enema for children?

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   Posted 12/27/2007 4:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone know's if mesalasine enema's and steroid enema's is safe? and what is the dosage for children below 5 yrs old? Any experience?

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   Posted 12/27/2007 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you have a pediatric GI for your child? This would be something to ask them. We have some members w/ young children w/ UC...hopefully they can offer some assistance.
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   Posted 12/27/2007 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Talk to your pediatric GI about Rowasa. You don't have to use the whole bottle at once, you can use part of the bottle.
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   Posted 12/27/2007 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I would agree with part of the bottle...as well, Rowasa comes in a 2g dosage...so, that would be a good option.

Has your child been able to use the suppositories?

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   Posted 12/27/2007 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
YUp talked to my pedia GI, she's not that familiar with the enema's and promised me that she will be doing research about it. Im from the philippines by the way IBD is not common here and not all medicines are available. Have not yet used suppositories, the only available suppositories is pentasa 1 g. Can i use this for a child below 5yrs old she's on 1 gram of oral pentasa/day and 7.5mg of pred. She can't get off pred, everytime i wean her symptoms appears, so im planning to use rectal meds. Im just gathering info so that i can present it to my pedia gi and hopefully we can get her off the pred. I've noticed with every BM when im weaning her from pred that the first thing to come out is mucus with streaks of blood and then the stool. So my analyis is that the inflammation is near the rectum. My Q is can i use the suppositories first just to test if it will help and my only concern is the overdosing and sideeffects?

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   Posted 12/27/2007 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
You can cut the suppositories in half - lengthwise to lower the dose. Cutting lengthwise allows part of the rounded tip to stay in place making for more comfortable administration.

Did a pamphlet come with the sups? It should list the side effects, etc. You can also do a search online for the pamphlet info. Or contact your pharmacist for that info.

I hope your daughter starts feeling better soon!
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