uc.html/">take on more responsibility</a> for their health as they get older.</p>Colitis ulcerosaLa colitis ulcerosa es una afección que hace que el recubrimiento interno del intestino grueso (colon) se enrojezca, se inflame y se llene de llagas que se llaman "úlceras". Se trata de una afección crónica, lo que significa que dura mucho tiempo o que va y viene constantemente.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/ulcerative-colitis-esp.html/6a00bf9b-5eaa-4a3b-8643-ae35caaeca8d
Crohn's DiseaseCrohn's disease is a chronic condition that causes parts of the bowel to get red and swollen. The goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms, prevent other problems, and avoid flare-ups.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/crohns-disease.html/c6890c84-bf8d-4215-b508-759c04cd4a62
DiarrheaMost kids battle diarrhea from time to time, so it's important to know what to do to relieve and even prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/38efbf41-ac94-4d02-be5d-365f9b03cc12
Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseInflammatory bowel disease is an ongoing illness caused by an inflammation of the intestines. There are two kinds of IBD: Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/ibd.html/c57ab671-d60f-4706-887c-a02296112ad7
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Factsheet (for Schools)What teachers should know about inflammatory bowel disease, and what teachers can do to help students with IBD succeed in school.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibd-factsheet.html/f7cf78dd-93fe-47af-a0ab-0eb024316599
Irritable Bowel SyndromeHaving irritable bowel syndrome can make a kid feel awful. The good news is that kids can take steps to feel better.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ibs.html/f1d5a462-599e-40ac-ad7f-bbe405afa50f
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common intestinal problem that can cause cramps, gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Certain foods can trigger these problems. So can anxiety, stress, and infections.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibs.html/42b47e2e-11e3-47af-96e3-2bd0b67dc7e5
Transition of Care: Inflammatory Bowel Disease Most teens with IBD should transition to an adult health care provider when they're between 18 and 21 years old. Here's how parents can help them do that.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/toc-ibd.html/b3aced0b-c6c4-4b88-9957-8067eb5d9d82
Ulcerative ColitisUlcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that happens only in the colon. It causes the inner lining of the colon to get red and swollen with sores called ulcers.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/ulcerative-colitis.html/c5e230de-bc36-4c67-b0e1-4b1dfd74b216
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