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Ulcer, which is generally thought to occur in advanced ages, is a disease that can be seen even in newborn babies. In order to prevent ulceration of children, families need to give great importance to hygiene and hygiene. Medical Park Health Group Bahçelievler Hospital Child Health and Diseases Specialist View Pınar's Full Profile Kissing the baby in or near the mouth invites many diseases, especially ulcers in the baby. ”
: What Causes Ulcer?
Dr. Pınar Balgöz: Ulcer; As in adults, children with abdominal pain, heartburn, nausea, vomiting and anorexia, such as symptoms appear. Peptic ulcers can be seen in infants and children. In peptic ulcers, a wound is formed on the inner surface of the duodenum, the initial part of the small intestine in the stomach. According to research, peptic ulcer is mostly caused by a bacterium called “helicobacter pylori.. Research confirms that this bacterium is also common in children. Helicobacter, a common bacterial species found in our country, is generally seen more frequently in crowded family environments. However, some factors other than this bacterium can lead to ulcers. Using too much painkillers and aspirin in children is among the reasons that accelerate the formation of ulcers. In addition, head trauma burns and stress in severe infections cause the formation of ulcers.
: Why does an ulcer occur in newborn babies?
Dr. Pınar Balgöz: Ulcer can be seen in infants even in the newborn period. However, ulcers in the newborn period are usually caused by infection or trauma. According to research between the ages of 1 month and 6 years in children with ulcers of the stomach, an increase in the rate of ulcer in the duodenum is observed.
: Is Kissing Babies a Reason for Ulcer?
Dr. Pınar Balgöz: We can't stand our babies and kiss them, can we? Sometimes we bite his cheeks, we go even further and kiss him on the lips. We can't even think about getting them sick. However, this behavior is inviting many diseases, especially ulcers in our baby. Not only kissing, we can carry many germs unintentionally to our children with some of our habits. One of the frequent misconducts of mothers is that they taste themselves first to find out if the food is cold or hot while they are feeding their children. Mothers can infect children with this type of behavior. Because the bacteria that cause ulcers, children and infants are often transmitted by mouth. We recommend that your child should not be kissed on the lips or near the mouth to prevent the spread of this bacterium. It is also necessary to give up the habit of feeding the child by tasting the same spoon.
: How to tell if your child has an ulcer?
Dr. Pınar Balgöz: The diagnosis of ulcers in children by experts is not easy at all. Because children cannot fully explain their discomfort. They often show around the navel but have difficulty expressing exactly where the pain is. So how do you understand this disease, which even experts have difficulty in diagnosing? Ulcer disease manifests itself in restlessness, crying after meals and nausea in young children and infants. Children with ulcers, the most obvious symptom of ulcer abdominal pain can be very severe. Abdominal pain in the form of burning usually occurs 2-3 hours after meals. But with the severity of the pain, the child can even wake up from his night's sleep. As in adults, this disease can often cause vomiting, loss of appetite and weight loss in children. In addition, if your baby is experiencing peptic ulcers, these symptoms may also lead to anemia due to iron deficiency. In addition to these symptoms, halitosis and tar color defecation can be seen in children with ulcers. So families need to be extremely careful.
: How is the diagnosis and treatment done?
Dr. Pınar Balgöz: Nowadays, endoscopy is one of the most commonly used methods for the diagnosis of peptic ulcer. With this method, the ulcer can be seen directly and tissue biopsy can be used to determine the origin of the ulcer. Endoscopy can be performed easily for all age groups starting from the newborn period. Endoscopy in children is performed by a specialized pediatric gastroenterologist. Children are drugged during endoscopy. So they don't feel and remember the endoscopy. The size of the endoscope used in children is smaller than that used in adults. The procedure takes 15-20 minutes and is then sent home as soon as the child wakes up. Bacteria can be seen on a microscope and cultured by means of culture to make a definite diagnosis. The child also needs to undergo urea, breath and stool testing to help diagnose the Helicobacter pylori germ. Because the presence of antibodies against bacteria in the blood is considered to be the greatest indicator of ulcers.
Ulcer treatment in children can be done with medication. It is a known fact that bakteri Helicobacter bakteri bacteria is the most important factor in the formation of ulcers today. Therefore, the patient is first given antibiotics to kill this bacterium in the digestive tract, drugs that reduce stomach acid and protect the inner surface of the stomach. Ulcer disease with drug treatment today, 90-95 percent achieving high success.