Warning Signs of Anorexia in Children

If you answer yes to many of these questions, you need to talk to your child and pediatrician.

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  • Does your child skip family meals  and prepare her own food instead ?
  • Is your child following her own diet ?
  • Has your child adopted a ” healthy” vegetarian diet all of a sudden  and obsessively .
  • Are a no or low calorie food a major part of your child’s diet ?
  • Does your child hide food in her room ?
  • Are certain food groups or nutrients excluded in your child’s diet ?
  • Does your child visit the bathroom after eating ?
  • Does your child  flush the toilet, run water, or turn on the shower while in the bathroom?
  •  Has your child lost  a lot of weight in a short amount of time ?
  • Does your child have unusual number of scratches or cuts over her knuckles.
  • Does she have swollen cheeks or lymph nodes around her face, or broken blood vessels in the whites of her eyes?
  • Does your child get dizzy or is she easily fatigued ?
  • Does your child have several headaches, heartburns and coughs ?
  • Has her periods stopped ?
  • Does your child play with her food without actually eating it ?
  • Has your child developed downy hair on her face, arms, and back?
  • Does your child have bruises along her back ?
  • Can  you see the bones of her back and collarbones clearly outlined?
  • Is she engaged in a  lot of physical activity to help speed up weight loss ?
  • Has your child become socially withdrawn, irritable, moody, or depressed
  • Does your child seem more secretive ?
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    Some Reasons Why Your Child Has a Runny Nose

    Causes of runny nose in children

    Does your child constantly have a runny nose ?  Are you worried if your child’s runny nose is normal ? Here are some information that can help you put your worries to ease.

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    The nose has several important functions.

    • It serves as a place to warm and humidify the air we breath in from the outside environment  .
    • The nasal cavity is an entry point for small  particles, allowing as an additional sense on how to interact with the outside.
    • The nasal cavity is lined with pink  membranes that produces  clear mucus to trap foreign particles that may have be breathed in  from the environment .

    The clear drainage in the nose  actually serves an important purpose and a small amount is normal. However too much can clog the nose and lead to an infection.

    There are certain things you have to look out for to help your child’s doctor make the correct diagnoses. read more

    Signs of Sepsis in Infants and Children

    Sepsis is a life-threatening illness caused by your body’s response to an infection. It can affect anyone at anytime but it tends to affect the very old and very young. Children particularly newborns  and young infants tend to be more susceptible to developing sepsis. Children with underlying medical problems are also at risk.

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    Signs and symptoms of sepsis.

    Detecting sepsis  early and starting immediately with treatment  is often the  difference between life and death. You need to seek immediate care if children have an infection and is not improving or getting worse. Signs of sepsis include a combination of the following: read more

    Preparing For The 2018/2019 Flu Season

    Flu can be a very serious illness. It  causes lots of death in the United States every year. As parents the best thing we can do for our children  to protect them from the flu is to get them vaccinated. Everyone around them should be vaccinated too.

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    What type of influenza vaccines are available   ?

    There are 2  types of influenza vaccine for the 2018/2019  flu season. The first is the flu shot and the second is the nasal spray.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics AAP recommends the flu shot as the best choice for children  for the 2018/2019 flu season. read more

    Causes of Nightmares in Children

    A nightmare is a bad dream that usually involves some imagined danger or threat to the person having it.It is normal for children to have a nightmare once in a while. Nightmares  seem to peak during preschool years when the  fear of dark is common. Nightmares aren’t completely  preventable  but parent’s can help the child get a peaceful rest.

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    What causes nightmares ?

    No one knows the exact causes of nightmares. However dreams and nightmares seems to be one way kids process thoughts and  feelings about a situation they face and to work through worries and concerns. read more

    Causes of Dry Skin in Children

    Children can get dry skin just like adults.  As a matter of fact because  young skin is more  delicate, it is more susceptible to becoming dry.

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    What are the causes of dry skin ?

  • Too much bathing and soap
  • Dry climate makes dry skin worse  as does  winter weather.
  • Genetics can also play a  role dry skin.
  • Keratosis Pilaris is  dry, rough bumpy skin  on the back of the upper arm. It is made worse by soap. You can treat with moisturizing cream.
  • Pityriasis Alba are dry pale spots on the face. They are common in the winter time  and also made worse by soaps. You can treat with moisturizing cream.
  • Children with eczema have very dry itchy skin.
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    Using Over-the-Counter Medications in Children

    Over the counter medication means  you can buy the medicine without  a doctor’s prescription. However this doesnt mean that OTCs are harmless. OTCs  can be dangerous  when not taken the right way. Talk to your doctor before  giving any medication to your child for the first time.

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    All over the counter medications have the same kind of label. The label gives important information such as what it is used for, how it is used and  what to watch out for . Look on the bottle to see  where it says  drug facts. read more

    Signs of Sexual Abuse in Children

    Child sexual abuse involves both touching and non touching activities.

    Some examples of touching activities  include :

    • Touching a child’s genitals  for pleasure.
    • Making a child touch someone’s genitals , encouraging a child to play sexual games or putting objects or  body parts in the vagina, anus or mouth of a child for pleasure.

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    Non touching activities include the following :

    • Showing pornography to a child.
    • Photographing a child in sexual poses
    • Deliberately exposing an adult’s genitals to children .
    • Encouraging a  child to watch or hear sexual acts.
    • Inappropriately watching a child undress or use the bathroom

    It is not always easy to spot sexual abuse because the perpetrators takes steps to hide it. However there are certain signs that can help you know that something is not right. If you feel its  not right ,it is always better to talk to your child than ignore the signs.

    Warning signs of sexual abuse in children

    Physical signs

    • Sexually Transmitted Infections STI.
    • Signs of trauma to genital areas such as unexplained bleeding, bruising, or blood on the sheets .

    Behavioral signs

    • Sexual behavior that is not appropriate  for the child’s age .
    • Bedwetting or soiling the bed  if the child has already outgrown these behaviors.
    •  The child doesn’t want to be left alone with certain people or being afraid to be away from caregiver especially if this is a new behavior.
    • The child doesnt want to remove clothing to take a bath or change .

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    Omphalocele

    An omphalocele is a birth defect in which the infant’s intestines or abdominal organs stick out of the belly button or navel. In babies with this condition, the intestine is only covered by a thin layer of tissue  and can easily been seen. About 25 to 40% of babies born with this condition  usually have other birth defects that may include genetic problems,  congenital diaphragmatic hernia and  heart defects.

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    What are the symptoms of omphalocele ?

    An omphalocele can be seen clearly because the abdominal contents stick out through the belly button area. There are different sizes of omphalocele. In larger ones, the spleen and liver can also stick out. read more

    Why is my newborn’s skin peeling ?

    Being any new parents is very exciting. Parents usually worry about their baby’s wellbeing. Most parents worry when their baby’s skin start peeling. However knowing the cause of the peeling can ease your worry.

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    A newborn’s skin can change  a lot within the first few weeks of life. Before leaving the hospital or in a few days after coming home, your newborn’s skin may flake or peel. This is completely normal. Peeling can occur in any part of the body  such as hands, soles of the feet and ankles. read more