Parents can learn whether their newborn is at risk of becoming fat using a simple online calculator, according to scientists who say obesity can be tackled at birth.
Using a formula based on factors like the child's birth weight, their parents' body size and whether or not their mother smoked during pregnancy, the calculator can predict whether or not the baby is at risk of obesity during childhood.
Other factors include the mother's professional status, with children of less qualified parents more likely to become obese, and the size of the household, with children from smaller families at greater risk.
Researchers from Imperial College London, who programmed the online calculator, said they hoped it could help parents avoid allowing their children to gain too much weight.Read More
Whooping Cough Claims Lives of 13 Babies in Past Year in Worst Outbreak in More than Two Decades
A total of 13 babies have died from whooping cough in the worst outbreak in more than 20 years.
There have been nearly 8,000 confirmed cases so far this year - the highest number since 1990.
Last month the Government began vaccinating pregnant women against the illness for the first time in an attempt to protect their babies.
Although whooping cough is not usually severe in adults, it can be deadly for newborns who can develop pneumonia.Read More
Ministry of Health Needs to take Autistic Children Under its Wing
MANY parents face numerous problems with their autistic children. The Ministry of Health has not given any serious consideration to autism as a disease requiring utmost care and concern. As a result, autistic children have been attached to the Ministry of Social Affairs, which is not the appropriate place for them.
Autism is a disorder in the brain preventing children from acquiring skills or being able to communicate with society. Signs of autism appear in children at an early age and remain with them for the rest of their lives. If rehabilitation and training are not duly provided to the autistic children, they are not able to interact with society.Read More
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Greater access to cheap vitamin D supplements would improve the health of at-risk groups, experts say.
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) says up to 25% of UK children are vitamin D deficient, leading to a rise in rickets cases.
In the BBC's Scrubbing Up column, the college's Prof Mitch Blair called for concerted action to tackle the problem.
The government said those with the greatest need already received free supplements.Read More
JEDDAH A Saudi has accused a North Jeddah private hospital of causing the death of his six-year-old son, by giving him an extra bag of blood. His son Salim suffered from Sickle Cell Anemia since birth.
He admitted his son to the hospital on Dec. 21 last year as he was suffering from great pain and weakness. The doctors diagnosed his ailment as a spleen problem that necessitated blood transfusion.
He remained at the hospital for 14 days. Two days after his son was discharged, he took him back to the hospital.Read More
When Stephanie Knox's 8-year-old daughter, Paige, starts scratching her eczema, sometimes she just can't stop. "It's really amazing how she can keep scratching and digging at her skin and still the itch doesn't go away," says Knox. "So we've had to come up with some creative ways to help soothe her itchiness and help her stop scratching."Read More
Having a child with ADHD means dedicating time to meeting their special needs, and to making sure that doesn't come at the expense of your other children.Read More
When your baby has itchy, scaly skin that makes her scratch all day and night, you want to do whatever you can to ease her discomfort. Fortunately, several effective eczema treatments can lead to a happier baby.Read More