Children living with Crohn’s disease pose a big challenge to themselves, their families and the school system when returning to school.
Many children with chronic stomach pain encounter flares in their symptoms at the start of the school year. Conditions that children feel include irritable bowel syndrome.
For many children suffering from these conditions, the start of the school year creates stress and worry about whether or not pain will affect their education or social life. Some children may feel embarrassed by their diagnosis and worry about their classmates knowing about their personal information.
Children with irritable bowel worry about gas and bloating that may require frequent visits to the bathroom. Those with acid reflux might also see an uptick in their symptoms at the start of the school year, and those symptoms can be aggravated by stress and anxiety.
Children with inflammatory bowel disease, like Crohn’s disease, can experience bloating and cramping in the stomach and bowel movements early in the morning that affect their school routine, and their ability to attend morning classes. children with Crohn’s disease may also have frequent bowel movements or require medications that need to be administered at school. The stress of starting a new school routine and anxiety related to their illness can also cause flares in the disease.
Parents of children with specific food requirements, especially children with food allergies, should know what problems could arise while at school,the school should be made aware of any condition that a child has so they can put in place to facilitate children that need to take their meds at a certain time so to help them to reduce the stress that comes with Crohn’s disease.
It’s important for parents of children with chronic Crohn’s disease disorders to plan ahead. The first step should be to schedule a visit with your doctor or your pediatrician to identify any potential problems that may arise in relation to the child’s condition. Once potential problems are identified, the parent should work with school authorities or the school nurse to implement a plan that could be put in place to help the child.
children may be given special permission to use the bathroom when they get to urge to go. Schools can also help provide support to ensure that the educational needs of children are met and to keep the child’s lifestyle as normal as possible.
Schools may require letters from there doctors detailing the diagnosis, management options, and medications. This information can help the school implement a plan to help with the care of the child while at school. If medications need to be administered during school hours, forms may have to fill out by parents or the child’s doctor with the details of the medications, time of administration and the dose that the child is on.
Regarding children with food allergies or intolerances: It’s important to start working with the school ahead of time and to alert the school about your child’s specific requirements. A dietitian could help teach your child how to make smart food choices at school.
Some Crohn’s patients with chronic gastrointestinal experience extreme anxiety and may develop school phobia at the start of the school year. Seeking the help of a pediatric psychologist and the supports from the school could help with this anxiety. If anxiety is interfering with your child’s daily schooling it can causing the child symptoms to get worse.
Any child living with Crohn’s daily can struggle with so many systems ,the stress of trying to do well at school and keeping up to date with exams, puts a lot of pressure on children, crohns disease flare-up is hard to get under control and may need medication which can have many sides effects that can add to a child’s mood , Crohn’s disease flare-up can cause fatigue making it hard for children to concentrate on their school work.
The school needs to be aware of any student circumstances ,be it a child living with Crohn’s or any disability so they can put things in place so the child can be confident about approaching their teachers if there not feeling well .
Coronavirus: What Happens When You Get Infected?
How Does Coronavirus Attack Your Body?
A virus infects your body by entering healthy cells. There, the invader makes copies of itself and multiplies throughout your body.
The new coronavirus latches its spiky surface proteins to receptors on healthy cells, especially those in your lungs.
Specifically, the viral proteins bust into cells through ACE2 receptors. Once inside, the coronavirus hijacks healthy cells and takes command. Eventually, it kills some of the healthy cells.
How Does Coronavirus Move Through Your Body?
COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, starts with droplets from an infected person’s cough, sneeze, or breath. They could be in the air or on a surface that you touch before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. That gives the virus a passage to the mucous membranes in your throat. Within 2 to 14 days, your immune system may respond with symptoms including:CONTINUE READING BELOW
- A cough
- Shortness of breath
- Trouble breathing
- Chills, sometimes with shaking
- Body aches
- A sore throat
- Loss of taste
- Loss of smell
The virus moves down your respiratory tract. That’s the airway that includes your mouth, nose, throat, and lungs. Your lower airways have more ACE2 receptors than the rest of your respiratory tract. So COVID-19 is more likely to go deeper than viruses like the common cold.
Your lungs might become inflamed, making it tough for you to breathe. This can lead to pneumonia, an infection of the tiny air sacs (called alveoli) inside your lungs where your blood exchanges oxygen and carbon dioxide.
If your doctor does a CT scan of your chest, they’ll probably see shadows or patchy areas called “ground-glass opacity.”
For most people, the symptoms end with a cough and a fever. More than 8 in 10 cases are mild. But for some, the infection gets more severe. About 5 to 8 days after symptoms begin, they have shortness of breath (known as dyspnea). Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) begins a few days later.
ARDS can cause rapid breathing, a fast heart rate, dizziness, and sweating. It damages the tissues and blood vessels in your alveoli, causing debris to collect inside them. This makes it harder or even impossible for you to breathe.
Many people who get ARDS need help breathing from a machine called a ventilator.
As fluid collects in your lungs, they carry less oxygen to your blood. That means your blood may not supply your organs with enough oxygen to survive. This can cause your kidneys, lungs, and liver to shut down and stop working.
Not everyone who has COVID-19 has these serious complications. And not everyone needs medical care. But if your symptoms include trouble breathing, get help right away.NEWSLETTERStay Up-to-Date on COVID-19
What Else Does COVID-19 Do to Your Body?
Some people also have symptoms including:
- Liver problems or damage
- Heart problems
- Kidney damage
- Dangerous blood clots, including in their legs, lungs, and arteries. Some clots may cause a stroke.
Researchers are also looking into a few reports of skin rashes, including some reddish-purple spots on fingers or toes.
A few children and teens have been admitted to the hospital with an inflammatory syndrome that may be linked to the new coronavirus. Symptoms include a fever, rash, belly pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and heart problems. The syndrome, now being referred to as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C is similar to toxic shock or to Kawasaki disease, a condition in children that causes inflammation in blood vessels. We’re still learning about these cases.
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Coronavirus: Adults should take vitamin D, researchers say
The Government should immediately change recommendations for vitamin D supplements as a matter of urgency by urging all adults to take them during the coronavirus pandemic, according to scientists at Trinity College Dublin.
This follows evidence highlighting the association between vitamin D levels and mortality from Covid-19 produced by Dr Eamon Laird and Prof Rose Anne Kenny, who lead the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing.
They analysed European adult population studies completed since 1999 which measured vitamin D, and compared vitamin D and death rates from Covid-19.
The pivotal role of vitamin D in fighting viral infections is known but it can also “support the immune system through a number of immune pathways” involved in fighting Covid-19, they conclude in a study published in the Irish Medical Journal.
The correlation is so strong taking vitamin D should be advised immediately, Prof Kenny said. This was because vitamin D deficiency was common among those at risk of Covid-19 (particularly older people); there was no toxic risk from taking it at the recommended dosage level, and growing evidence of benefits.
Last week, scientists at Northwestern University in the US found those with severe vitamin D deficiency were twice as likely to experience Covid-19 complications.
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