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 […]

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, […]

US FDA warns against using anaesthesia for pregnant women

Upset that the warning about pregnant women was based solely on animal studies, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, or ACOG, shot back its objection

US FDA warns against using anaesthesia for pregnant womenRepeated or lengthy use of general anaesthetic and sedation drugs in infants, toddlers and pregnant women in their third trimester might damage children’s developing brains, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned this month. Upset that the warning about pregnant women was based solely on animal studies, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, or […]

Scary: Inhalant addiction rises among children

Child psychiatrists say easy availability and negligible cost of inhalants like whitener and acetone makes them popular among children

Scary: Inhalant addiction rises among childrenAddiction to whitener, acetone, korex and other such inhalants may not sound alarming to many of us, but doctors at the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General (Sion) Hospital warn otherwise. A few weeks ago, the psychiatry department treated a 13-year-old boy who was addicted to flavoured whitener. Though whitener addiction is common among children, doctors were […]

Sharing details of your kids on social media can put them in danger

Child shamming pictures or posts can have devastating effects on kids in the short and long term. It may cause traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety later in life

Sharing details of your kids on social media can put them in dangerWe all have either a friend or a family member who often bombards social networking sites with their pictures and updates. Nowadays, for parents, adults and family members, social media is an essential part of their lives, just the way letters and telephones were important once upon a time. However, little do they realise that […]

Gadgets in your bedroom are drastically affecting your kid’s sleep hygiene

72% of all children and 89% of teens have at least one device in their sleep environment

Gadgets in your bedroom are drastically affecting your kid’s sleep hygieneThese days, teachers often face classrooms filled with yawning students who stayed up late snapping selfies or playing online games. For children and teens, using cell phones, tablets and computers at night is associated with losing sleep time and sleep quality, new research finds. Even children who don’t use their phones or the other technologies […]

India slips drastically on Global Hunger Index, down 17 ranks from last year

Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh fare better, while Pakistan still remains behind India

India slips drastically on Global Hunger Index, down 17 ranks from last yearIndia’s dipping rank in Global Hunger Index raises concern among paediatricians. Compared to last year, where it was positioned at 80, India ranked 97th out of 118 countries on the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Global Hunger Index in 2016.  What is more surprising is, neighbouring countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh are ahead of […]

Schoolkids across India to be part of Smoke-Free Home campaign

Under the campaign, parents will be encouraged to give up smoking for the benefit of their kids

Schoolkids across India to be part of Smoke-Free Home campaignIn an effort to create a smoke-free environment for children across the country, the Indian Dental Association (IDA) has kick-started a Smoke-Free Home campaign. The campaign was launched under the Tobacco Intervention Initiative (TII) in Mumbai. The aim of the campaign, which was launched at the IDA’s 8th Annual World Dental Show 2016, is to […]

Gadget hygiene for children

Gadget hygiene for childrenThough technology is a boon, many children are slowly getting addicted to it. Gadget hygiene, like physical hygiene or emotional hygiene, is very important for the family to prevent its misuse. Following are some ways to keep a tab on the wrong use of technology. Give a cell phone, do not gift it Whenever a […]
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