In the United States alone, some 3 million people are living with celiac disease (CD). Since the disease affects people of both sexes and all ages, children make up a significant percentage of those diagnosed.It’s important, then, that parents have a good understanding of this lifelong condition. That way, they can provide needed support, guidance and help their children to adjust. Are you the parent of a child with celiac? Read on for some suggestions that will help you to do just that!
This severe genetic autoimmune disease leaves its sufferers unable to eat foods that contain the protein gluten. These include wheat, barley and rye. When gluten is ingested, the body launches an attack in an attempt to protect itself. However, this attack actually damages the small intestine and prevents the nutrients of gluten from being absorbed into the body.
Hence, many individuals with celiac disease have stomach problems including:
The diagnosis has been made. Your child has been confirmed to have celiac disease. What now? First, if your child is old enough to understand, will come explaining what is wrong. This should be in the simplest terms possible, perhaps the same way you would explain an allergy.
There are certain things that our bodies just don’t like. You can help your child to understand that gluten just happens to be the thing that his or her body rejects. Be sure to emphasize that this condition doesn’t mean that something is wrong with them. After all, millions of people around the world have allergies of some sort.The process doesn’t end with understanding, though. The reality is that, at this time, the only treatment available is a gluten-free diet . Even small traces of cross-contamination from gluten can make your child ill depending on the severity of the disease. That means that at school, in social situations and elsewhere, your child may stand out. Is that automatically a bad thing?
It’s true that most people do not understand what CD is. In fact, many people don’t think of it as real and view the gluten-free diet as a mere choice or preference. This is where awareness comes in. If you’ve helped your child to understand it — in an age appropriate way — they can help their peers and others to understand it too.
The bottom line is that something in certain foods — a protein — makes them very sick. It’s no different from individuals who are extremely allergic to shellfish, fruit or other things. When they come in contact with or eat those things, many break out in rashes, experience nausea and worse.While some people do choose not to eat gluten for whatever reason, they still have the ability to do so. Individuals with celiac disease do not.
Of course, the best outcome would be for your child to be well-informed and unashamed of having this condition. Learning to be accepting of it makes it that much easier to bear. You can contribute to such an outcome by being informed, keeping a positive outlook and even by making the gluten-free diet fun and exciting!
On the other hand, some children may not yet feel comfortable with discussing their condition. In that case, this shouldn’t be forced on them. Your continued love, support and equal treatment may help them to accept it in due time.
In 2011, the CDC reported that 1 in 12 people in the US (approximately 25 million) have asthma , with the numbers rising every year. Can you imagine, then, how many people have chronic asthma in 2017?
Many people develop the disease as children. From then on they experience episodes of shortness of breath, chest tightening, coughing fits and wheezing. During asthma attacks, the airways leading to the lungs constrict, preventing enough air from passing in and out. Additionally, the body produces extra mucus, clogging the airways even more.Needless to say, it can be a challenge for children and adults alike to live with this condition. Yet, you’ll be happy to know that it is manageable and doesn’t have to stop you from living a full, happy and healthy life. What are some things you can do to keep your asthma under wraps instead of it keeping you under wraps?
When most people hear that word arthritis, they immediately associate it with adults — especially older individuals. While the Arthritis Foundation does report that close to 50% of people over age 65 do have some form of arthritis , many younger individuals are also living with it.
In fact, two-thirds of those diagnosed are under age 65. You might be surprised to know that some 300,000 children of varying ages are a part of this group! The month of July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness month.The purpose is to educate parents and others on this painful condition and help them to support children who bravely battle it each day. Why not test your current knowledge on this important subject?
When summer rolls around, most people are inevitably exposed to more sun whether they lay out and tan or not. It’s been long since confirmed that the use of tanning beds and prolonged exposure to the sun, especially without any sun protection, can have detrimental effects.
This might leave you wondering how you can avoid these issues, yet still have healthy, glowing skin all summer long. Let’s consider some do’s and don’ts that will be a major help.