Children's Health Center
There is nothing to worry about healthy children who have temperature of 102 degrees Fahrenheit or lower and remains constant. These children only need medications when they seem to be uncomfortable or fussy due to fever. However, if an infant under 3 months of age develops fever greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit rectally then it is generally a sign of a potentially serious underlying problem.
Children who are less than 2 years of age have very thin layer of outer skin and the subcutaneous tissue is also extremely thin than adolescents and adults making them lose heat quickly than adults. Keeping all these things in mind, certain dos and don’ts need to be followed when treating burn injuries in children.
Hyperglycemia is a medical condition characterized by increase in blood sugar level. Hyperglycemia in children is often caused because of excessive food intake, inadequate insulin dosage, less activity than usual, presence of other medical issues or stress. This article discusses about hyperglycemia in infants, if it is a hereditary disorder, how one can diagnose it and about its treatment.
If a parent finds out that their child has a habit of cutting there are a lot of things that can be done as a parent. The best thing that a parent can give is provide support to the child for a start. Understanding the feelings of the child and working towards it is also a nice way to help the child staying away from cutting.
There are several ways through which a parent can help the child to get through this embarrassing phase of life. Reward system for not soiling the pants is perhaps the best way to boost the confidence of the child that he or she can get over the problem.
The question is what can be done for kids who are constipated and suffer from episodes of encopresis. The treatment is done in three stages. The first stage involves eliminating all stools that has been accumulated in the rectum. This is done by medications, laxatives, and stool softeners. At times, enemas are also given to treat constipation. It should be noted that enemas and laxatives should only be given under physician supervision.
The answer to this question is, yes, many children outgrow this problem by the time they are 7 to 8 years of age. In the remaining cases, they respond positively towards treatment. Treatment for encopresis involves dietary modifications, medications, and plenty of motivation on the part of the parents.
The symptoms or the presenting features of Hypothyroidism in children can be categorized in 3 groups, namely newborns, toddlers and teenagers. The presenting features or symptoms of hypothyroidism in newborns or infants include, but are not limited to jaundice, frequent constipation, not being able to feed properly, skin becoming cold and clammy, loud and labored breathing, lethargy and an abnormally large tongue. The symptoms of hypothyroidism in toddlers include decreased height, which is in the lower end of normal, delayed puberty, inadequate focus and concentration, impaired motor skills, brittle hair, puffy face, persistent lethargy, frequent bouts of constipation and extremely dry skin. The symptoms of Hypothyroidism in teenagers are similar to those seen in full adults and include sudden weight gain, growth retardation, and height which less than normal for age.
Feeding an infant is a delicate task. The person taking care must be aware of the things that should be done and those that must be avoided. A common concern, what foods to avoid feeding an infant, is discussed in this article.
Hemorrhoids, commonly called piles are a condition in which the veins around the anal region and inside the rectum enlarge. They can be unpleasant and painful but surely are treatable. Hemorrhoids in adults are common but have you ever thought even babies can get it. This article deals with hemorrhoids in children.
Children between six months to two years are prone to ear infections. If the child cries in the middle of the night and there is no reason to get through, there might be chances that he is suffering from an ear infection. Learn about the ways to prevent ear infection in babies.
Obstetric Brachial Plexus Palsy refers to a medical condition in which there is paralysis of the arm as a result of injury to the nerves originating behind the neck and going down the arm. The classic presenting features of Obstetric Brachial Plexus Palsy include atrophied muscles of the hands, symptoms of Horner syndrome to include ptosis of the eyes and face. Studies have revealed that prognosis for Obstetric Brachial Plexus Palsy in young infants who are diagnosed within the first few months of life are much better than children who are diagnosed much later despite surgery.
Ohtahara Syndrome is a neurological disorder which shows a pattern of burst activity observed on an electroencephalogram. In Ohtahara syndrome, the patients have underdeveloped parts of brain particularly cerebral hemispheres. Ohtahara syndrome affects the new born babies and the children of 3 – 4 months of age, but most of the times, the babies of 10 days of age are the victims. Know the causes, symptoms, treatment, prognosis and epidemiology of Ohtahara Syndrome.
Occupational therapy is one such rehabilitation therapy which helps a child with Rett’s syndrome to improve on the skills they lag. Prior to the onset of occupational therapy, a child with Rett syndrome should be assessed regarding their needs and accordingly a treatment plan is devised. Before understanding the ways in which occupational therapy helps a child with Rett’s syndrome, let us first see the different problems that a child suffers from.
Majority of the cases of febrile seizures are self-limiting and children tend to outgrow them. It is very rare that antiepileptics need to be used for treating a child with febrile seizures. The indications that a child with febrile seizures needs antiepileptic medications are that the child should still be having convulsions when presenting to the emergency room. Febrile seizures observed in children under one year of age should also be treated in an inpatient setting rather than just observation in the emergency department.