Child Health

 

Kids are the blessings for today and promises for the days to come! The body of kids is the most super sensitive, delicate and susceptible form which can be easily be harmed if not taken care of. Well being of your kid comprises of physical, mental and social well-being.

To keep your kids and babies healthy, offer them healthy diet, make them sleep for adequate hours and always go for regular check ups, as these check ups are very much essential for the growth of your kid.
 

                       Major Health Issues Among Children

 

The major health hazards in infants and just born babies are preterm birth, birth asphyxia and different kinds of life summoning infections. Such hazardous conditions can be minimized by ensuring:

 

  1.  Quality care during pregnancy.
  2. Safe delivery by skilled birth attendant.
  3. Quality neonatal care which includes activities like early breast feeding, hygienic cord and skin care, attention to breathing and warmth etc.
  4. Pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria, HIV infection (from mother to child) and malnutrition are other health related issues among children.

You Need to Worry If :

Kids can become seriously ill and any sort of infection may be dangerous, so don't take chances because illness at this age requires immediate attention. So, if you found any of the following symptoms, take your child to the medical practitioner:

 

  1. If your kid has a temperature over 02.2 °F (39°C) for more than half an hour.
  2. If your kid is excessively cold or excessively hot
  3. If your kids breathing is very noisy and rapid.
  4. If your baby's vomiting are green in color and cries uncontrollably as if in pain.
  5. If your kid speaks in a low volume over a 24-hour period.
  6. If your baby has blood in his urine.
  7. If your kid refuses two successive feedings, or does not demand to be fed for six hours
  8. If your kid seems particularly restless or seems abnormally quiet or drowsy.

 

Child Maltreatment

 

Child maltreatment refers to the physical abuse and neglect done to the kids below 18 years of age. Sexual harassment, emotional ill-treatment or exploitation of any kind are included under child maltreatment. Since such ill treatments against kids effect their physical and mental state, this category too forms an integral part of kids health care. Parents and society at large should be conscious enough to eliminate such practices and maltreatment against kids around them.
 

Initial Child Development

The development phase starting from prenatal period uptil eight years of age is a very crucial period in a child's life. The mental and biological development during this period influences the overall lifespan to a great extent. Proper nutrition, healthy environment, apt medication and vaccinations against diseases and primary education are the essential areas that need to be catered to for a healthy development of a child.
 

Food Allergies in Children

 

Food allergy refers to an abnormal reaction of body towards a certain food. Food allergies in children are most often seen under the age of four. Some of the common allergy rendering foods are:

  1. Fish
  2. Eggs
  3. Milk
  4. Nuts
  5. Tomatoes
  6. Citrus Fruits

 

Understanding Food Allergies and Symptoms

 

When a child's body reacts abnormally to certain food product, that basically indicates that the child's immune system is producing specific antibodies called IgE as a response to the allergic food taken. The symptoms may include skin rashes, vomiting, diarrhoea or allergic cold. At times parent omit the allergic food from their child's diet forever but that shouldn't be the case as most often kids outgrow such allergies by the age of three.

 

Corrective Measures and Precautions

 

Parents have to be careful about their kid's diet and overall health when it comes to food allergies. It is best to seek medical guidance in such cases. Self-medication or elimination of the particular food product completely may not work well in a longer run. Some of the points to consider in this case are:

 

  1. Avoid putting your kid on a restricted diet without confirming the doctor as it can end up in malnutrition.
  2. Difference in a child's bowel movements should not be considered a sign of food allergy.
  3. Do not conceive any notions of food allergy until and unless it has been confirmed by the doctor.
  4. Seek immediate medical help in case of anaphylactic shock i.e. severe breathing issues with heart malfunctioning.
  5. Diet minus the allergic food is the general treatment for such allergies.


 Childhood illnesses and medical conditions