Gastritis is an inflammation in the lining of the stomach. The board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists with Norton Children’s Gastroenterology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, have the experience to treat gastritis in children.

What Is Gastritis?

Gastritis is irritation and inflammation of the stomach lining. Gastritis can come on quickly as an acute condition or develop slowly over time (chronic).

Causes of Gastritis in Children

Gastritis can develop for a number of reasons, including:

  • Autoimmune response – the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the stomach lining
  • Increased acid production
  • Bacterial infection called Helicobacter pylori ( H. pylori)
  • Frequent use of medications
  • Stress response to life-threatening illness or burns
  • Toxins
  • Viral infections

Gastritis Symptoms

Each child may experience different symptoms. Common symptoms of gastritis can include:

  • Abdominal discomfort or pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Vomiting blood
  • Stool that appears bloody or black

Gastritis Treatment

The board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists with Norton Children’s Gastroenterology will work with you and your child to develop a unique care plan. Treatment will be based on your child’s age, current health, and the extent and cause of your child’s gastritis. Treatment may include medications such as:

  • Antacids that help protect the stomach lining
  • H2 receptor antagonist (H2RA) or proton pump inhibitors that work to decrease stomach acid

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