Arguably, these days many children eat fast foods. Many children and families today have busy schedules. These make it hard to sit down to homemade meals every day. Many kids’ diets involve a lot of convenience and takeaway foods. But these foods can be unhealthy. Do you know that how your child eats today can have a huge impact on their health throughout adolescence and adulthood? Diet and nutrition are key factors in the health and growth of a child. Children require lots of nutrients to help their bodies develop all the necessary functions and tissues they need, and the quality (or lack thereof) of these nutrients can have a big impact on health. It is important to remember that your kids are not born with a craving for “French fries” and “pizza”. This conditioning happens ov
The idea that race or class determines brain power has been debunked after a seven-year global study found babies can thrive regardless of their background. The research, by the University of Oxford, used data from more than 1,000 children worldwide to try and settle the nature versus nurture debate for good. Professor Stephen Kennedy, the co-director of the Oxford Maternal and Perinatal Health Institute said: “At every single stage we’ve shown that healthy mothers have healthy babies and that healthy babies all grow at exactly the same rate. “It doesn’t matter where you are living, it doesn’t matter what the colour of your skin is, it doesn’t matter what your race and ethnicity is. Receiving decent medical care and nutrition is the key.’ The INTERGROWTH-21st P
We hear all sorts of things about sugar: that it is bad, and also that it is not bad after all. I have heard people say that it doesn’t matter if you give children soft drinks as they sometimes need sugar to boost their energy levels. Nowadays you find kids at home and school parties not only gulping soft drinks, while also eating loads of sugar sweetened foods under the watch of parents. The last thing a child needs is to add to their sugar intake through fruit juices, sodas and ice cream among other sweetened foods. It is tempting always for parents to reward good behaviour by giving treats of sweets to kids. Kids love sugar, but consuming too many foods and beverages with added sugar, puts kids at risk of obesity and other health-related problems. Like many parents, you ma
The sleeping position of new infants is a very important issue for new parents. This is largely due to the fact that wrong sleeping positions in infants or new-borns can sometimes lead to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Most times, SIDS is caused by suffocation or strangulation. Hence, knowing the right sleeping position that can prevent SIDS is indeed necessary. While sleeping on the stomach is a really cute position for babies, it’s not the healthiest. In fact, experts describe it as a highly unsafe position for sleeping because it entails the following risks: • This position could place some pressure on the baby’s jaws and block the airways making it difficult for the baby to breathe. • It places the baby’s nose very close to the mattress. This could easily re
A Minna-based nutritionist, Niger,Mrs Amina Isah has urged men to be more supportive to their wives during lactation (breastfeeding) period saying that such had a huge psychological role to play on mother and child. Isah said in an interview in Minna on Monday, that supportive husbands tended to reduce stress from lactating mother. She said that stress could certainly lead to minimal flow of the breast milk and cause the lactating mother to spend more time breastfeeding at any given time. “Stress can certainly slow the flow as long as a mother continues to nurse her baby; stress is likely to stop her milk production. “Breastfeeding reduces negative moods and stress, mothers nursing their babies can actually be assisted by their husbands to get over a stressful tim
A Paediatrician, Dr Uche Anene-Nzelu, says malnourishment can cause severe issues for children including malaria, measles and pneumonia. Anene-Nzelu, who works at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos. According to her, malnutrition occurs when a child does not take adequate nutrition required by the body.She said that malnourishment could create an additional problem and burden for the child already suffering from malnutrition. The paediatrician also told NAN that malnutrition in children could start from when the mother was pregnant, saying that when this occurs, some organs of the child’s body could be at risk of not developing properly. “The impact is more from when the mother is
Dr Simon Abraham, a general medical practitioner, has said that children are not immune to hypertension. Abraham told News men on Saturday in Abuja that the youth could also be hypertensive. “I have seen a three-year-old child who has hypertension – a secondary hypertension. He said that the disease could be primary or secondary. The medical practitioner said that primary hypertension could be through inheritance or intake of too much salt. According to him, 80 per cent of the causes of secondary hypertension are not known, making it to be referred to as essential hypertension. He told NAN that secondary hypertension could be as a result of kidney disease or diseases in other vital organs. He said that about 20 per cent of hypertensive people belonged to the
The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, UPTH, has recorded success in In-Vitro Fertilization, IVF, after two years of establishment of the department. The Institution said it had launched the IVF unit in 2017 and two years later produced a male child through the IVF procedure. The Chief Medical Director of UPTH, Prof. Henry Ugboma, stated that the success was recorded based on efforts of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department headed by Dr. Preys Fiebai and the Assistant Conception Unit, headed by Prof. John Ikmalo. He said: “We are proud of this noble achievement. This success story started since 2017, when I was heading that unit. I am happy that we successfully recorded this IVF conception and delivery. “We still have many others who are pregnant no
Dr Tunde Aromire, a consultant gynecologist with Hope Hospital in Osogbo has called on nursing mothers to make exclusive breastfeeding a priority in order to reduce infant mortality. Aromire made the called in an interview with newsmen on Friday in Osogbo. The gynaecologist said that exclusively breastfed babies had a lower risk of gastrointestinal infection than a formula (infant milk) fed baby. How you can safely ignore sell-by dates on foods Aromire also said that exclusive breastfeeding always help the babies regain weight lost at birth. According to him, exclusive breastfeeding also helps them to quickly recover from infection, cold and also protect them from sickness. He said the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended six months exclusive breastfeeding ...
In recent decades medical experts have continued to emphasise the importance of breastfeeding babies, and correctly too. According to recent studies, experts say it’s not until the age of two and a half before a child can develop vigorous gut bacteria with very little change occurring afterwards. This therefore goes to establish the importance of breastfeeding, leading to transfer of good gut bacteria to infants in their very early lives. The team of researchers working in the UK Newcastle University has through their study established that the bacterium, Bifidobacterium is plentiful in breast milk, and soon began to reduce speedily as soon as breastfeeding was brought to an end. Also, this new study published in the journal Nature, till date happens to be among the largest clinic
With a high record of children under five dying from pneumonia, medical experts have said that urgent intervention is needed to save Nigeria from becoming the country with the highest burden of deaths from the disease by 2030. They also called for more immunisation and adequate nutrition for children. Speaking at a round table session in Lagos recently, a Public Health Specialist with Save the Children International, Dr. Olutosin Adeoye, said malnourished and poorly immunised or unimmunised children are mostly at risk of pneumonia, adding that Nigeria, India, Pakistan and Congo will bear the highest burden of deaths among under-five years old, if no action is taken. Following recent studies indicating that pneumonia could kill nearly 11 million children by 2030 (Johns...
The Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, Dr. Jide Idris has urged nursing and expectant mothers in Lagos State to embrace exclusive breastfeeding, saying giving babies water before the age of six months hinders absorption of breast milk nutrients and exposes them to the risk of diarrhoea and other infections. He made the call on Monday during the launch of the first Multimedia Campaign To Improve Infants and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices in Lagos State. The campaign with the theme: ‘Start Strong,’, was championed by the Lagos State Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA) and the State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan and supported by Alive & Thrive FHI360 Project, with funding from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Idris said the unique initi
The information minister, Lai Mohammed, has decried the level of malnutrition among children across Nigeria especially in the North-east. Mr Mohammed, who spoke at a media dialogue on child malnutrition in Yola, Adamawa State, on Wednesday, said child malnutrition is a large burden to any country across the world. The media dialogue, organised by United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), is sponsored by the Department for International Development (DFID). The minister said there is need for continued investment in child nutrition to safeguard the nation’s future. Represented by the Head of Child Rights Information Bureau of the information ministry, Olumide Osanyinpeju, the minister said that to address the challenges faced by malnutrition in Nigeria, there is need for the creat
Dr. Annabel Shafe, a Paediatrician, says regular intake of water by children will prevent indigestion and burning chest pain. Shafe, who made the recommendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja noted that water was helpful in reducing the impact of acid reflux that caused indigestion. She advised parents to cultivate the habit of giving their children water regularly, especially after meals to facilitate easy digestion. According to her, indigestion happens when the stomach acids played havoc with the digestive system. She said there might be no need for taking drugs to treat indigestion in children, adding that some children’s digestive systems was more sensitive than others. The Paediatrician said the best option was to avoid fatty and grea
A study on Asthma Control in children was on Wednesday inaugurated at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. The Lead Investigator of the study, Dr Olufunke Adeyeye, who is a Consultant Respiratory Physician at LASUTH, said the study was the product of a collaboration between the Lagos State University College of Medicine, Ikeja and Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom. “It is an international study taking place in six other countries including Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Zimbabwe and headquarters of this project is in the UK. “Asthma is the most chronic condition in children and we noticed there is under-diagnosis and treatment of this condition in children. As a result, the condition can have an impact on the quality of life of these children,’’ Adeyeye said