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 […]

9 signs you can’t ignore when it comes to your child’s eye health

A thorough eye test can detect a variety of eye conditions which, if left untreated in a child, could affect their eye health later in life, potentially even leading to partial or complete loss of sight

9 signs you can’t ignore when it comes to your child’s eye health“Vision isn’t the first culprit parents think of when their child is struggling in school, but it can be playing a part in their child’s poor school or sports performance,” says Marcela Frazier, an Associate Professor from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Ophthalmology. A thorough eye test can detect a variety of […]

New study links early school timings to depression in teenagers

The findings provide additional evidence over how school timings impact adolescent health. The results of the study showed that good baseline sleep hygiene was directly associated with lower average daily depressive/anxiety symptoms across all students

New study links early school timings to depression in teenagersTeenagers who start school before 8:30 a.m. are at a higher risk of depression and anxiety, even if they are doing everything else right to get a good night’s sleep, a study has found. The study not only reinforces the theorised link between sleep and adolescent mental health, but is among the first to demonstrate […]

NGO to provide hearing aids for school children

Giving education to someone is a very noble cause. However, an NGO in Maharashtra has now started a crowd-funding campaign in order to distribute hearing aids for school children. Samata Pratishthan, a Maharashtra-based NGO is working for the rehabilitation and education of hearing impaired children in and around the region of Yeola, Maharashtra, India

NGO to provide hearing aids for school childrenSupporting and making extensive efforts towards imparting educational aid for the hearing impaired, Samata Pratishthan a Maharashtra-based NGO is working for the rehabilitation and education of hearing impaired children in and around the region of Yeola, Maharashtra, India. The NGO runs a residential school, ‘Maiboli Karnabadhir Residential School’ in the area, for such children. At […]

#StressFreeExam: 9 important tips for students 

Exams are a testing time for many students. As the exam date approaches closer fear and anxiety begin to increase. One exam does not determine your outcome in life. Dr Harish Shetty lists useful tips for students to put themselves at ease and continue studying without worrying unnecessarily

#StressFreeExam: 9 important tips for students 10th standard exams are hyped beyond a reason. The performance actually does not make much difference to the lives of students but there is a general air of tension around them. As the exams get closer there may be some confusion related to many aspects. Following are some possible scenarios that may unfold: I am […]

To make schools-colleges tobacco-free, govt initiates a campaign

The government will launch a special campaign on February 6. Under this campaign, action will be taken against those who sell tobacco products near schools and colleges. Action will be taken as per the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA). Not only this, a toll-free number will also be started to lodge complaint

To make schools-colleges tobacco-free, govt initiates a campaignOwing to the ‘World Cancer Day’, the government has undertaken a special campaign, under this campaign, action will be taken against tobacco vendors in the 100 metres area of the schools and colleges. From the state to district level police, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), education department, health department, local NGO’s and self-help groups […]

#NoMobileKnowFamily: Cell phone addiction can affect the parent-child relationship

These days the children don't play at break time anymore, they are just all in front of their smartphones.  It adversely affects the child’s memory. Though, the children are being advised to avoid using cell phones through various activities initiated by the schools. They end up using it. Owing to which, My Medical Mantra’s campaign #NoMobileKnowFamily and appeals people to opt for a ‘gadget-free’ family time

#NoMobileKnowFamily: Cell phone addiction can affect the parent-child relationshipOur generation is addicted to smartphone, so much so that they have begun to rule our lives. These days, school going children are also glued to the mobile phones. It takes a toll on their health as well as it affects their academic performance. Limiting cell phone use can be helpful for children. Speaking to […]

NO ‘toilet’, NO ‘school’: Girl forces father to build toilet

Noted Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan and Vidya Balan featured in ads, to spread awareness on sanitation by promoting the construction and use of toilets. Akshay Kumar too, through his movie ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha,’ promoted the construction of toilets in home. Similarly, taking a charge of family’s health, a girl from Yavatmal, refused to go to school, till her father constructs a toilet in their home

NO ‘toilet’, NO ‘school’: Girl forces father to build toiletGenerally children demand chocolates or toys from parents, But, Shweta Rangari, a resident of Yavatmal’s  Indarathana  zilha, demanded to construct a toilet in the house. She refused to go to school till her father doesn’t construct a toilet. Her father was shocked and constructed a toilet within a week. Shweta studies in 4 th standard […]

Your child refuses to go to school? It could be a phobia

School phobia, school avoidance and school refusal are terms that describe an anxiety disorder in children who have an irrational, persistent fear of going to school. But, since last few years, the number of children suffering from school phobia is increasing

Your child refuses to go to school? It could be a phobiaAccording to figures, 1 per cent to 5 per cent of children suffer from it. It is commonly seen in the boys from the age group of 5 to 16. Fight with friends, fear of teachers and a sudden change of division can lead to school phobia. Krutika Mahajan (name changed), a Santa Cruz resident, […]

Soon: Maha to launch a helpline to take action against tobacco dealers near school

The Home Minister of Maharashtra, Dr Ranjit Patil said that despite the prohibition of selling tobacco products within a radius of 100 yards from the school premises, tobacco products are being openly sold. Strict measures need to be taken to stop the sale of tobacco products in the village, locality and the cities. Also, a helpline will be started where anyone can call and report the unauthorised sale and consumption of tobacco in a restricted place

Soon: Maha to launch a helpline to take action against tobacco dealers near schoolThe Home Minister of Maharashtra, Dr Ranjit Patil has said, there are many laws present in Maharashtra to prevent the consumption of tobacco by children, especially the presence of COTPA (Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act. 2003) and Juvenile Justice Act. The COTPA and JJ Act will be implemented strictly by the police to ensure […]