Ulcerative Colitis - Kids & Teens
Treatment plan for
How may ulcerative colitis affect me?
is a chronic (long-term) disease that causes soreness and swelling
(inflammation) of the large intestine and rectum. The symptoms come
and go in bouts known as flares.
colitis and Crohn's disease are types of inflammatory bowel disease,
Unlike Crohn's disease, which can happen anywhere
along the digestive tract, ulcerative colitis affects the colon
(large intestine) and rectum. In many people it causes belly pain
and runny poo (diarrhoea) which is often bloody. Ulcerative colitis
can also make you lose weight, feel very tired, not want to eat,
feel dizzy or sick to your stomach, or cause a fever or anaemia (low
red blood cell count, which can make you feel tired or dizzy).
Children with ulcerative colitis may not grow or develop they
This picture shows
your digestive system and the large intestine and rectum, which can
be affected by ulcerative colitis.
Click here to print and colour it in. Ask your doctor to circle
the areas in your body that are affected.
Some people with
ulcerative colitis have even more problems, such as lots of bleeding
or an opening in the bowel wall called a perforation. If you have
any of these problems, you may need treatment for them as well as
for your ulcerative colitis.
can also cause problems in other parts of the body, such as joints,
eyes, mouth, liver, skin, blood or kidneys. Some of these problems
may get better when your ulcerative colitis gets better, but
sometimes they will need additional treatment as well.