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Consejos para viajar en coche con niños con osteoporosis infantil


Osteoporosis is a disease which typically manifests itself at an advanced age, in the majority of cases in post-menopausal women, but it can also affect men, adolescents and children. This illness is characterized by a loss of bone density, thereby causing the bones to become more porous and increasing the risk of fractures.

There are a range of causes or factors that determine the bone density of children and adults: they can be genetic, nutritional (mainly due to calcium and vitamin D deficiency) environmental (early alcohol and tobacco consumption, not in the case of children but rather adolescents), hormonal or due to a lack of physical activity.

In the case of children who have juvenile osteoporosis,, more and more cases are being diagnosed given that a lot of diseases tend to become chronic and can affect the bones, whether as a result of treatment or due to the patient's long-term immobilization. Certain diseases which can cause osteoporosis are chronic inflammation, rheumatic diseases and those which affect the digestive tract, as well as neuromuscular diseases as a consequence of, among other things, this prolonged immobilization.

Juvenile osteoporosis may also be a genetic disease. This means that the disease will present itself through fractures at a young age for reasons that would not normally lead to fractures. Fractures can also occur during pregnancy. This disease often presents itself as secondary to other chronic illnesses, as we have already mentioned (rheumatic diseases, tumoral diseases, digestive, endocrinological and neuromuscular diseases), but also as a side effect of certain treatments for these diseases, above all with steroid use. Chemotherapy and anti-epileptic treatments can also lead to the onset of osteoporosis.

Other motives for why juvenile osteoporosis occurs are down to our current lifestyles: a desire not to put on weight, dangerous dieting in adolescence, the growing tendency to give children skimmed milk in place of full cream milk and the failure to do sufficient physical exercise in favor of an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. Juvenile osteoporosis can affect a person to varying degrees, from the most rare and serious, which can lead to the death of a newborn baby, to those related to nutritional, metabolic or kidney disorders.

When deciding to go on a car trip with children suffering from juvenile osteoporosis, we should take into account that these children have special needs and we should consider the main illness and the severity of each case. Therefore, if it is a relatively minor osteoporosis which is not secondary to another more serious or chronic disease, we can take the normal level of care that we would offer any other child. 

In serious cases of osteoporosis, with a high risk of fractures at the least minor trauma, the situation is very similar to that of children with brittle bone disease (we also have ). If the disease developed as a result of juvenile or idiopathic arthritis, we should follow the advice on traveling by car that we have offered on the subject, bearing in mind, however, that the child restraint system should offer extra protection to minimize the risk of fractures in the event of a crash. In any case, we should identify whether or not it is a secondary disease, as mentioned earlier, arising out of another illness or its treatment, and should follow the directions indicated for the main disease, supported by a specialist who can assess the case.

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