Treatment For Piles In Children

Types of hemorrhoidsPiles, also called hemorrhoids, are caused due to excessive straining when attempting to pass stools.

As a result, the veins around the anus and the lower part of the rectum get dilated, and can result in itching, mild bleeding and irritation.

While it is a common condition in adult, children are also prone to developing this condition.

This can cause distress to not only the child, but also the parents. There are number of reasons why children develop piles, but this article will briefly cover just the treatment aspect of this.

Piles are normally classified into two broad categories – Internal and External (see diagram on right), depending on their location and the veins involved.

Children can develop either of these. Simple treatment for piles measures will help relieve the underlying causes, and thus treat piles.

1. High fiber diet

High dietary fiber is essential to maintain the volume and consistency of stools, and is essential for regular bowel movements.

A diet that is poor in fiber can result in constipation over a period of time. Ultimately, unbeknownst to the child, they will tend to strain a lot more when trying to pass stool, and this can result in the development of piles over time.

Feeding your child a diet high in fiber will ensure regular and easy bowel movements.

Simple measures like eating more fresh fruit and vegetables, along with bran flakes and whole meal bread are more than sufficient to aid the process. Try to avoid foods such as milk, ice-cream and cheese, as these are low in fiber.

2. Ensuring good water intake

A lot of time, children tend not to drink sufficient amount of water every day. This also results in sluggish bowel movements and can cause constipation. Increased water intake combined with increased fiber in the diet form an important part of treating children with piles.

3. Maintaining hygiene (and warm baths)

It is essential that hygiene is maintained around the anal region, as there may be a little leakage or bleeding at the site of the piles. Itching can also be controlled this way.

There are recommendations that suggest that regular warm baths be taken, as this can reduce the pain and the itching to great extent. 30 minutes is the recommended bath time.

Using moistened toilet wipes may also be of benefit.

4. Exercise

Keeping the child active has been shown to maintain good physical health and normal bowel habits. Rest is not required for a child with piles, and as long as the anal area is kept clean and the child maintains a good diet, exercise can only add to the positive effect.

Bonus Tip:

Parental support is essential for treatment for piles in children

Piles can be quite distressing to a child, so as a parent it is essential to provide them with the support they need. The above measures while applicable to children need to be administered by the parent.

Piles in a child can be distressing to not just the child, but the parent as well. Using simple measures can aid in the treatment for piles, and help children lead a full and happy life.

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