Children

Parents of premature babies who spent time in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) remember all too well the burdensome vital sign sensors stuck on the infants’ tiny bodies – linking them through a mess of wires to monitoring equipment. An innovation in sensor technology by a team of American engineers and doctors could make it
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The late Dr Gwendolen Smith, consultant paediatrician, is remembered by many with great fondness for her dedication as a clinician as well as her passion in advocating for children’s health and well-being. One of only two paediatricians in Malaysia in the 1960s, Dr Smith was part of a pioneering group of specialists that established many
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“Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Some may recognise this from the works of either Jeremy Bentham or John Stuart Mill explaining the concept of “utilitarianism”, which espouses the best course of action is the one that maximises utility. They would be wrong (the people, not
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Losing someone or something we love is part of life. As adults, we are mature and experienced enough to understand this. However, grief and sorrow may be something your child has never experienced before. Losing a loved one, pet or friend may devastate your child, especially if it is the first time they have experienced
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The external female genitalia comprises the mons pubis, which is a mound of fatty tissue covering the pubic bone; labia majora, which are large tissue folds that enclose and protect the other external genitalia; as well as the labia minora, which are small tissue lips that lie inside the labia majora and surround the vaginal
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This is a teen’s brain on marijuana. This is a teen’s brain on social media. See any difference? In a groundbreaking study, a University of California, San Diego (UCSD), psychiatrist is investigating whether social media affects the adolescent brain in the same way as cannabis. Establishing a link could change how medical professionals view teens’
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More than one billion young people risk damaging their hearing through excessive use of smartphones and other audio devices, the United Nations (UN) warned on Feb 19, 2019, proposing new safety standards for safe volume levels. In a bid to safeguard hearing, the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Telecommunications Union (ITU) issued a non-binding
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Childhood obesity is becoming a major problem in Malaysia. A sedentary lifestyle is a major factor leading to obesity, so encourage your child to have a physically active lifestyle. If this seems troublesome or unsafe, always ask yourself: is physical activity important for my child’s health now and later as they grow up? Making physical activity
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Eczema is a condition in which patches of skin become red, cracked, itchy and inflamed. In medical terminology, it is called atopic dermatitis. The rash can easily get infected, but is not contagious. It can occur at any age, but is commonly seen in children between the ages of six months and five years. Signs and
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The “secret” to a positive parent-child bond has its roots in communication. How you communicate can determine the quality of your relationship with your child. Done properly, it can lead to a positive and satisfying relationship. However, harmful or destructive communication can poison your relationship with your child as it can make them feel small, insignificant
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It might come as a surprise to many that congenital heart disease (CHD) is far more common than Down syndrome. According to consultant paediatrician and paediatric cardiologist Dr Ang Hak Lee, CHD occurs in one of every 125 babies, while Down syndrome occurs in one of every 600 to 700 babies. “So, CHD is more
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New research from Hong Kong has shown that children who spend time in nature may benefit from fewer behavioural and emotional problems, and improved pro-social behaviour. Carried out by researchers at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Auckland, New Zealand, the study used a new 16-item parent questionnaire (CNI-PPC) developed by the
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Your teenage daughter, who has been working very hard for a major exam, receives her result and is very disappointed with it. Later that day, she brings several packs of potato chips into her room. She laments: “I feel so bad about my result. I want to eat all of this.” Sound familiar? It may be
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Whenever Norhidayah Jamaludin sends her three young sons to the daycare centre, she brings along their packed breakfast, lunch and teatime snack. Although the daycare centre provides meals for the children, her sons cannot eat the catered food as they need a special diet. Her boys – Adam Haris Mohd Faris, seven, Aiman Haris Mohd
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There is more anecdotal, rather than conclusive scientific, evidence that dietary intervention is beneficial for children with special needs. But many parents have tried food therapy, hoping their children’s condition would improve. “There are studies claiming certain food may reduce symptoms of attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). But there isn’t
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The public is always horrified by stories of children abandoning or neglecting their aged parents. But beyond disapproving comments, there is little anyone can do to unfilial children. But by 2020, children who neglect, abandon or abuse their elderly parents could be penalised by the law, once Parliament passes a legistlation to safeguard the rights
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Parental involvement with your child’s school is more than just attending PIBG (Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru, or Parent-Teacher Association) meetings. Parents who are actively engaged with their child’s school and schoolwork can make a crucial difference to their child’s success academically, socially and in life. Best of all, you will also feel a sense
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Infants and toddlers in low-income communities may be even more at risk from second- and third-hand smoke exposure than has been believed, according to new research. In testing that included more than 1,200 children, researchers found that up to 15% of them had levels of cotinine, a byproduct of the body’s breakdown of nicotine, comparable
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There is nothing more valuable to give a child than an education, and books play an important role in that. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), Malaysia’s literacy rate stands at almost 95%. However, thousands of children from rural and urban-poor areas, as well as refugee children, still lack access
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The consumption of a healthy, balanced diet throughout life is essential to the maintenance of good health and the prevention of malnutrition, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and other medical conditions. This means eating right proportions of a wide variety of foods, and the right amount of food and drink, in achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight. The
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  Parents and caregivers should educate children on hand hygiene habits to avoid infectious diseases, says Hospital Sungai Buloh Department of Medicine head and senior infectious diseases consultant physician Datuk Dr Christopher Lee. He advises people to wash their hands at critical times to avoid spreading germs. “Wash your hands before eating, when preparing food,
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