Until fairly recently, Crohn's Disease was primarily treated with medications. An experiment in Europe, however, revealed that long-term treatment via polymeric formulas, such as Ensure, PediaSure and similar brands of meal-replacement, nutritional drinks, has proven to be very effective in treating Crohn's Disease.
Crohn's Disease is an inflammatory disease that affects 1.4 million Americans, approximately 20% of which are pediatric patients. This disease is a problem that can affect any part of the digestive tract. Explained simply, this is an inappropriate inflammatory process. For example, when a patient has an infection, it's appropriate to exhibit inflammation, as the purpose of inflammation is to kill bacteria.
Not all peanut-sensitized children develop allergic reactions on exposure. Food allergy diagnostics can be perplexing. Consider the teenager who experiences nausea and stomach cramps after eating peanuts. Whole extract specific IgE (s-IgE) testing for peanut demonstrates relatively low sensitization to peanut (1.2kUA/L), although her clinical history links peanut ingestion to symptoms.
Last week, we reviewed a recent hot topic in the world of family and pediatric medicine — Discussing Gluten Sensitivity. This week, we will be addressing some of the top-asked questions regarding Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity, and Wheat Allergies. In
We see it in all the ages of the pediatric population from toddlers to grade school kids, as well as in teenagers, presented in a variety of ways, often as a result of a recent screening test, prompted by the detection of Celiac in a family member.
Most schools are trying hard to upgrade their lunch programs and offer the best food they can. But not every school cafeteria provides appealing, healthy lunch choices. Educate yourself when it comes to what your cafeteria has to offer. For example, did you know chicken nuggets have more fat and calories than a plain burger?
Increasingly, children are developing digestive problems that were once reserved for adults. Digestive problems such as bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, and even inflammatory bowel diseases can result from a multitude of factors, but the underlying cause is often inappropriate eating habits.
This is the something that children can benefit from too. We know that behaviors are formed during childhood so it is very important to help children establish healthy heart habits while they are young. Our heart is a muscle that works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; It deserves a little special attention.
Often, summer break is when the children’s healthy eating plans take a vacation. So, as summer comes to an end and the school year nears, take time to refocus your efforts as a family to ensure your children’s nutrition and physical activity habits are ready for the year ahead.