5 Ways To Prevent Ulcers In Children

By Dr. Krystel Quadros | 3-4 mins read | February 20, 2020
5 Ways To Prevent Ulcers In Children

Nowadays, children consume a lot of junk and spicy food, which is one of the most common reasons for ulcers in young kids. Apart from junk food, various other things and habits can increase the chance of developing an ulcer in kids or adults. It may be due to stress or frequent use of certain medicines. Know about the most common causes of Ulcers in Kids and tips to reduce mouth ulcers in children and babies

Peptic ulcers are the most common type of ulcers. Based on where they occur, there are three types of peptic ulcers:  gastric (Stomach), duodenal (small intestines), and esophageal ulcers. It is the most common health problem in kids and adults. 

This article provides the most common reasons for ulcers in kids and tips for parents on how to prevent mouth ulcers in Children

Common Causes of Ulcers in Kids

    • Frequent use of Anti inflammatory drugs, Aspirin and Ibuprofen.
    • It can be due to Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria
    • Stress both Physical and emotional
    • Too much spicy food
    • Early start of caffeine like tea, coffee

Tips to Reduce Mouth Ulcers in Kids

The following are some of the steps of how you can prevent ulcers in kids.

1. GIVE YOUR CHILD A DIET WHICH IS NOT TOO SPICY

Consuming the food that is too spicy may be harmful to your child. Thus, give them a healthy and balanced diet containing all the nutrients required for their body, and that is not too spicy as it may lead to various types of ulcers in the pylorus, stomach, and intestine. Consuming a lot of spicy food may disrupt the lining of the stomach and intestine, leading to inflammation.

2. DO NOT MAKE YOUR CHILD CONSUME A LOT OF NON-STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS

If you give your child a lot of Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), it may cause ulcers in them. Therefore, do not give your child for a longer duration or over-consume any such drug that may cross the suggested amount of dose.

3. TEACH YOUR CHILD TO STAY CALM AND NOT STRESS OVER SMALL THINGS

Always teach your child to be stress-free and ask them not to take stress over small things, like scoring less in examinations or any other psychological reason. According to many research studies, stress is a known factor for various ulcer related issues in a human body.

4. TEACH YOUR KID TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Through a healthy lifestyle, such as regular exercise, maintaining a balanced diet, drinking adequate water, and also refraining your kid to take soda and other soft drinks and other unhealthy outside eateries, which is very hazardous for their health. It can prevent the development of various types of ulcers.

5. AVOID FOODS THAT ACT AS IRRITANTS TO YOUR CHILD

Many times a kid cannot tolerate certain beverages like tea, coffee, and cold drinks. Due to the prolonged consumption of such beverages, it may lead to the development of certain ulcers in your child. Thus, always do avoid these foods that act as irritants to your child. Most commonly, ulcers are caused due to Helicobacter Pylori in your children.

In case of mouth ulcers, teach your child to rinse their mouth with slightly warm and salty water. Also, don't let your kid eat sour and spicy food until the ulcer gets well healed in your child. 

I hope you found this article on ways to prevent ulcers in children useful.

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Dr. Krystel Quadros

Dr. Krystel Quadros is a Dietician. She has Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics.
Last Updated: February 20, 2020
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