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Signs and Symptoms of Infant Autism and Its Care

Signs and Symptoms of Infant Autism and Its Care Infantile autism is characterized by general and profound failure to develop social relationships, language retardation and ritualistic and compulsive behavior. Approximate incidence is 4:10,000. More boys than girls are affected and clinical finding manifest before the age of 30 months. Etiology : Although the cause of autism remains unknown CNS dysfunction is suggested by the increased...

Daily Recommended Sleep for Children and Adolescents Ages 5 to 19

Daily Recommended Sleep for Children and Adolescents Ages 5 to 19 ;Sleep Depriva How do you know if your child's weight gain is normal and when it's leading to childhood obesity? Children, unlike adults, need extra nutrients and calories to fuel their growth and development. So if they consume about the number of calories they need for daily activities, growth and metabolism, they add pounds in proportion to their added inches. But children who eat more calories than they...

Common Childhood Asthma and Its Management

Common Childhood Asthma and Its Management To most persons, asthma means wheezing regardless of its cause. As per American thoracic society definition, Asthma is defined as "a disease characterized by an increased responsiveness of the trachea and bronchi to various stimuli and manifested by narrowing of the air ways that changes in severity either spontaneously or as a result of treatment". Essentially, asthma is a reversible airways...

Raising a Child as a Vegan

The vegan diet, typically very low in fat and free of cholesterol, consists only of plant products, in other words, no meat, poultry, fish, milk, cheese, eggs nor ice cream. The healthy diet of a vegan includes whole grains, seeds, nuts, legumes, vegetables, fruits, and loads of leafy greens. Yet, many have raised the question of calcium in a vegan diet, since most Americans and Europeans get the...

A Holistic Approach To Your Child's Ear Infection

Middle ear is connected to the nasal cavity and the throat by means of a passageway called the Eustachian tube. This allows excess secretions from the middle ear to drain away from the ear into the nose and throat. If the Eustachian tube is not draining properly, these secretions build up in the middle ear, with the result that pressure in the ear rises and the ear becomes painful and often...

Does Television Affect Children's Health?

Sick and tired of your kids sitting in front of the 'boob tube?' Learn how excessive time in front of the television can affect your children and what you can do to counter its effects. If you ever thought that your children watch too much television you may be right to worry. Research shows that TV has a number of detrimental effects on health such as: promoting obesity, undermining family life...

Is Your Child Overweight?

As a dietitian, have come across many parents who are worried about the weight of their children. It is understandable considering that obesity in the United States has increased considerably over the past few years. Here's what's healthy and what's not. Many parents concerned about their child's weight to the point of restricting calories and fat beyond belief. When a parent is in this situation...

Kids and Constipation

Believe it or not, kids do end up with constipation. But why do some children end up with it more than others? And how do you know when one is really constipated? First off, poop should be something that easily leaves your body. There shouldn't be any straining, pushing or pain. Most children will poop three to four times a day, without any effort. Others will poop less frequently, but find it...

Stage of weaning (complementary feeding) with maintaining proper nutrition

Image of Stage of weaning (complementary feeding) WEANING (Complementary feeding) : The weaning is a transitional period and process of introducing foods other than breast milk to an infant and gradually increasing the amount, so that eventually the infant becomes accustomed to the full adult diet. Weaning before 4 months is called early and after 9 months is called late weaning. Early weaning is associated with obesity, atherosclerosis and...

Children’s Repetitive Ear Infections Due to Antibiotic Resistant

Children’s Repetitive Ear Infections Due to Antibiotic Resistant Acute middle ear infection is common in children. Its incidence rises during the winter, when respiratory tract infections are common. With prompt treatment, the prognosis is excellent; however, prolonged fluid buildup in the middle ear causes chronic middle ear infection, with possible puncturing of the eardrum, which transmits sound vibrations to the inner ear. Ear infections most often occur...

Composition of Breast Milk and Comparison With Cows and Standard Formula Milk

Composition of Breast Milk and Comparison With Cows and Standard Formula Milk Immediately after delivery breast milk is yellowish and sticky. This milk is called colostrum and is secreted for about 5 days, thereafter a transitional milk is produced which follows the production of mature milk from two weeks postpartum and the composition also differ. The preterm milk contains more protein; the fore milk is rich in protein, lactose, vitamins, minerals and water; and the...

Why Infants Often Get Fever?

Why Infants Often Get Fever? Fever is a sign of interaction between antigen and the host's defense mechanism. The body maintains normal core body temperature at a set point of 37°C (98.6°F), within a narrow range of 1 - 1.5 °C. Heat generation (increased cell metabolism, muscle activity, involuntary shivering) and heat conservation (vasoconstriction, heat preference behavior) are balanced against heat loss {evaporation-...

Artificial Feeding: its Technique and Problem

Artificial Feeding: its Technique and Problem Whole cow's milk is not recommended for infants. When breast-feeding is not feasible, artificial feeding needs to be practiced. Artificially fed infants should receive sterile water for the first feeding. Commercial formulas are modified from a cow's milk base, and their protein and ash levels are reduced nearer to those of human milk. The saturated fat of cow's milk is replaced with some...

How to Keep Your Babies Safe When They Sleep

How to Keep Your Babies Safe When They Sleep The back-to-sleep movement for babies has been around for more than 10 years. Since it started, the number of SIDS deaths has dropped by half. But all that time spent on their backs has caused other problems for babies. Now doctors are updating the back-to-sleep campaign with some new advice. It's sleepy time, and little Michael Joseph is on his back. But come playtime -- he's on his tummy ......

Cause and Prevention of Fifth Disease/ Parvovirus B19/Erythema Infectiosum/ Slapped Cheek

Cause and Prevention of Fifth Disease/ Parvovirus B19/Erythema Infectiosum/ Slap Fifth disease is caused by human parvovirus B19.Fifth disease, so-called because it was the fifth red-rash childhood disease to be identified, is generally a mild illness that most commonly affects preschool and school-age children during the spring.. It's also sometimes referred to as "slapped cheeks disease" because of the telltale red facial rash that infected children commonly develop. The...