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Childhood Obesity Likely a Sign of Poor Living

Childhood Obesity Likely a Sign of Poor Living

Children's Health, NEWS
In Africa, the plumpness of a child is usually seen as a sign of good living, when these children may not actually be healthy. Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges in this century, and it is steadily on the rise - affecting many low and middle income countries in the world. In 2016, the number of overweight children, under the age of five was estimated to be over 41 million. One quarter of those children live in Africa. Obesity can be defined as the abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. Most obesity is caused by excessive daily caloric intake relative to daily caloric expenditure. Experts say excessive caloric intake is most common with poor food quality choices, for example, fast foods - which are high in fat and sugar cal...
FG Launches New Pediatric Anti-TB Formulation

FG Launches New Pediatric Anti-TB Formulation

Children's Health, NEWS
The Federal Government has launched a New Paediatrics Anti –TB Drug for Children to commemorate the 2018 World TB Day which is marked on March 24th of every year.  Briefing the press at the occasion in Abuja, Minister of Health, and Prof. Isaac. Adewole said that President Muhammad Buhari places high premium on health, with TB being its priority, Adewole said the President is poised to see that TB is completely eradicated in Nigeria, noting that all hands must be on deck to report suspected cases of TB both in children and Adult.  The theme of this year’s World TB Day “Find and notify all TB cases while the slogan is “Wanted Leaders for a TB – free Nigeria” the theme was carefully selected to enable us build on our current achievements”. The Minister informed. He further informed that
40,000 Children To Benefit From NOA’s Free Eye Treatment

40,000 Children To Benefit From NOA’s Free Eye Treatment

Children's Health, NEWS
As part of activities to mark its 50th anniversary, the Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA) has concluded plans to offer free quality eye care services to over 40,000 children nationwide. At the launch of the Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, the national president of the association, Dr Damian Echendu, said the initiative was to help in correcting errors of refraction aimed at improving eyesight and also to reduce avoidable blindness among children. He said the initiative “My Sight, My Right” is a Corporate Social Responsibility project of Nigerian Optometric Association targeted at increasing access to free and comprehensive eye examination. Echendu in a statement made available to journalists after the launch of the initiative in Owerri, the Imo State capital, recently  sa
‘Force-Feeding Children is Harmful’

‘Force-Feeding Children is Harmful’

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Force-feeding is dangerous to children, United Nations Children Education Fund’s (UNICEF’s) Nutritionist, Dr Ada Ezeogu, has said. Ezeogu, who disclosed this at UNCEF’s Akure Office in Ondo State, said force-feeding, which means putting food in the throat of a child forcefully  ‘’is dangerous and can either make the child be under-fed or choked with food or can lead to the child’s death”. Ezeogu said though some mothers, who practise force-feeding have good intentions, the act does more harm than good. “While most parents, especially mothers, who force-feed their children do so to ensure that their children get enough nourishment, it does more harm than good. Rather than force or threaten a child to eat, it is up to you to get creative and find ways to make the child look forward to
Your Child Can As Well Learn Good Hygiene

Your Child Can As Well Learn Good Hygiene

Children's Health, NEWS
Hygiene is a way, or condition of promoting good sanitary practices; it basically deals with the prevention of illness, and maintenance of health. But it is beyond merely maintaining a good appearance; it is a hands-on approach to forestalling the spread of diseases especially through viruses and bacteria. But it is difficult for children to comprehend hygiene or why it is important to observe personal hygiene and also to keep up with it. Therefore, it becomes the duty of every parent to ensure they impart this knowledge into their wards and encourage them to maintain goon hygiene habits. Thus it is very easy for children to learn good hygiene in the family with the adults leading the way, so that when they grow up they will be able to adhere on their own. Hair It is important to have y...
Measles in Children

Measles in Children

Children's Health, NEWS
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), measles is highly contagious and remains one of the leading causes of death among young children. Measles is a viral infection that is normally passed through direct contact and through the air. The virus infects the respiratory tract, and then spreads throughout the body. It is serious for small children but easily preventable by vaccine. The WHO stated that during 2000-2016, measles vaccination prevented an estimated 20.4 million deaths. And so there has been a substantial decline in global measles death. However, in a new report published by the World Health Organisation (WHO), it identified Nigeria as the country with the highest unvaccinated children worldwide. In the report, Nigeria tops the list of countries with unvaccinated chil...
Take Sick Children to Pharmacies First, Parents Told

Take Sick Children to Pharmacies First, Parents Told

Children's Health, NEWS
Parents of young children with minor illnesses should take them to pharmacies rather than GPs or A&E, a new NHS England campaign says. It follows a survey which found just 6% of parents with under-fives would go to a pharmacist first. NHS England said visits to GPs and A&E for these “self-treatable” conditions, like stomach ache, cost £850m a year. But parents should not be put off seeing a doctor, a patients’ group said. GPs’ leaders said parents of children with a very high temperature that doesn’t go away should still seek help from a medical expert. ‘Skilled clinicians’ NHS England’s Stay Well Pharmacy campaign is urging people to visit their local pharmacist first to help save the service money and free up time for the sickest patients. It said each year there were about 18
Stunning Pic of Midwife Mom Delivering Her Own Baby By C-Section

Stunning Pic of Midwife Mom Delivering Her Own Baby By C-Section

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Amazing photographs have been released of a midwife delivering her own child by C-section. Emily Dial had assisted in plenty of births during her years as a midwife. Unfortunately, her first experience with maternity ended sadly a few years ago, when she lost a baby boy after a scheduled C-section. Dial said, “It was an incredible feeling to reach down, feel her head, then slowly feel the rest of her coming, but a little strange not being able to feel the rest of my abdomen.” The central Kentucky mother wanted this experience to be poignant, so she asked a friend and photographer Sarah Hill to document the moment. The two women became close friends after Emily delivered Sarah's child. Sarah, a professional photographer told CafeMom that as soon as Emily found out she was pregna
Using Breast Milk, Urine to Treat Babies’Eye Could Result in Blindness, Ophthalmologist Warns

Using Breast Milk, Urine to Treat Babies’Eye Could Result in Blindness, Ophthalmologist Warns

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Registrar of the Department of Ophthalmology, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Dr. Adegbola Adeyemi, has advised mothers to shun the use of breast milk and urine in treating babies’ eye infections. Adeyemi told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Wednesday that the practice could do more harm than good to the eyes of their babies. According to him, use of breast milk and urine could result in total blindness. The ophthalmologist urged mothers to use clean water to wash eyes pointing out that a lot of damage would have been done to the eyes before bringing the child to the hospital. He said that both adult and children contracted eye diseases such as conjunctivitis also known as Apollo caused by bacterial infection. He disclosed that refractive error was also common i
Lagos Begins Measles Vaccination, Targets 3.6 Million Children

Lagos Begins Measles Vaccination, Targets 3.6 Million Children

Children's Health, NEWS
This year’s Measles Vaccination Campaign by the Lagos State Ministry of Health kicks off in earnest on Thursday 15th of this month (March), and will terminate on Thursday 29th March, 2018. This was just made public in a statement signed by Adeola Salako, Director of Public Affairs in the Ministry. While briefing news hunters, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care stated that the exercise which targets children of ages 9 months to 5 years will reach out to about 3,609,538 children within the state. In the words of Dr. Onanuga, “The objective of the campaign is to immunise at least 95 percent of children aged 9 months to 5 years with measles vaccine in all local government areas regardless of their previous immunisation status.” He further explained tha
Measles: Lagos Takes Step Towards Elimination

Measles: Lagos Takes Step Towards Elimination

Children's Health, NEWS
Children are dying needlessly from vaccine preventable diseases namely measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis and yellow fever because parents and caregiver are uninformed about the importance of this very simple act of immunisation to the health status of their children. It is sad to note that half of these deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa and Nigeria accounts for a significant proportion of these preventable childhood deaths Measles is one of the six childhood killer diseases that can be prevented through complete and effective vaccination. The symptoms and signs of measles infection include fever, running nose, sneezing, skin rashes that start from the head and spreads to other parts of the body, ulcers in the mouth, etc. Complications of Measles in...
Sex Gender Selection

Sex Gender Selection

Children's Health, NEWS
“Prof, How Can I Get A Baby Girl?” Question from FaceBook 2018 The art and practice of gender selection has been in contention even before the biblical times. Evidence in the old Greek, Egyptian, Asian and Yoruba mythology have asked and explored the same question over the centuries. The culture that imbibes male supremacy over females has been more implicated. The given answers have varied across the ages but they are rather anecdotal, unconvincing and unscientific. However, there are now methods that can give up to 100% in the modern era. The lady who asked this question, of an unknown age, who responded to our write up on Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (HMB), has 3 boys. Arguably, this must have been a topic remote from HMB but of utmost importance to her psyche. It is therefore prudent to h
Nigerian Paediatric Surgeon Separates Conjoined Twins in USA

Nigerian Paediatric Surgeon Separates Conjoined Twins in USA

Children's Health, NEWS
Another mile stone was recorded recently by a Nigerian doctor in far away America. Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye is a Co-Director of the Texas Children’s Foetal Centre and foetal surgery team member, as well as a general paediatric surgeon. Recently, the medical expert living and working in the United States of America led a team of 75 specialists - working round the clock to successfully separate a set of conjoined twin girls in the State of Texas, in a gruelling process that lasted 12 hours. In the end the thirteen-month-old girls (Anna Grace and Hope Elizabeth Richards) are able to live their lives separately, the experts say. The twins were given birth just a little more than a year ago but separated recently at the Texas Children’s Hospital in a 7 hour delicate surgery led by the Nigerian bo
Nigeria Loses 800,000 Children Due to Lack of Immunisation- GAVI

Nigeria Loses 800,000 Children Due to Lack of Immunisation- GAVI

Children's Health, NEWS
The Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation (GAVI) on Thursday said no fewer than 800,000 unvaccinated children died in Nigeria in the last five years. Seth Berkley, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GAVI, made this known during a stakeholders meeting in Suleja, Niger. GAVI is a public-private global health partnership committed to increasing access to immunisation through provision of vaccines across the globe. Berkley who said a recent survey had revealed that Nigeria had only 30 per cent coverage of immunisation, added that the figure differed from what some health workers had always presented. The CEO said that children unnecessarily died because they were not vaccinated, pointing out that his organisation was working hard to strengthen routine immunisation in the c...
19m Babies Risk Brain Damage Due To Lack Of Iodine – UNICEF

19m Babies Risk Brain Damage Due To Lack Of Iodine – UNICEF

Children's Health, NEWS
Nearly 19 million babies born globally every year are at risk of permanent yet preventable brain damage and reduced cognitive function due to lack of iodine in the earliest years of life. A UN-backed report released yesterday said the figure represents 14 per cent of the total global population of children, according to UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Senior Nutrition Adviser, Roland Kupka.  The report from UNICEF and its partner, the Global Alliance of Improved Nutrition (GAIN), noted that insufficient iodine during pregnancy and infancy resulted in neurological and psychological deficits, reducing a child’s IQ by eight to 10 points. “The nutrients a child receives in the earliest years of life influence their brain development for life, and can make or break their chance of a prosperou