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 ...
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
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
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
The more time toddlers spend using touchscreen devices, the more likely they are to have sleep problems, a new study has found. Three quarters of children aged between six months and three years in the UK use devices such as an iPad or Smartphone every day, according to researchers at Birkbeck, University of London and King’s College London. Light emitted by electronic screens has been shown to lower levels of the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin in adults – and this could also be the case for young children, said Tim Smith, a psychology lecturer who carried out the study. “The devices are in the parents’ pockets all the time. The children learn this is a thing of interest, and then they themselves get interested in the device,” he told The Independent. “Parents are wondering what th
No fewer than 15 children have died in war torn South Sudan from a botched attempt to immunise them against measles, officials say. They were vaccinated with the same unsterilised syringe, and the vaccine was not stored properly, according to an investigation into the deaths. As a result, the immunisation campaign caused severe infection and sepsis. The team administering the vaccinations was “neither qualified nor trained” to do so, the health minister said. About 300 people were vaccinated during the campaign in the Kapoeta region, including 32 other children who fell ill, but survived, Riek Gai Kok added. Measles outbreaks in the country are a key target of the United Nations children’s fund (Unicef), which is aiming to vaccinate 1.2 million children this year. But a report from t
The sooner babies get their own rooms, the longer they’ll sleep on average, according to a new study that breaks with the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Analysing surveys from 230 first-time mothers at Penn State, Dr. Ian Paul, a pediatrician, found that babies slept for longer stretches if they didn’t sleep in the same bedroom as their parents. At 4 months, babies who slept alone had the longest stretches of uninterrupted sleep of about 45 minutes, on average though they slept about the same amount of time as babies who slept in their parents’ rooms. At 9 months, babies in their own rooms slept 40 minutes longer at night and over 20 minutes longer overall, compared with those who were still sharing a room with their parents. Those differences disappeared at 12
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
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
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
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
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...
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 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...
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