Parenting A Child with Intellectual Disability

As parents, the prospect of raising a child with an intellectual disability seems an overwhelming task. There will be many challenges ahead, and in order to provide him with the necessary love and guidance, you as parents, must learn to accept him as he is. With the right support, guidance and preparation, you can prevail. […]

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Parenting A Child with Intellectual Disability: Education & Training

Children with ID will learn and progress, but will be slower in acquiring new skills. These children will continue to have impairments with learning and independent living skills in school and as adults. The outcome in children with a definite cause of ID should be discussed with the doctor, as it varies depending on the […]

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Parenting A Child with Intellectual Disability: Co-occurrence of Mental Illness in Intellectual Disability

People with intellectual disability (ID) are 3-5 times more likely to also have a psychiatric disorder. These disorders are frequently not recognised or are misdiagnosed and therefore not treated appropriately. Risk factors that make people with ID more vulnerable to develop mental health problems include: biological (e.g. family history of mental illness, genetic disorders, medications), […]

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Pneumococcal Disease: Are Your Children Protected?

Globally, more than 2 million people die of pneumococcal infections every year of which a million are children below 5 years. Pneumococcal infections are caused by the bacteria, streptococcus pneumoniae, commonly referred to as pneumococcus. Middle-ear infections (or otitis media), sinusitis and bronchitis are non-invasive and less severe manifestations of pneumococcal infection, but are considerably […]

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Overcoming Scoliosis

Scoliosis is not a disease but a term used to describe an abnormal, sideways curvature of the spine. The spine forms like an ‘S’ or a ‘C’ rather than a straight line. Cause of Scoliosis Largely Unknown In 80% of cases, the cause is unknown and hence the term idiopathic. Idiopathic scoliosis can happen to […]

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Clear & Present Danger

Invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) is an acute bacterial infection caused by Neisseria meningitidis. Although it is not as prevalent as the common cold, this is not an infection that you should treat lightly! It can be fatal when not diagnosed and treated quickly. In some cases, death has occurred in as little as 24 hours […]

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Coming to Grips with CMPA

Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy, or CMPA, is a common food allergy among young children and infants with a prevalence that is comparable to that in Western countries. It happens when an infant or child’s body responds to cow’s milk protein with a hypersensitive allergic reaction. It is estimated that between 2%-7.5% of infants suffer from […]

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Maintaining Gut Microbiota Balance for Better Health

The gut microbiota refers to the community of microorganisms that live in the digestive system. These microorganisms can influence our health condition and help in modulating our immune system. Having a balanced gut microbiota is important as the good bacteria in the digestive system handle many important roles such as: strengthening your immune system – […]

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Breastfeeding Problems: Cracked or Abraded Nipples

Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended until baby reaches two years of age. However, a common reason given by breastfeeding mothers who stop exclusive breastfeeding early is persistent nipple pain. This often happens as a result of improper latching or positioning of baby during feeding. As a result, the breastfeeding mother may experience sore nipples which could […]

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Home Haze-ard

In recent years, we had to contend with haze and its associated health risks. Unfortunately, many people fail to realise that air pollution is not limited to the haze outdoors, but can also occur indoors. Indoor air quality (IAQ) relates directly to the air quality that is within any building such as your home, and […]

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