Kids and Teenage Health

Health information for teenagers, ranging from nutrition, safety to other health disorders.

Teen Pregnancy: Young Women's Health - Ages 12-24

Teen Pregnancy: Young Women's Health Pregnancy: Help Keep Teenage Pregnancy Rates Down by Making Responsible Choices With over one million American teenage girls becoming pregnant every year, the United States holds the title for having the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in the industrialized world. To gain a clearer picture of this statistic, that breaks down to one out of five sexually active girls becoming pregnant. However,...

Vital Vitamins for Children

Vital Vitamins for Children Children need certain vitamins and minerals in their diets in order to stay healthy. Different vitamins perform different functions in the body. Most vitamins can consumed through a child’s diet, which is why it’s important for kids to eat a variety of healthy foods each day. If your child is deficient in any vitamins, her doctor may recommend vitamin supplements. Vitamin A Vitamin A is important...

Medicines for Asthma

Medicines of Asthma What are the medicines used to treat asthma? There are basically three kinds of medicines: Relievers (Bronchodilators) are medicines that relax smooth muscles that have tightened around the airways. They relieve asthma symptoms. Short acting b2-agonists, short acting aminophylline, and ipratropium are bronchodilators or relievers. Preventers (Anti-inflammatory medicines) are medicines that...

Injury Prevention

Why it is important to share and act on information about Injury Prevention Every year, 750,000 children die from injuries. Another 400 million are seriously hurt. Many injuries lead to permanent disability and brain damage. Injuries are a major cause of death and disability among young children. The most common injuries are falls, burns, drowning and road acci-dents. Most of these injuries...

Classification of Asthma

Classification of Asthma Why do we classify asthma? We classify asthma for the purpose of precise and efficient management. Aim of our management is not merely control of symptoms, but control of inflammation, since more inflammation in the airways is associated with more manifestation of disease, which demands more drugs to be prescribed. How can we classify asthma? A new classification is given by the Expert Panel-2...

Child Health

Malaria Malaria is a serious disease spread through mosquito bites. Each year, there are 300 million to 500 million cases of malaria throughout the throughout the world and about 1 million child deaths. In areas where malaria is common, it can be the leading cause of death and poor growth among young children. Malaria is also particularly dangerous for pregnant women. It causes severe anaemia,...

Cancer of The Cervix

The cervix is the lower end of the uterus, which extends into the vagina. Of cancers of the female reproductive system, cervical cancer (cervical carcinoma) is the second most common in all women and the most common in younger women. It usually affects women between the ages of 35 and 55. This cancer may be caused by a virus (human papillomavirus) which may be transmitted during sexual...

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) More than 150 symptoms have been reported in association with PMS. There are five basic categories: Anxiety (includes nervousness, mood swings, irritability & impatience) Depression (includes crying, confusion, social withdrawal & insomnia) Pain (includes backache, cramps and breast pain) Water retention (includes abdominal bloating, weight gain & swelling) Hypoglycemia (includes...

Language Building Tips for Center-Based Child Care Providers

Language Building Tips for Center-Based Child Care Providers We know that it’s important to talk every day with each child, using the kind of talk that builds language and thinking skills. The phrase "MAKE TIME TO TALK" is to help you remember things you can do when talking to children to help them learn new vocabulary and how to use language to express their ideas and needs, and that helps them have fun with language. Here are some tips for you to help...

Osteoporosis in Children

Osteoporosis in Children What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis literally means ‘porous bones’. It occurs when the struts which make up the mesh-like structure within bones become thin causing bones to become fragile and break easily following a minor bump or fall. These broken bones are often referred to as fragility fractures. The terms ‘fractures’ and ‘broken bones’ mean the same thing. Although fractures can occur in...

Children’s Phobias

A phobia is an irrational or exaggerated fear of objects, situations, or bodily functions that aren't inherently dangerous. Phobias are different from the fears that 'are normal for the child's stage of development or fears caused by conflicts in the home. School phobia is one example of an exaggerated fear. It may cause a child 6 or 7 years of age to refuse to go to school. The child may either...

Young Britons Ignoring Warnings Despite Rise in Melanoma

Young Britons Ignoring Warnings Despite Rise in Melanoma Young skin is particularly vulnerable to ultraviolet radiation from the sun which causes skin cancer but teenagers and adults are not taking precautions, according to a new survey. "Unless young people change their habits and learn to protect themselves properly in the sun we could be heading for a skin cancer time bomb," survey said. The poll of 1,800 people commissioned by Cancer Research UK...

Human Sex and Desire Under Behavioral Perception

What is Human Life? Before going deep into the subject of human sex and desire, it is very necessary that we should know all about human life and its ambiguous nature. Human life is an unique picture of pain and happiness, full of dreams including power, glory and dignity. Life is a walking shadow which is full of sounds and fury till death. But painfully it is fact that those dreams are never...

Dietary Needs of the Adolescent

As girls and boys cross ten and upto the age of nearly twenty, they are in adolescence. This stage of neither child nor adult produces physical and mental changes in girls and boys that ultimately evolves into physical characteristics and mental make-up of the young adult. As such the dietary needs of this period which is the crossroads in the life of girls and boys are critical. The diet has to...

Vaccinations: Preventive Medicine for Kids and Adults

Vaccinations: Preventive Medicine for Kids and Adults Immunizations aren't just kid stuff. Adults also need protection against infectious disease. Yet, surveys find that most American adults, and many children, fail to get the recommended shots that protect against tetanus, hepatitis b, and other possibly fatal diseases. Before we had vaccines, small pox, polio, and other diseases swept through the world's cities and towns killing or crippling...

Acute Leukemia of Childhood and Adolescence

Acute Leukemia of Childhood and Adolescence Leukemia is a malignancy or cancer of the bone marrow. All of the cells in the bloodstream are normally produced in the bone marrow. In leukemia, there is an unrestrained proliferation of a "clone" of immature white blood cells. These abnormal white blood cells gradually crowd out the normal blood cells. This can lead to anemia, an increased risk of infection, and bleeding. Leukemia is the most...

Parenting for Self-Esteem

Parenting for Self-Esteem Virtually every child, teen, and even adult I see in my clinical practice, suffers from a self-esteem problem in some way, shape, or form. And essentially all parents seeking information or counseling about their child's emotional development want to know how to build their child's self-esteem. Whether intuitively or from exposure to psychological research findings, we all seem to recognize the...

Mothers and Breast fed Babies

Mothers and Breast fed Babies In rural Nepal, an impressive study conducted by researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health on 45,000 married women, showed that retinol palmitate (7,000 mg RE/week) or beta-carotene (42 mg/week) supplementation during childbearing years in the women can lower mortality related to pregnancy (up to 12 weeks post-partum) by an astonishing 44 per cent. This survival...

Reproductive Tract Infections

More than a million women and children died from the complications of reproductive tract infection (RTI) every year during the 1990s. RTI causes a heavy emotional burden, especially when they damage fertility; while about 5 per cent of women world- wide are unable to bear children due to some inherited or hormonal disorder. Much larger numbers are rendered infertile by damage to their...

Juvenile Rheumatiod Arthritis

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is persistent inflammation of the joints (arthritis) that is similar to rheumatoid arthritis in adults but begins before 16 years of age. The cause is unknown. Hereditary factors may increase the risk of developing it. Symptoms This disorder affects only a few joints in about 40 percent of the children who have it; it affects many joints in another 40 per cent. In...