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Child Malnutrition, a Large Burden to Any Country – Lai Mohammed

Child Malnutrition, a Large Burden to Any Country – Lai Mohammed

Children's Health, NEWS
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
Indigestion: Pediatrician Recommends Regular Water Intake

Indigestion: Pediatrician Recommends Regular Water Intake

Children's Health, NEWS
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
LASUTH Inaugurates Study on Asthma Control in Children

LASUTH Inaugurates Study on Asthma Control in Children

Children's Health, NEWS
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
How Flogging, Beating Children Leave Them with Brain Changes, Aggression, Suicidal Behaviour

How Flogging, Beating Children Leave Them with Brain Changes, Aggression, Suicidal Behaviour

Children's Health, NEWS
Leading pediatricians’ group in the United States (U.S.) has strengthened its advice against spanking and other physical punishment because of the potential for long-term harm. In an updated policy released Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that can include aggression, brain changes, substance abuse and suicidal behavior in adulthood. Previously, the AAP’s 1998 discipline policy said parents should be ‘encouraged’ not to spank. Now, the group says parents should not spank, hit, slap, threaten, insult, humiliate or shame their children. Instead, they should find ‘healthy’ forms of discipline. It says spanking is falling out of favor among parents, especially those with young children. While some parents still believe it can lead to short-term improvements
Nigeria Reiterates Commitment to Tackling Noma Disease

Nigeria Reiterates Commitment to Tackling Noma Disease

Children's Health, NEWS
The federal government has reiterated its commitment to tackling Noma disease and has given hope to children born with the disease in the country. Noma is a gangrenous and disfiguring infection that eats away the facial tissue leading to pain, discomfort and discrimination. Despite being preventable and treatable, a large number of noma patients die due of low awareness and lack of access to healthcare. The permanent secretary of the ministry of health, Abdulaziz Abdullahi, at the second edition of the National Noma day in Abuja on Monday stressed the government’s readiness towards tackling Noma in the country. Mr Abdullahi, while urging state governments to implement new ways of reducing the disease, said the federal government is also intensifying efforts to eradicating Noma disease
Getting A Good Night Sleep May Help Children Succeed In School

Getting A Good Night Sleep May Help Children Succeed In School

Children's Health, NEWS
Mention the word ‘bedtime’ and you are sure to get the kids groaning all over. When it comes to children and sleep, one of the most frequent concerns for parents is how to get them to bed on time every night. Nearly every parent has had to deal with the difficulty of putting a child to bed at some point, and for a lot of parents, bedtime can be a recurring nightmare. Not only is sleep critical to the functioning of all body systems, scientists have found a distinct correlation between our ability to learn and process memories, and our sleeping habits. Studies show too little sleep can contribute to many physical and mental health issues, including poor ability to learn, depression, high blood pressure and disease. A healthy sleep routine with adequate time to wind-down at the end o
Caring for Your Baby’s New Teeth

Caring for Your Baby’s New Teeth

Children's Health, NEWS
Is your baby keeping you up at night? Indeed, teething is a natural process that every infant goes through. It can be an uncomfortable experience, and it can be concerning for parents and caregivers to see the infant experiencing pain and discomfort. According to Wikipedia, the level of pain that a baby can handle will be different for each child. Some babies may appear to suffer more than others while they are teething. The soreness and swelling of the gums before a tooth comes through is the cause for the pain and fussiness a baby experiences during this change. These symptoms usually begin about three to five days before the tooth shows, and they disappear as soon as the tooth breaks the skin. Some babies are not even bothered by teething. From research, teething happens in various st...
Kwara: Nurse, Cleric Nabbed By Police Over Missing Placenta

Kwara: Nurse, Cleric Nabbed By Police Over Missing Placenta

Children's Health, NEWS
Officers of Kwara State Police Command are still battling to recover the placenta of a newborn baby allegedly sold to a cleric in Ilorin for ritual purposes by a nurse in a private hospital. At press time, Vanguard reliably gathered that the cleric and the nurse attendant are yet to disclose the where about of the placenta to the police. The cleric, who reportedly bought the placenta for N20,000, claimed he had thrown it into the river as it was not useful to him since the baby was delivered through caesarean operation. The duo according to Vanguard not Nigerian Medicals findings were arrested following report to the police command by the medical officer in charge of the private hospital when the father of the baby was not given the placenta on demand. The father of the new baby, one Ji
Why Children Should Engage In Exercises

Why Children Should Engage In Exercises

Children's Health, NEWS
Sports and exercise are no longer mandatory at the school level and we are not raising active children again. This is a serious situation in Nigeria, not only was exercise a part of the curriculum, it was part of life. Years ago, children often craved to play outside and that’s because there weren’t many options. These outdoor activities include playing football, hide and seek, climbing trees, and returning home at sunset usually when your parents call you for dinner. Children typically arrived home tired and hungry, after a day of fun out in the fresh air. Today, kids spend more time indoors, glued to their phones, computers or tablets, and less time enjoying outdoor activities. This is a problem with far-reaching consequences and here are some reasons why kids need to be more active
Parent Complying In The Ongoing Polio Immunization

Parent Complying In The Ongoing Polio Immunization

Children's Health, NEWS
The Ona of Abaji and chairman of the council of traditional rulers in the FCT, Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa, has said he is impressed with parents’ compliance in the ongoing polio immunization in the area. Alhaji Yunusa, who stated this while monitoring the ongoing six days polio immunization exercise at Unguwar Bgakya in the area, yesterday, said the level of compliance among parents was as a result of public enlightenment carried out in both mosques and churches in the area. Represented by the Madaki of Abaji, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Aguye, the Ona noted that the routine immunization exercise in his chiefdom had witnessed massive support through the efforts of stakeholders and religious leaders across the council. The traditional ruler noted that the chiefdom had over the years emerged first
Too Much Screen Time for Children Linked to Anxiety, Depression

Too Much Screen Time for Children Linked to Anxiety, Depression

Children's Health, NEWS
With television for a nanny, a mobile phone for prattling, and a tablet for gaming, children these days are surrounded by screens. It turns out too much screen time may actually be bad for your kid. According to a new study, heightened levels and diagnoses of anxiety or depression in children as young as two years are linked to too much time spent on gaming, smartphones and watching television And the anxiety or depression doesn’t come from sitting before a screen all day. The difference is noticeable even after only one hour a day of time screen time: children and teenagers may begin to have less curiosity, their self control reduces, they become emotionally less stable and are increasingly unable to finish tasks, according to the San Diego State University psychologist Jean Twenge
Exclusive Breastfeeding Will Save Nigeria N6.9B Annually’

Exclusive Breastfeeding Will Save Nigeria N6.9B Annually’

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Exclusive and adequate breastfeeding practice by Nigerian mothers will not only help in improving the mental capacity of babies when they grow up, it will also save the country at least N6.93 billion spent every year, Health Expert with Alive and Thrive, Dr. Sylvester Igbedioh has said. He said inadequate breastfeeding will on the long run take a toll on the health of babies at their infancy and during their adult life, while huge cost would then be spent on treatment of various diseases that could have been prevented with simply practicing exclusive breastfeeding. Stating this at the two-day workshop for health journalists in Lagos, tagged: ‘Skills in Utilising Media for Social and Behavioural Change with Focus on Infant and Young Child Feeding,’ he said parents who desire to see their
Doctors Separate Conjoined Twins in Abuja Hospital

Doctors Separate Conjoined Twins in Abuja Hospital

Children's Health, NEWS
A team of Nigerian doctors has successfully separated a set of conjoined twins at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital Gwagwalada. The doctors, led by Nuhu Kwajafa of the Global Peace Initiatives, confirmed the success of the operation that took them several hours on Tuesday in a post on his Instagram account @nuhukwaj. “We wish to express our profound gratitude, as we say a massive thank you to Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, for his kind hearted and extremely generous gesture to the successfully separated twins and their family…God bless you, Sir,” Mr Kwajafa posted. The spokesman to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hassan Turaki, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday that Mr Dogara was moved by the plight of the parents to settle the medical bill. NAN
Nigeria’s Immunisation Rate Increases By 10% – NPHCDA

Nigeria’s Immunisation Rate Increases By 10% – NPHCDA

Children's Health, NEWS
Routine immunisation rate has increased by 10 per cent across Nigeria in the last two years, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has said. The Executive Director of the agency, Faisal Shuaib, stated this on Monday in Abuja at the 36th meeting of the Expert Review Committee on Polio and Routine Immunisation in Nigeria. He said recent studies on Routine Immunisation show the increase between 2016 and early 2018. Mr Shuaib also said Nigeria is very close to eradicating polio from the country. “We have done over 25 months now surveillance showing clearly that we are not missing wild polio virus cases in any of these areas. “If this positive trajectory continues in the next 11 months and if we do have access to those obscured areas in the Northeast, it is very like
Breasts Everywhere, No Breastmilk for 5m Nigerian Children

Breasts Everywhere, No Breastmilk for 5m Nigerian Children

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
11 million stunted A woman’s breasts are primarily for breastfeeding the young but despite the fact that many Nigerian women are blessed with a sizeable chest, millions of babies in the country are yearning for breastmilk. According to scientists, all sizes of breasts can produce enough breastmilk for the baby even as it is no longer news that breastmilk is the optimal food for the developing infant. But while almost all women can breastfeed, there are some who for one reason or another, decide not to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months even though breastfeeding is also the first line of prevention for some childhooddiseases and obesity. According to the World Health Organisation, WHO, exclusive breastfeeding means that the infant receives only breast milk and no other l