Will 10 mg of Prednisone Stunt A 12 Year Olds Growth If He Takes It For 2 months

Will 10 mg Prednisone For 2 Months Stunt My 12 Year Old Son's Growth
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   Posted 5/8/2009 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, my son was diagnosed with Mild Ulcerative Colitis in November. The doctor thinks that just to make his Blood Levels a little better and to make him feel stronger, he should be on 10 mg Prednisone for 2 months..Is this a high dose for a 12 year old with the disease? Will he have stunted growth because of this? Thank you for taking the time to answer!

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   Posted 5/8/2009 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi BigJasper,

Although he's young and still growing, that amount of 10mg most likely would not affect his growth...the disease itself can (doesn't always) when kids get it, I know a young girl that got sick with crohn's before she hit puberty (she was about your son's age) and she had such severe CD that it was interferring with her growth (puberty) so once they realized she needed a resection, after her surgery they put her on growth homromes which did the trick...she's doing much better (for now) since the surgery and the growth hormone therapy...she had also been on pred before and after her surgery.

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   Posted 5/8/2009 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
10 mg is not a high dose at all. My daughter is 10 and was on 30 mg. She has actually grown almost 2 inches in the last 6 months because now her body is able to absorb nutrients that it wasn't able to for gosh knows how long. I think the stunted growth comes into play if a child is on Pred for longer than 2 months and on a much higher dose. However if it is only mild, why not try something else? Pred was really hard for my daughter emotionally due to weight gain (kids can be SO mean!!) and the moon face so I would see if you have other options first
10 yr old daughter diagnosed with "UC-like Crohn's" 12/08
2nd opinion March 2009 - diagnosis UC and not Crohn's
currently on 2400 mg Asacol & Rowasa 1x day

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   Posted 5/8/2009 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd say no. Like said 10mg isn't a high dose at all and 2 months isn't that long to take pred either. If your son isn't growing much now because he's so sick the pred might help his body start absorbing the essentials. If you ever have doubts though your GI is always there to answer questions :)

ps. Gwen I was 16 when I took pred...I was mean!!! tongue
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Remission since January/April 2006->THREE YEARS!!!!!
Trying Colazal 3 750mg x2 (NOT for a full blown flare, just some random symptoms)
25mg Elavil
75mg Effexor XR for GAD
Will possibly go back to asacol
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   Posted 5/8/2009 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
10mg for two months is a low dosage. I don't think it will stunt his growth. However, I never heard of giving prednisone to make someone's Blood Levels a little better. Usually anemia (if that's what he has) is treated with iron and vitamin B-12.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Avoid HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)

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   Posted 5/8/2009 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the replies guys. When I said make blood levels better subdued, I meant that in addition to the common symptoms of UC. It was only anemia as well, his C-Reactive protien, ESR, etc. are high. We have had him on 5-ASA drugs like Asacol/Pentasa. This is just because his symtoms have worsened a bit. Also does 6-Mercaptopurine stunt your growth for a 50mg dose for 1 month?
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