You will prepare and submit a term paper on Gastritis and Peptic Ulcer Disease in Children. Your paper should be a minimum of 250 words in length. Response Paper “Gastritis and Peptic Ulcer Disease in Children,” by U. Blecker and B.D. Gold This paper takes a look of the occurrence of gastritis and peptic ulcer disease as it occurs in children. The paper notes that it is not common, but that several factors can lead to its development (Blecker and Gold, 1999).
First of all, the paper points out that several conditions can lead to this development in children. First is an overproduction of acid secretion. Second are bicarbonate mucous barriers. Third is genetics. Overuse of ibuprofen and aspirin are often the cause of these conditions and should be avoided at all costs. If not, by the child is three or four, he or she will be producing as much stomach acid as an adult, which his or her body simply cannot handle (Blecker and Gold, 1999).
Since this disease is rare in children, there is relatively little research on the topic. This leaves researchers feeling at a loss when trying to discover when and why these conditions occur. The fact remains, though, that the condition is not unseen in children, so further research should occur to help alleviate the condition from occurring in children at all (Blecker and Gold, 1999).
Although there has been little research done on the topic due to its rareness, it has been determined that this condition is the leading cause of abdominal pain in children. Causes of the condition can include head trauma, sepsis, drug ingestion, Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome, bacterial infection, and Chrone’s Disease. Hospitalized pediatric patients have a higher occurrence of developing this condition, as this study shows, especially those who are critically ill and ventilated (Blecker and Gold, 1999).
Blecker, U. and Gold, B.D. (1999). Gastritis and peptic ulcer disease in children. European Journal of Pediatrics 158:541-546.