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
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
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
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 ...
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...
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