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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
185 of 1,000 Births Die Before 5th Birthday in Kaduna

185 of 1,000 Births Die Before 5th Birthday in Kaduna

Children's Health, NEWS
Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria – Partnership For Advocacy in Child and Family Health, PSN-PACHFaH has taken advocacy visit to Kaduna State with focus on treatment of childhood diseases like pneumonia and diarrhoea. The PSN which is the implementing partner in the PACFaH project is also focusing on supporting and encouraging the government to reduce the under-5 mortality rate and improving health outcomes for childhood pneumonia and diarrhoea in Nigeria. The Nigerian country director, PSN-PACFaH, Mr Remi Adeseun and his team, who led the advocacy visit to the executive secretary, Kaduna State Primary Health Care Agency (KSPHCA), Dr Hadiza Balarabe Thursday in her office, disclosed that out of the 337,000 births recorded yearly in Kaduna State, 66,000 die before they reach the age of fi
Measles and Your Under Fives

Measles and Your Under Fives

Children's Health
Measles is an age-old disease; it is a highly infectious immunizable disease with potential for eradication, but is still responsible for high mortality among children, particularly in developing countries like Nigeria. Despite tremendous progress Nigeria is still responsible for the highest number of vaccine preventable deaths. Measles, also called rubeola, is caused by a virus. It causes a total-body skin rash and flu-like symptoms, including a fever, cough, and runny nose. It is attributed to a prolonged state of immune suppression commonly referred to as post measles anergy and 20 million cases happen worldwide every year. Once your baby has caught the measles virus, it can take about 10 days for him to show any symptoms. If you know that your baby has been exposed to the measles vir
Pneumonia: Signs and Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention.

Pneumonia: Signs and Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention.

Children's Health, Health & Life
Bisi Apata Pneumonia is a general term for lung infections that can be caused by a variety of germs (viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites). It is a very common disease affecting children but has received far less attention when compared to other diseases. Statistically, it is the second cause of death in children less than 5 years worldwide and more than 80% of such deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa. Often, pneumonia begins after an upper respiratory tract infection (an infection of the nose and throat), with symptoms starting after 2 or 3 days of a cold or sore throat. It then moves to the lungs. Fluid, white blood cells, and debris start to gather in the air spaces of the lungs and block the smooth passage of air, making it harder for the lungs to work well. Most forms of...
What To Do When Kids are beign bullied

What To Do When Kids are beign bullied

Children's Health, Health & Life, Mental Health
It's important to take bullying seriously and not just brush it off as something that kids have to "tough out." The effects can be serious and affect kids' sense of safety and self-worth. In severe cases, bullying has contributed to tragedies, such as suicides and school shootings. If your child is being bullied, you need to act to help stop it. There are ways to help your child cope with teasing, bullying, or mean gossip, and lessen its lasting impact. And even if bullying isn't an issue right in your house right now, it's important to discuss it so your kids will be prepared if it does happen. Parents can help kids learn how to deal with bullying if it happens. For some parents, it may be tempting to tell a kid to fight back. After all, you're angry that your child is suffering a...