Peptic Ulcers in Children | Symtoms & Causes

What are the symptoms of peptic ulcers? 

Although ulcers don't always cause symptoms, the most common sign is a gnawing or burning pain in the abdomen between the breastbone and the navel. The pain often occurs between meals and in the early morning. It may last from a few minutes to a few hours. Less common peptic ulcer symptoms include:

  • belching
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • poor appetite
  • loss of weight
  • feeling tired and weak

What causes peptic ulcers?

In the past, lifestyle factors, such as stress and diet, were believed to cause ulcers. More recently, research has shown that stomach acids contribute to ulcers. Research also shows that ulcers can develop as a result of an infection caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). While all of these factors play a role in the reason your child may have an ulcer, H. pylori is most likely to be the cause.

Other contributing factors may include physical stress and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen sodium that make the stomach vulnerable to the harmful effects of the digestive fluids hydrochloric acid and pepsin.