Wednesday, October 2, 2013

How to Work with Diseases in Your Child's Life?

Diseases that appear at an early time in a child's life can take toll on their daily activities and how they go about everything. Two of the most known diseases are Diabetes and Asthma. This diseases can really change how a child can play with their friends, eat at meals, and go through their day. Their are some ways to help though so children with diabetes and asthma can have fun with their friends and live a happy and healthy life.

Diabetes for Children 

According to The Children's Diabetes Foundation, "diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder that afflicts over 18 million people in the U.S.". Type 1 Diabetes is when the pancreas is producing little or none insulin causing a loss of energy production from the food that is eaten. This can be counterproductive for anyone's life, whether it be an adult or a child. It can be costly for the family and cause symptoms such as frequent urination, nausea, vomiting, and weakness.

Ways to Work With the Disease

Take a look at this video from with Josh, who was found to be Type 1 Diabetic at the age of 6. His family takes steps to empower Josh so he can live his life easily and still have fun, as a kid should! They use an App that helps monitor Josh's eating and helps him grow his independence.

Children with Asthma

KidsHealth.Org defines asthma as "a condition that affects a person's airways, which are also called breathing tubes or bronchial." A flare up or "asthma attack", can change a child's fun day out at the park to a scary and frustrating situation. To treat this disease, inhaler's are used as a way to receive medication.

Ways to Work With the Disease 

Watch Alexis' Story and learn how she goes through her day. She has had asthma since she was three years old and takes enjoyment in swimming. As a child of divorced parents, she takes steps to make sure she has her inhaler at all times.

With the right information and creative thinking a child can live a normal life just like the other kids at recess. 

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