Is "chicken breast" a developmental deformity? Will it affect the child's health? Can it be cured?

time:2023-02-07 author:Maternal-Child Nursing
Is "chicken breast" a developmental deformity? Will it affect the child's health? Can it be cured?

A month ago, Leilei's mother found that the child's sternum was a little protruding, so she took him to the hospital for treatment. After the examination, the doctor said that the child has some chicken breasts, but it will not affect Leilei's normal life, and no treatment is needed, but it may make the child's body look a little unsightly. Since chicken breast is not a common disease, many parents are relatively unfamiliar with it. Let's learn about this disease today.

What is a chicken breast? What factors are involved?

Chicken breast, a type of chest wall deformity, is uncommon. The formation of chicken breasts is generally caused by abnormal development of the sternum and ribs. If the child's ribs develop rapidly and the sternum develops slowly, the ribs press up against the sternum, forming a chicken breast. The incidence of chicken breast is generally more boys than girls, and the male to female ratio is about 4:1. The effect of chicken breasts on children is mainly manifested in appearance, just like Leilei. The child's breastbone is raised forward and resembles the breast of a chicken or pigeon. However, chicken breasts generally do not cause physical discomfort to children, nor do they affect the development of heart and lungs, which is also a place for parents to feel at ease. Therefore, most children with chicken breasts have no obvious symptoms, but they will affect the appearance. But even so, parents should not take it lightly. Some children have a family history, and some may be accompanied by some congenital diseases, such as congenital heart disease, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, congenital torticollis, etc. Therefore, children with a family history of inheritance still need a systematic examination by a doctor. Congenital chicken breast, the specific cause is not yet clear. Acquired chicken breast is generally one of the clinical manifestations of rickets. That is to say, these children have chicken breasts caused by rickets. In this case, the professional guidance of a doctor is also required.

Do chicken breasts need treatment, and if so, can they be cured?

As we said earlier, most chicken breasts will not cause discomfort to the child, nor will it cause adverse consequences for the child's health. This situation does not require treatment. However, if the child and the parents suffer from serious psychological distress due to the impact on the aesthetics, treatment can be selected, and at the same time, psychological counseling may be required. In addition, some children have more serious chicken breasts, which put pressure on the heart and lungs. If the child has symptoms such as decreased activity, shortness of breath, or chest tightness, treatment is required. For chicken breasts, there are two methods of conservative treatment and surgical treatment. Conservative treatment is more suitable for young children and patients with mild lesions. Treatment methods include: strengthening nutrition, supplementing calcium and vitamin D, increasing physical exercise, and correcting deformity with orthopedic braces. Patients with moderate-to-severe chest wall deformity, poor chest wall elasticity, combined with pectus excavatum, unable to adhere to the use of braces or ineffective braces can be treated with surgery.

How can I prevent chicken breasts?

If the child is congenital chicken breast, because the cause is not yet clear, there is generally no reliable prevention method. For acquired chicken breasts, most of them are caused by nutritional disorders, such as lack of vitamin D and calcium. This situation is preventable. Parents can provide their children with vitamin D supplementation on time and in the amount after the child is born. Vitamin D supplementation can continue into teens and even into adulthood. Finally, parents also need to pay attention to the mental health of their children. Because many children's chicken breasts are found during adolescence. Adolescent children tend to have more self-esteem. At this time, if the child has obvious chicken breasts, it may have an impact on the child's psychology, and even some children will develop an inferiority complex, which will lead to problems such as anxiety, social avoidance, and increased aggression. Therefore, in addition to paying attention to whether the child's physical health is affected by chicken breasts, parents should also pay attention to the child's mental health.
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