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    Preventing Pneumococcal Infections
    Pneumococcal infections are caused by streptococcus pneumoniae commonly referred to as pneumococcus. Globally, more than 2 million people die of pneumococcal infections every year of which a million are children below 5 years. Common cause of: Pneumonia Meningitis Bacteremia Otitis media Sinusitis Joint & bone inflammation Cardiac infections Conjunctivitis Prevention through immunization: The number refers ...
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    Paediatric Pneumococcal Infections
    Survey: 96% of Malaysian mothers are clueless about pneumococcal disease, whilst 97% are not aware that it can be prevented through vaccination. Latest data shows that pneumococcal disease (PnD) kills close to half a million children less than 5 years old worldwide every year. Most of these deaths occur in developing countries. In Malaysia, the ...
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    Genetic Disorders Affecting Children
    The familial bond is a strong one, so strong is this bond that parents or grandparents may even pass certain genetic disorders, or traits to their children or grandchildren. Yearly, around 3% or 16,500 of Malaysia’s 550,000 babies are afflicted with congenital abnormalities and about one-third may succumb to these illnesses before reaching their first ...
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    Neonatal Circumcision
    Your baby boy is finally here! He’s healthy, you’re happy and before you can leave the hospital, there’s one important decision you need to make: to circumcise your baby or not. For some families, the choice is simple because it’s based on cultural or religious beliefs. But to others, the decision may not be as ...
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    The Cough Syrup Conundrum
    Coughs and colds are pretty much a common illness. As parents, you will need to familiarise yourself with cough and cold management techniques. If you are taking care of him on your own, then you should also know whether or not a trip to his paediatrician is necessary. Did you know? The effectiveness of over-the-counter ...
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    Dos and Don’ts of Diarrhoea
    Younger children can and often do suffer from mild diarrhoea from time to time. Should your child have mild diarrhoea, keep an eye on him. Mild diarrhoea can last between three to six days and he may have loose stools for several days after his diarrhoea clears up. So long as he continues to act ...
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    Dengue Danger
    Dengue cases nationwide have spiked to alarming levels with 3,337 cases reported in the first week of 2016 alone. That’s 1,000 cases more than the average of 2,300 cases per week last year. Overall, 120,836 dengue cases had been reported for 2015, an increase of 11.2% or 12,138 cases compared with 108,698 cases the previous ...
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    Your Baby’s Skin & the Power of Touch
    The sense of touch is one of the most important senses for human beings. Studies have shown that children who receive more warmth and affection from their mothers in the form of physical contact tend to be more resilient to pressure, frustration and distress. In the womb, the skin is the first sensory organ to ...
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    The Hard Facts of Constipation
    Constipation is a common gastrointestinal complaint amongst kids. It occurs when a child has fewer than three bowel movements a week, has trouble with his bowel movements, or if his stool is hard, dry, and unusually large. However, it can be a challenge to deal with constipation even though it is very common amongst children. ...
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    What’s New In Our War Against Dengue?
    Every year, 390 million dengue infections are recorded, of which 96 million manifest clinically. More than 70% of the global disease burden is in Asia, specifically the Western Pacific Region. Malaysia ranks first among countries in the Western Pacific in terms of the number of reported dengue cases. Dengue is transmitted by the bite of ...