The Paediatrician's Corner
Children are often an easy target for viruses and bacteria because their immune system is not yet fully developed.
Most parents will agree that nurseries and school are breeding grounds for coughs and colds. This happens above all in winter when children are forced to stay indoors, often in overheated rooms with lots of other children.
The festive season has officially begun, with all the magic it brings. Snow, fairy lights, presents and, of course, sugary foods!
The cold season is just around the corner bringing with it the usual colds, coughs and flu. How can we stop our kids from catching colds, coughs and flu during the cold season?
Not all children are outgoing and sociable. Lots of children are shy and hide behind Mom or Dad when they meet someone they do not know for the first time, or even refuse to play with other children at the park or nursery school.
The arrival of a new baby in a family is always a happy event, but it is also a huge adjustment for the older child, who may feel that the new baby is taking over their role in the family, and this can lead to sibling rivalry.
It’s summer! And summer is hot; but heat can be dangerous and difficult to cope with. The first thing people tend to do is stay indoors during the hottest hours of the day with the air conditioning on, even in the car.
Paediatricians no longer have any doubts about air conditioning: use it! Everyone feels uncomfortable when it’s stuffy and hot, even kids. Young children have more difficulty in regulating their temperature and so can be more at risk from extreme temperatures.
But air conditioning, which is so useful when it’s hot and stuffy, needs to be used properly. Here are some simple rules to follow to keep your children cool and healthy!
Bees, wasps, mosquitoes and insects can turn summer into a nightmare. Children are almost always more susceptible to inspect bites, but with just a few simple precautions you can prevent and treat these problems yourself without having to go to the paediatrician.
Let's take a look at the pesky critters to be aware of and how to prevent being bitten and the natural remedies we can use, and not just for bites.
We have all seen the wrinkled feet of a new-born baby, that are so soft and flawless, with toenails that seem to be painted on those tiny feet: they are the symbol of a new life that is beginning its journey through the world, on a path that your child still has yet to explore.
Although it seems an obvious thing to say, water intake is very important, above all for children, because it keeps them healthy, helps digestion and eliminate toxins, and helps organs to function properly.
We have all experienced lethargy and sleepiness, above all in Spring. The same applies to children, who may be a little crotchety and even down in the dumps in Spring.
This is what is known as “Spring fatigue” that produces different symptoms. Let's take a look at the symptoms, understand the causes and defeat them.
Spring brings longer days, sunshine and warmer weather, making us want to be outdoors after spending so much time indoors during the winter months. But Spring also brings the very annoying problem of seasonal allergies of which so many people suffer, including children.
Snack time is probably the best time of the day for your kids! A snack is a small amount of food that is eaten between meals, but it just as important as any other meal and should be chosen carefully!
Snacks help to ensure a correct allocation of calories and nutrients throughout the day, making us feel less hungry, and helping keep your child’s weight well balanced.
Now that temperatures have plummeted, the first thing parents ask themselves is how to dress their children.
The problem is the same for everyone: should I dress my kids so that they are super warm, or should I dress them in layer with sweaters and jumpers? I have no doubts. Dressing in layers is always best.
Mothers are often concerned about whether or not their baby’s speech is developing normally. The problem is that some babies just don’t want to start talking!
At more or less 21 months of age, babies say several simple words and their vocabulary expands rapidly. By the age of 2 your baby will know more or less 300 words and string together a few words in short phrases of two to four words.
As soon as your baby’s first tooth comes in, get him used to the idea of tooth brushing, which must be done very thoroughly.
Although milk teeth fall out to make room for permanent teeth, you should not think that they don’t need brushing, and remember that proper dental hygiene right from the start ensures the correct development of dental arches.
Summer is all about beach games and outdoor fun, but your should not allow your children to spend too much time in the sun, in order to avoid problems caused by heat.
Heat stroke may occur from prolonged exposure to high temperatures -- usually in combination with high levels of humidity and dehydration -- which leads to failure of the body's temperature control system. Children are particularly susceptible to heat stroke because their bodies have not yet developed a temperature control system, namely the physical ability to control body temperature.
Summer is finally here: and the time has come to go to the beach.
The sun is very good for children, because it keeps bone healthy and boosts the immune system. Moreover, sea air is a natural nebuliser that nature has given us; and salty sea air by the coast does wonders for the respiratory system.
But while your children are building sand castles and swimming with Mummy or Daddy, don't forget to protect your child's skin from one of the most common dangers of the summer: sunburn!
For children, just like adults, sleep is a normal and natural physiological need that must be met. Some children are sleepyheads while others need to sleep less: in both cases however parents should ensure that their child sleeps well in order to avoid distress to both parents and children.
December is the month of Christmas, meals with the family and travelling. Many families are starting to pack their bags for a short but well deserved holiday together. Besides ski jackets, pants, jumpers and scarves, very often there is another item you need to add to your "holiday list": how to cope with small children on a long car trip? That is what we will be talking about today, giving you suggestions on how to better enjoy this experience.
As fine sunny days are alternated by sudden showers we get ready to face the cold winter months ahead. We must be very careful with babies and children when there are frequent temperature fluctuations, to prevent colds and flu.