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 .
Having been under virtual house arrest for some time, it’s easy to get carried away with the excitement of a short break, post Covid-19. You’re taking in new sights, sounds, smells and tastes. It’s an adventure for the soul. But rich foods and drinks, lack of exercise and the stress of travel, particularly with young children, can take a toll on your health. To avoid paying for it later on, take a few steps to remain healthy.
REMEMBER TO GET ENOUGH SLEEP
A holiday after such a stressful period for everyone might be much welcomed, but don’t neglect your sleep patterns. Aim for six to nine hours a night and take a short nap in the afternoon if you need it.
WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN
Stop germs in their tracks. Remember: wet, lather, scrub, rinse, and dry. This isn’t just good advice in a pandemic, it’s important every single day of your life. Practice it frequently throughout the day to prevent spread of diarrhea and respiratory disease, too. PACK SMART While it’s great to finally be free to enjoy a break, beware of the holiday cheer. Many hotels offer complimentary drinks, snacks or cakes. The result can be hard on your system. Pack Udo’s Choice Ultimate Digestive Enzyme Blend, to aid your digestion. A unique blend of seven plant-based digestive enzymes assist in the breakdown of proteins, fats, carbohydrates and fibre. Udo’s Choice Super 8 Microbiotic is a hi-count microbiotic blend that contains eight strains of lacto and bifido bacteria. Each daily capsule contains 42 billion ‘friendly’ bacteria. Both products can be found in your local health food store or pharmacy.
ALWAYS KEEP HYDRATED
Drink lots of water. Spending hours travelling can dehydrate you. Carry a large bottle of water to have throughout your journey, and pack Manuka Lozenges with vitamin C for an added immune boost and try to choose caffeine free drinks throughout the day.
If you’re staying by the sea, eat lots of fresh grilled fish. Oily fish –including sardines, fresh tuna, salmon and mackerel – is particularly good as it’s rich in Omega 3, which keeps your skin hydrated and encourages healthy digestion as well as weight loss. Try to eat a variety of different coloured fruits and vegetables – oranges, red peppers, green courgettes, yellow sweet corn – to get a wide range of antioxidants.
PROTECT FROM THE SUN
Lying in the sunshine feels great but you only need 10 minutes of unprotected sun to get your daily dose of vitamin D. After that you should use sunblock. As we get older, the collagen in our skin breaks down more rapidly, leading to lines, wrinkles and discolouring. To prevent the breaking down of collagen, eat lots of purple fruits, such as fresh blackberries, blueberries and black grapes.
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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