Does fidgeting help to burn calories?

Children are often told off for fidgeting—but a study involving the University of Strathclyde has found that it could help them to use up energy amounting to nearly 3kg body weight a year

Does fidgeting help to burn calories?Forty children took it in turns to spend just over an hour in an observation room and had their calorie expenditure measured while they took part in a range of activities, including watching television, playing with toys on the floor, drawing and colouring. Researchers recorded their shifts in posture, which took forms including sitting, standing […]

Respiratory ailments amongst children during monsoons: Understanding home nebulisation

Dr Preyas Vaidya, a Consultant Pulmonologist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, shares his insights about how to make nebulisation comfortable with the infants and children

Respiratory ailments amongst children during monsoons: Understanding home nebulisationMonsoons related infections and diseases are at a peak, and as a parent, you must be equipped to take care of your child’s medical requirements, be it a mild cough or fever. Respiratory ailments, triggered by pollution, pollen, and environmental conditions, are on a high, especially, amongst young patients. Wheezing, Coughing, rapid breathing, and Lung […]

What strategies can parents use to help prevent smartphone addiction in children?

Parents around the United States, alarmed by the steady patter of studies around screen time are trying to turn back time to the era before smartphones. They are hiring coaches or screen consultants who are coming into homes, schools, churches to remind parents how people parented before the age of smartphones

What strategies can parents use to help prevent smartphone addiction in children?It’s not easy to remember what exactly things were like before smartphones. So they are hiring professionals. A new screen-free parenting coach economy has sprung up to serve the demand. Screen consultants come into homes, schools, churches and synagogues to remind parents how people parented before. Rhonda Moskowitz is a parenting coach in Ohio. She […]

Is your child a budding athlete? Keep an eye out for sports injuries

Dr Kaushal Malhan, Director-Orthopaedic Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, shares his views about the various sports injuries and how it can be prevented and treated

Is your child a budding athlete? Keep an eye out for sports injuriesSports in India has become a rewarding field with easier access to sporting facilities; greater awareness about physical fitness has caused an exponential increase in many people engaging in sports. It may be at an amateur level or professional, but it has led to an increased number of people suffering from sports injuries. These are […]

Is your child a bed wetter? Here’s how you can help them

Bedwetting happens when a child pees during sleep without knowing it. Many children will use the toilet well during the day long before they are dry through the night. It can be many months, even years before children stay dry overnight. Most children, but not all, stop bedwetting between the ages of 5 and 6 years old. Bedwetting is more common in boys and in deep sleepers

Is your child a bed wetter? Here’s how you can help themBedwetting is most often related to deep sleep—the bladder is full but the child doesn’t wake up. Some children have smaller bladders, or produce more urine during the night. Constipation can also lead to bedwetting because of the bowel presses on the bladder. If your child has always wet the bed and has never had […]

Mumbai: Doctors remove custard apple seed lodged in infant’s windpipe

Ovi was brought to Mumbai’s civic-run KEM hospital on Thursday. The doctors removed the seed with the help of telescope and attached forceps, which is the latest technology

Mumbai: Doctors remove custard apple seed lodged in infant’s windpipeA one-and-half-year-old girl Ovi, hailing from Virar, Maharashtra, had accidentally swallowed a custard apple seed. The girl was rushed to Mumbai’s civic-run KEM Hospital by her parents on Thursday morning. The seed got stuck in her left windpipe, due to which her left lung had collapsed. The doctors managed to remove the seed with the […]

Close ties with fathers help daughters overcome loneliness, finds study

Fathers play a key role in helping their young daughters overcome loneliness, a new study has found. While levels of father-daughter closeness appeared to be a factor, no differences were found based on their levels of conflict

Close ties with fathers help daughters overcome loneliness, finds studyYoung girls who are trying to overcome loneliness may see significant progress with a little help from one of their parents, according to a new study. Researchers at the Ohio State University found loneliness declined faster among girls who had a closer relationship with their fathers. The study titled ‘Longitudinal associations between parent-child relationships in […]

Accidents just happen, do they?

Dr Mohammed Shakeel, HOD-Emergency and Trauma, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan, shares how little, unattended things can lead to some serious mishaps, how to prevent them? And how and what to do during such instances

Accidents just happen, do they?Accidents are the main reason for injuries and sometimes death amongst the children. As a fact, the place, that people feel the safest, their house, hide various hazards; the prime cause is sheer negligence. A minor distraction can lead to some serious injuries, many accidents, that happen in and around the home can be avoided. […]

Effective ways to de-stress yourself while taking care of your baby

Dr Sushma Tomar, Consultant, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and Dr Fabian Almeida, a Consultant Psychiatrist at Fortis Hospital, Kalyan, shares how new mothers can take care of themselves while taking care of their babies

Effective ways to de-stress yourself while taking care of your babyThe birth of a baby challenges a mother in many ways. You are likely to feel exhausted, excited and worried all the same time, about the baby, and that is why you tend to be stressed. Thus, it is crucial to take care of yourself, especially, during the initial months’ post-delivery. A mother’s job can […]

How caring for grandchildren proves beneficial for grandparents

Caregiving may give seniors a purpose of life because they may feel useful for the others and for the society

How caring for grandchildren proves beneficial for grandparentsGrandparents who help out occasionally with childcare or provide support to others in their community tend to live longer than seniors who do not care for other people, according to a study from Berlin, Germany. Having full-time custody of grandchildren can have a negative effect on health, but occasional helping can be beneficial for seniors, […]