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Inventions: How Virtual Reality Could Help Midwives Deliver Babies

Inventions: How Virtual Reality Could Help Midwives Deliver Babies

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Virtual reality has made inroads into several industries, and now it's coming to the delivery room. The University of Newcastle in Australia has launched a new virtual reality project that aims at teaching midwives how to safely deliver babies in a "life-or-death situation." The virtual environment, which was announced on Friday, places midwifery students in a "real-world delivery room" and requires them to act quickly to resuscitate a newly born child. It depicts a child that needs resuscitation, tools that can be used to revive the child, and more. It also asks students to answer questions as they're dealing with the situation. “With 15% of births in Australia and New Zealand requiring some form of resuscitation—a number even higher in premature babies—it is imperative our students
Nigerian Couple Blessed With Sextuplets

Nigerian Couple Blessed With Sextuplets

Children's Health, NEWS
After 17 years of marriage with hope, a Nigerian couple, Adeboye and Ajibola Taiwo, has delivered sextuplets. The children were delivered at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Centre. According to the university, the babies weighed between 1 pound, 10 ounces and 2 pounds, 15 ounces. All six are doing well and continue to thrive in the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU neonatal intensive care unit. In November 2016, the couple were overcome with joy when they saw four heartbeats at their first ultrasound. When they arrived VCU Medical Centre two months later, they discovered they were expecting sextuplets. “I was excited. For the very first time we were expecting,” Adeboye said. A 40-man medical team which included experts from maternal-fetal medicine, labour and deliver
Medical Cannabis Can Reduce Seizures In Children

Medical Cannabis Can Reduce Seizures In Children

Children's Health, NEWS
An Australian study has found the first evidence that medicinal cannabis can reduce seizures in children with severe epilepsy. The study, published by the University of Melbourne on Thursday, found that cannabidiol, a medical component of cannabis, can reduce seizures in more than 40 percent of children with a severe form of epilepsy, TheCable.ng reports. The trial took place over 14 weeks with 120 children with Dravets Syndrome, a severe potentially lethal form of epilepsy, participating, 60 of whom were given a placebo and the other 60 given cannabidiol. Ingrid Scheffer, the lead author of the study, said it was a major milestone in using cannabis products to treat epilepsy. “This is the first high-level evidence that shows that cannabidiol works for epilepsy,” Scheffer said
Stop Giving Codeine and Tramadol to Children – FDA Warns

Stop Giving Codeine and Tramadol to Children – FDA Warns

Children's Health, NEWS
The Food and Drug Administration says medications containing codeine or tramadol should not be given to children. The body also warns that these drugs could cause serious risks including difficulty in breathing and death. The agency announced the new restrictions on the medications on Thursday April 20, 2017 in a statement that reads, ‘these medications carry serious risks, including slowed or difficult breathing and death, which appear to be a greater risk in children younger than 12 years, and should not be used in these children’. The labels of all prescription medications containing codeine or tramadol will now restrict their use in children under 12 and recommend against their use in children between 12 and 18 years of age. Additionally, the FDA recommends breastfeeding m
Enabling your Kids make Healthier Nutritional Choices

Enabling your Kids make Healthier Nutritional Choices

Children's Health, NEWS
There is no denying the fact that the media, especially television, and peer pressure, greatly influence the eating behaviours of your young ones. And so, experts strongly believe that parents and guardians have a tremendous huge role to play in ensuring that your kids grow up imbibing the rightful habits that will make for a very healthy and virile tomorrow. Both parents and guardians and teachers alike, are therefore expected to play a leading role in modeling before the children on how to go - eschewing junk food, and generally showing good examples. You have to consciously encourage healthy eating habits because children easily adapt to what they are (first) introduced to, and would usually prefer to go with the foods they enjoy the most; therefore, you have to make healthy choices re...
How Do I Know If My Baby Is Teething?

How Do I Know If My Baby Is Teething?

Children's Health, NEWS
Determining what is wrong with a fussy baby is a tough part of parenting. When your baby is fed, changed and otherwise healthy, but still fussing, you may find yourself wondering, what exactly is wrong? Being fussy could be as a result of so many reasons. Look for these signs and symptoms to help you find out if your baby is teething. Rubbing Their Gums and Drooling Babies generally love to put things in their mouths, but when the teething process begins the process of rubbing things on their gums may become excessive. Putting something in their mouth, from a teething ring to rubbing the site of the gum tissue, is a definite sign that your baby could be cutting a tooth. Make sure to keep any unsafe items that pose a choking hazard out of your baby's reach and offer soft teething toys to ...
Asthmatic Children More Likely to Become Obese

Asthmatic Children More Likely to Become Obese

Children's Health, NEWS
Asthmatic children are more than 50 per cent more likely to become obese within ten years of being diagnosed, according to new research. Scientists believe children may be at greater risk of gaining excess weight because difficulty in breathing causes them to take less exercise. However, the ten-year study of more than 2,000 children also revealed that asthmatics can reduce their chance of becoming obese by 43 per cent by using reliever inhalers during asthma attacks. A side effect of many asthma medications is weight gain, researchers from the University of Southern California also found. One in five British children aged 10 and 11 are obese, while one in 11 are prescribed inhalers and other asthmatic medicines. Scientists behind the study said they could not be sure of the exact causa...
Facts about Tonsillitis and Adenoid infection

Facts about Tonsillitis and Adenoid infection

Children's Health, NEWS
Tonsils and adenoids are composed of tissues similar to the lymph nodes or glands. Acute tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils caused by one of several types of bacteria or viruses Chronic tonsillitis is a persistent infection of the tonsils and can cause tonsil stone formation. Signs and symptoms of tonsil or adenoid infection include: Sore throat, Fever, Bad breath, Difficulty swallowing, Swollen lymph glands in the front of the neck Peritonsillar abscess is a collection of pus behind the tonsils. Obstruction to breathing by enlarged tonsils and adenoids may cause snoring and disturbed sleep patterns. Bacterial infections of the tonsils and adenoids are treated with antibiotics, viral infections are not. Tonsillitis and adenoid infections are diagnosed
Babies Should Not be Massaged with Olive oils, Experts warn

Babies Should Not be Massaged with Olive oils, Experts warn

Children's Health, NEWS
Dr. Alison Cooke told the Royal College of Midwives conference she was 'astounded' when her study showed 'strong evidence' oil had an adverse effect on the development of skin barrier. She said: “I thought, What about the baby massage classes? They use these oils all the time. What are we going to do?” The oils break down into fatty acids which damage the skin's structure, allowing irritants to enter, and too much water to escape. This can lead to dryness, cracks and conditions such as eczema. She added: “To avoid harm to babies, until further research is available, those two topical oils – olive oil and sunflower oil – should not be recommended for treatment of dry skin or for baby massage.” While there was no clear evidence any product was safe, she said dermatologists recommended
Babies should not be massaged with Olive oils, experts warn

Babies should not be massaged with Olive oils, experts warn

Children's Health
They say parents are putting children at risk of developing eczema and other skin complaints by rubbing them with olive or sunflower oil because they believe the natural products are safe. Baby massage has become hugely popular among parents who find that gently stroking their child is soothing and helps them bond. It has also been said to help stimulate babies' brains and improve their digestion. But researchers from the University of Manchester have found that even natural oils used for baby massage can damage the protective barrier in babies' fragile skin. They warned that many other baby skincare products in shops had only passed cosmetic tests and there was no clinical evidence proving they were safe. Childhood eczema now affects nearly one in three children, compared to just one in...
The war on sugar: ‘Children should consume fewer than 6 teaspoons daily’

The war on sugar: ‘Children should consume fewer than 6 teaspoons daily’

Children's Health
Sweet in taste but sour for health, sugar intake has become a major concern in the United States, with numerous studies linking high sugar consumption to increased risk of obesity and related diseases. In an attempt to help tackle the problem, the American Heart Association has issued new recommendations for added sugar intake among children and adolescents. Added sugars are sugars and syrups - including fructose, glucose, and high-fructose corn syrup - that are added to foods and drinks during processing or preparation, mainly for taste and preservation. Given that added sugars are present in candy, cakes, soda, and many other foods and drinks that are attractive to children and teenagers, it is perhaps no surprise their sugar intake is so high. According to the Centres for Disease Con...
Mama’s Milk Leads to Healthy Growth in Children

Mama’s Milk Leads to Healthy Growth in Children

Children's Health, Women's health
Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants. It has a nearly perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat, and indeed everything your baby needs to grow. It's all provided in a form more easily digested than infant formula. Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria, Mama's  Milk - You Need Know More. Making the decision to breastfeed is obviously a personal matter. It could also be influenced by health conditions, the decision of your healthcare providers, friends and family members’ opinions. Health professionals strongly recommend breast feeding begins within the first hour of a baby's life and continued as ‘often and as much as the baby wants.’ Mama's  Milk - You Need Know More Methods of Breastfeeding Exclusive: It is an infant's c
Children Health:Improper Diet and Poor Health of Kids.

Children Health:Improper Diet and Poor Health of Kids.

Children's Health, Food And Nutrition, Latest Health News
Proper Dieting for Children Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important for everyone, but children in particular need to receive all of the necessary nutrients for growth and development. All parents want to see their children grow up to be healthy and happy, but often a combination of fussy eating habits and exposure to junk food advertisements can make it seem like an impossible task. Improper diet in childhood impacts your child’s heart health just as it leads to stunted growth. According to a new study, children who eat high-calorie, low-nutrient food, and avoid eating healthy are at risk of having poor heart health. Seven key health factors and behaviours are used to determine whether a child’s cardiovascular health is ideal such as, not using tobacco products, maintaining
Gripe and Colic in Infants: Remedies and Respite for your infants

Gripe and Colic in Infants: Remedies and Respite for your infants

Children's Health
Colic in its simplest sense is uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy baby. Your baby is considered colicky if he’s younger than 5 months old, and cries for more than three hours back to back on three or more days a week for at least three weeks consecutively. Colic isn't a disease and won't cause your baby any long-term harm, but it's a tough thing young parents go through alongside their babies, especially at night. Colic isn’t fun for babies at all, and it certainly is no fun for parents either. While there’s no guaranteed remedy that permanently stops the persistent cries of infants, doctors and paediatricians sometimes suggest the use of gripe water to parents who are desperate for respite, – something or just anything medicinal, and baby friendly that could help relieve a ba
Depression In Children: Your Attention, Care And Support Might Do The Magic

Depression In Children: Your Attention, Care And Support Might Do The Magic

Children's Health, NEWS
It is not totally strange for children, especially younger ones to be diagnosed with depression and general anxiety. Depression and anxiety are two mood disorders that I would say work pari passu. This is because research has it that half the people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with anxiety disorders. As much as people and even children alike are often diagnosed with depression, there’s equally a possibility that the disorder could be treated. Relatives and parents of affected children are therefore expected to do everything within their abilities in seeing that their children or wards are nursed, as well as nurtured back to normalcy. We know adults are known more for depression, but our research will dwell on that of children. Sit back and read on as we let you into issues