Child and Adolescent Health

HELP THAT CHILD: OBESITY AND OVERWEIGHT IN CHILDREN

Childhood obesity and overweight are one of the most alarming public health challenges in the 21st century. It is no longer news that obesity is not only a thing of the developed countries but a common phenomenon across the different social strata in the low and middle income countries as well. However, obesity is now …

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ADOLESCENT SOCIAL DIFFICULTIES: PARENTS AND TEACHERS ON THE WATCH

Adolescence is a crucial phase in human development. Young people at this phase are physically transitioning into adulthood and also undergoing both mental and emotional development. There are however some unique social difficulties that are related with this period of life. Peer pressure, self-esteem, drug and alcohol use, and depression are some of the issues …

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SOCIAL CHANGES TO WATCH OUT FOR IN ADOLESCENTS.

The period of transition when an individual is no longer a child and yet cannot be referred to as an adult is not only marked by noticeable physical changes but also changes in how they interact.A good understanding of these changes can promote healthy development throughout adolescence and early adulthood.The knowledge of these changes can …

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I AND MY SOCIAL IDENTITY: THE ADOLESCENT PHASE SHIFT

Social development refers to how an individual interact with others around them. As developments occur the individual acquires various skills to enable them to communicate with others and be able to process their actions. The adolescent phase; a period of transition when an individual is no longer a child and yet cannot be referred to …

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THE 3-DIMENSIONAL IMPORTANCE OF PRECONCEPTION CARE

Preconception care entails the various forms of care given to a person before the initiation of pregnancy. The term preconception care is majorly used for females but it can also be applied to males because of the need for proper care for good reproductive outcome for example, early detection and treatment of various fertility issues …

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IS CEREBRAL PALSY RITUALLY INDUCED, A SIN OR A MEDICAL CONDITION?

Many people especially in Sub Saharan Africa particularly in some parts of Nigeria still believe the myth that cerebral palsy is as a result of rituals being done on children or a result of the sins of parent. But the fact still remains that cerebral palsy is a medical condition and not a spiritual attack, …

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COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS: POTENTIAL FOR INCREASED BURDEN OF OBESITY IN CHILDREN

Childhood obesity has severally been tagged as one of the 21st century public health challenges. It has been revealed that this challenge which was an established high income country problem is now also an increasing problem in low and middle income countries. Estimate revealed that more than 42 million under-5 children globally are either overweight …

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COVID-19: THREAT TO THE PILLARS OF CHILD SURVIVAL AND MATERNAL HEALTH

Coronavirus, commonly referred to as COVID-19, is transmitted through droplets that spread when an infected person coughs or sneeze land on nearby surfaces. It originated from China but has now gained the world’s attention through its spread to other nations. Good personal hygiene, good hand washing practices and self-isolation remain the main recommended and adopted …

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NO LONGER A CHILD; YET NOT AN ADULT

The period when an individual can no longer be referred to as a child and neither can the individual be referred to as an adult although, adult features begins to develop in such individual was termed “Adolescence” by G. Stanley Hall in 1904. Universally, adolescence is better defined as ‘a period of transition’.  A phase …

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THE “3-IN-1” VACCINE: MMR (MEASLES, MUMPS AND RUBELLA) VACCINE

MEASLES Measles is a highly infectious disease caused by the measles virus. It spreads and it kills more children than any other childhood diseases. The disease is multi systemic and it is regularly present in some communities. Poverty, overcrowding and large number of unimmunized children often triggers the occurrence of the disease in an epidemic …

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