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Should My Child Get An MRI?

 

Should my childA parent’s number one concern is always their child’s well being. A common question we hear from parents when their child is getting an MRI is, “Is it safe?” As parents, it’s important to always ensure you’re never putting your child in harm’s way, especially if it is simply due to a lack of knowledge. We decided to break it down and explain anything you should know when your child is about to get an MRI.

 

Is it safe?

MRIS are not suitable for everyone, this includes children. For example, metal is a complete no-go when undergoing an MRI which leaves out anyone that has metal in their body. Radiologists have to ensure that the MRI will be safe for your child before they undergo the scan. According to UCHL, the parent will receive a safety questionnaire to ensure that the MRI is suitable for your child. Currently, there are no known risks of having an MRI if you meet the safety criteria unless you undergo numerous scans which increase radiation exposure.

 

Will my child need sedation?

Many times, children are uncomfortable with undergoing an MRI scan because it is hard to sit still for a long period of time. Many places will offer the option of sedation which helps children feel relaxed and stay still during the scan. It is usually recommended for children who can’t stay still to have an MRI under sedation in order to complete an effective scan since movement during the procedure will affect the image’s clarity.

 

Is sedation dangerous?

As with the MRI, you will be instructed to fill out a safety form which covers your child’s medical history. This helps the center eliminate any potential risks based off of their medical history. It is extremely rare for anyone to experience serious complications such as respiratory distress or hypertension due to sedation. Your doctor will make an informed decision before referring your child to ensure that there are no present risks.

 

It can be scary for your child to have to go to the doctor, especially when undergoing an MRI. We’re here to answer any of your questions to soothe any concerns you may have. We understand that you may want to know any potential risks, alternatives, etc., before allowing your child to receive medical attention. Contact us if you have any further questions, we would love to help!

 

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Parent Guide: How to increase your child’s bone health

 

Parents guide-

As a parent, you worry about your child. It’s just parental instinct. So you’re obviously concerned with the health of your child, especially with their bone health. Children aged 2-8 need proper nutrients for their bone health. If kids don’t develop correctly, it can affect them for the rest of their life. Here’s how to increase your child’s bone health now:

Work those bones

PCRM stated it perfectly, exercise gives bones a reason to live. When your child is putting their bones to work, they are forcing their bones to grow stronger and denser. This is one of the most influential ways to promote bone health in your child. Kids are a ball of energy, so this tip won’t take much adjusting. Simply make sure you’re getting them outside to run around, throw the football, play tag, etc. It will be more than putting a smile on their face.

 

Eat Your Fruits and Veggies

Research has shown that diets high in fruits and vegetables promote increased bone health. Numerous vitamins are hidden within these healthy treats, such as vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, magnesium, etc.

  • Vitamin C – responsible for boosting the production of collagen, the connective tissue that minerals cling to when the bone is formed
  • Vitamin K – responsible for stimulating bone formation
  • Potassium – responsible for increasing the rate of bone building while decreasing the loss of calcium
  • Magnesium – responsible for increasing bone strength, similar to calcium

 

Cut Out the Salt

It’s commonly understood that too much salt is a huge no-no. It can lead to a variety of negative health issues, but it can specifically steal your child’s calcium. Excess salt latches onto the calcium in your body, so wherever the salt goes, your calcium follows. Your kidney filters salt by passing it through your urine, which means your calcium is also leaving your body. If you focus on decreasing your child’s sodium intake by avoiding high sodium food options, you will eliminate the loss of calcium and bone breakdown.

With these tips, you’ll be able to relax and know that your child’s bone health is increasing. If you’re still concerned, they may need an MRI. If you need to book an appointment for an MRI, choose Open MRI of Pueblo. We utilize open MRI technology so that you can be in the procedure room with your child. Book an appointment by calling us at (719) 404-0991.