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
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
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
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 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
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...
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...
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. Bullying is being mean to another person over and over again. Bullying often includes: Teasing Talking about hurting someone Spreading rumours Leaving them out on purpose Attacking someone by hitting them or yelling at them Bullying does not always happen in person. Today, there is also Cyber-bullying, which is a type of bullying that happens online or through text messages or emails. It includes posting rumours about people on sites like Facebook, sharing embarrassing pictures or videos of the
Children Health The benefits of orthodontic treatment include not only improved bite and straighter teeth but also improved self image and self esteem – a beautiful smile for a lifetime. NAO recommends that your child gets the first orthodontic check-up by the age of seven years. Also your child’s first visit to the dentist should be as soon as the first tooth appears or by the age of one year. At the age of seven years, it will be determined if there is a problem or if a problem is developing. Some orthodontic problems are easier to correct when discovered early. It saves time and future expenses when the appropriate treatment is recommended and started at the appropriate time. Most orthodontic treatment (braces) begins between the ages of nine and 14. Your orthodontist will advi
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Children’s Health Teeth injury in children: chipped or broken teeth As worrying as it might be for parents and the kids, chipped or broken teeth are quite common in kids. These teeth injuries can occur in children after a hard fall, a sporty kid who gets knocked in the mouth by a ball or one who crunches on hard chocolate. Sleeping children who aggressively grind their teeth, and even cavities that weaken the teeth, can also lead to chips or fractures. You should know that your child’s injury may be the loss of a baby tooth or a permanent (adult) tooth. The tooth can be fractured (broken or cracked) or chipped, and sometimes it may not even hurt. If a large piece of tooth breaks off, however, it will probably cause pain, and your child’s tongue may get cut against the sharp, jagged su
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is still an important health condition that most people are either completely unaware of or are grappling to understand since it became to public knowledge in the last decade or so. In this second part write-up, Health Editor MORGAN NWANGUMA concludes his focus on the seminar that was recently held in Lagos under the ‘Orange Ribbon Initiative’ on this subject matter. Dr. Marcus D. Tillery of Technology and Social Change, Princeton University, USA, spoke concerning policies and education. Tillery who claims he had traced his lineage to Koko town, a Niger Delta community in Nigeria, is a consultant with Blazing Trails International Centre, USA. While speaking on the topic - Improving Systems and Policies that Effect Care, Education Quality and Access, highligh
Understanding Behavioural Patterns in Kids There are many children in the world that suffer from some type of behavioural or emotional issues that result in bad behaviour. These children could suffer from autism, ADHD or any type of childhood behaviour, but the bottom line is for us to realize that they are not purposely doing whatever it is they are doing, but rather that they should be helped to access the required forms of therapy such as cognitive behaviour therapy, applied behaviour therapy or play therapy. Behaviour Therapy for Children Cognitive therapy involves minimising anxiety, learning alternative ideas and learning that feelings and moods alter behaviour. It helps the child to identify their inner thoughts and replace bad thoughts with positive productive thoughts. A