Colitis infections in children can be life threatening. If your child has been diagnosed with sickle cell anemia, it is important to become familiar with the spectrum of health complications that may arise, including the development of ischemic colitis infection.
Sickle cell anemia is a debilitating condition that results in complications with pain and normal blood flow. As blood flow to specific organs decreases, there is a greater likelihood of ischemic complications developing. In children who have sickle cell disease, the ischemic complication develops in the gastrointestinal system resulting in the onset of ischemic colitis infection.
When your child is diagnosed with sickle cell disease, be sure to find not only a specialist who understands this genetic blood disorder but also a specialist who understand the gastrointestinal complication that may arise as well. In doing so, you can ensure that your child’s risks for ischemic colitis infection are kept to a minimum and that secondary complications such as ulcerative colitis back pain do not develop.
Should a complication with ischemic colitis infection develop, surgery may be necessary to restore normal blood flow to the intestinal area that is affected. In addition to surgery, your child’s pediatrician will also recommend pain medications, a controlled diet for sickle cell disease, as well as the use of medications to control blood clotting, density, and texture.
For children who live with sickle cell disease, there is a lifelong complication expected with ischemic disorders with most children suffering from ischemic colitis infection from children into adulthood. To prepare your child for the lifelong complications, be sure to develop these medical relationships early and conduct regular testing that will outline a life care plan.
While not all children with sickle cell disease will develop a colitis infection, many will. If your child has been diagnosed with this complication, be sure to ask about ischemic colitis infection risks and what you can do to prevent them as well as treat them in conjunction with effective management of pain and complications associated with sickle cell disease.
Sources: Transient Ischemic Attack and Stroke, by Sarah Pendlebury