What can parents do to safeguard her child’s heart health?

Dr Swati Garekar, a consultant paediatric cardiologist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, shares her insights about how to keep their children healthy in today’s environment where the outside play has been reduced, and consumption of junk foods and the internet has increased

What can parents do to safeguard her child’s heart health?These days there is increased awareness about health, and everyone spends time at the gym or follow a diet. What one also needs to realise is that childhood is when healthy heart habits should start. Unfortunately, as adults, we are focusing on while getting back to health, the stress on children’s health seems to be […]

Autism may be accurately diagnosed as early as 14 months of age

It is well known that detecting autism as early as possible is critical for successful intervention

Autism may be accurately diagnosed as early as 14 months of ageNow, researchers have concluded that the disorder can be stably diagnosed from 14 months (1 year and 2 months) of age, providing an opportunity for medical advancement. A landmark event in the life of a toddler is their first birthday. This is the time when toddlers start learning to walk, talk, engage in joint social […]

Early exposure to traffic linked to spike in asthma cases worldwide among children

Exposure to traffic-related air pollution has been found causing asthma in nearly four million children across the world. Due to alarming rates, researchers called on the World Health Organization to update its guideline in protecting children from paediatric asthma 

Early exposure to traffic linked to spike in asthma cases worldwide among childrenThe study published in the journal The Lancet Planetary Health highlights the impact of inhaling nitrogen dioxide from motor vehicle exhaust in 194 countries and 125 major cities worldwide. It shows that between 2010 and 2015, 64 per cent of all new cases of asthma occurred in urban areas. The researchers from the George Washington […]

‘Be your children’s friend to understand them better’

Mental health issues can affect anybody irrespective of their education, class, sex, creed, etc. Suicide is almost always a manifestation of some underlying mental health issue. The increasing number of suicide cases in India has become a matter of concern over past few years, and we need to do something regarding this issue. As the next generation is our future, and without them we are lost

‘Be your children’s friend to understand them better’In this article, I want to address mental health issues, which can affect anybody irrespective of their education, class, sex, creed, etc. Suicide is almost always a manifestation of some underlying mental health issue. The increasing number of suicide cases in India has become a matter of concern over past few years. Surprisingly, self-harm is […]

Breastfeeding might benefit babies by reducing stress, reveals study

Mothers have long been told that ‘breast is best’ when it comes to feeding newborn babies, but a small experiment suggests at least some of the benefits may have nothing to do with the milk itself

Breastfeeding might benefit babies by reducing stress, reveals studyPaediatricians recommend that mothers exclusively breastfeed infants until they’re at least 6 months old because it can bolster babies’ immune systems and reduce their risk of ear and respiratory infections, sudden infant death syndrome, allergies, obesity and diabetes. While there’s plenty of research documenting these benefits, less is known about exactly how breastfeeding might cause […]

Pune doctor writes a book on child abuse

The book asks parents to keep trust in their kids, let them make use of the internet under supervision, and not to discriminate between the girl and boy child. It also gives information on the POCSO Act guidelines and information on social organisations which work in the area

Pune doctor writes a book on child abuseThe mind-numbing cases of child sexual abuse have triggered a city-based child surgeon to write a book. After treating several cases of child sexual abuse, the doctor launched the book on Thursday with an aim to prevent such incidents in the first place. ‘Let’s Protect Innocent Childhood’ goes the title of the book written by […]

Here’s why you should never pick up a child by their arms

Lifting or grabbing a child by the arms can result in a common injury called nursemaid’s elbow. It commonly occurs in children between the ages of two to five

Here’s why you should never pick up a child by their armsYour child might squeal with delight when a playful family member picks him up by the wrists and swings him around, or when you pull him up by his hands to help him jump over a puddle. But be careful, lifting or grabbing a child by the arms can result in a common injury called […]

Are fathers misusing their paternity leaves?

While all the big corporate companies have recently started generously giving paternity leaves for men, are they really using it for their duty of childcare?

Are fathers misusing their paternity leaves?Gynaecologists from the city say the answer is no. For these new fathers these leaves are also for vacation, to get done their pending work and to while away time with their friends. “I delivered my baby last week. My husband works in Siemens, Pune. He has two weeks of paternity leave. But he has […]

Doctor’s caution mothers from reusing the same spoons to feed their kids

Do you use the feed your child with the spoon that you yourself are using? Or do you use the same spoon to feed two children. If your answer to any of the questions given above is yes, then today we will inform you why you should refrain from continuing this practice

Doctor’s caution mothers from reusing the same spoons to feed their kidsReusing the same spoon to your children could be injurious to their health. Health experts have stated that doing so can increase the chances of the cavities. They also warn parents against feeding them with the same spoon from which they are eating their meal, as it can cause the child to develop similar allergies […]

Don’t give decongestants to children for colds, warn experts

Some experts say children under twelve shouldn’t be given decongestants. Decongestants used to treat symptoms of the common cold are largely ineffective and should mostly be avoided, a new study says

Don’t give decongestants to children for colds, warn expertsFor children under age 12, decongestants might ease the common cold symptoms of a blocked or running nose, but these medications may not be safe for this age group, according to a research review. For adults, there’s little evidence that decongestants help with congestion, one of the most bothersome cold symptoms. For kids, there is […]