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What parents should know about sleep apnea in children

What parents should know about sleep apnea in children

Health
Medical experts are warning parents that if you hear your young son or daughter snoring, it could potentially be a sign that the child is suffering from sleep apnea. "It should raise a flag," Dr. Sydney Butts, an ear, nose and throat doctor in New York City told ABC News of snoring in children. "You should think about watching some other signs and symptoms that may kind of sound the alarm." "It's not a problem restricted to adults," Butts added of sleep apnea. "It's actually one of the most common reasons why children need their tonsils or adenoids removed." If untreated, sleep apnea can lead to chronic heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity and other health problems, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA). Kevin and Amanda Cook told ABC News that three ...
35 children die in north Indian hospital in 3 days

35 children die in north Indian hospital in 3 days

Health
Parents of at least 35 children who have died in a state-run hospital in northern India over the past three days have alleged that the fatalities were due to the lack of a sufficient oxygen supply in the children's ward. District Magistrate Rajiv Rautela said Saturday that the deaths of the children being treated for different ailments at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur city in Uttar Pradesh state were due to natural causes. He denied that an insufficient oxygen supply led to their deaths. Parents said that the oxygen supply to the ward ran out Thursday night and that patients' families were given self-inflating bags to help the children breathe. "That's the time when the death of the children peaked," said Mritunjaya Singh, whose 7-month-old son was admitted to ...
Children consuming online time 'like junk food'

Children consuming online time 'like junk food'

Technology
Parents must intervene to stop their children overusing social media and consuming time online "like junk food", the children's commissioner has said.In an interview with the Observer, Anne Longfield criticised the ways social media giants use to draw children into spending more time.She said parents should be proactive in stopping their children from bingeing on the internet in the summer holidays.Ms Longfield has launched a campaign to help parents with the issue.She said: "It's something that every parent will talk about especially during school holidays; that children are in danger of seeing social media like sweeties, and their online time like junk food."None of us as parents would want our children to eat junk food all the time."For those same reasons we shouldn't want our children ...
Prenatal exposure to fire retardants linked to lower IQs in children, review says

Prenatal exposure to fire retardants linked to lower IQs in children, review says

Health
SATURDAY, Aug. 5, 2017 -- Exposure to certain flame-retardant chemicals in pregnancy may be linked to lower intelligence in children, a new research review suggests.The synthetic chemicals are known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs. Although phased out in manufacturing in the United States, they remain in many products, including old couches and other household items, building materials and electronics, the researchers said.Together, the studies reviewed suggested that IQs dip by 3.7 points for every 10-fold increase in prenatal exposure to these flame retardants."Even the loss of a few IQ points on a population-wide level means more children who need early interventions, and families who may face personal and economic burdens for the rest of their lives," said study co-author Tr...
Children 'exercise less as they get older'

Children 'exercise less as they get older'

Health
The number of children doing an hour of exercise a day falls by nearly 40% between the ages of five and 12.Figures suggest that by the final year of primary school, just 17% of pupils are doing the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day.A spokesman for Public Health England described the drop in activity levels as "concerning".More than a third of children in England are overweight by the time they leave primary school.A new survey from Public Health England and Disney looked at the effects of physical activity on children's emotional wellbeingMore than 1,000 children aged five to 11 were questioned, with their parents acknowledging that being active made their children feel happier (79%), more confident (72%), and more sociable (74%).But the survey also found that children'...