Children Education

according to the Huffington Post UK, more than a quarter of a million children are not getting a decent education, including pupils at three of the Government’s flagship free schools.

New figures show that hundreds of state secondary schools fell below the Government’s floor targets after failing to ensure that enough pupils gained five good GCSE grades and made sufficient progress in English and maths. Continue reading

54 Breastfeeding Myths

1. Many women do not produce enough milk. Not true! The vast majority of women produce more than enough milk. Indeed, an overabundance of milk is common. Most babies that gain too slowly, or lose weight, do so not because the mother does not have enough milk, but because the baby does not get the milk that the mother has.

The usual reason that the baby does not get the milk that is available is that he is poorly latched onto the breast. This is why it is so important that the mother be shown, on the first day, how to latch a baby on properly, by someone who knows what they are doing.

2. It is normal for breastfeeding to hurt. Not true! Though some tenderness during the first few days is relatively common, this should be a temporary situation that lasts only a few days and should never be so bad that the mother dreads breastfeeding. Any pain that is more than mild is abnormal and is almost always due to the baby latching on poorly. Continue reading

Learning Disability

What is learning disability?

Learning disability is the current term for what is still often known as mental handicap. It implies a level of intelligence significantly below the normal range, with associated poor social skills.
In most cases, the condition is present from birth, although it is not always immediately recognised. In some cases, it results from illnesses or injuries suffered during childhood.
There are over 1 million people with some degree of learning disability, and perhaps 160,000 adults and children in England with severe learning disability.
The problem will not be identified by 7 (Intelligence Quotient) tests alone; but those with an IQ of less than 65 will usually be considered to have a learning disability. Continue reading

Birth Defects Turns Your Home Into A Hospital

When Your Child’s Birth Defects Turn You into a Home Healthcare Provider

There is the misconception that birth defects are somehow only something that might make a child stick out in a crowd, such as a shortened leg, a club foot, or a missing limb. In other cases the opinion might be that a birth defect is something that affects the inner organs of a child and upon surgery is not noticeable.

Even as these scenarios are true upon occasion, when your child’s birth defects turn you into a home healthcare provider, you will most certainly battle with feelings of guilt, inadequacy, fear, and a severe lack of sleep. Continue reading

Foetal Alcohol syndrome (FAS)

Foetal (Fetal: Alternative spelling) alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a birth defect that is the result of maternal drinking of alcoholic beverages during the pregnancy.

It is a preventable birth defect in that pregnant women who avoid consuming alcohol can prevent this particular birth defect from occurring.

All foetuses of pregnant women who drink alcohol while pregnant are at risk for foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).

The effects of FAS are irreversible and can include mental and behavioural problems.

There are as many as 40,000 (1/750) babies born each year in the United States who are diagnosed with FAS. Continue reading

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

Birth Defect: Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a congenital heart defect present at birth. It is a rare heart condition that affects the lower left chamber of the heart. the left ventricle is very small, the valves on the left side of the heart (aortic and mitral do not work properly and the main artery leaving the heart (aorta) is smaller than normal. This condition means that the left side of the heart will not be able to pump effectively to pump blood to the body, so the right side of the heart must do more work to compensate. Continue reading

Phenylketonuria (PKU)

Birth Defect: Phenylketonuria (PKU)

This is a rare birth defect that can be detected by a heel prick blood test at birth. Left undetected PKU can cause mental retardation.

PKU is a genetic birth defect inherited from both parents. Babies who have PKU need a special formula (low-phenylalanine) to meet its nutritional needs that will compensate for the deficient or missing enzyme that is needed to process the essential amino acid called phenylalanine. The child will need to continue to a special diet as a child and as an adult. Continue reading

Asperger’s Syndrome: Genius Or Fool

Dealing with the Deceptive Genius of Asperger’s Syndrome

Children diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome were called little professors by Dr. Asperger. This hearkens back to their ability to focus in on one subject and then learn all there is to know about it. They may read, study, hypothesize on their own, or simply take ownership of the topic in a variety of different ways. This unfortunately also points to the deceptive genius of Asperger’s Syndrome: learning by rote.

Those diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome have the singular ability to learn long lists of facts and even complex items simply through memorization. Unfortunately, they may not actually understand what they have learned, and therefore no real learning took place. Instead, the process could be compared unfavourable to someone learning a complex issue by rote in a foreign language. Although she or he may sound very knowledgeable and come across very convincing, the individual most likely does not understand what it being said. Continue reading

Hans Asperger : Facing the Facts

Hans Asperger and the Syndrome Named After Him

Who was Hans Asperger? His name is famous since one of the autism spectrum disorders is named after him, but what else does history teach about this great physician? Perhaps the quickest facts that sum up his life deal with his lifetime spent in Vienna where he worked as a paediatric physician at the University Children’s Hospital.

Considered a pervasive developmental disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome – as it relates to the umbrella of disorders under which it falls, autism – was officially defined in 1944. Dr. Asperger worked with four test subjects who exhibited similar symptomatic psychopathic behaviour.  He notated that they had an apparent unwillingness to interact with others and actually befriend peers, suffered from an insufficient ability to empathize with others, tended to be clumsier than other children their age, yet excelled academically in subjects that captured their interest. Continue reading

My Child Has Asperger’s Syndrome

How Do I Know If My Child Has Asperger’s Syndrome?

If you notice that something just does not seem right with your child, you are most likely quick to rush it to the paediatrician. When you notice that this something might actually be behavioural in nature, you might wonder if there is a chance that your child may be exhibiting signs of Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). There are many stern warnings that strongly urge parents to refrain from at home self diagnosis of any condition, and Asperger’s Syndrome is no different. Continue reading

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