Rate of gastric disease in Vietnamese children growing
A doctor from the National Paediatrics Hospital examines a child with symptoms of gastric diseases. (Source: tuoitre.vn)
The rate of children
suffering from gastric disease is growing due to schooling pressure and
inappropriate food, health experts have said.
Doctor Nguyen Thi Ut from the
Digestive Disease Department at the National Paediatrics Hospital, said HP
bacteria is one of the main causes of gastric disease in children.
Ha, an eight-year-old child from Hanoi’s Soc Son District, kept complaining of stomach aches and was gaining
weight. When the pains became more serious and were accompanied by vomitting,
her parents took her to the hospital.
She was diagnosed with inflammation
of the stomach’s mucous membrane caused by the Helicobacter pylori (HP)
Doctors advise children not to share
their bowl and spoon with gastric disease patients as they could catch HP
Nhi, a six-year-old girl of the
capital’s Dong Da District, also suffered from stomach aches. Her parents said that she had
regular meals, eating one bowl of rice each day, and several snacks such as
milk, yoghurt and fruit. But she watched TV or played with a smart phone while
eating, otherwise she would refuse to eat.
To prevent the diseases, parents
should not let their children watch computer, TV, smart phone, or sing and
dance while eating, said Associate Professor Nguyen Tien Dung of the
Paediatrics Department at Bach Mai Hospital.
He said the rate of children
suffering from gastric disease is growing. Recently, a ten-year-old patient was
hospitalised for emergency care with an inflammation leading to digestive
Statistics of the National
Paediatrics Hospital show that as many as 76 percent of children between the
age of four and nine complaining of stomach aches require edoscopic digestive
In addition, many families let their
children watch TV, or play with Ipads and smart phones while eating, affecting
digestion. Some fast food such as sausages also affect children’s digestive
system, he said.
Dung warned that if gastric disease
in children was not treated in time and properly, they could lead to dangerous
problems such as digestive bleeding and even stomach cancer.
The expert also said that children
between the age of 10 and 16 suffer from gastric disease more than younger
children because they have a lot of schooling pressure. He advised parents
not to pressure their children and make them worry that they are not as good as
Pressure greatly affects children’s
psychology and also leads to gastric disease, according to Dung. – VNA