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Iron Intake Could Contribute to Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis

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Iron Intake Could Contribute to Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis

A new study shows that one particular mineral may actually contribute to an increased risk of childhood multiple sclerosis, giving professionals important insight on how to prevent pediatric multiple sclerosis.

The risk of childhood multiple sclerosis could be increased by a particular mineral, according to one new study. This gives important insight to healthcare professionals on preventing pediatric multiple sclerosis. Researchers from the University of San Francisco examined 312 pediatric MS patients and 456 control patients in order to determine any association between childhood MS and dietary factors. To get an idea of the child’s normal development, parents were given a survey to fill out. The survey mainly focused on exercise and diet. In both male and female MS patients, dietary fiber, dairy intake, and iron were found to be very low. According to researchers, iron intake is of particular significance in MS patients.

Iron has been of interest to MS researchers for a long time. This study is the first to take a look at diet and intake and consider their influence specifically on MS patients. Due to iron’s effect on the immune system, according to researchers, less iron could increase the risk of MS. A patient has a stronger immune system if the number of white blood cells is greater, and this is where iron plays a role.

Further studies need to be done to find out exactly how MS risk is affected by one’s iron intake. But there is a strong indication that diet could have a significant impact on preventing childhood MS. This was revealed through a groundbreaking study. Unfortunately, there have been no scientific breakthroughs to show how MS can be prevented in kids. Often, parents of children with MS face difficulties in dealing with this disease and the challenges and symptoms that accompany it.

Treatment should be given as soon as possible if a child is diagnosed with MS. Some common symptoms of the disease are:

  • Difficulty with bladder or bowel control
  • Weakness and fatigue during physical activity
  • Pain and weakness while walking
  • Sudden, unexplained vision changes
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tingling sensation or numbness in the body
  • In some cases, tremors or seizures

These symptoms may be due to some other disorder and not necessarily MS. However, it could indicate a greater health problem if one or more symptoms arise. The child’s pediatrician should address the problem as soon as possible.

Adults can help children with MS in the following ways:

  • Be involved with your child’s school: A child with multiple sclerosis often misses school due to relapses, attacks, and doctor’s appointments. Strenuous physical education may also become difficult. Let the school administrators know about your child’s condition so they can provide the necessary accommodations.
  • Do not forego treatment: To prevent attacks, swelling, and inflammation in the central nervous system, specific medications may be required. Discuss a treatment plan with the doctor and see them frequently.
  • Maintain a healthy diet:
    1. Protein — peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a great source of protein. They assist in the repair and growth of tissues.
    2. Carbohydrates — whole wheat pastas and breads are good sources of carbohydrates. These help boost energy levels.
    3. Fats — nuts, seeds, and fatty fish are good sources of healthy fats that are required for better absorption of minerals and vitamins.
    4. Water — water helps the flow of vitamins and minerals in the body.
    5. Vitamins and minerals — nuts, seeds, and fruits contain these essentials. 
  • Mental health: Children with MS may face problems with depression and anxiety, making them feel isolated. Look for support networks and build your child’s social circle to combat emotional distress.