Pediatric specialists at Children's Health℠ are experts in diagnosing and treating digestive and nutrition issues in children, including eosinophilic colitis (EC). At Children’s Health, our team of experts work together to offer your child early diagnosis and treatment. Catching EC early means we can help your child achieve the best symptom relief, growth, development and overall health.
Our team includes pediatric gastroenterologists, allergists, pathologists and nutritionists. These specialists blend their expertise to help your child in every possible way, and set your child up for a happier, healthier life.
Eosinophilic colitis (EC) is a rare condition where too many eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, gather in the large intestine. Eosinophils are necessary for the body's response to allergic reactions, asthma and parasitic infections. But too many eosinophils can cause swelling and inflammation.
EC is a type of eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorder (EGID). Like other EGIDs, EC might be associated with other conditions, such as food allergies or asthma, and can affect how your child eats, grows and develops.
Our team uses a series of tests to diagnose EC in children, including:
During a colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy, our team will collect a small portion of tissue to look for eosinophils under a microscope. Your child’s care team might order these tests throughout your child’s care, as well, to see how well treatment is working.
Your child’s physician will tell you what the next steps are for your child. Not every child needs all of these tests.
EC is triggered by your child’s allergies and food intolerances. For many children, the exact trigger is unknown. However, the protein found in cow’s milk is a common trigger of EC.
Children with a personal or family history of food allergies are at a higher risk for developing this condition.
During your child’s first visit, we will also use child-friendly language, equipment and amenities to tailor our approach to helping your child feel comfortable and at ease while we treat their EC. Our expert team of multidisciplinary specialists will develop a custom treatment plan for your child that is based on their medical history and that works best for your family.
Your child’s treatment plan will focus on:
Children’s Health experts are here to help identify your child’s food allergies and manage inflammation before it can cause serious problems. Schedule an appointment with one of our providers today.
In general, EGIDs are slightly more common among boys and are most prevalent in older children and adults. Children with a history of allergies, eczema, and seasonal asthma are more likely to develop these disorders.
There is no cure for EC, but the condition is manageable — especially if we can catch it early. The sooner we can start treating your child, the sooner your child can absorb nutrients to help them grow and develop. Children’s Health is here to help get your child’s nutrition on track for life.