Children

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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Whenever Ng Kai Jin, 10, and his younger sister Ng Kai Ann, eight, are at Caring Hands Centre (CHC), a shelter home for underprivileged children in Chiang Mai, Thailand, they forget their smart gadgets and toys. The siblings are volunteers at the centre. They are too preoccupied with activities, which include teaching the shelter’s children the
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Smartphones offer many advantages in today’s world, and are a convenient way to stay connected. Your child can always be just a call or text away, and you can easily check on him or give him an update of your own plans at any time. In emergencies, a smartphone can allow you to quickly contact
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CHINA’S science ministry has ordered that people involved in the controversial baby gene-editing experiment halt their activities, a government official told state media . The ministry “firmly opposes the baby gene-editing incident and has already demanded that the relevant organisation suspend the scientific activities of relevant personnel,” a ministry official said, according to state broadcaster
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Breastfeed, practise good hygiene and vaccinate your babies to protect them from pneumonia, a leading cause of death among children under five years old. This was the message of experts speaking at a media dialogue about “Combatting Childhood Pneumonia In Malaysia: What’s Next?”. Consultant paediatrician and Immunise4Life (IFL) Technical Committee chairman Datuk Dr Zulkifli Ismail
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These days, some parents tend to overemphasise the academic achievements of their child. They overlook the need for a comprehensive approach in raising children and focusing on different aspects of development. As a result, their child may be less emotionally resilient and his mental health may be affected. He may get stressed easily when facing a big
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The gentle neighing of horses, some chewing on fodder, some being saddled as trains trundle past sounds like an idyllic rural scene in England – this though is the Ebony Riding Club in south London. The riders too are not your normal pony club youngsters. Children of all ages, some with behavioural problems and some
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Hearing the pitter patter of little feet or the gurgling of your new baby is something that many enjoy in their new roles as parents. As you start to settle into your daily routine in caring for your baby or young children, there will be a whole of list of things you need to think
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  SOME kids like scary stuff, and some kids hate it. Movies with fearsome images, intense danger, loud noises, and – above all – blood and gore can create all sorts of problems, so it’s wise to take it slowly. Children younger than seven can’t easily distinguish between fantasy and reality, even if you tell
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