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Vital Dental Care Tips for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Vital Dental Care Tips for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Dental care should be an integral part of every child’s daily routine to prevent dental disease. By taking care and attention that the child is consuming the right kinds of foods parents could make the most significant contribution towards their child’s dental care. Following are prudent dental care pointers on eating right for healthy teeth: Avoid giving the child juice which is either sugared or not diluted as these would translate to the child’s teeth being continually suffused in sugar and resulting in ‘bottle maw’ – a mouth of decayed teeth – as soon as 3 years of age. The child sweet foods in-between mealtimes would only increase the number of instances the teeth are being exposed to damaging acids that remove calcium and corrode tooth enamel. Hence, in its place it is  [...]

Cervical Cancer and HPV Vaccine – Common Parental Concerns

Cervical Cancer and HPV Vaccine – Common Parental Concerns

The novel HPV vaccine could shield women from cervical cancer. Factually, the vaccine has maximum efficacy when administered to girls and young age-group women. Several parents might be wondering whether they should be considering the option of giving their daughter the HPV vaccine, its safety quotient or must girls be given the inoculations and are there any associated downsides. HPV referring to a set of viruses known as human papillomavirus is contracted due to genital skin sexual intercourse inclusive of vaginal, anal and probably oral sex. CDC has approximated that HPV has been the most prevalent form of STD and amongst teenage girls having an STD, about fifteen percent of them had one or more STD types. There are several HPV strains though majority of them are not contributory to cervical  [...]

Infant Male Circumcision – A Parental Choice

Infant Male Circumcision – A Parental Choice

Nearly two million or more parents in the United States alone opt for getting their newly born sons circumcised annually. A huge populace of those opposed to this procedure feel that the scores of doctors and hospitals that facilitate this happening are culpable of infant abuse and genitalia mutilation. A query often tugs deep that ‘Is circumcising an infant male baby is in any form abusing that child’s rights?’ All those not favouring circumcision strongly maintain their stance that it is similar to genitalia mutilation performed on females and other forms of infancy abuse which are presently unlawful in U.S and Britain. A viewpoint held by many is that this method is damaging to young males as it lowers sensitivity in the penis, a matter which has been debated in latest scientific reports.  [...]

Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia – Ways to Identify these Learning Difficulties

Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia – Ways to Identify these Learning Difficulties

Learning difficulties are those that affect a child capacity to read, spell and write in a particular language. Though dyslexia especially is known to affect a child’s adeptness to write symbols like letter, number and musical notes – the child could additionally face problems when speaking that language. Dyslexia is an unambiguous neurological condition and is not the consequence of reduced audibility or ocular skills or low I.Q. Nearly 1 among twenty kids has dyslexia. Ways to spot Dyslexia Several bright kids have dyslexia and this disorder is mostly identified earlier amongst such kids as parents become sentient of the immense disparity in between their kid’s apparent I.Q. and the level of accomplishment in particular arenas. The chief sign of dyslexia is having problems when the  [...]

Beneficial First Aid Cures For Soothing A Colicky Child

Beneficial First Aid Cures For Soothing A Colicky Child

Having to pacify a persistently irate baby could be quite a challenging task of many a newly turned moms and dads. A child could be termed colicky when despite being in good health, being amply fed is crying for above 3 hours on an average daily, lasting for above 3 days during a week’s time. Colic is a condition that is not totally comprehended though it generally makes its presence felt in nearly fourteen days subsequent to the child’s birth or even afterwards among babies born prematurely. Most often it subsides when the child is three to four months old. Below mentioned are some of the prudent tips that one could employ to soothe your irate, colicky baby: Using pacifiers or baby’s dummy or comforter. Doing gentle rocking motions to the baby placed on one’s lap or seated in a chair  [...]

Botulism Symptoms and Types

Botulism Symptoms and Types

Botulism is a paralytic sickness, though uncommon could lead to paralysis and other grave, mortal consequences. A bacterial form known as Clostridium botulinum present in soil is the offender that produces a nerve toxin that causes botulism. With 7 identified botulism toxins, however merely toxin forms A, B, E and F are detrimental to human beings. Botulism is of 3 kinds typified variedly depending on the way of their exposure: Food Derived Botulism This form of botulism is the consequence of consuming foods that have faced contamination due to the botulism toxin. Wound Botulism This form of botulism is due to the botulism toxin which grows from contamination due to Clostridium botulinum arising from injuries or wounds. Infancy Botulism This form of botulism arises when children ingest Clostridium  [...]

What’s The Buzz About West Nile Virus?

What’s The Buzz About West Nile Virus?

West Nile Virus is the outcome of being bitten by an infected mosquito that is the carrier of the viral form. However, one must bear in mind that all of the mosquito populace does not carry the infection. The detection of the West Nile Virus could be traced to 1937 in the African subcontinent, though it managed to trace its course to the U.S. in the subsequent two decades. However, ever since, it has evolved into a niggling problem especially in the summer season. Several areas of the U.S. have to face the brunt of these mosquito infestations in the months ranging from July onwards till the initial part of September. Though few areas of the country, the menace of imminent possibility of being bitten by mosquitoes ridden with such infection is all year through. Not every bite of this infection-ridden  [...]

Shigellosis

Shigellosis

Shigellosis is a form of communicable infection affecting the gastrointestinal tract leading to wide-ranging symptoms such as looseness in bowels, cramps, puking and feeling nauseous, even resulting in grave complications and sickness. Occasionally, shigellosis infections could subside by itself while in other cases a course of antibiotics is required to curb the length of the sickness. A predominantly summer time infection classically affecting children aged between two to four years and a typically children lesser than six months old. Shigellosis Symptoms The Shigella bacteria is the key offender in this infection producing toxins that could launch an assault on the cells which line the large intestine leading to its enlargement, ulcerous growths on the wall of the intestine and blood-inundated  [...]

Pica – When To Seek Medical Assistance?

Pica – When To Seek Medical Assistance?

Hypothesis regarding the causes of pica are plentiful. One theory is that being nutritionally deficit like iron insufficiency could elicit particular hankerings. Facts that back at least few of the pica cases are a retort to dietetic insufficiency – nutritional paucity mostly are linked with pica and correcting them mostly causes allaying of the symptoms. Few pregnant women, for instance, would give up the craving of consuming non-food substances subsequent to undergoing treatment for iron deficit anemia – a widespread condition noted in expectant mothers with pica. But, not all are observed to respond to a correction of their nutritional deficiency, that could be the result of pica instead of due to the cause, and some individuals with pica do not have a known nutritional dearth. Geophagia  [...]

Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter Disease is one of the widespread reasons for knee-associated pain among children who engage in sports. Generally just one knee is observed to be affected, though at times both the knees could be involved. Osgood Schlatters Symptoms There could be a slight swelling, warmness and sore bony lump appearing at the top of the lower leg nearly two inches in measurement beneath the kneecap. The bump would be painful when one presses on it. It could additionally hurt while the child attempts to kneel, while jumping, running, squatting or doing any form of activity that involves bending or total extension of the leg. Osgood Schlatter Causes The muscles and tendons function in unison while one is moving the legs. Among those that are involved in playing sports, the knees and the legs  [...]

Infants Exposed To Second Hand Smoke At Imminent Risk Of Lung Cancer As Adults

Infants Exposed To Second Hand Smoke At Imminent Risk Of Lung Cancer As Adults

Those infants that have faced exposure to second hand cigarette smoke are more prone to developing lung cancer when they become adults, even when they would never take to smoking. The outcome of the study was printed in the journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, ‘Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarker & Prevention’ in the December edition that laid particular focus on tobacco. During the present year itself, greater than 2, 19, 000 U.S. citizens would be detected having lung cancer; with nearly 1, 59, 000 fatalities and counting, some of whom might not have ever smoked during their lifetime. Studies done till date have revealed that those adults being exposed to second hand smoke have had damaging effects on their health, however information is inadequate on the risk one faces  [...]

Dyskeratosis Congenita

Dyskeratosis Congenita

Dyskeratosis Congenita is a heritable skin condition typified by a net-similar dark patchiness, irregular nail growth, oral lesions and progressive bone marrow failure. Dyskeratosis congenital occurs due to the mutation of the gene DKC1 present in the X-chromosome (females), and in majority of the situations is hereditary as an X-linked recessive disorder. The male gender has a single X and Y chromosome while the female gender has two X-chromosomes. In case a male has inherited the DKC1 heritable flaw on his one X-chromosome then he would have dyskeratosis congenital. But, a female would require two flawed X-chromosomes for developing the disorder. Due to this legacy outline, the proportion of male to female that are affected by this disorder is nearly 10:1. Approximately 180 people having  [...]