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Son just diagnosed with UC
beckyatmoms posted:
My 10-year-old son was just diagnosed on Monday with Ulcerative Colitis. I don't know much about the disease and was hoping some of you may be able to shed some light on what to expect with this. He was bleeding with his bowel movements which led to a colonoscopy and ultimately this diagnosis. Does diet play a large role? What types of medicine do doctors typically put you on? I have an appointment to talk to the Dr about all of this but I wanted a "real world" opinion. Thanks.
Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
Diet is a hit and miss issue with Ulcerative Colitis-what aggravates it for some, doesn't for others.

Medication is different for everyone. Let me tell you now that all the meds sound HORRID-especially when considering them for a child. Know though that the side effects and risks are way outweighed by the ones of untreated or undertreated UC.

Here is some information on UC treatments and info on an eating plan for IBD.

There is something key to know-your son's symptoms and life WILL get better with treatment BUT it isn't like with an ear infection and antibiotics-it doesn't happen fast.

Hang in there. Keep talking and asking questions and keep us updated.
sheba_q replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
Actually both of your links send to the same page on medications for UC Louise.

As Louise mentioned, diet is very trial and error - there isn't a standard one like there is for diabetes. I had to scroll back to find the starter diet I've posted. Not all of it will be true for your son and there are bound to be other foods that his body can't handle, but this will give you something to start from.

* eat smaller meals at more frequent intervals
* avoid eating many processed foods
* reduce the amount of rich, greasy and fried foods
* limit consumption of milk and milk products
* restrict your intake of high-fiber foods
* cut back on sugary foods

Secondary lactose intolerance is quite common, so you'll want to limit his milk consumption at least for the moment. It may improve as his colitis does.

Also you'll want to get any junk food out of the house - the fat levels in most of it is more than he's likely to be able to handle.
Louise_WebMD_Staff replied to sheba_q's response:
Sorry-I must have pasted the second link in wrong. This is the one I meant to share:

Here is another related links:

beckyatmoms replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
Thank you so much for your replies. The info you provided was very helpful. Thanks again
Louise_WebMD_Staff replied to beckyatmoms's response:
You are welcome. Please keep us updated. We don't have too many moms to people with an IBD here but some. Most of us do have kids though and know what a horrid illness this is sometimes for us and hate to imagine it in a child.

My neighbor/landlord has a son with Crohn's-and he is doing really well on methotrexate and plays baseball, is very active and seems for the most part a healthy middle school kid.

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