Hand foot mouth disease on the rise in children across Maharashtra

It’s a great irony that hand foot mouth disease causing havoc in rural Maharashtra is largely unnoticed by the health authorities. Also the disease running as an epidemic in Marathwada, Vidarbha and cities like Pune and Mumbai

Hand foot mouth disease on the rise in children across MaharashtraHand Foot Mouth Disease, is not a just a routine illness, in paediatrician’s OPD started coming up since last 6 months with gradually increasing number of cases every day. The disease is a viral self-limiting infection caused by coxsackie and enterovirus. Symptoms Starts with fever and sore throat. Painful blisters/ulcers appear in throat , on […]

Vitamin B may improve verbal communication in autistic kids

Vitamin B may improve verbal communication in autistic kidsAutism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has many behavioural symptoms, including anxiety, inappropriate social interaction, poor eye contact, and compulsive behaviour. Many adolescent patients have difficulty interacting socially with others. A new study published in Springer Nature’s journal Molecular Psychiatry has linked folinic acid, a reduced form of vitamin B, with improved language and communication skills in […]

Playing outdoors can be beneficial to your child’s eyesight

More time outdoors had a protective effect and reduced the chances that a child would go on to need myopic refractive correction in the future. The size of the effect was impressive

Playing outdoors can be beneficial to your child’s eyesightThe ready availability of technology may make the children of today faster at configuring a new smartphone, but does all of that screen time affect the development of their eyes? While conventional wisdom dictates that children should do less up-close viewing, sit farther from the television and perhaps even wear their eyeglasses less, we have […]

#BacktoSchool: 5 topics to discuss with your child

While it is slightly difficult to keep an eye on your child, all the time during school, maintaining a communicative relationship will help ease these gaps and ease your mind. Encouraging healthy habits at a young age will soothe this process

#BacktoSchool: 5 topics to discuss with your childAt school, a child may be facing pressures, and this certainly affects the parents as well. As a parent, one may be worrying about certain things like their child’s academic performance, mental health, stability and relationships with fellow classmates and teachers Here are a few topics to discuss with your child, as they head back […]

Back to school: Watch the weight of your child’s backpack!

A consultant joint replacement and spine surgeon at Fortis Hospital, Kalyan - Dr Raghavendra KS, shares how to reduce the burden of your child’s backpack and to keep them healthy

Back to school: Watch the weight of your child’s backpack!The holidays are now over, and as the new academic year commences, parents must prepare as much as their children for a long year ahead. The preparation includes readjusting schedules, restructuring meal times, homework schedules, television and bedtime routines, and on the top of the list is keeping your child healthy. While focusing on the […]

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 […]

Taking multivitamins during pregnancy may protect kids from autism, says study

Researchers found that children born to mothers who used multivitamins during pregnancy - "with or without additional iron or folic acid" - were less likely to have autism with intellectual disability, compared with mothers who did not use these supplements

Taking multivitamins during pregnancy may protect kids from autism, says studyStudy co-author Brian K. Lee, of the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, and colleagues say that their study is only observational, but that the findings suggest that prenatal vitamin use for autism prevention should be further investigated. Autism – which is also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – […]

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 […]

Short kids are 10% more likely to suffer a stroke as adults, reveals study

People who were very short as children may have to pay closer attention to their brain health. A new study suggests that your height during childhood can be a deciding factor for your risk of having a stroke as an adult

Short kids are 10% more likely to suffer a stroke as adults, reveals studyChildren who are just a few inches shorter than their peers are more likely to suffer a stroke in adulthood, a large Danish study suggests. Adult women who were unusually short girls at age 7 years were 11 per cent more likely to have what’s known as an ischemic stroke, the most common kind, which […]

Health alert: Smoking in movies harms children

Research shows that when it comes to smoking, children are heavily influenced by some of the folks they consider the coolest of the cool: actors in movies

Health alert: Smoking in movies harms childrenWe want to believe we’re raising our kids to think for themselves, and not to do dumb or unhealthy things just because the cool kids are doing them. “There’s a dose-response relationship: The more smoking kids see onscreen, the more likely they are to smoke,” said Dr. Stanton Glantz, a professor and director of the […]
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