As a parent, we’re constantly worried about our kid’s health and safety. There are definitely some things we can do to prevent common illnesses, but sometimes, there is nothing we can do but try to make them feel better. Here is a list of chronic diseases that are common in children and some tips on what we can do to help.
Asthma is a growing concern for many of our children partly because the number increases every year. Asthma can be temporarily treated with a puffer, however it can definitely become increasing worse if it goes untreated or unmonitored. A good way of making sure your kid stays safe if they have asthma or whatever other type of disease is to get them to wear medical id tags. This way, even if you’re not around, other people such as teachers, could track and monitor their illness.
Diabetes is another growing concern for children. Diabetes increases the risk of heart and blood disease. It’s also increasing in number as a disease based a lot on the number of obese children in our country. This brings us to our next concern – obesity. More and more children are becoming obese, and obesity leads to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and more. However, both obesity and diabetes can be easily controlled and monitored. You can also prevent obesity and diabetes by making sure your kid is eating healthy. That means lots of fruits and vegetables and less junk food. Of course we sometimes cave, but everything in moderation is okay.
The opposite side of things is malnutrition. Malnutrition can lead to diseases like anemia and immune system malfunction, which then makes you more susceptible to other illnesses. Malnutrition in some countries is very common and is hard to avoid. However, in a first world country like ours, malnutrition should and could be prevented by eating well and making sure your child is intaking the right amount of nutrients they need.
Another common disease in children is cystic fibrosis. This is a lung disease, and currently has no cure. However, there is temporary treatment if diagnosed early enough. This is serious illness and must be monitored. It is especially important to wear a medic alert bracelet if you have this disease.
Oftentimes, just taking your child to go get checkups bi-annually should be enough to prevent or monitor any illnesses they may have. Early diagnosis is extremely important when looking at these common chronic diseases. Early diagnosis means early treatment which can even help prevent the full onset of the disease. If you ever have any worries about your child getting sick in any way, it’s always a safe bet to go see your doctor. Better safe than sorry!