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Learning Disorders in Children

Learning disorder is when a child has trouble  learning a certain subject in school. Your child may have problems with reading, writing and math and his /her skill  is below  what is expected for a child his  age, grade level and intelligence. The problem is bad enough to interfere with school and everyday life.

What causes learning disorder in children ?

It is believed that a learning disorder happens because of problems with the nervous system. The problem may be in the brain structure or the chemicals in the brain may not be working right.  As a result a child with learning disorders  receives, processes or communicates a different way. read more

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Removing an insect from a child’s ear

An insect can get trapped in a child’s ear when the child is playing out. It can also happen when the child is sleeping. Sometimes the insect dies when it enters the ear. At other times it stays alive and tries to make its way out. This can cause fear and discomfort to the child. The insect should be removed right away.

First aid for insect in the  ear read more

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Delayed Puberty

Puberty is considered to be delayed when the physical signs do not show  by the age of 13 years  for girls and 14 years for boys. This condition can be hereditary or it can be due to chromosomal abnormalities, chronic diseases or tumor that damages  the pituitary glands  or the hypothalamus which affects  maturation.

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What are the symptoms of delayed puberty ?

Lacking signs of puberty is the main indicator. Symptoms may be common, however each child may experience it differently. Symptoms include the following :

  • GIRLS
    • Lack of any breast development by age 13
    • Failure to menstruate by age 14
    • More than 4 years between initial breast growth and first menstrual period
    BOYS 
    • Lack of pubic hairs by age 15
    • Lack of testicular enlargement by age 14
    • More than 4 years  to complete adult genital development

    The doctor will be able to diagnose delayed puberty through blood tests, X-rays, CAT scan and MRI. read more

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December 11, 2019 | 8:20 31    By oohs N coos     Comments

Ways to lower toddlers’ choking risk

Young children are naturally curious about their surroundings. Part of this behavior involves putting food and other objects in their mouths. These objects can stick in their windpipe and make it impossible to breathe.

What you should do

Monitor mealtime : Children before the age of 4 aren’t able to grind food into small pieces.  You should protect your child by making  a safe eating environment  and avoid eating certain foods until the age of 4.

During meals :

  • Supervise your child.
  • Sit the child upright in a high chair.
  •  Discourage eating and talking at the same time.
  • Don’t allow your child to run with food in his / her mouth .
  • Cut your child’s food into smaller pieces until his / her molars come in.

Don’t allow your child younger than 4 to have these  foods. read more

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December 11, 2019 | 8:20 31    By oohs N coos     Comments

How parents can help their child deal with a bully

Physical and emotional changes can make children the target of bullies.  Being a bully or a victim of bully puts children at risk  for engaging in violent behaviors such as fighting .  Bullying comes in several forms such as name calling , unrelenting teasing, spreading rumors  and deliberately excluding a child from an activity. Cyberbullying using the Internet or mobile phones, racial slurs, mocking cultural traditions, and unwanted physical contact are all forms of bullying.

Signs that may indicate that your child is being bullied includes the following : read more

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December 11, 2019 | 8:20 31    By oohs N coos     Comments

What is Postmaturity in the Newborn

Postmaturity  also known as dysmaturity is used to describe babies born after 42 weeks. The normal length of pregnancy is  37 to 41 weeks. Early term is  37 to 38 weeks and 6 days. Full term is  39 weeks to 40 weeks and  6 days. Late term is 41 weeks to 41 weeks and 6 days. Very few babies are born at 42 weeks or later. Other terms  used to describe these  births include post-term, postmaturity, prolonged pregnancy and post-date pregnancy.

Causes of postmaturity in the newborn

It is not known why some pregnancies last longer than others. Sometimes the pregnancy may be off because the mother is not sure of her last menstrual period. Getting the date wrong will mean the baby will be born earlier or later than expected. The most accurate way to tell the date of a  pregnancy is through an ultrasound in the first trimester unless the date of conception is specifically known such as an in vitro fertilization. read more

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