Wednesday, 29 June 2016

A Smile A Day - June 30th

14 Unexpected Symptoms Of Crohn’s Disease In Children

Does your little one suffer from constant stomach upsets? Does he suffer from blood in the stool? Are you worried about his condition? If you nodded along, you might want to read our post here. Crohn’s disease affects many children. Here, we look at the causes, symptoms, and treatments for the disease.

What Is Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease, in which the child’s intestinal tract becomes inflamed. Though the disease is chronic, it is manageable. It is important to recognize the disease and take your child to a health care specialist. Crohn’s disease mostly affects the end of the small intestine, but sometimes it can happen in any place on the digestive tract from mouth to anus. Since, the disease is chronic the child has to deal with it all his life.
It is possible that the child has a long period of remission, and can experience no symptoms for months to years, but the disease can return at any stage in life. There is no cure for the disease, but it can be controlled with the help of treatment.

Causes Of Crohn’s Disease In Children:

Research suggests that the main cause of Crohn’s can be one of the three factors:
  • Genetics: Through a close family member who was diagnosed with the same disease.
  • Immune system: Sometimes, even the good cells in the body get affected by mistake.
  • Environment: Food and other habits.

Symptoms Of Crohn’s Disease In Children:

As a parent, it is important to keep a check on the child’s digestive system and on any abnormality that is frequent but not common. Some of the crohn’s disease symptoms in children include:
  1. Stomach ache and cramps
  1. Frequent diarrhea
  1. Blood in the child’s stool
  1. Weight loss
  1. Fever
  1. Skin, eye or joint irritation.
  1. Dehydration due to loss of fluid.
  1. Sores in the intestine, which can also cause bleeding.
  1. Tears in the anus or rectum that can cause bleeding.
  1. Short-term constipation, due to swelling in the intestine.
  1. Delayed puberty, weight loss, and slow growth.
  1. Arthritis or joint pain
  1. Skin problems
  1. Weak bones (1)

Diagnosing Crohn’s Disease In Children:

The Pediatrician might suggest one of the following:
  • Blood tests can be done to check anemia, poor nutrition absorption, high while blood test count and whether the treatment is working on the child.
  • A stool sample can help in checking the bacteria that causes inflammation, blood in stool if any, and also show areas of swelling in the intestine.
  • X-Ray can decide whether the child has Crohn’s disease, to detect the exact location of the disease and also show areas of narrowing in the small intestine.
  • Endoscopy elaborates on the child’s digestive tract; it is also considered one of the best ways to detect the disease (2).

Health Problems Due to Crohn’s Disease:

Lack of Growth is one of the major concerns of Crohn’s disease. As childhood is when nutrients and calories play an important role in the development and growth, the earlier the disease is detected; the better the treatment works.

Treating Crohn’s Disease In Kids:

The Purpose of Treatment is to control inflammation. Correct and improve nutritional deficiencies, control and relieve symptoms of crohn disease in children. The effectiveness of any of the above treatment depends on how early the disease was detected and what are the complications that the child encounters. It is also important that the child responds to the treatment.
As a parent, it is important to support the child both mentally and emotionally. Children might get irritable and frustrated as they are unable to keep up with friends. Your child might also experience difficulty to concentrate on school work, be supportive and keep him motivated.


Monday, 27 June 2016

ASmile A Day - June 28th

Believe the miracle of the resurrection of Jesus

Acts 17:22 to 18:8
The message is: Jesus. When in Athens, Paul begins talking to the people on their level. He does not start with the Old Testament, as he did with the Jews – proclaiming Jesus as Messiah. Rather, he begins with their worship of an unknown god (17:23a), and uses that to explain Jesus to them.
Paul’s preaching was remarkably positive. Rather than reproaching them for their idolatry, he says, ‘Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you’ (v.23b). He says three things about God: He is the creator (v.24), he is self-sufficient (v.25) and we all need him (vv.27–28).

Paul goes on to quote one of their poets approvingly: ‘One of your poets said it well’ (v.28, MSG). Christians do not have the monopoly on the truth. God has revealed himself in creation and we find remarkable insights in secular sources.

His talk climaxes with the proclamation of the greatest and most important miracle in history: the resurrection of Jesus (vv.30–31). Paul claims to have historical proof of the resurrection. He had met the risen Lord Jesus on the road to Damascus.

The implications are huge. Death was not the end for Jesus and it will not be the end for you and me. You too will be raised to life. Here, Paul says that the resurrection is evidence that God has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed: Jesus. Paul gave people the opportunity to respond to this message.

The reactions to hearing a talk about Jesus and the resurrection of the dead were very similar to those we experience today.

Some sneered
‘Some laughed at him and walked off making jokes’ (v.32a, MSG). Do not be surprised if you get this reaction from some people.
Some were interested
‘Others said, “Let’s do this again. We want to hear more”’ (v.32b, MSG). Many people today, as they were then, are genuinely interested but they need time to hear more and think through the issues. Courses like Alpha provide an opportunity for people to do this.
Some believed
‘There were still others... who were convinced then and there’ (v.34, MSG). They believed straight away. It is unusual but wonderful when people accept Jesus the first time they hear about him.
When Paul went to Corinth, presumably he preached the same message of Jesus and the resurrection. He ‘reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks’ (18:4). He was not asking them to exercise blind faith. Your faith is not irrational. The facts of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus give reasons to believe. It is possible to persuade people on the basis of the evidence. If Jesus was miraculously raised from the dead, that is evidence that Jesus is the Christ (v.5).

Again, as in Athens, there were different responses. Some were abusive (v.6). But some believed – ‘Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptised’ (v.8).