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Common Childhood Diseases And Disorders That You Should Know

Diseases and Disorders are common to every living being. We all get ill and suffer from several health problems throughout our life. But when these conditions occur in childhood extra care is required. In this article you will find some common childhood illnesses and disorders like chest infections, cough, asthma and influenza. Chest infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia, usually follow a common cold or sore throat. Coughing and wheezing may occur, and some children develop asthma. Children can also get influenza.

In asthma, there is a difficulty in breathing caused by narrowing of the air passage to the lungs. It is common in childhood. It may be triggered off by bronchitis or be caused by an allergy to pollen or dust. In some children, Emotional Stress plays a part. Skin conditions, such as eczema in children, may be due to irritation from a detergent or an allergic reaction to a food or a particular fabric.

Abdominal pains are also commonly seen in childhood. Sudden pain in a child’s abdomen is nearly always caused by Overeating food that is too rich, or eating when excited. But if the pain lasts for more than an hour, if it is accompanied by vomiting, or if the child also passes blood-stained urine of faeces, a doctor should be consulted. Possible causes are appendicitis and a rare blockage of intestines.

Most Infectious Diseases are caused by a micro-organism that is bacterium or a virus. The infection can be air-borne or spread via food and water. Many serious Infectious Diseases, like smallpox have been virtually eliminated in developed countries by immunization. The symptoms of many childhood infectious diseases are similar – a rash on the body, a fever, general malaise and common cold. A rash on the body accompanied by fever needs to be seen by doctor.

The dangers of such illnesses could be dehydration due to vomiting and refusal to eat drink, difficulty in breathing due to vomiting, refusal to eat and drink, difficulty in breathing due to clogged airways, or febrile convulsion. These diseases, if untreated, can lead to complications. Cold and coughs are very common in childhood. Children develop immunity to specific viruses, as they grow older. So in the earlier years they are susceptible to infections with cold or flu viruses.

Senses defects are also seen in childhood. Unless senses or Nervous System Disorders are recognized and treated early, a child’s development can be seriously impaired. Among the most common senses defects are poor eyesight, and deafness or partial deafness, which account for many cases of so called backwardness in children. More obvious is a squint, which must receive treatment if the child’s eyesight is not to be permanently damaged.

Growth disorders like difficulty in gaining weight or height is another common disorder seen in children. Retarded growth is generally caused by a disorder of the pituitary gland. A disorder of the same gland causes excessive growth, and both need specialist treatment. Poor nutrition, such as deficiency of essential vitamins, may cause conditions such as deficiency of essential vitamins, may cause conditions such as rickets. Behavioral Disorders, such as bed-wetting, stealing and truancy can often be traced to emotional insecurely or stress.

I hope, this article will help you find information on common childhood Diseases And Disorders. Proper knowledge help prevent complicated conditions from arrival.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.

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The Importance of Genetic Counseling – it Pays to Keep Eyes Open

At times, it is fatal to undermine the importance of genetic counseling. In cases where the woman is more than 36 years of age or where the couple is in relation to each other, it is important to find the family history of the couple. Genetic counseling helps in diagnosing of any risk factors to the impending pregnancy. If the couple is in close relation, then their genes may be the same, which may force the pregnancy into deformities. In such cases, you are assigned to support groups, which make you understand the risks to which your child will be exposed if you decide to opt for pregnancy. It is important to understand the situation clearly at the pre pregnancy stage to avoid having mental and physical Disorders in the child.

Reasons For Genetic Counseling

Everybody wants to have a healthy offspring. However, it is not always so. Therefore, to be on the safe side it is important to take genetic counseling if you have any of the following conditions, at the pre pregnancy planning stage.

If your partner is 35 years old.

If you are related to each other.

if you have a disorder like cystic fibrosis.

if you have a child with Mental Disorder.

if your child has Genetic Disorder.

if you have constant miscarriages or if your babies are still born.

if you have STD.

if you have been exposed to or have exposure to toxins like teratogens.

if your family has had a history of a particular disease.

if you have a physical deformity of any kind.

if you catch pregnancy infections

if your family has a history of epilepsy.

Classification Of Tests

Certain carrier and screening tests are performed on couples who have any of the aforementioned conditions. The carrier test examines for a kind of Blood Disorder called Thalassemia. This disorder afflicts people of Mediterranean origin, and people belonging to Africa and southern Asia. The disease cystic fibrosis usually afflicts people of Caucasian origin. This disease affects the lungs. African Americans are usually born with the sickle cell disease, a Blood Disorder. The tay-sachs disease can cause fatal damage to the brain and usually afflicts the descendants of east European Jews. The screening tests can also determine the Huntington’s disease and the hemophilia disease. How can one undermine the importance of genetic counseling.

These tests forewarn parents working in factories and poor conditions, where they are exposed to substances like radiation and teratogens, whether their bodies are fit to become parents or not. Genetic counseling helps them to organize themselves, free themselves of these harmful substances at the pregnancy planning stage, and deliver healthy babies. AFP is another screening test that determines birth defects and other defects like the spina bifida and anencephaly. It also detects neural tube defects. In modern times, the ultrasound test has become very common among pregnant women. This test can find out if the fetus has any deformity or malformation of any part of the body. Genetic Disorders and Developmental Disorders can be detected with the test of Amniocentesis. The importance of genetic counseling is evident again over here.

Not Very Costly

The cost of genetic counseling is quite affordable. It can cost anywhere from $100 to $300. Most insurance policies cover genetic counseling. Do not be daunted by the costs or the unpleasing words of wisdom. Always understand it is in the best interest of the child. Moreover, if at all you are advised against pregnancy, then you can always adopt a child from a childcare center. You as parents are going to give the most precious gift to the child, LOVE. Therefore do not take it lightly and give due importance to genetic counseling.

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Television: Teacher, Trouble Maker, or Tool????

I don’t know about you, but the TV is on in my house far more than I like.  Before resorting to throwing it out a window, I decided to do some research to see if TV is as bad as my gut tells me it is.  While there are a few bright spots, research says most of what is on TV is worse than neutral. Most television programs harm our children.

Television is a tool. If we use it wisely, it can educate and entertain. There are excellent shows like Sesame Street, Blues Clues, Discovery, History, and shows on hobbies like cooking. When age appropriate, TV can expand our children’s horizons.   But most TV is limiting our children. The following is a summary of the research and more importantly, suggestions of things we as parents can do to minimize and mitigate the damage. Keep in mind that the following also applies to computer use, music videos, DVD’s, etc.

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry states that television viewing can be a powerful influence in developing value systems and shaping behavior. Most of us are aware that Sesame Street teaches children who are ready for it, letters and numbers. Mr. Rogers teaches pro-social values. But many of us forget that by the same token, ALL television programs are teaching our children something.  And when we take a close look at what most programs are teaching our children, it can be rather scary. Research on children’s behavior, school performance, weight, sleeping habits, and brain development back up the assertion that TV is harming our children.

Violent Behavior – Literally thousands of studies have looked at whether there is a link between exposure to media violence and violent behavior. Over 98% say yes.  The evidence from the research is overwhelming.   According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Extensive research evidence indicates that media violence can contribute to aggressive behavior, desensitization to violence, nightmares, and fear of being harmed.” Children become immune to the horror of violence, gradually accept violence as a way to solve problems, imitate violence they observe on TV, and identify with characters (victims or victimizers) they see on TV.

Research has shown that the more hours children spend watching TV, the more likely they are to display aggressive impulses and hostile feelings. This effect has been found to apply whether the televised behavior is performed by a human or by a cartoon character. And aggressive impulses have been found to occur with girls as well as boys and with teenagers and adults as well as children.

Many parents think that since they grew up on violent cartoons and turned out alright, their children will also. But studies have found that the amount of violence has increased dramatically and the type of violence has changed. It is now more pervasive, more sinister, and more frighteningly realistic.

And the effect is lasting.  Watching TV at age four was one factor found to be associated with bullying in grade school.

Other Behaviors – Kids who watch more TV start smoking at an earlier age. Television viewing was a stronger influence on starting smoking than peer smoking or parental smoking.

Exposure to alcohol use on TV and in music videos (such as on MTV) is a risk factor for increased drinking in adolescents.  Exposure to sexual content increases the likelihood that children will become sexually active earlier in life.

School Performance – Research has a lot to say about television and school performance. Television viewing may replace activities that we know help with school performance, such as reading, doing homework, pursuing hobbies, and getting enough sleep. Television’s effects on education are long term – positive and negative. Studies have found the following:

Children who watched exclusively educational TV as preschoolers had higher grades, less aggression, and placed more value on academics than those who watched all kinds of TV.

Children who watched little television before the age of three had significantly better scores in math and reading at age six.

Watching television as a child affected educational achievement at age 26. Watching more television in childhood increased chances of dropping out of school and decreased chances of getting a college degree, even after controlling for confounding factors.

Children who watched a lot of violent television at age 5½, defined as cartoons and G-rated movies, had lower grade point averages in English, math, and science in high school. Each hour per day viewing for kids 5 – 15 was associated with a 30% reduction in likelihood of obtaining a college degree even with IQ and parent’s level of education taken into account.

Children under 2½ who watched Sesame Street (the version designed for 3-5 year olds) showed a slower rate of language acquisition than those who didn’t.  Shows such as Power Rangers and Teletubbies slow children’s development in vocabulary, reading and math skills.

Weight – TV is one factor in childhood obesity. Studies have shown that the more TV watched, the more likelihood of a child being overweight. Having a TV in a child’s bedroom increases the chances of obesity even more. The more TV watched as a child the higher weight, serum cholesterol, poor fitness and likelihood of smoking in adults. Girls who watch a lot of TV are at increased risk of developing eating Disorders.

Sleep/Relaxation – TV viewing leads to sleep problems, especially if viewed right before bedtime. Many of us have the idea that TV is relaxing. I know I did.  And while we are viewing it, it is relaxing, although not as relaxing as reading a book.  But studies show that a person is less relaxed after the TV is turned off than they were before it went on. And they are less relaxed than people who completed a physical activity or a calmer activity like reading or playing cards.

Brain Development – Research on early brain development and TV is not clear. Many studies link early television viewing with later attention problems, such as Adhd. Other experts disagree with these results. However, most researchers agree with the American Academy of Pediatrics when they state that children aged 2 and younger should have NO screen time. Children older than that should be limited to 1-2 hours per day of nonviolent, educational programming.

So what’s a parent to do?  How do we help our children develop positive television viewing habits? How do we teach our children to view television as a treat or special entertainment – especially when we may not view television that way ourselves? How can we help mitigate TV’s negative effects in a world inundated by TV? Many of the following suggestions come from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Observe – How do our children act after watching various TV shows?  Are they more violent? Are they more likely to have nightmares?  Do these behaviors decrease when we decrease/eliminate TV viewing for a period of time? Or when we eliminate certain shows? Short term effects are easier to observe – long term effects are far more muddled.

Listen – What are our children saying after viewing different shows?  What do they seem to be feeling?  Reflect back to them what you think they are saying or feeling. This may help them and you clarify their thoughts and feelings.  Do they understand what happened? Very often children miss the story line completely or get a different view than adults anticipate. It is easier to address children’s feelings and perceptions in a calm, factual way after we have truly listened to what they are.

Ask questions, and listen some more – Questions can help our children think about what they’ve seen, process it, and clarify values. Questions, adjusted for age, might include: Are characters mad, sad, scared?  Who might be hurt?  How do you think they feel now?  Would someone get hurt if they did that in real life? (Often children, especially those under 8, can’t distinguish fantasy and reality.)  What would happen if you tried that?  What safety equipment do you think is there but not shown? (Sometimes even older children mimic behavior shown on reality TV shows).  Did anyone break things?  Who is going to fix it?  Why do you think that character hurt the other?  What could be done instead without hurting anyone?  What would you do if you were that character?  Does the character look unnaturally thin? How many people really look like that in real life?

Listen and share views – Was there a moral to the story and did your children get it?  Was there no moral to the story or no consequences and do our children think they can get away with unacceptable behavior because their favorite character did?  Tie the story into your family’s values.  Studies show that in areas where a child does not know his/her parents’ point of view and has little knowledge or experience to use as guidelines, television can clearly influence beliefs, attitudes, and behavior. Point out that although the actor has not actually been hurt or killed, such violence in real life results in pain or death.  For older children/teens, use controversial programming as a stepping-off point to initiate discussions about family values, violence, sex and sexuality, and drugs.  Reinforce positive behaviors and positive nutritional messages seen on TV. Present alternatives to violence.

Challenge claims of advertisements – will they really make you happier, more popular, sexier. Explain what the purpose of advertising is.

Acknowledge children’s need to feel grown up and current with the latest TV shows.  This doesn’t mean letting them watch shows you are not comfortable with, it means letting them know you realize their desires.

Reduce/Eliminate screen time – Discourage television viewing for children younger than 2 years, and encourage more interactive activities that will promote proper brain development, such as talking, playing, singing, and reading together.  Be aware of second-hand television – younger children watching shows their older siblings or parents watch.  It is okay to say that some programs are just for grown ups. This could include news – which can be Traumatic for younger children, quiz shows, reality shows.

Limit children’s total screen time (TV, videos, computer games) to no more than 1 to 2 hours of quality programming per day. Again monitoring is crucial. The V-chip is industry regulated, and very loose in interpretation. Often programs that purport to be educational, really aren’t. Eliminating or reducing TV on school nights sends the message that school is more important than TV.

Monitor – Monitor the shows children and adolescents are viewing.  Most programs should be informational, educational, and nonviolent. Choose shows that engage through challenging and interesting content, rather than flashy graphics and noise.   Make sure programs are age and developmentally appropriate. Do your children pay attention and interact with the program? If not, it may be too complicated or too easy.

If you haven’t put a TV in your child’s bedroom, don’t.  If there is already a TV there, consider removing it.  Studies show that children with a TV in the bedroom watch over an hour more TV per day than children who don’t.  And it is far more difficult/impossible to monitor and discuss program content if the TV is in the bedroom.

Refuse to let children see shows known to be violent. Change the channel or turn off the TV when offensive material comes on. Make sure you give an explanation of why. If you choose to view a violent show with your children, stress the belief that violence is not the best way to resolve a problem.

Minimize the scary stuff, especially programs that glamorize or sexualize violence – even (especially?) for tweens and teens. If you choose to watch violence, make sure there are real consequences.

Talk to other parents – While you can control viewing at home, unless the screen is in a bedroom, you cannot control what is viewed at other homes unless you are in contact and agreement with those parents. Similar rules help minimize peer pressure.

Plan TV viewing – Do you control TV – or does TV control your family life?  Does TV bring your family together or pull it apart?  How much TV do your children watch?  Does your guess include TV watched at friends, at daycare, in their bedroom, after you are asleep, watching what another family member is watching? What is the content and quality of the programs your children watch? What is the context of what they watch?  Is TV on in the background so one eye is on TV and the other on trying to hold a conversation?  Do you channel surf out of boredom or intentionally choose a program?  Is this the result you want?  Most parents don’t know the answers to or haven’t really thought about these questions.  Keeping a TV diary for a couple of weeks will help answer these questions and get you started towards mindful viewing. Mindful viewing means treating TV as the tool it is and consciously using it to help your children, not harm them.

Use the videocassette recorder wisely to show or record high-quality, educational programming for children.

Consider going cold turkey – Studies of families going without TV for a period of time find that after the initial withdrawal symptoms – and they saw Anxiety, Depression, and aggressiveness for the first 3 days – found that by the end of two weeks, families had adjusted and replaced TV time with other activities.  Families tried new things.  They found exciting alternatives. Most added TV back into their lives, but did so in a limited, less obtrusive, more thinking way.

Model behavior – If you want your children to view TV mindfully, you will need to set an example.

Provide alternatives – When your child says I’m bored, does it become your problem? Or is it an incentive for your child to be creative? Are the raw materials for creativity available?

Even educational TV is no substitute for active play.  Children need to spend considerable amount of time in active play.  They need active communication, talking and listening to peers and adults, especially their parents.

Encourage alternative entertainment for children, including reading, athletics, hobbies, and creative play.

What are some things you can do together? Can you prepare dinner together? Can your child play in the kitchen with the pots and pans while you get dinner? What activities are available that you can do together? Can you play board games or cards together (altering rules so younger children have a chance)? Often newspapers or websites have lists of inexpensive or free activities that can be done as a family.

Make your children part of the planning process.  They may come up with all kinds of fun things you might not think of. And it will make them more invested in the process of more mindful TV viewing. Your family could make a boredom jar.  When your children say they are bored, they get to pick something from the jar that they must do.  It can be something fun or it can be a chore. The fact that it might be a chore encourages them to find their own solutions to boredom.

And no, I haven’t tossed the TV out the window yet, but we are trying to be more mindful viewers.

    By Karen Eble, Certified Parenting Educator

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