Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms & Causes

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What are the symptoms of ulcerative colitis?
While ulcerative colitis may affect children differently, they most often experience frequent, bloody diarrhea. Other common symptoms include:

  • abdominal pain
  • fatigue
  • weight loss
  • loss of appetite
  • rectal bleeding
  • loss of body fluids and nutrients
  • anemia caused by severe bleeding

Sometimes children also experience:

  • skin lesions
  • joint pain
  • inflammation of the eyes
  • liver disorders
  • osteoporosis
  • rashes
  • kidney stones

Some infections can cause symptoms like these, and it’s important for these to be excluded as possible causes. UC can be a scary disease for a child to have, and your reassurance and support can go a long way toward making her feel better.

What causes ulcerative colitis in children?

Scientists have not yet discovered the cause of ulcerative colitis, but it’s an area of active research. We believe that both genes and environment play a role. We also know that the immune system is involved, which is why treatment often involves medication to reduce its activity.

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