Can Exposure to Screens Lead to Speech Delay in Toddlers?

How often do you sit with your baby in front of the television or handheld devices so that you can drink that coffee in peace, get your child to eat or even get a few minutes of shut-eye?

It is a full-time job to take care of babies when they are toddlers and the amount of time spent can drive any person to crankiness.

Considering the easy accessibility of entertainment on a screen, they help a ton in keeping your child busy while you finish some other important task.

Dr. Birken’s study, which was revealed at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in 2017, suggests that children under two years can face speech delay if they spend too much time with smartphones, tablets, and other such devices. Many pediatricians in Sharjah often quote Dr. Catherine Birken and her findings. The study involved 894 children whose age fell between six months and two years. For every extra 30 minutes on a screen, as revealed in the study, the risk of expressive speech delay increased by 49%. (more…)

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Tummy Time for Babies Is a Good Practice  

Becoming a parent is a very new and different experience for a couple. Especially when you’re a first-time dad or mom, everything about the baby, from its slightly smooshed head to the fine hair on its body, can feel as exhilarating as strange.

While the baby is still settling in its new life out of the womb, as you may notice, most of their time is spent on their back. They either sleep flat on their backs in a crib, on a bed, or in your lap.

What you may not realize is that infants need to spend a few minutes on their tummy while they are awake, say several Pediatricians in Sharjah. (more…)

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Sunburn in Children

Sunburn in Children

How Can You Protect Your Children from Melanoma?

Be it the beach or your backyard on a sunny day, excited toddlers staggering around and playing in the sunshine are the cutest sight ever. But, did you know that childhood sunburn is a real threat? Sunburn to a child can not only damage the skin but also double their risks of developing melanoma once they are adults

How Can Kids Get Sunburn?

Melanin, the pigment which provides colour to the skin, absorbs UV rays, shielding the cells of the skin from the damage. In infants, the skin has little amount of melanin, and hence they are more vulnerable to sunburn. Repeated sunburns can highly increase the chances of melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer known to human.

How to Keep Your Baby Safe?

If your little sweetheart is between zero and six months, keep him/her as away from the sun as possible.

For kids who’re a bit older, apply sunscreen on their bodies, preferably with an SPF between 15 and 30. Rub it on your baby’s skin for 20-30 minutes, making sure you leave no spot undone. Use water-resistant product if you’re heading out to the beach or a pool. Reapply every two hours, especially after swimming.

Dress them in long but light sleeves and pants. Seek shade. Get them a wide baby hat to cover their faces, neck, and heads, and sunglasses too. Keep mesh shields with you to cover the car windows. Whether you’re at home or on holiday in Dubai, derma clinics should be on your dialer for any emergencies.

 

 

 

Dr Nameer Majeed

Specialist Dermatologist

Aster Clinic, Al Qusais

 

 

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Parent’s guide to oral hygiene in children

Oral hygiene in children is as important as their overall health. Teaching children dental hygiene at a very young age is an investment that will reap great benefits in the future. In order to do that, ensure that you as parents set a good example and follow good oral hygiene yourselves. Moreover, there is no need to wait until your child develops all teeth and grows older in order to ensure good oral hygiene. Your baby’s tooth can get decayed as early as they appear, if not taken good care of.

Healthy oral practices are best instilled when your child is young. As challenging as it may be to teach your child to maintain healthy oral habits, try and make learning fun and engaging. A few tips to encourage dental hygiene in kids are;

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Ways to improve your child’s immunity

A child is continuously exposed to disease-producing organisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites. Although a simple exposure does not mean that your child will fall sick, a strong immune system provides the child with a natural defense against diseases.

Newborns enter this world with an inexperienced immune system. With time children battle various infections and get their immunity primed. Hence it is perfectly normal for a child to develop 6 to 8 episodes of upper respiratory infections in a year. In fact, it is important for a child to acquire mild infections and develop lifelong immunity against some diseases. However, if a child is overly susceptible to infections, his/her immune system may need to be boosted.

The simplest yet important way to boost a child’s immunity is to give him the necessary vaccinations. Hygiene techniques, particularly hand washing, also play an important role in reducing the stress on a child’s immune system. Hence, children should be taught the importance of hand washing at home and school.

A few ways to boost up a child’s immunity include:

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