What is H. Pylori?
H. pylori is a bacterium and a leading cause of ulcers in children. It:
- is able to penetrate the stomach's protective mucus lining
- produces the enzyme urease, which damages your child's stomach acids
- leads to sores or ulcers in the stomach or duodenum (first part of the small intestine)
- can also stimulate the stomach to produce more acid
What are the symptoms of H. pylori-related ulcers?
Most children or adults first develop gastritis: an inflammation of the stomach lining. Many will never have symptoms. Some symptoms are:
- dull, gnawing pain
- loss of weight
- loss of appetite