How Much do You know about Children’s Health?
1. A rash that doesn’t disappear when pressed with a glass is a classic symptom of meningitis.
2. The itchy skin patches of impetigo are caused by an allergy.
3. Children can catch chicken pox from an elderly relative with shingles.
4. Parents should start cleaning their child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears.
5. Inability for a baby to turn the head can be caused by a misalignment of vertebrae in the neck.
6. The percentage of children between 4 and 12 years old having suffered from back pain in the past varies between which percentages?
a) 5 – 10
7. Most children drop out of recreational sports by what age?
8. How many hours of sleep does a 12-year-old need?
9. Which of these nutrients are most teenagers deficient in?
d) Vitamin D
10. Being overweight increases the risk on
c) Heart attack
d) All of the above
Other common symptoms include fever, a sore neck, headache, and dislike of bright lights. If you suspect meningitis, get medical advice quickly.
Impetigo is called by Staphylococcus bacteria. It’s not dangerous, but it is extremely infectious
It is possible for a child to contract chicken pox from someone with shingles if the child doesn’t already have immunity from a previous episode of chicken pox. Shingles and chicken pox are caused by the same virus. The skin blisters associated with shingles can contain the virus.
Start cleaning as soon as the first tooth appears. Wipe teeth every day with a clean, damp cloth. Switch to a small, soft toothbrush as more teeth come in.
When a vertebrae is misaligned, it can have serious consequences for the babies mobility. It can lead to flat heads and even to inability of breastfeeding since the baby cannot get comfortable.
Studies show us a much higher prevalence of back pain in children than previously thought. In a study of kids aged 12-15 years old (Olsen et al., 1992, Am. J. Public Health) 30.4% reported a history of low back pain. Mierau and Cassidy (1984) found that 22.8% of elementary school and 33.3% of secondary school aged children complained of low back pain. So don’t simply pass off a child’s complaint of aches and pains as “growing pains” because there may very well be something real causing his or her pain.
The National Alliance of Sports estimates that 70 percent of children participating in recreational sports quit by 13 and never play again.
A 12-year-old needs 9 hours. In contrast, a 6-year-old needs almost 11 hours.
Iron is needed to support the expanding blood volume and muscle mass of adolescent bodies. Girls in particular, are at risk for low levels because of menstruation
Being overweight increases the risk on diabetes (type II), cancer (colon, prostate, breast and much more) and heart attack due to the deposit of “fatty plaques” on the inside of the arteries.