Treatment for Gastritis in Children
Gastritis or the inflammation of the stomach lining is a disease that commonly affects older people. This is primarily because of the thinning of stomach walls and a decrease of the immune system to fight harmful microorganism invasion. Gastritis can be acute or a chronic condition.
Causes of Gastritis in Children
The occurrence of this disease is the effect of any of the following:
- Helicobacter pylori (H. Pylori) infection. This is the most common cause of gastritis. It dwells inside the stomach lining to cause an infection.
- Medications such as aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, potassium supplements, iron tablets, and medications used for management of cancer. They alter the structure and physiology of the stomach.
- Accidental ingestion of poisonous objects. They can corrode the stomach lining.
- Physical stress and starvation. They cause an increase acid secretion in the stomach.
- A surgical complication
- Chronic vomiting
- Unknown cause
Symptoms of Gastritis In Children
Gastritis in children symptoms do not always mirror what is happening in the stomach. They include the following:
- Pain described as burning, aching, and gnawing in the center just below the rib cage where the stomach is located
- Pain can also radiate to the left part of the abdomen to the back part
- A sense of discomfort
- Vomiting of blood that can range to small to large amounts
- The stomach lining when examined through a viewing instrument, the endoscope, will have minimal or no changes at all in severe cases.
- The child may appear abnormally pale
- Stool may be dark red or black in color
Treat Your Child’s Gastritis
Gastritis in children treatment is largely based on the cause:
- Lifestyle modification. Avoid excessive drinking of alcohol, acidic beverages such as soda, and taking medications mentioned earlier.
- Take foods high in fiber and anti-oxidant foods.
- Consume foods high in flavonoids such as apple, onions, tea, celery that may hinder the activities of H. pylori.
- Avoid consuming large amounts of cholesterol.
- Avoid consuming junk foods.
- Drink plenty of water.