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Health Minister Performs Successful Surgery Separating Siamese Twins

Health Minister Performs Successful Surgery Separating Siamese Twins

Children's Health, NEWS
In most countries, health ministers are seen as bureaucrats more interested in paperwork than medical miracles. Not in Madagascar, where Mamy Lalatiana Andriamanarivo recently picked up a scalpel and separated conjoined Siamese twins in a medical first for the Indian Ocean island nation. “Surgery was performed at the Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona hospital on September 13 to separate Siamese twins joined at the abdomen and lower thorax,” Jean Marie Rasamimanana, the deputy technical director at the hospital in the capital Antananarivo, told AFP on Tuesday. “The separation of the five-month-old twins, Mitia and Fitia, who weighed 13 kilograms (29 pounds) and were delivered by caesarian section, involved the separation of their liver, ribs and diaphragm,” he said, adding that the pa
Impact of Drugs on Children’s Health

Impact of Drugs on Children’s Health

Children's Health, NEWS
Children under the age of 12 have the potential to develop an array of health conditions that can affect them both short- and long-term. Since their bodies and minds are still growing, medications are administered differently than they would be for older children and young adults. The dosage and frequency of a drug will vary based on a child’s age, weight, body type and medical history. Over the last decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of childhood chronic illnesses. Many of these, including obesity, mental health disorders and type 1 diabetes, are treatable health conditions. While medications are often used to help manage a child’s health, it is crucial to be aware of both common and rare side effects that can occur. Regular follow-up appointments with your child’s
Tips to Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child (2)

Tips to Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child (2)

Children's Health, NEWS
Offering the right kind of responses will enable to demonstrate a constructive attitude that children can adopt toward themselves and thereby develop a resiliency that will serve them well in future struggles. Be sensitive and attuned, not reactive or parental From the moment they speak their first words, it's essential to encourage our kids to talk to us. When it comes to influencing our kids, just making rules never works, but maintaining an open and equal sense of communication does. However for this to work, we must be accountable: we have to live up to our word in order to gain our children's trust. If we invite our children to talk to us honestly, then are defensive or erratic in our responses, we give them very good reasons NOT to tell us what's really going on in their lives. Fo...
‘Only 25% of Mothers Exclusively Breastfeed at 6 Months’

‘Only 25% of Mothers Exclusively Breastfeed at 6 Months’

Children's Health, NEWS
The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) has urged more mothers to embrace exclusive breastfeeding for infants. According to the NGO, the call became necessary following new findings by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) which reported that less than half the numbers of infants around the world under the age of six months are breastfed exclusively. A statement by WBFA said, “In Nigeria alone, 98% of new mothers, initiate breastfeeding. However, by six months, only 25% of them are still exclusively breastfeeding.” The Foundation released findings of its Global and National Policy Call, ahead of the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2017 which have demonstrated that midwives are crucial and well placed to support mothers’ breastfeed thereby creating a healthy community. The sta
US Doctor Who Offered Experimental Drug To Incurably Ill Baby Charlie Gard Admits MRI Scan Showed No Hope For The Child

US Doctor Who Offered Experimental Drug To Incurably Ill Baby Charlie Gard Admits MRI Scan Showed No Hope For The Child

Children's Health, NEWS
The American neurologist criticised by Great Ormond Street has today admitted a body scan done when he flew to London extinguished all hope for Charlie Gard. Michio Hirano also denied claims he has cash invested in the drug he offered to Charlie. The professor said his experimental nucleoside treatment had a chance of helping the sick child and he offered to treat him in the US. But he was accused of giving Charlie's family false hope and lawyers for Great Ormond Street said they were concerned to learn the doctor had a financial interest in some of the drugs he proposed to use. The children's hospital also said it was disappointed he had been so optimistic when he had not examined Charlie himself, or read his latest medical records or seen his brain scans. Hitting back today Dr Hira...
#CharlieGard: Last Precious Moments For Parents With Their Son

#CharlieGard: Last Precious Moments For Parents With Their Son

Children's Health, NEWS
Charlie Gard's parents are spending their "last precious moments" with their terminally ill son after ending their legal fight to take him to the US for treatment. The couple ended the case after a US doctor told them it was now too late to treat Charlie's rare genetic condition. Lawyers for the couple are due back in court on Tuesday afternoon. Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has not said when life support will end. However, Mr Gard and Ms Yates, from Bedfont, west London, said Charlie would not reach his first birthday on 4 August. In its statement to the High Court, the hospital said it was "increasingly surprised and disappointed" the US doctor, Professor c, "had not read Charlie's contemporaneous medical records or viewed Charlie's brain imaging or read all of the second opinio...
Tips to Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child (1)

Tips to Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child (1)

Children's Health, NEWS
From the moment our children are born and the doctor takes them to be weighed, measured and bundled, their health becomes one of our very highest priorities. As parents, most of us are instinctively attuned to every sneeze, scratch and sleep disruption. We are careful to never miss a check up or ignore a cough. Yet even as we worry over immunisations and stock up on hand soap for flu season, how often do we take the time to sit back and ask ourselves: how emotionally healthy are our children? According to The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP), "An estimated 21 percent of children and adolescents in the U.S. meet the diagnostic criteria for a mental health disorder...Yet, due to a shortage of paediatric mental health care providers, only 20 percent of these children receive treatment
Fruit Juice poses health risk for babies say pediatricians

Fruit Juice poses health risk for babies say pediatricians

Children's Health, NEWS
Many at times when people talk about fruit juice you should know they are not really referring to the real thing. This is what confuses most people as well – to think that ‘fruit juice’ might be injurious to your health. What may be injurious is the so-called fruit juice which is bandied everywhere as some sort of special nourishment. But these packaged juices most of the time are not wholesome in that they are hardly natural; they contain a lot of additives such as colourant and preservatives, not to talk of artificial flavours, etc. For this reason they may not be very healthy when consumed aplenty even by adults, let alone when they are fed to kids. And so, experts have warned that giving your children these ‘fortified’ juices may be harmful to them. Rather, they say you may give a lit
Trump offers to help Baby Charlie Gard

Trump offers to help Baby Charlie Gard

Children's Health, NEWS
U.S. President Donald Trump offered help to a terminally ill-Baby Charle Gard in the United Kingdom in a Twitter post on Monday after his parents lost a legal battle to give him experimental therapy in the United States. The 10-month-old baby has been at the centre of a long legal battle between his parents, who wanted him to undergo an American therapy trial, and specialists at the hospital in London who said the treatment was experimental and would not help. “If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so,” Trump said in a morning Twitter post. The baby, who will be 11 months old on Tuesday, suffers from a rare genetic disorder that has left him unable to move his arms, legs or to breathe unaided. He has a form of
Charlie Gard: Is It Time To Let Charlie Go? Tragically, Yes. Says Jan Moir

Charlie Gard: Is It Time To Let Charlie Go? Tragically, Yes. Says Jan Moir

Children's Health, NEWS
Should he live to see his birthday, Charlie Gard will be one year old in one month's time. And if he does make it that far, what does the future hold for him and for his parents? Let us be frank. The outlook for all concerned is bleak. Charlie was born with a rare, inherited mitochondrial disease. One that leaches energy from his organs and muscles and has left him with little brain function. Unable to breathe without a ventilator, his tiny lungs will never work properly and his prognosis is not good. Throughout most of his short life, Charlie's future has been the subject of a legal battle that has gone all the way to the European Court of Human Rights. Last week, it rejected an appeal by his parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates that their critically-ill baby should be allowed to ...
Charlie Gard: Is It Time To Let Charlie Go? Absolutely Not Says Anne Atkins

Charlie Gard: Is It Time To Let Charlie Go? Absolutely Not Says Anne Atkins

Children's Health, NEWS
A parent's love is a powerful thing. It nurtures, guides, protects, forgives. It is unconditional. And it can sometimes save your life. Take a young boy by the name of Ashya King. His parents sparked an international manhunt three years ago when they took their son, then five, from Southampton General Hospital without his doctors' consent in a final bid to give him the pioneering treatment they hoped would cure his cancer. Where, I wonder, would he be today were it not for their courage, determination and unwavering love? For they defied the authorities and smuggled their son out of the country to Prague, prompting an international hue and cry. They were reviled as irrespon-sible and insane. But, as events proved, they were neither. While in Prague, Ashya successfully underw...
How Do I Know If My Baby Has Psoriasis?

How Do I Know If My Baby Has Psoriasis?

Children's Health, Latest Health News, NEWS
It can be worrying for parents, especially when you see your child struggle with itching or discomfort. For some parents, they will think it was a food allergy when their 3-year-old child breaks out with red, hot patches all over his body. But then, when flaky scales and weeping rash start to appear on the little child's scalp, experts say the symptoms may be due to psoriasis. What is Psoriasis? Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. In most cases, it is a long-term (non-contagious) condition that waxes and wanes over a lifetime. It typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, skin, nails - though it can appear on any location. It is an autoimmune disorder. That means something in your child's immune system ...
Shocking! How Alcohol Intake during Pregnancy Deforms Babies

Shocking! How Alcohol Intake during Pregnancy Deforms Babies

Children's Health, NEWS
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can subtly influence the way a baby’s face is formed, researchers have found. The finding includes even drinking at low levels such as the occasional drink. Using a 3D facial analysis, features observed were subtle and not visible to the naked eye, being less than 2mm. However, the researchers did observe small changes to the mid-face – the nose, lips and eyes – of babies who were exposed to any alcohol from the first trimester of pregnancy. According to Mirror, the findings which researchers said also raises questions about brain development – come out of a study of 415 babies who had 3D photographs taken of their faces at the age of one. Researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute asked the mums of the babies about their drinking habits
When Babies Survive Abortions

When Babies Survive Abortions

Children's Health, NEWS
Often when a baby is born alive during an abortion procedure, the child is kept in the abortion clinic until he or she dies. In rare cases, the abortionist himself takes action to kill the baby. But sometimes the baby is transferred to a hospital, where he can be given medical care. Unfortunately, it is the policy of many hospitals simply to allow these babies to die. Nurse Kathleen Malloy, from Jacksonville, Florida, witnessed the death of one baby who was born after a saline abortion and transferred to her hospital. Melanie Green of Last Days Ministries quoted Malloy in her pamphlet “Children: Things We Throw Away?” Malloy tells her story: I worked the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift, and when we weren’t busy, I’d go out to help with the newborns. One night I saw a bassinet outside the
How To Manage Hypertension In Children

How To Manage Hypertension In Children

Children's Health, NEWS
Hypertension is often thought the disease of adults particularly the elderly, but experts have revealed that children too now suffer from the disease. A consultant and Head, Paediatric Cardiology an Infectious Diseases Unit, Department of Pediatrics, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof Christy Okoromah revealed that hypertension could affect a new born baby, especially premature and low birth weight babies (less than 2.5kg). Speaking during this year’s World Hypertension Day organised by Nestle in Lagos recently, Okoromah said aside newborns, children of all age range, up to adolescent (18 years) years could be affected by hypertension. She said that three to five percent of Nigerian children have hypertension, adding that this is higher than the rate for autism and pa