Millions Of Children in North Korea Does Not Have Any Food And Health Care

Many children are dying from malnutrition in North Korea

Many children are dying from malnutrition in North Korea

According to the United Nations, millions of North Korean children are not getting enough food, medicine or healthcare they need in order to develop physically or mentally which therefore leaves many children stunted and malnourished.

Most of the children that suffer from such are under 5 years of age and are particularly located in the rural areas of North Korea where the food is scarce and many has chronic diarrhea due to a lack of clean water, sanitation and electricity has become the leading cause of death among children. Also, hospitals are spotless but bare, only few of the households have running water or power, and drugs and medicine are in very short supply.

Fears of drought has also been raised by a reported shortfall of rain. According to the reporters, they have never seen that much kind of sever drought over the past 30 years that they have worked as a farmer in Phyongan province. North Korea does not produce enough food to be able feed its 24 million population and mostly relies on the limited purchases of food as well as he outside donations they obtain to make up for the shortfall.

According to the UN’s Pyongyang based resident coordinator for North Korea, he have seen babies who should have been sitting up were not sitting up and could even hardly hold a bottle on their own. The report points out a picture of deprivation in the countryside of North Korea, which are not often seen by outsiders, who are usually not allowed to travel beyond the relatively prosperous Pyongyang.

There are also arising concerns regarding Korea’s way of helping their people. Both North and South Korea suffers from allegations of having Korean comfort women ever since the World War II started. Most of these Korean comfort women were forced in to sexual slavery for the Japanese military. Although there are only a few of these comfort women in our generation today, there are still reports that Korea is still demanding for Japan’s sincere apology. However, reports also say that these Korean comfort women sued their own government for coercing them to serve as sex slaves in state-controlled brothels for the U.S. military even after the Korean War, which has ended in 1953.

 

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Obesity Among Children

 

Obesity among children

Obesity among children

Obesity has been one of the biggest health problem in the United States in both children and adults. Although children have fewer weight-related health and medical problems than adults, children are still high at risk of becoming overweight adolescents and adults. The result of such may also lead to an increased risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes in their later life. People who also experience obesity are prone to develop stress, sadness, and low self-esteem.

There is a variety of reasons as to why children become overweight. The most common causes are genetic factors, lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating patterns, or a combination of these. There only rare cases wherein obesity is caused by a medical condition called hormonal problem.

Weight problems may also run in family but not all of the children with a family history of obesity will be overweight. Children whose parents, brothers, or sisters who suffer from obesity may have an increased risk to having it as well but it usually linked to family behaviors such as eating and activity habits rather than genetics.

A child’s total diet and activity level also plays an important role in determining a child’s weight. Due to today’s technology, many children spend a lot of time being inactive. Children nowadays spend more time watching television, playing computer and video games and sometimes none for physical activity.

Statistics show that men has a higher rate of obesity rather than women. However, women are more prone to emotional stress which often leads to depression. Women are more conscious about their body and sometimes, no matter how hard they try to go on a proper diet, their bodies have already been used to the big amount of food intake which then making them even more hungry and would also lead to eating more food. Another thing that women usually do when they feel stress or sad is that they do stress-eating or what we often call it as “eating their feelings out” and sometimes this is the only way they could think of in order to comfort themselves. So as early as now, you should help your children by practicing eating a proper diet and avoid junk foods and other unhealthy foods as much as possible. By doing so, you will be able to save them from the risk of obesity, having chronic diseases, and depression in the future.

 

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How To Prevent Your Child From Asthma

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Asthma among children

Asthma is defined to be a chronic lung cancer disorder that can make breathing difficult. It causes inflammation, swelling, and narrowing of the airways (bronchial tubes). Chronically inflamed bronchial tubes become very sensitive to inhaled allergens or irritants such as pollen, pollution, tobacco smoke, or triggers such as exercise.

An asthma action plan provides an individual with specific directions to follow daily to manage their disorders as well as for adjusting medications in response to increasing symptoms or decreasing lung function.

Prognosis for asthma

The prognosis for asthma is generally favorable. Comparing to the occurrence of asthma to adults, children experience complete remission more often than adults do. However, adults who experience asthma has a greater rate of loss in their lung function as compared to age-controlled counterparts.

How to prevent asthma

Due to recent findings that show that asthma continue to increase its prevalence, researchers also look for risk factors that may cause asthma among children as well as ways to potentially prevent asthma from happening. It has been shown that individuals living on farms or near farms are protected against wheezing, asthma, and even environmental allergies. The ongoing problem about climate change is also being considered as a factor in the increased incidence of asthma among people. Also, smoking during pregnancy in effect can give their infants high risks to being diagnosed with asthma. Tobacco smoke is often a risk factor for the development and progression of asthma.

There are many environmental ways and genetic factors that can lead to the development of asthma among people. Asthma is a very complex process and there is no actual or at least proven way to decrease an individual’s risk of developing asthma. It is always best to give your child proper diet, let them take vitamins that can boost up their immune system and of course, guide them whenever they are playing because we can never really know what environmental factors can cause our child to have asthma.

 

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How To Determine If Your Child Has ADHD

How to determine if your child has ADHD

How to determine if your child has ADHD

According to a recent national study reported by the CDC, it shows that 11% of school aged children are being diagnosed with ADHD. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is a disorder that affects behavior. The three main symptoms include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Children who might suffer from ADHD are being observed for at six months with the following behaviours:

Inattention

Inattention refers to the tendency to be easily distracted. Some common behaviours that define inattention are careless mistakes, failure to pay attention to details results in errors at school, work, and in other areas. Children with ADHD also get bored easily and are having trouble focusing on an activity. It is also difficult to speak to them because they do not always want to listen to you. Another symptom includes the inability to complete tasks. As simple as losing or forgetting objects or belongings also show a sign of inattention.

Hyperactivity

Hyperactivity is a feature of ADHD that refers to an abundance of physical energy and too much activity. Common behaviours that define hyperactivity among children with ADHD are having trouble sitting still, may often run around or climb on objects at inappropriate times, and difficulty in participating in quiet activities such as reading or playing board games. ADHD children are also often non-stop talkative.

Impulsivity

Lastly, impulsivity is a defining feature of AHD that refers to acting without thinking about the consequences that may occur afterwards. Common activities that relate to impulsivity include interrupting others to answer a question before it’s been asked, having trouble making turns (especially when playing games or doing activities that require them to do so) and interrupting conversations and activities of other people.

 

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Common Illnesses Among Children That Every Parent Should Know About

Common Illnesses Among Children

Common Illnesses Among Children

It is very terrifying for parents whenever they found out that their kids have diseases specially if they have no idea whether the disease is infectious or not.

There are so many childhood diseases and it would be impossible to list them all here. However, here are just the most common illnesses among children, including viral and bacterial infections as well as allergic and immunologic illnesses.

Bronchitis

Bronchitis, defined to be the inflammation of the small airways, affects children less than one year of age. These often occur when it is the time of winter. Symptoms of bronchitis include fever, runny nose, and cough.

Croup

Croup is a very common disease among young children. The symptoms of such is inflammation of the upper respiratory system which include the larynx and trachea.

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

This kind of disease often occur during summer and early fall. It causes fever, sore throat and blisters inside the mouth, on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.

Pink Eye

Pink eye, otherwise known as conjunctivitis, is a bacterial infection that happens on occasions. It is very contagious and can easily spread through schools and day care quickly.

Chicken Pox

The varicella virus causes chickenpox. Chickenpox infection is usually benign (but uncomfortable) event in a child’s life. Routine vaccination is a regular case now to avoid children from having chickenpox.

Measles

Prior to routine vaccination, measles is one of the most common childhood infection. Measles is an acute viral illness that can lead to serious complications and even death. It usually begins with nonspecific symptoms such as high fever, runny nose, and cough. These symptoms are being followed by the appearance of rashes that spread throughout the entire body.

Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies are the bane of many children and adults. Runny noses, sneezing and puffy eyes are all common symptoms.

 

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The best food for Kids

Giving your children the proper diet

Giving your children the proper diet

As parents, we all want our children to perform better in school. What we do not know is that the kinds of food we give to our young ones can help boost a child’s brain growth. Certain “ brain foods” could improve brain function, memory and concentration.

Brain is a very hungry organ and growing bodies need many type of nutrients for it to function the way that it should. These top superfoods will surely help kids get the most from school:

Salmon. Fatty fishes like salmon is an excellent source of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA which are both essential for brain growth and function.

Eggs. Eggs are a great source of protein and the egg yolks also contains choline, which helps memory development.

Peanut Butter. Peanuts and peanut butter are a good source of Vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that protect nervous membranes, as well as thiamin that helps the brain and nervous system use glucose for energy.

Whole Grains. Glucose is constantly needed in the brain and among those foods that can surely give us that are foods containing whole grains such as bread. The fiber contained in the whole grains helps regulate the release of glucose in the body. It also includes Vitamin B which is good for the nervous system.

Oats/Oatmeal. Oats provide excellent energy or fuel for the brain that kids need first thing in the morning. They are also loaded with Vitamin E, B Vitamins, Potassium, and Zinc, which helps our bodies and brains function at its full capacity.

Berries and Colorful Veggies. The more intense the color of the berry, the more nutrition it contains. Berries contain high levels of antioxidants, especially Vitamin C, which can also prevent cancer. Vegetables also contain high levels of antioxidants that keep brain cells strong and healthy.

Lean Beef. Lean beef is one of the best absorbed sources of iron. It also contains zinc which helps in having a greater memory.

 

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When To Give Glasses To Your Child

Children With Glasses

A child’s vision is a key to his or her development and it is very crucial for parents to make sure that their child doesn’t have any difficulties with his or her eyes. Simple eye tests can easily identify vision problems even at a very young age. One of the probable suggestions to children with vision problems is corrective glasses.

Aside from the regular check-ups at the doctor’s office, you should also consider having your child’s vision tested even for once every year.

Between eye exams, it is also a good idea if you will be able to identify the signs of potential vision problems among you child to be able to prevent it to worsen. Among the common signs and symptoms of vision problems among children or those who simply needed glasses are:

  • Rubbing of the eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty in focusing or following objects with their eyes
  • Misalignment or abnormal movement of the eyes
  • Red or teary eyes
  • A white pupil
  • Difficulty in seeing objects from afar
  • Squinting
  • Difficulty in reading
  • Needing to sit very close to the television

Once you see this signs and symptoms in your kids, you should call your child’s doctor right away or better that you go directly to an eye specialist. Vision problems which are not treated right away may lead to serious eye problems. Also, vision problems among children may lead issues to learning and social adjustment.

Eye-care specialists often recommend the use of glasses when he sees refractive errors among the eyes of the patient. These refractive errors occur when the eyes does not bend light properly. The three common types of such are:

  • Nearsightedness: difficulty in seeing things from a distance
  • Farsightedness: difficulty in seeing things up close (often happen to adults)
  • Astigmatism: abnormal curvature of the surface of the eye that causes blurred vision

For children who does not like wearing glasses, one way of convincing them to do so is to let them choose their own frames. As for infants and toddlers who already have vision problems, a plastic strap is usually attached to the glasses to avoid losing it. Also, it is better to give them frames which are very durable enough for an active child.

 

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Puberty Among Young Girls

Puberty

Puberty, confusing enough as it is to experience as a preteen or a teenager, may begin as early as elementary school. All children experience puberty, however, young girls are the ones who are greatly affected by it.

Puberty among young girls involves growing and gaining weight, breast development, development of body hair, acne and of course, menstruation.

According to a recent study, American girls now begin puberty at an earlier age compared to their mothers. Menstruation cycles are now being experienced by young girls at an early age of 9 or 10 years old.

Though, puberty is not harmful nor a physical illness to children, early stages of development may cause fear and nervousness among young girls if not educated properly. Girls in the age of 9 or 10 are only starting to learn about their body as well as to understand why it changes. At this stage, it can be a difficult physiological adjustment for young girls to go through the stage of puberty if they are not ready yet.

Starting puberty early, otherwise known as early onset puberty, is rather different than precocious puberty. Precocious puberty is a medical condition caused by an abnormality in the brain’s hormone-secreting pituitary gland. This kind of puberty usually has other medical issues like a tumor on their pituitary gland or infections like meningitis. Precocious puberty often happens to girls younger than 7 and boy younger than 9.

There is still no definite cause as to why children today are starting puberty early. However, hormones in the milk are often blamed because it is quite impossible for outside forces to be a cause.

 

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Guidelines in Child Proofing

Child Proofing Your Home

Crawling and baby’s first steps are very much thrilling for parents, but they also add new child safety challenges. As babies start to grow, they will also begin to explore the fascinating and novel environment that is present in their homes. Of course, these kind of behaviors often come along with the possibility of children being hurt. Parents cannot always be near their children 24/7 so there are inexpensive child safety precautions to make your job easier and simpler such as childproofing.

Effective childproofing doesn’t always have to mean that you need to buy expensive devices or replacing items in your home with plastic “kid-safe” versions. Child safety simply means that you are preventing your children from harm. The top three child safety hazards are:

  • Small objects or toys can be swallowed
  • Sharp objects can poke and pierce the skin
  • Fragile objects can break, turning into sharp and small pieces

An effective way of childproofing is understanding how your child thinks as well as the need to explore the environment they walk around in to help create a safe environment. Another way of childproofing is looking at the world from your child’s point of view. Try getting down low and look around – analyze the surroundings as well as the things that easily caught your attention. Remember to always check for things under the furniture or in between couches. Another thing that you should always remember is to make sure that your house is clean and free from factors that may cause diseases such as dust mites.

 

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Car Safety Guidelines For Kids

Child’s Car Safety

We all know that prevention is always better than cure, but still, many people do not practice them, especially in following the guidelines of car safety for their children. According to recent studies, common studies that include care safety among children include lack of proper constraints and youngsters sitting in the front seat before they are ready.

During the year 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines on child passenger safety. Some of the guidelines they managed to develop are:

  1. Children should not be seated in rear-facing car seats until they have reached the age of 2 years.
  2. Children should always use forward-facing car seats with a five-point harness until they reach the maximum height and weight requirements recommended by the seat’s manufacturer.
  3. Children should continue to use booster seat until they are about 57 inches tall and an adult seat belt that fits them properly. Children under the age of 13 years should be seated in the back seat of the vehicle.

As for the new study being conducted, the investigators examined information on nearly 21,500 children from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration National Survey on the Use of Booster Seats. They observed drivers with child passengers as they drove into gas stations, fast food restaurants, recreation centers and child care facilities. The data collectors recorded the different kinds of restraints being used by the children as well as that of the adult’s.

Based on what they have observed, children were less likely to observe proper car safety guidelines as they get older. Some examples include the use of booster seats and the proper age bracket that are allowed to seat in the front seat.

Based on the researchers, their conclusions demonstrate that not all children have been reached equally by community-based public education campaigns and the passage of child safety laws. They also stated that further development and dissemination of culturally specific programs that have demonstrated success in promoting restraint use among minority children are necessary.

 

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