Growing up with ulcerative colitis

  • Always be prepared
  • Your child may find it difficult to deal with their ulcerative colitis (UC) at first. One thing you can do to help them cope with their condition is plan ahead.

    • Set aside time for bathroom breaks during activities
    • Carry a change of clothing, wipes, and toilet paper
    • Encourage your child to always find the restroom in public places
    • Practice ways to relieve anxiety and stress

    While your initial reaction may be to hide your child’s condition from family and friends, it may be more stressful for both of you to keep it a secret. Even though your child may be embarrassed, it’s important to inform close family members, friends, and teachers who help care for your child about their condition in case of any emergencies.

  • Talking with teachers
  • You can’t be with your child 24/7. Since most of their days are spent at school, it’s important to share your child’s ulcerative colitis (UC) with the right teachers and administrators. Make sure to discuss potential needs and accommodations with the school as early in the year as possible.

    A few things you may want to ask for:

    • Unlimited bathroom access: Create a plan that allows your child to take frequent bathroom breaks even during things like tests. Suggest a bathroom signal that attracts less attention.
    • Seating accommodations: Be sure your child can easily and discretely exit the classroom from their seat.
    • Medication schedule: Establish a time for your child to take medications with the school nurse.
    • Tutoring and support: Frequent absences are common for children with UC. Tutoring as well as an extra set of books at home can help your child catch up on missed assignments.
    • Supplies on-hand: Get your child permission to carry and use supplies such as small snacks, candy to treat dry mouth, a water bottle, wet wipes, and a change of clothes throughout the day.
    • Private space: Designate a location, such as the nurse’s office, where your child can rest and change clothes.
    • Control over physical education: Get your child authorization to sit out of physical activities when he or she is not feeling well.
  • Stay active
  • Just because your child is diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC), doesn’t mean he or she has to miss out on the activities they’re interested in—even during a flare-up. In fact, it’s important for your child to be as active as they can be to help relieve stress, build stronger muscles and bones, and boost their confidence. Whether it’s through sports, dance, or some other exercise or physical activity, make sure your child is well hydrated, comfortable, and having a good time.

    Adjustments may need to be made if a more strenuous activity begins to take a toll on your child or is unsafe. Talk to your doctor if you have any specific concerns about an activity.

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    Who should not take DELZICOL?

    • Do not take DELZICOL if you are allergic to:
      • salicylates, such as aspirin or medications that contain aspirin
      • aminosalicylates
      • any of the ingredients of DELZICOL

    What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking DELZICOL?

    Tell your healthcare provider if you:

    • Have or have had kidney problems
    • Are allergic to sulfasalazine
    • Have or have had heart-related allergic reactions, such as inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis) or inflammation of the lining of the heart (pericarditis)
    • Have or have had liver problems
    • Have or have had a stomach blockage
    • Have any other medical conditions

    What are the possible side effects of DELZICOL?

    DELZICOL may cause serious side effects, including:

    • Kidney problems: Your doctor may check to see how your kidneys are working before taking DELZICOL. It is important to complete all blood tests ordered by your doctor.
    • A condition that may be hard to tell apart from a UC flare: Symptoms include cramping, stomachache, bloody diarrhea, and sometimes fever, headache, and rash. If you experience any of these symptoms while on treatment, call your doctor right away. He or she may tell you to stop taking DELZICOL.
    • Hypersensitivity (allergic) reactions: If signs and symptoms of hypersensitivity occur, immediately call your doctor.
    • Liver failure: In patients who have or have had liver disease.
    • Blood Disorders: Elderly patients and patients taking azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine need to monitor complete blood cell counts and platelet counts while taking DELZICOL.

    The most common side effects of DELZICOL include:

    • Adults: belching, stomachache, constipation, dizziness, runny nose, back pain, rash, upset stomach, and flu symptoms.
    • Children (5 to 17 years of age): inflammation of the nose and pharynx, headache, stomachache, dizziness, inflammation of the sinuses, rash, cough, diarrhea, tiredness, fever, and increased lipase.

    Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of DELZICOL.

    Before starting DELZICOL, tell your doctor about all medications you are taking, including:

    • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen. Taking these medications with DELZICOL may increase your risk of kidney problems.
    • Azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine. Taking these medications with DELZICOL may increase your risk of blood disorders.

    What is DELZICOL?

    DELZICOL (mesalamine) delayed-release capsules is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of mildly to moderately active ulcerative colitis (UC) in patients 5 years of age and older and for the maintenance of remission of UC in adults.

    Please see full Prescribing Information for DELZICOL.

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    The health information described on this site is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for discussions with a healthcare provider.