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BHS (Breath Holding Spells)

BHS (Breath Holding Spells)

BHS (breath-holding spells) also called as Expiratory Apnea are episodes wherein the kid halts breath and becomes unconscious for short spans of time shortly ensuing a terrifying, emotionally distressing or an agonizing experience. BHS is known to affect five percent of children in good health. They generally start in the initial year of life, peaking by the age of 2, subsiding by 4 years of age in fifty percent infants and by 8years in 83% of infants. BHS could take one of the two below stated forms, namely: The cyanotic form of BHS: The most prevalent and initiated in subconscious manner by young kids mostly as a part of a temper tantrum or as a retort to being scolded or other disconcerting events. These episodes become quite recurrent at about two years of age and are uncommon among children  [...]

ADHD In Children

ADHD In Children

ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a condition that strips the kids of their focussing and attentive capabilities. Such children are unstill and distraction seems to be common occurrence. Hence, it becomes tricky for such kids to stay put on a particular task and usually go off course, be it taking note of what the teacher might be saying or completing an errand. The National Institute of Mental Health guesstimates that nearly three to five percent children have ADHD; however some specialists consider that statistics might touch even ten percent. Symptoms of ADHD In Children Inattentiveness The key indicator of ADHD is not being able to be attentive with few kids finding it difficult to listen to a speaker, follow directions, complete chores or fail to keep tabs of personal  [...]

Viable Heart Disease Treatments for Children

Viable Heart Disease Treatments for Children

Widely prevalent heart problems among children are detected with the commonly employed procedure known as cardiac catheterization. In certain situations, it assists in mending heart ailments that earlier needed open-heart surgery. The procedure is conducted in a Paediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory also known as the ‘cath lab’. As infants possess smaller-sized hearts and blood vessels, the experts treating them would need to be fully-equipped with both specialised equipment as well as knack wise. A special form of sedation and supervision is needed in case of children due to their size, age factor and varying capacity to cooperate. The cath lab used during the procedure is well-endowed with top-notch imaging apparatus and computers used for fluoroscopy, digital movies and MRI (magnetic  [...]

Fifth Disease

Fifth Disease

An infectious and generally mild version of illness caused due to a virus that leads to rash formations on the cheeks, arms and legs that subsides in a couple of weeks. Fifth Disease Causes: The human parvovirus B19 is the reason behind the occurrence of the fifth disease. It is most prevalent among preschooler or school-going kids during the spring months. The disease is transmitted via contact with respiratory emissions and generally returns for five days. Though, the rash related to the fifth disease might return for numerous weeks. The relapse of the rash might be elicited by exposure to sunlight, heat, physical exercise, fever or emotional strain. Fifth Disease Symptoms: Fifth disease initiates with flu-similar signs subsequent to which rashes appear on the face and body. Transmission  [...]

Coxsackie (Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease)

Coxsackie (Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease)

Coxsackie is a prevalent, communicable childhood illness caused typically due to the coxsackie A virus and in some situations due to the coxsackie B virus or enterovirus 71. All these viral forms come under one grouping called as enteroviruses. The hand-foot-mouth disease name was derived due to the development of non-scratchy rashes on the palms and soles of the legs and even oral sores. Normally occurring in under-10 years infants, at times even adults and adolescents are affected. Majority of the grown-ups have immunity against the coxsackie A virus as they have had prior exposure to the disease during infanthood. Adults when infected with the disease have a tendency to exhibit milder version of the symptoms in comparison to kids. Coxsackie Causes: It is generally caused due to the coxsackie  [...]

Pinkeye – Conjunctivitis

Pinkeye – Conjunctivitis

Pinkeye or Conjunctivitis is a reddening and inflammation occurring in the clear membranes that cover the white portion of the eye and the membranes that line the inner section of the eyelids. Pinkeye is mostly caused due to a viral or a bacterial infection, though presence of certain allergies, toxic agents and causal ailments could also be responsible. Viral and bacterial pinkeye are quite communicable in nature. It could be quickly spread due to improper sanitation or when one shares any item that has been handled by an infected individual. Pinkeye could spread when one coughs and sneezes. Children detected with pinkeye must avoid going to school or day care till the time the infection subsides. Allergic pinkeye occurs due to seasonal pollens, pet or animal dander and certain types of cosmetic  [...]

Kawasaki Disease

Kawasaki Disease

Kawasaki disease is the prevalent reason leading to acquired heart disease among infants in the United States, with the characteristic appearance of inflamed blood vessels all through the body, particularly the coronary arteries located around the heart. Infants below five years are most commonly observed to be affected by the disease with boys being more frequently affected as compared to girls, and is a condition known to trigger in the winter and spring time. Kawasaki Disease Causes: Annually, there are approximately two thousand cited Kawasaki disease cases in the United States. Though the reason behind this acquired disease is still unknown, experts doubt that it could be partly occurring due to a pathogen like virus or bacteria that might elucidate the reason for collective appearance  [...]

Diverting The Baby’s Energy Positively With Baby Jumpers

Diverting The Baby’s Energy Positively With Baby Jumpers

Oh my god! You know, with the unbound energy, baby is so excited with everything & everyone around. Don’t you just love to see the way they have the urge to jump & reach out to things? Yes, definitely. But then again, we must make it safe for them to explore their world….. safely & their way. Well, baby jumpers do just that. The best time to start the baby jumpers is from 4 months to walking age. They can move in any direction and exercise doing what they really enjoy, right? The best part is that with multiple options flooding markets, we can best choice with just few questions. Guys, lets begin. The best type of baby jumper: There are really fun & fancy ones around. Let’s check out. Some baby jumpers can be attached roof top while some can be stand alone with out occupying  [...]

Five Commonly Made SPF Blunders

Five Commonly Made SPF Blunders

Improper knowledge of the child’s Camp or School guidelines: There are several places that would either not adhere to reapplication of SPF or deem it as a form of medication, implicating that the parents would be required to send in a letter of approval that Okays the use of SPF on the child. Using up the last drop of last summer’s sunscreen bottle: How often does this happen! A general tendency among many is to first polish off the last summer’s sunscreen before opening a new one. How, Dr. Elizabeth Hale, M.D. – a clinical associate professor of dermatology hailing from the New York University has pointed out the crucial aspect that on opening the sunscreen, its strength and efficacy tend to dawdle, particularly so over a span of a year’s time and hence might not be able to offer  [...]

Ear Infection: Handy Medication Guide

Ear Infection: Handy Medication Guide

Antibiotics are employed in the treatment of ear infection among children; though in majority of them ear infections subside without the need of administering them. One might not require antibiotics in case home tending seems to be providing relief from the pain, and the symptoms are lessening in intensity after some days. Several doctors in the United States prescribe antibiotics to treat middle ear infections for infants that are below two years of age as these young age bracket children are at a heightened risk of developing complications. In infants that are two years and above, several doctors follow the wait-and-watch policy for some days to observe whether the status of the infection is improving or not. In case antibiotics are prescribed, they mostly comprise of amoxicillin (Amoxil)  [...]

The Anti-Choking Bilk Sheet

The Anti-Choking Bilk Sheet

Below 1-year-old Infants A widely known fact is that one must steer clear from any food items that are rounded, firm and gooey in texture like those mentioned below is: Avoiding any kind of whole nuts or seeds. Chunky pieces of fruits. Large pieces of meats and cheese. Fruits and veggies in raw form. Popcorn. Entire pieces of grapes and shrivelled fruit inclusive of raisins. Hot dogs. Peanut butter lumps. Firm or glutinous sweets inclusive of chewing gum. Honey. When the child progresses to finger forms of victuals then they must be kept to bite-sized or as small as a pea and soft in texture to be easily ingestible or in bare minimum be effortlessly chewed, for instance the ring-shaped cereals. A special cue concerning the use of honey is that it comprises of botulism toxins that  [...]

Infant Quicksilver Poisoning

Infant Quicksilver Poisoning

Quicksilver or mercury poisoning occurs due to mercury getting inside the system either by inhalation of its vapours or ingestion of food items such as fish picked from waters ridden with mercury. Quicksilver or mercury is a silvery metal that is utilised by dentists for filling cavities, the contents in batteries, thermometers, whitening skin lotions and a number of industrial and agricultural activities. When blood level lies at or surpasses 0.02ppm or parts per million, then it is a warning sign that there has been mercury poisoning. Such individuals must promptly seek medical assistance. Quicksilver Poisoning Symptoms: Coughing. Breathing distress with succinctness experienced. Rashes over the body. Nauseous feeling and vomiting. Oral Sores. Auditory problems. Blisters. Flaking  [...]