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baby birth defects, congenital disorders

Birth defects: Causes, symptoms and prevention

December 11, 2019 9:02:23 am

Many congenital conditions are genetic in nature but it can also be caused by problems during the development of the foetus. Exposure to toxins during pregnancy is a major risk factor for errors in fetal development.

pregnancy breech baby

These exercises will help you turn the baby in the womb naturally for normal delivery

December 10, 2019 4:49:37 pm

In some cases, the foetus' buttocks, feet or both come out first and this position is called the breech presentation, which occurs in three to four per cent of full-term births. This can lead to complications in the delivery.

child drinking water

Ring the bell for water: The initiative is good news for parents

December 10, 2019 8:57:35 am

A survey by the Association of Primary Education (APER) and Research recently revealed that 68 per cent of children bring home water bottles still full, indicating that they do not drink water at school.

pacifier for baby

Pacifiers can be harmful for your child. Here are tips to help them quit the habit

December 10, 2019 9:04:55 am

Pacifiers may help to calm your child but if used for a very long time, they can impact your child's health negatively.

depression, parent mental health

Children with depressed parents at higher risk of structural differences in brains: Study

December 9, 2019 12:53:09 pm

The right putamen, a brain structure linked to reward, motivation and pleasure, was found to be smaller in high-risk children as compared to those with no parental history of depression.

winter, child mental health, depression, SAD

Can the winter season affect your child’s mental health?

December 10, 2019 11:56:06 am

Children can show symptoms of depression like extreme irritability or crying spells during winter known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

premature baby, diabetes

‘Premature babies are more at risk of diabetes’

December 6, 2019 4:08:27 pm

"Children and adults who were born prematurely may need earlier screening and clinical follow-up for diabetes, and more aggressive lifestyle interventions to help prevent it," said the study author.

breastfeeding in winter

What you should know about breastfeeding in winters

December 6, 2019 1:32:35 pm

One of the most common infections breastfeeding mothers easily catch is throat and sinus infection. This is not a reason to stop breastfeeding.

Children who snack between meals have better diets: Study

December 5, 2019 7:22:14 pm

The kids analysed in the study got an average of 1,215 calories a day from meals alone, and an average of 1,581 daily calories when researchers looked at both meals and snacks.

asthma during pregnancy

‘Asthma during pregnancy can cause hypertension in mothers, birth defects in babies’

December 4, 2019 7:49:38 pm

Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in pregnancy, affecting up to 13 per cent of them according to the authors of a study. One in three pregnant women with asthma have exacerbation during pregnancy.

breastfeeding diet

A breastfeeding mother’s food woes answered

December 4, 2019 7:46:52 pm

Contrary to popular belief, not everything that a breastfeeding mother consumes is actually transferred to the baby through her breast milk. There are no foods that you should avoid simply because you are breastfeeding.

male fertility

Watch: Laptops, saunas, testosterone shots can affect a man’s fertility

December 3, 2019 2:17:35 pm

Wearing tight underwear, cycling too much, working in heat can also decrease fertility in men, said Dr Rita Bakshi, gynaecologist and fertility expert.

pregnancy, climate change

Can high temperatures due to climate change shorten pregnancy?

December 3, 2019 11:31:02 am

A study suggests that climate change could increase the risk of early delivery. Extreme heat, among other factors, could cause an otherwise healthy pregnancy to come to term earlier than it should.

bariatric surgery, pregnancy tips

Can you plan a pregnancy after bariatric surgery?

December 5, 2019 11:47:23 am

It is recommended that women wait for the body weight to stabilise for a period of 12-18 months after bariatric surgery. Once the woman conceives, the pregnancy must be treated as a high-risk pregnancy with the required antenatal monitoring and care.

pregnancy tips

9 beauty ingredients to avoid during pregnancy

December 2, 2019 12:17:31 pm

Chemicals are commonly used even in the popular beauty products and it is important for you as an expectant mother to be careful of them. Some of the ingredients that you should keep away from are:

parenting tips

Imagine: Less is more — escaping the grip of ‘affluenza’

November 30, 2019 6:03:29 am

We are trying to buy our way out of misery, but paradoxically, getting more stuck than ever. I am sure you will remember your childhood when old sofas were refurbished, furniture repaired, clothes passed on from older to younger and everything used until it was threadbare and turned into dusters.

parenting tips, kids choking

An anxious mom is asking parents to learn CPR after her baby almost choked

December 2, 2019 12:52:27 pm

The anxious mom encouraged all other parents to get safety training. She said, "This all happened in what felt like 10 minutes but was two minutes. I have never been so scared in my life."

early childhood, no screen time

The Early Years: Screen time is behind more cases of kids with Social Communication Disorder

November 29, 2019 11:19:46 am

Here are suggestions on play activities with your toddler so that screen time can be completely eliminated. Play with stickers; settle the cupboards; help clean and play dentist with dolls. Play and enjoy the toddler years  - just no screen time!

parenting tips, autism spectrum disorder

What is non-verbal autism? Here are signs, causes and how to cope

November 27, 2019 3:36:09 pm

In case of Non-Verbal Autism, kids should to trained to speak or should be trained in a communication system before the age of five. Studies indicate that the chances of speaking are considerably low beyond that age.

air pollution, parenting tips

Air pollution: 7 questions your child might be asking, answered

November 27, 2019 12:35:44 pm

Even if your child’s school has an installed air purifier, there is no guarantee that your child is safe, as it might be using the air from the corridors.