Statistics estimate that around 8.6 percent of all children and teens suffer from asthma. That makes it the most prominent childhood illness. It is also a scary and frustrating illness that carries the same symptoms for children as it does for adults: wheezing, difficulty breathing, coughing, and tightness of the chest. Of course, because children have smaller airways, their symptoms are sometimes more severe.This can be especially frightening for both parents and children. Thankfully, a new study suggests that breastfeeding could reduce the occurrence and frequency of these asthma-related symptoms.
There are many reasons that a mom may need to have a cesarean birth, but not all C-sections are necessary. In fact, many women elect to have them, or are told by their physician that they cannot have a vaginal birth after having a C-section.
Because the dangers of smoking are so widely talked about, many women do reduce or quit when they become pregnant. Unfortunately, a large majority of them pick the habit back up shortly after birth, and their newborns are then exposed to secondhand smoke.
Breast is best! You keep hearing it, time and again from major health organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF. And even here at Growing Your Baby, breastfeeding is discussed and encouraged. Of course, we also know just how difficult the decision between breast and bottle can be.
According to the British Lung Foundation, more than 430,000 children are exposed to second-hand smoke in cars every week. Because of the some 4,000 chemicals found in cigarettes, the passive inhalation of smoke can increase a child’s risk of asthma, meningitis, and SIDS.
We’ve shared a lot of reports on the potentially negative effects of Bisphenol A (BPA). Now, a new study, has added yet another concerning side effect for babies that are exposed to the chemical while their mothers are still pregnant.
With hundreds of children in hospitals across the nation, health officials are now warning parents that an unidentified respiratory virus could pose a serious threat to children in the United States.
Nutrition is probably one of the most important parts of pregnancy – not just because you’re taking care of your own body, but because everything you do affects your baby. This is why it’s so important for women to include a wide variety of healthy fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals in their daily diets. But there are some foods you should eat regularly during pregnancy; grapefruit is one of them.
While sometimes a necessity, medications can and often do have side effects. Asthma medications are no different. In fact, a recent study has revealed that certain types of asthma drugs can stunt growth in young children. However, when compared to the benefits, the effect is small.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 1.5 million babies are born prematurely worldwide. Those children are often born with breathing problems because their lungs did not have a chance to fully develop. Previous studies on children have indicated that these very same children are also at a higher risk of asthma later on in life.
According to a new study, saliva tests may do a better job at helping doctors determine which children are exposed to secondhand smoke than parent reports. Researchers on the study say that this information may very well ensure that fewer children make repeat trips to the hospital for breathing problems.