Here’s what you need to know about tonsils and adenoids

Tonsils are the immune system's first line of defence against ingested or inhaled foreign bacteria, viruses. The adenoid, also known as a pharyngeal tonsil or nasopharyngeal tonsil, is a bunch of grapelike tissue situated behind the nose, where the nose joins the throat

Here’s what you need to know about tonsils and adenoidsWhen should I remove my adenoids and tonsils? The adenoids are two small lumpy balloon like tissues behind the back of the nose and throat. They are part of the lymphatic system which is lots of piping and tubing around the body with little storage tanks and pumps to move it around. The lymphatic system […]

Exposure to nicotine before and after birth, can cause deafness in children

Children who were exposed to smoke in the womb and as babies are more than twice as likely to be deaf, new research suggests. Three-year-olds exposed within the first four months of life are 30% more at risk

Exposure to nicotine before and after birth, can cause deafness in childrenChildren are 26% more at risk if their mothers smoked during their pregnancies Nicotine interferes with messengers that tell the brain what it is hearing Three-year-olds whose mothers smoked during their pregnancies and who were exposed to cigarettes during the first four months of their lives, are 2.4 times more likely to suffer hearing impairment, […]

Choking hazard: Avoid giving your kids these foods to prevent risk of choking

An Australian blogger recently posted a photo on Facebook that apparently shows an X-ray of a grape lodged in a child's airway. She says she shared the image to raise awareness of the choking dangers of certain foods such as grapes, due to the size of a child’s airway

Choking hazard: Avoid giving your kids these foods to prevent risk of chokingChoking is the fourth leading cause of accidental death for children under age 5. While plenty of toys come with choking hazard warnings, foods such as grapes, nuts, and candy don’t – even though food is the most common cause of choking accidents among young children. “The diameter of a child’s airway is about equal […]

Yucky ducky: Bath time rubber ducks, a haven for harmful bacteria

A study has suggested that rubber ducks harbour potentially disease-carrying bacteria which could make children, and adults, ill. Swiss and American researchers counted the microbes swimming inside the toys and say the murky liquid released when ducks were squeezed contained ‘potentially pathogenic bacteria’ in four out of the five toys studied

Yucky ducky: Bath time rubber ducks, a haven for harmful bacteriaResearchers have found that the cute little rubber ducks that float around in bath tubs and come in contact with potable water are homes to millions of bacteria and harmful microbes. They found that these toys contain water that’s seeped into them and when squeezed, they release this dirty water into the bath water. The […]

Pigeon-toed child and how to deal with the condition

Seeing a child's toes point inward may cause a parent concern. However, this common and painless condition, known as pigeon toe or paediatric in toeing occurs very often in children under the age of 2

Pigeon-toed child and how to deal with the conditionPigeon toe often develops in the womb or is due to genetic birth defects, so little can be done to prevent it. Contrary to popular belief, there are no known shoes that help prevent pigeon toe and no evidence to suggest that learning to walk in bare feet has any effect on the condition. Causes […]

Eating fish once a week can improve your kids IQ

Children who eat at least one portion of fish a week sleep better and are more intelligent, a study suggests. They were more alert during the day, snoozed longer at night and scored almost five points higher in IQ tests

Eating fish once a week can improve your kids IQResearchers found that children aged 9–11 years who ate fish at least once weekly had higher IQ test scores and better sleep quality, compared with children who consumed fish less frequently. Study co-author Jianghong Liu, of the School of Nursing at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) in State College, and colleagues recently reported their findings […]

Being overprotective can take a toll on your child’s self-confidence

Parents love their children very much, but sometimes the love becomes over protective and kids feel like parents intrude on their privacy by constantly acting like paparazzi. Clinical Psychologist Vasudha Deshpande Korde will guide the parents to know the difference between being involved in their children's lives and being overprotective

Being overprotective can take a toll on your child’s self-confidenceA few days ago, I met a boy, who was around 20 to 21 years old. He was very frustrated as he didn’t like what he was doing. He cannot live life on his own terms. He appeared as a slave to me, as his parents constantly kept a watch on his every moment. Finally, […]

‘Watch what you eat to beat the diabesity monster’

The world is being plagued by the epidemic of ‘diabesity’. Diabetes and obesity are two non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that are spreading like an epidemic, and the worst affected are the youth. They are falling prey to diabesity because of the lifestyle they lead

‘Watch what you eat to beat the diabesity monster’Obesity and diabetes are two silent killers. While we are aware of their perils, we do not pay much attention to them. We are so caught up in the rut that we do not pay attention to what we eat and how much sugar, salt and trans-fats we consume. The looming threat of obesity has […]

Only half of children living with HIV have access to life-saving treatment, reveals UNICEF

Some 320 children and adolescents died every day from AIDS-related causes in 2018, or 13 every hour, according to a global snapshot on children, HIV and AIDS released by UNICEF on Wednesday, November 27

Only half of children living with HIV have access to life-saving treatment, reveals UNICEFLow access to antiretroviral treatment, in addition to limited prevention efforts, is a leading cause for these deaths, with only 54 per cent of children aged 0-14 living with HIV in 2018 – or 790,000 children – receiving lifesaving antiretroviral therapy. “The world is on the cusp of making great gains in the battle against […]

Skipping breakfast linked to lower grades, finds study

Students who rarely ate breakfast on school days achieved lower GCSE grades than those who ate breakfast frequently, according to a new study in Yorkshire

Skipping breakfast linked to lower grades, finds studyResearchers, from the University of Leeds, have for the first time demonstrated a link between eating breakfast and GCSE performance for secondary school students in the UK. Adding together all of a student’s exam results, they found that students who said they rarely ate breakfast achieved nearly two grades lower than those who rarely missed […]
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