- Living in an overcrowded area
- Genetics; Hispanic and African-American backgrounds might have a higher risk.
Finally, studies suggest that kids whose parents have peptic ulcers are also more likely to develop ulcers, especially if the parent’s ulcer is due to H. pylori infection.
Doctors believe that more kids develop medicine-related gastric ulcers. According to them, even moderate use of Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) can lead to some digestive issues such as bleeding.
Common NSAIDs that might make the stomach more prone to damage due to acid are ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin. Please note that acetaminophen does not lead to an ulcer; that’s why it’s a go-to choice for many people.
What causes ulcers in children? According to reports, smokers are more likely to develop ulcers than non-smokers. Moreover, the habit slows down the healing time and increases the risk that the ulcer will happen again.
Smoking may be more common in adolescents, but experts say that second-hand smoke is also a factor for younger children.
Finally, kids who experience severe illnesses, major surgery, and serious burns might also develop ulcers due to physical stress. The possibility that they are taking NSAIDs can again come into play.