Nobody likes to get sick, but any parent would agree that when their kids are showing signs of ill health, anyone would be willing to take that burden on themselves just to be reassured that their little one is fine. There is something that hits on a deeper level when our little ones turn out to have a condition that requires medical attention, but the truth is that it’s going to happen with some regularity. Getting sick and getting better is part of being a child, and it is how our bodies learn to deal with infections and viruses.
There are some conditions which are more long-term, of course, and any parent will be familiar with the concern that their child is dealing with something that won’t go away in a few days’ time. We always want the best for our children, and hearing from a doctor that there is something that needs to be addressed can be a scary moment. But detecting these things early can mean that your child grows up fitter, happier and stronger, so below are some health issues that can benefit from early detection.
Hearing that your child is indeed dealing with a spinal malformation can set off all sorts of alarms in a parent’s mind. Scoliosis is one such condition, and it’s surprisingly common in kids. Between 2% and 3% of children in most Western nations are believed to have scoliosis, and millions are diagnosed on a yearly basis. As bad as it sounds, with scoliosis exercises and regular medical supervision, the condition usually resolves as your child grows, and often doesn’t even need special treatment.
It’s often stated that ADHD didn’t really exist in the past, and suggested that the present-day status of the condition is to do with excusing bad behaviour. The truth of the matter is that the condition was always with us, and it has taken time for it to become a diagnosed condition. If your child shows signs of poor focus, has behavioural issues despite being a generally happy, confident kid, and underperforms expectations in school, it is worth checking whether they might have ADHD. Discovery in childhood allows you to have more options for managing the condition, and saves them the struggle of gaining a diagnosis in adulthood, which is much more difficult than at an early stage.
Many people are unfamiliar with the full list of symptoms of asthma, and unless a child is wheezing won’t even imagine that their little one has it. But asthma is a very manageable condition, whose management relies on knowing it’s there. If your child shows any of the symptoms of childhood asthma, it is a good idea to have them checked out for the condition, even just to rule it out. If your child has asthma, then treatment is generally simple and effective, and will spare them a lot of secondary issues that develop as they grow.