timesofummah.com – Child’s Weight Stuck for Several Months Is a Sign of Silent Disease. When talking about silent disease, what we might imagine is hypertension, which is often experienced by adults. In fact, there are many diseases that are classified as silent diseases and are experienced by children.
Because they are asymptomatic, many parents are not aware that their child has a silent disease. If left for a long time, your little one’s growth and development can be disrupted.
As a form of education, @childlife.id held a live Instagram with the theme “Silent Disease in Children, an Asymptomatic Disease that Needs to Watch Out for”, which was further explained by dr. Devie Kristiani, SpA. Read it to the end, ok!
1. What is a silent disease?
Doctor Devie defines a silent disease as a disease that is not physically obvious with vague symptoms. Sometimes, the symptoms will appear when they are severe.
2. Recognized signs of silent disease
There are several signs when parents should start being vigilant, such as a child’s weight not increasing (stuck) in a few months or his developmental stages (milestones) not according to his age. For example, a child cannot lie on his stomach at 5 months.
Don’t hesitate to check your child to the doctor if there are suspected growth and development disorders. This is because growth disturbances for a long time can cause stunting and developmental delays can affect a child’s intelligence.
3. What to do when a child’s weight does not go up
according to dr. Devie, there are three things that must be evaluated when a child’s weight does not go up. The first, is it difficult for children to eat? Second, have the needs for macro and micro nutrients been met? Finally, is there a silent disease or not?
He has suggestions for increasing children’s weight, especially those under 2 years old, namely providing additional fat. This is because the need for fat in children under the age of 2 is very high.
4. One of the silent diseases that many children experience is iron deficiency anemia
The need for iron in children under the age of 2 is very high. Without sufficient iron, the development of nerves, muscles, intelligence, and the formation of red blood cells will be disrupted.
Based on a study published in the World Nutrition Journal in 2021, the prevalence of anemia in Indonesia is 48.9 percent in pregnant women and 38.5 percent in children under 5 years of age. One sign of anemia is pale palms.
5. Meet the needs of iron from food and supplementation
Many people think that iron can be fulfilled from vegetable sources, such as spinach or broccoli. These vegetables do contain iron, but less can be absorbed by the body. It is recommended to meet the needs of iron from animal sources, such as red meat or chicken liver.
To help absorb iron, take iron supplementation with vitamin C. Also, avoid tea, coffee, and chocolate because they can inhibit iron absorption.