Pediatrics

Risk Factors in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the third biggest cause of infant deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). A new study published in Pediatrics states that more than 96% of the children who die due to SIDS are exposed to risk factors. These risk factors include sleeping on the side or stomach, bed sharing with adults and exposure to tobacco smoke, etc. Around 74% of SIDS cases are exposed to more than one risk factor. Deaths in the absence of any risk factor...

How does Social Media Influence the Lives of Our Children?

Social media sites such as Facebook, My Space, Twitter, Club Penguin, the Sims, you tube and blogs are increasingly becoming omnipresent. More and more children are incorporating them in their daily routine. According to a report published in April 2011 issue of Pediatrics, about 22% of teens log on to their favorite site at least 10 times daily. Fifty percent of adolescents visit one of these sites at least once a day. Seventy five percent of teenagers own a cell phone of which 25% use it to...

It is Easier to Motivate New Parents to Quit Smoking

Most of the time doctors tend to concentrate on the harmful effects of tobacco on the growing fetus during pregnancy. They, therefore, focus their energy in motivating would be mother to give up smoking. However, they tend to forget that the effect of second hand smoke on the new born baby is equally deleterious. Post partum stress, infant irritability and breastfeeding failure may all prompt the new mother to resume smoking without realizing that it could harm her baby. The doctors are...

Role of Breastfeeding in Reducing Infectious Diseases in Infancy

breastfeeding and infectious diseases
Infectious diseases in infancy have been a cause of concern both in the developed and the developing world. Almost 3.4% to 32.1% infants suffer from respiratory tract infections while 1.2% to 26.3% infants suffer from gastrointestinal infections in industrialized countries, according to a prospective cohort study. These two infections are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in infants. The prevalence of these infectious diseases depends upon factors such as birth weight, gestational age...

Childhood Spanking can lead to Aggressive Behavior

“Spare the rod and spoil the child.” It is an old adage that still finds resonance in the present world. Parents often spank their children in order to discipline them. They feel that spanking will teach them a lesson which will help in improving their future behavior. Incidence of spanking or slapping the children remains high in the U.S. with almost 35% to 90% parents admitting to have used corporal punishment to instill good values in their children. However, according to the recommendations...

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