Sometimes we experience problems that we can’t tell our doctors about, much less other people; the same goes for children. Kids may not yet have developed the characteristic of social awareness, but that’s not to say they’re not capable of feeling shy about something and hiding it, even from their parents. The trick is to be attentive and identify the problem before it gets worse, possibly leading to complications.
But what kind of conditions should you be watching out for?
Alopecia Areata affects not only adults but also children. It is an autoimmune disease, which means the body is rejecting something that it doesn’t recognise as part of itself. In this case, the body can’t recognise hair and is therefore shedding it off. Though it remains unknown why Alopecia Areata affects kids and young adults, this condition may also be caused by viruses, shock, inoculations, and stress. The problem is that it can become more aggressive and harder to cure the longer it is left untreated. Be sure to consult your doctor’s advice the moment you detect any symptoms of unnatural hair loss in your child.
Getting a child to use the toilet properly may be one of the biggest challenges a parent faces during the early years of childhood. Normal children are usually able to use a potty by themselves around two years old, but there are special cases where kids and even adults suffer from incontinence. According to Nursing Times, 1% of girls and 3.5% of boys at the age of five suffer from incontinence.
The condition causes kids to involuntarily open their bowels, making them soil themselves without being aware of it. While it may seem strange, constipation is usually the culprit as it causes waste to harden in the rectum and eventually block the passageway. However, the new faecal matter formed will leak out involuntarily in the form of incontinence. Laxatives are often a doctor’s choice of medication, but be sure to consult your doctor first for the proper dosage.
Enuresis, which is more commonly known as bed wetting, is a condition most children grow out of, but it can continue into teenage years. As common as it is, with statistics showing that 1 in 7 kids below the age of five and 1 in 20 at the age of ten suffer from it, the real cause of the condition has yet to be identified. There are many ways to prevent or train the child to overcome it without resorting to medication, including using a bed wetting alarm to wake children up when they need to urinate.
Pruritus Ani (Itchy Bum)
Pruritus ani, or itchy bum, is characterised by the irresistible urge to scratch, either directly or through the underwear. This is common among children and adults, and while this isn’t a serious disease, an itchy bum could be a symptom of another condition. Some of the most common causes of pruritus ani are soap or fabric allergies, bacterial or viral infections, and skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Your child could also be suffering from lichen sclerosus, a skin condition that makes the bum and genitals feel itchy, or worms that lay eggs around the area. In any case, you should consult your doctor right away.
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