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Autism—Slow child brain development

A mother’s perspective Akshana Shah can hardly keep her eyes off her son. It is outright that the constant attention shifting to him repeatedly after we exchange greetings is not only that of vigilance and concern, but that of admiration as well. The boy is the centre of her world. ‘When my son, Mikhil Shah,…

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Asthmatic Baby

Asthma is a recurrent condition, affecting the airways in the lungs. It is characterised by coughing, wheezing(whistling sound in the chest), and difficulty in breathing. What causes asthma in children? Asthma is an allergic condition that tends to occur in families. That is, it is hereditary. Several members of one family may have asthma or…

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Eczema

Eczema is a recurrent dry and scaly, itchy skin rash found mainly in infants and toddlers. For infants, the rash is found usually on the cheek but it can appear on the limbs, the trunk and around the joints. For older children the rash is seen mainly in the elbow joints, and behind the knees.…

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Taking care of a hiv-positive baby

Pediatric AIDS means AIDS in children. It results from infection of a child with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which develops into full-blown Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). HIV destroys the body’s ability to fight diseases thereby putting the infected person at risk of opportunistic illnesses like tuberculosis, pneumonia, diarrhoea and herpes, which may eventually lead…

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Peanut allergies

Causes and how to handle them It may sound funny. It did to me when I first heard of it. The truth is some people are allergic to peanuts. Their bodies react, sometimes violently, to peanuts or anything that has peanuts as an ingredient; for instance peanut butter or chocolate. It is difficult to avoid peanuts because unlike,…

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