DVT Affecting More Children

DVT Affecting More ChildrenChildren today are growing up with a vast world of technology available to them. Video games, e-books, computers, cell phones and televisions are basic aspects of many children’s lives, and many experts believe that this is having a pretty devastating effect on their health. Childhood obesity rates are on the rise, children are spending less time outside playing with friends and technology is replacing the basics of childhood interaction that most adults look back on so fondly.

Historically, deep vein thrombosis or DVT has not been a concern for children. Deep vein thrombosis is a disorder marked by the development of a blood clot in the deep veins, most often within the legs. In Atlanta, DVT is a problem faced by many adults, especially those who are prone to sedentariness either as a result of frequent traveling, bed rest or generalized immobility.

On most counts this does not describe the lifestyle of the standard child. Children are naturally active, constantly moving and always ready to be on the go—or at least that was the case. More and more children are sitting in one place while spending hours playing the latest video game or chatting with friends on social media. This increase in sedentary behavior is increasing the risk of DVT for many children.

Other factors that will further increase a child’s risk of developing DVT include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Staph infections
  • Injury such as a broken bone, especially in the arm or leg
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Prolonged bed rest

Preventing DVT in Children

Parents can take steps to help prevent DVT from becoming a concern for their child by encouraging children to get up and remain active. Technology takes up most of the free time for many kids, and is often even a base for communication between young adults, which can make it hard to remove entirely from their life.

Even without removing technology from children’s lives, parents can moderate the amount of time spent in one position and encourage more active behavior on the part of their adolescent to improve their health and wellbeing.

Encourage your child to spend more time making friends in active settings, like through sport teams or involvement with volunteer activities in the community. Simple steps like these can help you reduce the risk of blood clots and DVT for your child.

For more information about preventing deep vein thrombosis in children talk with your vein specialist.

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