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 […]

Bullied kids more likely to use painkillers, reveals study

Children and teens who are bullied are more than twice as likely as peers who are not victimised to take painkillers, a study of school kids in Iceland suggests

Bullied kids more likely to use painkillers, reveals studyWhile bullying has long been linked to an increased risk of suffering from chronic pain and a variety of physical and mental health complaints, research to date hasn’t offered a clear picture of how bullying influences painkiller use, the researchers note in Acta Paediatrica. For the current study, Garmy’s team examined data on 10,626 youth […]

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 […]

Low oxygen levels harm specific cells in the developing brain

Low oxygen levels are a well-known cause of brain injury in premature babies. But the mechanism by which low oxygen hurts the developing human brain has been unclear

Low oxygen levels harm specific cells in the developing brainNow, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have identified a specific set of brain cells that are particularly susceptible to harm from low oxygen exposure in early development. This damage is congruent with brain abnormalities, particularly reduction in grey matter, seen among children who are born very prematurely. The researchers have also identified […]

Obesity may put young people at risk of anxiety, depression

Researchers have recently examined the link between mental health conditions and obesity in over 12,000 children and teenagers. The results show that obesity raises the risk of anxiety and depression, which is something that physicians and healthcare professionals should be ‘vigilant about’

Obesity may put young people at risk of anxiety, depressionA new study connects obesity and anxiety among young people, finding that obesity is an independent risk factor for anxiety and depression among children and teenagers. Louise Lindberg, from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, is the lead researcher of the new study. She and her colleagues presented their findings at the European Congress on […]

Parental diet before conception can have a major impact on a child’s health

 A child’s health can be compromised not only by a mother who smokes or drinks during pregnancy, but by the obesity and poor diet of both parents well before the act of procreation, researchers reveal

Parental diet before conception can have a major impact on a child’s healthWhat a mother and father eat, and whether they are seriously overweight, in other words, can have ‘profound implications for the growth, development and long-term health of their children before conception,’ they warned in a trio of studies. The findings, reported in The Lancet, a leading medical journal, should heighten awareness of ‘preconception risk factors,’ […]

Kids with ADHD and autism at a higher risk of developing anxiety

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and ADHD had more than twice (or 2.2 times) the risk of anxiety disorder and 2.7 times the risk of other mood disorders. Researchers also found that these psychiatric conditions were more prevalent in older children. Intervention during early childhood is important to promote the optimal development and well-being of people with an ASD

Kids with ADHD and autism at a higher risk of developing anxietyThe study, which compares comorbidities among patients with ASD and ADHD, and ASD alone, is one of the largest of its kind. A team of researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute used the data from a cross-sectional survey of children aged between six to seventeen years old with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study included […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cardiologists recommend less screen time, more physical activity for kids

According to a new scientific advisory statement release by the American Heart Association, time spent on ‘screens’ (computers, phones, tablets, video games, television and other outlets) is associated with increased hours of inactivity in children and teens, which has long been associated with poor cardiovascular health and obesity

Cardiologists recommend less screen time, more physical activity for kidsWhen it comes to childhood obesity, sedentary behaviour may be the most influential and controllable factor that parents can change, especially through managing screen time, according to a new American Heart Association Science Advisory. In particular, the AHA Obesity Committee recommends removing TVs and other screens from bedrooms and excluding them from meal times, creating […]
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