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Health Information For Parents
Collagen (KOL-uh-jin) is a protein in the body. Different types of collagen are in many body parts, including hair, skin, nails, bones, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, blood vessels, and intestines.
Collagen has many different roles in the body. It:
Our bodies have many different kinds of collagen. Most of it is type I collagen, found in bones and tendons. But we also have:
(the bendable material in the nose, ears, and joints)
Depending on which type of collagen is affected, problems can include:
The symptoms of problems with collagen can vary greatly. Some people have very mild symptoms, while others have moderate or more severe symptoms.
Most kids with a collagen problem have it because they inherited a gene from one or both of their parents. But sometimes it happens in a child without a family history.
Collagen has many important roles in the body. A child who has a collagen problem may need medical care throughout life.
To help your child get the best care possible:
We build almost all our bone density when we’re kids and teens. Kids with strong bones have a better chance of avoiding bone weakness later in life. Here’s how parents can help.
Our bones, muscles, and joints form our musculoskeletal system and enable us to do everyday physical activities.
Without bones, muscles, and joints, we couldn’t stand, walk, run, or even sit. The musculoskeletal system supports our bodies, protects our organs from injury, and enables movement.
Bones are tough stuff – but even tough stuff can break. Find out what happens when a bone fractures.
Many kids will have a broken bone at some point. Here’s what to expect.
What happens when you break a bone?
Broken bones have an amazing ability to heal, especially in kids. Full healing can take time, but new bone usually forms a few weeks after an injury.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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