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  • Sumanta 7:12 AM on August 9, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: , , , kids, ,   

    Childhood obesity may increase risk of asthma 

    English: McDonald's patron, 2006.

    English: McDonald’s patron, 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Many children with sedentary type of lifestyle and fast food diet are overwhelmingly gaining extra chunks of fat in their waist line and increasing their body mass index. Not all parents seem to be concerned about it, since they don’t want to deprive their child from their favorite fast foods and computer games. But childhood obesity might be an alarm for future development of diabetes, heart disease etc.

    Interestingly, new information in medical science suggests that overweight and obese child are prone to develop asthma and the chance is more than that of children with normal body mass index. This means that even your child may be growing up in an air pollution free and mite free place, asthma risks still persist by other means and in this instance it’s excessive body weight.

    Therefore, parents may take their child’s body weight seriously and talk to their health care provider for possible solutions.


  • Sumanta 6:44 AM on July 15, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: Allergy, , Atopic dermatitis, , , eczema, , kids,   

    Childhood eczema & antibiotics 

    Eczema, a chronic skin problem that causes itchy dry skin problem. Sometimes the condition is referred as atopic dermatitis. It can occur in any age and sex. And it has no cure till date, therefore all the treatment rotates around symptom management using drugs like steroids, anti-histaminics (itch relievers) moisturisers, avoiding various environmental allergens (like mites ) etc. In children eczema may occur with asthma. Common sites affected in body are scalp, inner side of elbow, inner side of knee etc. House dust mites and various other allergens are primarily blamed to elicit an eczema.

    However, in case of children another possible cause found its importance. Childhood eczema may be associated with antibiotics a child was exposed to during ones infancy i.e. the first year of life. This drugs suppress the normal gut bacteria and decrease their load. Normal bacterial count in the gut help developing components of our immune system to allergic conditions like eczema. Antibiotics hamper the developmental process of child’s immunity and finally make kids vulnerable to eczema. To ease a child’s life a doctor treating an infant may avoid injudicious use of antibiotics. Eczema is an extremely distressing condition for many and should be taken empathetically.

    English: Photograph of typical, mild dermatitis

    mild dermatitis

    For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider.  
    Please cross check information from other sources too. 
    Reference: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bjd.12476/abstract
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