Handling For Children Aged 6 Years Infected With H. Pylori?
my nephew checked to the doctor yesterday it was revealed that there was an H pylori virus. I have prescribed metronidazole and clarithromycin, but how come there is no change? my niece is 6 years old. thanks
Thank you for the question.
Bacteria (not viruses) Helicobacter pylori most often infects the digestive tract (mainly the stomach and duodenum) and triggers inflammation, formation of sores (ulcers), even some types of malignancy. Patients infected with H. pylori bacteria will typically experience uncomfortable sensations in the stomach, such as pain, burning, nausea, loss of appetite, bloating, often belching, which if left untreated can make weight go down drastically. If the bacteria have caused sores on the walls of the digestive tract, black or bloody bowel movements can also appear, vomiting and coughing up blood, to anemia due to excessive blood loss. Frequently, these bacteria enter the body through direct contact with saliva, vomit, or other patient's stool. Although it can also, these bacteria enter through contaminated food or water.
Handling of H. pylori infection is mainly done with antibiotics. Usually, the doctor will give a combination of at least 2 types of antibiotics to prevent potential bacterial resistance. Provision of this antibiotic will be accompanied by several other treatments to minimize stomach acid and relieve symptoms that arise because of it, for example by administering proton pump inhibitors, H2 receptor blockers, or bismuth subsalicylates.
Regarding your nephew's condition, if you find that there has not been any significant improvement related to his condition, then you need to consult this matter directly with the doctor or pediatrician who is treating him. Indeed, the duration and potential for recovery of H. pylori infection can vary depending on the location and severity of the infection, the onset and type of treatment given, as well as the general health condition of the patient. Not just relying on doctor's treatment, so that his condition improves, he also needs to also do the following steps:
Eat foods that are easily digested (soft, soupy), processed cleanly and thoroughly
Not always eating too high fibrous food, coconut milk, oily, excessive fat
Eat a little but often
Always wash your hands before and after eating, after using the toilet, and after handling dirt
Increase endurance with a healthy lifestyle
Do not take any drugs other than those prescribed by the doctor
Hope this helps ...