When a child experiences a “spinning world”, parents are immediately at a loss. In fact, in most cases, parents do not need to be too nervous when babies are dizzy. Parents can better deal with this trouble by understanding the causes, predisposing factors, and things that need to be paid attention to in life.
What are the common causes of vertigo in children?
【Inner ear diseases】
Children’s inner ear structures may be unstable and susceptible to damage during development. For example, inner ear inflammation, edema, otolithiasis, etc. may interfere with the normal balance mechanism.
Common upper respiratory tract infections can affect the middle ear and inner ear. If not treated in time, they may disrupt the normal function of the inner ear and cause dizziness.
[Nervous system problems]
If there are abnormalities in the development of children’s nervous system, such as cerebellar dysfunction, vertigo may also be caused.
Factors such as visual problems, anemia, allergic disease, cardiovascular problems, overexertion or stress may also cause vertigo in children. In addition, emotional or psychological problems may also cause vertigo in children. Emotional problems such as tension, anxiety, and over-excitement may cause dizziness by affecting the central nervous system. Children may also experience dizziness or vertigo after having an argument or sulking with family or classmates.
These causes may exist alone or may be intertwined to cause symptoms of vertigo. When evaluating and treating vertigo in children, doctors will consider these possible factors and perform appropriate examinations and diagnostics to determine the cause.
What are the common treatments for vertigo in children?
When formulating a treatment plan, doctors usually take into account the characteristics of vertigo symptoms, the child’s age, cause, medical history, and family circumstances. Common treatments for vertigo in children include:
[Treatment of the cause of the primary disease]
If inner ear diseases are considered to be the cause, some drugs may be used to improve inner ear circulation or metabolism and reduce inner ear edema. Sometimes anti-inflammatory drugs such as glucocorticoids are also required. When considering dizziness caused by infectious diseases, the doctor may prescribe appropriate antibiotics or Antiviral drugs; when iron deficiency anemia is considered to be the cause, iron supplements, etc. can be used; when allergic diseases are considered to be related, anti-allergic drugs are used. Some migraine medications may be used when vertigo is thought to be caused by vestibular migraine.
【Vestibular Rehabilitation Training】
Gaze stability training: When a child has damage to the vestibular-ocular reflex pathway, gaze stability training can help improve the coordination between the child’s visual system and the vestibular system.
Postural stability training and gait training: When children have vestibulo-spinal reflex pathway involvement, a series of balance exercises such as postural stability training and gait training can be used to help children improve their ability to maintain dynamic and static balance.
What should you pay attention to in life when your child has vertigo?
Good work and rest habits, going to bed early and getting up early, can help maintain the body’s biological clock and reduce the impact of irregular life on dizziness.
Provide rich nutrition, especially ensure adequate water intake, avoid drinks and foods with high caffeine content, such as coffee, milk tea, cola, chocolate, etc. Obese children should avoid eating too much fried foods.
If the dizziness is related to emotional problems, psychotherapy can help the child deal with emotional problems such as anxiety and tension. The understanding and support of family members is crucial to a child’s recovery and helps relieve his or her psychological stress.
You can control the time you use electronic devices to help reduce eye fatigue, avoid bowing your head and neck stiffness for a long time, and reduce dizziness. Encourage children to participate in moderate physical exercise while avoiding overexertion.
Children’s vertigo may be a temporary feeling of dizziness or a brief physiological fluctuation, but for them, every vertigo may be a small adventure. There are many reasons hidden behind vertigo. It may be a subtle imbalance in the inner ear or a slight imbalance in the rhythm of life. When facing vertigo, understanding the cause, actively participating in treatment, and cultivating good living habits are all ways to protect children’s eyesight and health. A crucial step for the future. Parents’ patient support and active cooperation are indispensable forces in children’s journey to overcome vertigo.
Can improper weight loss cause anemia?
Anemia refers to a pathological state in which the total volume of red blood cells in systemic circulation is reduced and cannot adequately supply oxygen to tissues and organs. This is the case that I recently encountered in clinical practice that left a deep impression. This woman in her 20s, with a pale complexion and frizzy hair, said as soon as she entered the clinic that she had been noticeably weak in the past month and could not keep up her energy to do anything. A blood test revealed iron deficiency anemia. After careful consultation, she found that she had been obsessed with losing weight in the past six months. She only ate vegetables and fruits and refused to eat meat. As a result, she was admitted to the hospital.
Currently, the impact of obesity on health has received increasing attention. However, anemia caused by improper dieting should also attract our attention.
Red blood cells in the human body are mainly responsible for transporting oxygen to supply various tissues and organs throughout the body to maintain normal life operations. Once anemia occurs, it will lead to insufficient oxygen supply to tissues and organs to varying degrees. The body activates various compensatory mechanisms to adapt to this state. When the body decompensates for anemia, it can cause a series of clinical discomforts, such as fatigue, drowsiness, weakness, paleness, dizziness, headache, tinnitus, inability to concentrate, drowsiness, memory loss, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal distension, Dry skin, dry hair, etc. In severe cases, there may be palpitations, shortness of breath, and even low fever, syncope, renal failure, anemic heart disease, heart failure, etc. It can be seen that anemia can affect almost every aspect of our body and seriously endanger our health and cannot be ignored.
Lose weight scientifically and eat healthily
Is it okay to lose weight and not eat meat dishes? Let’s talk about iron. Iron in food mainly exists in two forms, namely heme-bound iron and non-hemoglobin iron. The former is mainly derived from animal foods containing hemoglobin or myoglobin, and has a high absorption rate of up to 10%-22%; the latter Mainly derived from plant foods, the absorption rate is only about 1%. Therefore, unreasonable dieting, such as not eating meat and only eating fruits and vegetables for a long time, may lead to insufficient iron intake, especially for young and middle-aged women, and the risk of anemia or even severe anemia will increase.
Is it okay to lose weight by not eating vegetables and only eating meat dishes? Let’s talk about folic acid and vitamin B12, which are important raw materials and coenzymes for cellular DNA synthesis. Their deficiency will cause cellular DNA synthesis disorders, retarded nuclear development, megaloblastic anemia, and even pancytopenia. Folic acid is a water-soluble B vitamin that cannot be synthesized by the body itself and is supplied by food. Green leafy vegetables, fruits, yeast, mushrooms, and animal liver and kidneys are rich in folic acid. But a variety of factors can lead to folic acid destruction, such as pickling. Folic acid is also sensitive to heat, and overcooking can also cause significant loss of folic acid. Vitamin B12 cannot be synthesized in the human body and is mainly provided by animal foods, such as animal liver and kidney tissue, meat, eggs, and dairy products. This once again reminds us of the importance of a balanced diet.
Five ways to scientifically control your weight
The occurrence of obesity is caused by many factors, and obesity intervention can also use a variety of methods.
First, improve the way you eat: a healthy diet should be balanced and diverse. Specifically, eat more whole grains, vegetables, fruits, soybeans and their products, milk and their products, fish, nuts, and water; eat less salty, pickled, smoked foods, and high-salt, high-sugar, and high-fat foods; Reduce eating out and ordering takeout.
Second, exercise intervention: Exercise is an indispensable part of weight loss. Carry out necessary evaluation before exercise, especially medical evaluation of cardiorespiratory function and exercise function. The amount and intensity of exercise should be gradually increased. Moderate-intensity exercise is recommended, including brisk walking, Tai Chi, cycling, and table tennis.
Third, behavioral intervention: increase compliance through various methods, including self-management, goal setting, psychological assessment, consultation and treatment, cognitive adjustment, etc.
Fourth, drug intervention: my country already has Western medicines approved by the State Food and Drug Administration for obesity treatment indications. Traditional Chinese medicine includes single medicines, proprietary Chinese medicines, compound prescriptions, etc. Anti-obesity drugs should be used with caution and under the guidance of a physician.
Fifth, surgical intervention: Severely obese patients who cannot control their weight well through lifestyle intervention and drug treatment, or patients with obesity-related metabolic syndromes, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, fatty liver, and sleep apnea syndrome etc., and if weight loss is predicted to be effective, weight loss metabolic surgery can be considered.