Kids and Teenage Health

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

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...

What Makes Smoking Harmful?

Tobacco smoke contains over 4000 different chemicals, many of which are harmful such as: benzene hydrogen cyanide formaldehyde lacetone ammonia arsenic. The three main components of smoke, all of which affect the human body and can cause diseases, are nicotine, carbon monoxide and tar. Nicotine This a powerful, fast acting and addictive drug. Most people who smoke are dependent on the nicotine...

Child obesity

Pediatric obesity and nutrition experts today said that increasing physical activity and emphasizing eating a wide variety of foods, for a high fiber and low fat diet, are the most important steps parents should take in preventing childhood obesity. The comments were made as part of a national conference on pediatric obesity sponsored by the Georgetown University's Center for Food and Nutrition...

Childhood Blindness - A Global Tragedy

Blindness is defined by the WHO as a corrected visual acuity of less than 3/60 is the better eye which is approximately equal to an ability to count fingers of 3 meters or a central visual field of 100 from the point of fixation. A CHILD is defined by UNICEF as an individual aged 0-15 years of age. This age group constitute 40% of the population. Globally there are estimated to be 45 million...

Chicken Pox can be Prevented

Doctors in a seminar opined in favour of getting jab of Chicken Pox vaccine to avoid this infectious disease for those who are not yet exposed to the virus. This vaccine (one dose for below 12 years but above 9 months and 2 doses for above 13 years 6-8 weeks apart) can effectively prevent the disease and might avoid an attack even after exposure if it is given within 72 hours. A scientific...

How Early Events Affect Growing Brains An interview with Neuroscientist Pat Levitt

How Early Events Affect Growing Brains An interview with Neuroscientist Pat Levi Abstract: Recent advances in neuroscience show clearly how experience can change brain neurochemicals, and how this in turn affects the way the brain functions. As a result, early negative events actually get built into the growing brain’s neurochemistry, altering the brain’s architecture. Research is continuing to investigate how children with genetic vulnerabilities, such as autism,...

Health Related Q&A Mother and Child Care

List of Questions Q1.How we can ensure neonat health service in a rural setting in the developing countries? Q2.What are the fatal diseases of early childhood? How to manage a case of Penumonia in an infant? Q3 It is said in the text books and some other literatures that "bathing the baby immediately after birth is not necessary? If not, why not? What happens if the baby is bathe immediately...

The Diseases Caused by Smoking

There are many serious and often fatal diseases caused by smoking. The most common of these are: coronary heart disease cancer of the lung chronic bronchitis, emphysema and other lung diseases. The list of smoking-related diseases includes the following. Coronary heart disease Atherosclerosis - this is the build-up of fatty deposits and loss of elasticity in the artery walls which can lead to a...

Passive Smoking

Breathing the smoke from other people's cigarettes is called passive smoking. It consists of smoke from the burning end of the cigarette - called sidestream smoke - and smoke inhaled and exhaled by the smoker - mainstream smoke. The US Environmental Protection Agency has declared passive smoking or exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) to be a 'Class A Carcinogen' which means that it is...

Urinary Incontinence in Children

Parents or guardians of children who experience bedwetting at night or "accidents" during the day should treat this problem with understanding and patience. This loss of urinary control is called "urinary incontinence" or just "incontinence." Although it affects many young people, it usually disappears naturally over time, which suggests that incontinence, for some people, may be a normal part of...

Instead of Punishment: For Autistic Kids

Autism is "A chronic developmental disability with combination of sensori-motor and behavioral characteristics along with cognitive disabilities." Autism itself is a very complex condition and can make life a challenge. Dr. Leo Karner is the person who first identified 11 children with Autism. However, By the bless of science we know more about the genetic makeup of humans. A French team of...

Atopic Dermatitis Tied to Sleep Disturbances in Children

Atopic Dermatitis Tied to Sleep Disturbances in Children Improved Sleep may be an Important Treatment Focus Atopic dermatitis (AD), or eczema, can cause more problems than just chronically red, itchy skin. According to the August issue of the AMA's Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, children with AD are often plagued with sleep-related problems than can affect the entire family. Ronald E. Dahl, M.D, from the University of Pittsburgh School...

Mother and Child-Essential Message

The Following are The Essential Message Distilled from Facts for Life. The health of both women and children can be significantly improved when births are spaced at least two years apart, when pregnancy is age 18 and after age 35, and when a woman has no more than four pregnancies in total. All pregnant women should visit a health worker for prenatal care, and all births should be assisted by a...

Aerobics and Your Heart

Oxygen is necessary to allow chemical transformations in the body. The heart is the muscle that pumps oxygen-rich blood to the rest of your body. Aerobic exercise increases lung capacity (intake of oxygen) and strengthens the heart muscle (more effective pumping of oxygen), helping the body to clean more effectively and rapidly and helping reducing risks of heart diseases. Aerobics can also...

The Safest Way for Children to Ride in a Car...

The Safest Way for Children to Ride in a Car... Injuries and deaths of children associated with child safety seats and passenger-side air bags have been reported. Parents, therefore, should be reminded that the safest place for any infant or small child when riding in a car is buckled into a safety seat or seat belt in the back seat. This is true whether or not the car is equipped with a passenger-side air bag. Any child who rides unrestrained...

Making Motherhood Safe

Some Tragic Incidences Ferdousi a village teen was married to Shahed Ali 16. When married the adolescent girl Ferdousi was just 14. Their first child was born two years after marriage. Delivery was done at home. During pregnancy Ferdousi was administered tetanus Toxoid. Two years after the birth of first child another boy child was born but he died soon after. Again a son, the third one, was born...

Should Children Take Antidepressants?

Craig Whittington the last 12 months have witnessed radical changes and considerable controversy regarding how childhood and teenage depression is treated. Although few antidepressant drugs have been licensed for pediatric use, rates of prescribing in the under-18 age group have risen by 60 per cent over the past decade, with over a million children and adolescents receiving what are called...

Childhood Cancer

Cancer is the leading cause of death in children after congenital abnormalities and road traffic accidents. In Singapore approximately 100 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. Common Types of Child Cancer Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is the most common cancer in children. It occurs in about 60 per cent of all childhood cancers. This is followed by brain tumours which occurs in...

Three-year-olds Capable of Firing Available Guns

Three-year-olds Capable of Firing Available Guns Contrary to the belief of some parents, police officers, and other professionals familiar with firearms, many young children are strong enough to fire most commercially available guns, according to an article in the December 1995 issue of the AMA's Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Sara M. Naureckas, M.D., Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Ill., and colleagues tested the pull...

Bone Builders

Support Your Bones with Healthy Habits Unearthed skeletons from ancient times testify to the durability of bone long after other bodily tissue turns to dust. Living bone in the body, however, can lose mineral and fracture easily if neglected--a disorder called osteoporosis, or porous bones. One in two women and one in eight men over 50 suffer such fractures, including sometimes life-threatening...