DR JEFF FOSTER is Cialcan on Sunday’s new resident physician and is right here to assist YOU.
Dr Jeff, 43, splits his time between working as a GP in Leamington Spa, Warks, and operating his clinic, H3 Health, which is the primary of its sort within the UK to take a look at hormonal points for each women and men.
Q) MY son is a cheerful and wholesome six-year-old. He’s doing properly at college and has by no means skilled trauma.
However he wets the bed each evening although he doesn’t drink previous 6pm.
Might there be a medical downside inflicting this?
Laura Regan, Watford
A) Nocturnal enuresis (night-time bed wetting) is quite common in boys and is taken into account regular in all kids up to the age of ten.
Kids who’ve hassle remaining continent at evening could have extreme urine manufacturing, very deep sleep or a lowered bladder capability.
The situation is estimated to have an effect on between 5 and ten per cent of seven-year-olds and one to two per cent of adolescents.
In kids who solely moist themselves at evening, we take a look at sleep apnoea, pre-existing medical issues, constipation, life stresses or household historical past.
First, cut back anxiousness by reassuring him it’s regular, make sure that he doesn’t drink inside two hours of bed and passes urine usually.
Purchase a bed-wetting alarm. If there’s no enchancment, drugs can be found.
However six is just too younger for this route as most youngsters develop out of it with time and assist.
Q) I’M a 45-year-old girl and have a nutritious diet. I drink loads of water and barely have alcohol.
However I really feel like I’m illiberal to nearly all the pieces I eat.
I get bloated and have horrible wind. Is “leaky intestine” a recognised situation?
I’m fascinated about shopping for costly merchandise to assist cope with it.
Sharon Plimpton Berwick, Northumberland
A) Leaky intestine is a comparatively new thought the place micro organism and toxins are thought to “leak” by means of the intestinal wall.
However it’s contentious, owing to the medical situations we already know have an effect on the intestine.
The digestive system has a selected position in letting vitamins we eat get by means of into the bloodstream, whereas retaining dangerous substances out.
In idea, when the tight junctions of the intestinal wall turn out to be free, micro organism and different substances can enter the blood stream and make us sick.
Supposed signs of leaky intestine embody bloating, food allergic reactions and tiredness.
Established drugs is already conscious of situations that injury the intestinal wall lining and make us unwell, akin to Crohn’s illness, colitis and diverticular illness.
There isn’t sufficient proof to reveal leaky intestine exists.
We don’t know if sufferers with continual sicknesses have an issue with their digestive tract on account of their sickness, fairly than it being the trigger.
Remember there’s little really recognized about leaky intestine, so don’t get sucked into shopping for cures that haven’t been confirmed.