Pediatrics

Use of valproate in pregnancy associated with increased risk of ASD in children

Valproate is commonly used in the treatment of epilepsy apart from other neurophysiological disorders like manic and mixed episodes of bipolar disorder and for the prevention of migraine. However, a new study published in the Journal of American Medical Association has found that consumption of valproate during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of childhood autism and related spectrum disorders. The study, which was led by Jakob Christensen, from Denmark's Aarhus University...

Infantile colic found related to subsequent development of migraine

One of the most common problems encountered during pediatric practice is that of infantile colic. The condition is seen in 16% to 20% of infants, wherein the baby cries for hours together because of severe colicky pain in the abdomen. Researchers have for the first time been able to establish the fact that infants suffering from colic are at an increased likelihood of developing migraine as they grow up. The research has been published in the Journal of American Medical Association and was...

Family meals can promote healthy eating habits in children

Home food environment and parental attitudes can have an impact on the fruit and vegetable intake of the children. A recent study published in the British Medical Journal’s Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health has found that having a family meal together regularly helps the children to achieve the recommended rate of fruits and vegetables. For the study, the researchers analyzed the food eating habits of 2383 children attending 52 primary schools in London. The mean age of the children...

Two cups of cow's milk found ideal for children

Parents often ponder how much milk is adequate to meet the growing demands of their children. The scientists seem to have finally found an answer to this question- it is two cups of cow’s milk per day. The research has been published in the online edition of the journal Pediatrics on December 17, 2012. Milk, when consumed in higher quantities increases the vitamin stores of the body but simultaneously decrease the iron stores of the body. Excessive stores of vitamin D are of no use. Until now,...

Manipulative therapies may benefit infants suffering from colic

A meta-analysis of several studies by Cochrane has come to the conclusion that manipulative therapies may provide some relief in infantile colic. It is a common condition seen in the early few months of infancy, characterized by episodes of excessive crying by the infant which last for as long as three hours per day for at least three days per week. The condition resolves on its own by the time infants reach the age of five to six months but can be quite traumatizing for the parents. Some...

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