Hemorrhoids often develop in children due to the development of diarrhea, constipation, infections, and a variety of other causes. Some common symptoms include bleeding from the rectum, anal itching, general discomfort, and an external anal protrusion. Children who are suffering from this condition should be treated quickly and monitored carefully in order to prevent the development of infections associated with the condition. Typically, when treated quickly and properly, hemorrhoids cause no lasting effects on the child.
One of the most common symptoms of hemorrhoids in children is bleeding from the rectum. This is often caused by a rupture of the blood vessels in or around the anal canal, and the blood is often bright red. Also, the bleeding associated with this condition typically occurs only during bowel movements. Rectal bleeding that occurs at other times may indicate a more serious problem, and should be examined by a medical professional as soon as possible.
Anal itching is another common symptom of hemorrhoids. This symptom, unfortunately, is often one of the reasons that it often takes a substantial period of time for hemorrhoids in children to heal completely. Hemorrhoids often secrete a mucus that moistens the anus and surrounding tissue. This mucus, combined with stool from the bowel movements, often create a chronic itch that children typically have a hard time ignoring. Fortunately, most over-the-counter creams for the treatment of hemorrhoids contain ingredients designed to aid in the elimination of itchy skin.
General discomfort is one of the most classic symptoms of hemorrhoids, and it is experienced by adults as well as by children. Typically, the pain and discomfort occurs during long periods of sitting or attempting to have a bowel movement. Children who experience this symptom often become constipated as they try to avoid having a bowel movement because of the pain it causes. They are often afraid to try to use the bathroom and may require addition treatment.
One other symptom of hemorrhoids is an anal protrusion. This is a large lump or mass that is found near the opening of the anal canal, and it is often quite painful. These external hemorrhoids must be treated with just as much care as their internal counterparts. Failing to treat them properly can lead to scarring and skin tags. Fortunately, adding more fiber to the diet and taking pain relievers can help relieve both types of hemorrhoids, and external ones can be removed if needed.