Sleep is essential for physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing as well as for effective immune responses. Getting an adequate amount of sleep protects the body from developing various major diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, curbs stress, depression, anxiety. Good sleep promotes emotional wellness.Read more
The advent of the novel coronavirus on the planet has brought a lot of changes for all of us, especially children. One such drastic change that happened in the lives of children is the concept of virtual learning. Well, before the pandemic, it was merely a concept. As the cases started to increase, the schools worldwide shut down, with an estimated 1.2 billion children sitting at home. This has led the schools to take up the possibility of virtual learning to ensure the continuity of education among children. Currently, students around the globe have adapted differently to virtual learning- while some find it extremely comfortable without any distractions, others find it remarkably difficult to concentrate. However, virtual learning is particularly challenging for kids with the autistic spectrum- a group of tiny tots who find consistency and routine very important in their life.Read more
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Neuromuscular conditions in children are difficult to diagnose and have a variable treatment result. Weakness and floppiness of muscles are its main features. The problem may lie in the muscle itself, the nerves, the junction between the muscle and the nerve, or spinal cord. Sometimes the problem may lie in the Brain or in the Genes/Chromosomes. One of the most severe and devastating form of neuromuscular condition in children is Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). These children are either seen in the newborn period as floppy babies or after 6 months of age due to concerns about their ability to sit, stand, walk, breath and swallow. Around one in 6000 to one in 10000 children are born with this disease, in the world per year.Read more
Children with Autistic spectrum disorder have poor social skills. They fail to understand facial expressions or emotions in other people. Each child with ASD would need his or her own individualized behavioral program to help them with these differences.
Getting your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder on to a Flight could be a nightmare for some of you. Children with ASD can have meltdowns in environments that are unfamiliar and alien for them. These meltdown can result in security concerns at the airports like the wearing of seat belts, issues of being seated while take-off and landing, and many more. Many airports have started providing special training to airline staff and airport staff to handle individuals with autism and cater with their needs.
ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a brain disorder that could result in hyperactivity among the children affected. Practicing preventive measures of COVID 19, like physical distancing and social isolation can lead to unforeseen changes that may worsen the symptoms of ADHD or lead to other mental health conditions like anxiety or depression in children.Read more
There are different reasons why your kid doesn’t follow instructions, from the absence of abilities to do certain errands, to trouble preparing words, to the absence of inspiration. A good mnemonic to remember for this is ‘HASH SUCCEED’, According to Dr. Arif Khan. If you have a child with autism who is not listening to your instructions or you’re unable to get a particular instruction across, these are the things you need to think about.Read more
In spite of extensive research all over the world, the condition called Epilepsy has not yet been fully understood. However, we have enough evidence to explain its underlying mechanism and rationale for treatment. Over the many years that epilepsy survived, it has evolved into what we now term as a ‘disorder’. Various medical explanations and hypotheses have been embraced by a major section of the society. However, the long-standing myths and misconceptions still exist in different parts of the world. Many children with epilepsy in India are still a victim of these myths. I have tried exploring some of these in this article. The misconception listed below are the common ones.
Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain and by which the individual has a tendency to have seizures. Children are keen to know why these unpleasant events are occurring. It is advisable to educate them on their condition at the earliest. This will reduce their anxiety and build their confidence. They will take ownership of their epilepsy and recognizing what the diagnosis means to them may help them feel more in control of their situation from the start.
Yes, Migraine does affect children. It affects 2% of five year olds and 18% of 13-14 year olds. Migraine in many children can go undiagnosed due to unawareness on the part of parents and sometimes doctors. This can lead to significant negative impact on the child’s social wellbeing, scholastic achievement and self-esteem.
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