Category: Child Health

August 28th, 2016 by LiveMD

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LiveMD answers some of the most commonly asked questions about the speech and language development of your child.

What Stages Should I Expect in my Child’s Speech Development?

Six months of age is when your child will start to develop their communication skills. You will notice them imitating certain sounds and syllables and they will watch you as you speak to them. These skills will continue to develop and by the age of 9 months, your child should be responding to sounds and to their name when called. They should also understand certain words, like the word “no” and be able to play and understand games like “peek-a-boo”. Your baby will continue to babble and put sounds together and will eventually start forming their first words by the age of 1. They will also understand simple instructions and will get your attention to communicate what they want through the use of words or gestures. Speech and language skills will continue to develop until a full vocabulary and understanding of verbal and nonverbal cues has been established.

What Does it Mean if My Child Hasn’t Started to Speak Yet?

Some children are late bloomers and will begin to speak and communicate at their own pace and this is completely normal. If however, you feel that your child is far behind the usual milestone markers (as discussed above), or if you notice unusual behaviour, then it is time to speak with a doctor and have your child evaluated.

Hearing problems can cause a child to be far behind in speech and language development and often a child that relies on gestures instead of spoken sound, or doesn’t respond when called may be suffering from an undiagnosed hearing impairment.

If your child is making noises but has an unusual sounding voice that is nasally or raspy, this may be an indication of a problem in the mouth. Issues with the tongue or roof of the mouth can make it very difficult for a child to learn to form words.

Other issues, like overall delayed development, or conditions such as autism can cause impairment in communication skills as well.

How Can I Assist my Child in Developing These Skills?

Spending time and working closely with your child at a very early age can help them to obtain a strong grasp of proper communication skills. By using real words instead of “baby talk” when speaking to them you are helping them to learn and by listening to them you are encouraging them to continue to try forming new words. Using lots of different words will enhance their vocabulary and using repetition will allow them the opportunity to become familiar with how different words sound and are formed.

Proper development of speech and language skills is very important for your baby. It will allow them to grow into a well spoken adult that will be able to effectively communicate with those around them. If you have questions about your child’s development or have concerns about their progress, visit www.mylivemd.com today. Our doctors are available to help you with all of your questions and give you the proper advice that you need to make informed decisions about the care of your family and yourself.

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Posted in Child Health, Oral Health, Speech Therapy

May 8th, 2016 by LiveMD

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On May 8th, 2016, LiveMD recognizes International Thalassemia Day and all those around the world that are suffering from this disease.

What is Thalassemia?

Thalassemia is a genetic disease that affects the production of hemoglobin in the blood. Hemoglobin is a part of the red blood cell that is responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body and when there is not enough hemoglobin or there is an abnormality in the hemoglobin cells, a person can become very ill and anemic. Depending on the severity of the disease, it may be life threatening. Thalassemia is most commonly found in people of Asian, Middle Eastern, African or Mediterranean descent.

What are the Symptoms of Thalassemia?

This disease is usually diagnosed in children before they reach the age of two. A child with thalassemia will usually be fussy and have a poor appetite. They may also have very pale or yellowish skin and yellow eyes and may experience frequent infections or illnesses. In severe cases, organs, such as the spleen, may become enlarged or there may be bone issues where the bones of the face may overgrow and become unusually enlarged.

What are the Treatment Options for this Disease?

In most cases, people suffering from this disease will require regular blood transfusions and possibly bone marrow transplants. Some medications and supplements may help as well. Your doctor will be able to determine the best course of therapy for you depending on your specific circumstances and the severity of your disease.

How can I get Involved in International Thalassemia Day?

The theme of this year’s International Thalassemia Day is “Access to Safe and Effective Drugs in Thalassemia”. The main focus is to bring awareness about the disease and to promote equality in care and access to safe and effective medicine for everyone affected by this disease. If you would like to get involved in this cause and help spread the word about Thalassemia in your community, visit  http://www.thalassaemia.org.cy/ for more information.

If you suspect that your child may be suffering from this disease or have questions that you need medical advice on, LiveMD is here to help. Visit our website at www.mylivemd.com today to speak with a doctor or specialist live and get the health care that you deserve, right away and from the comfort of your own home.  

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Posted in Child Health

May 6th, 2016 by LiveMD

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It is a well known fact that one of the best ways to ensure that your child grows up into a healthy adult is to encourage a healthy lifestyle at a young age. LiveMD offers tips on how best to achieve this:

Vaccinate

Vaccinating your child is one of the most important steps that you can take to provide good health in the future. Vaccinations protect against serious viruses and prevent diseases. Due to medical advancements, the inoculations that are used now are extremely safe and have caused many viruses that were once commonplace to have now become obsolete. By vaccinating your child you are protecting them from becoming ill and are helping to stop the spread of disease to others, decreasing or eliminating epidemics worldwide.

Provide a Healthy Diet

The food that we put into our body plays a very important role in the state of our health and this is especially true for young, growing bodies. As we develop and grow we need a wide variety of different nutrients, vitamins and minerals to facilitate this growth and keep us in good health. Fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats and whole grains will help to keep our children’s bodies healthy. By feeding our children a diverse diet filled with lots of different whole foods we can ensure that they are getting a wide variety of nutrients for good health and are developing healthy eating habits that will stick with them for life.

Encourage Outdoor Playtime and Physical Activity

In this day and age many children are not getting enough physical activity and are leading extremely sedentary lifestyles, sitting in front of the TV or computer. This has led to an enormous increase in childhood obesity rates and therefore an increase in metabolic diseases in children, such as diabetes. Physical activity will not only help to keep a child’s weight in check but it will also help to develop adults that are more active and in better physical shape. Play time outdoors also stimulates a child’s creativity, develops large motor skills, increases self-confidence and boosts vitamin D levels.

Encourage Learning

Learning is so important, both to young children and to adults. A child that is encouraged to explore and attain new information, is a child that will do better in school and have a higher chance of success as an adult. By encouraging a child to want to learn new things and to ask questions, you are helping that child to develop a love of information and as we all know, knowledge is power.

Lead By Example

Children are like little sponges and soak up all of what they see around them. As a parent, by living a healthy lifestyle yourself, you are showing your child what is expected of them as they grow. Your views, ideas and actions are very important to your children so leading a healthy life will not only benefit you but your children as well.

If you have questions about the health and wellbeing of your children or would like information on nutrition, exercise or vaccinations please contact LiveMD today. Our doctors can answer all of your health care questions and are on call 24/7 to assist you by phone or in person when you need it most. Visit www.myliveMD.com today.

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Posted in Child Health

April 1st, 2016 by LiveMD

baby readingLiveMD looks at ways to raise an intelligent child and how to ensure that their mental development is on target for their age.

By following a few simple tips and giving your child all of the care that they need when they are young, you can give them the best possible chance of growing into a strong, healthy and intelligent adult.

  1. Start Early – Good nutrition while you are still pregnant is one of the best ways to ensure that your child will meet proper growth and developmental markers. Eating a balanced diet and staying away from tobacco, alcohol and drugs will help to prevent birth defects and ensuring that you are getting the proper vitamins and minerals (like fish oils and folic acid) will benefit your baby’s brain development.
     
  2. Provide Lots of Love and Physical Contact – Love and physical contact are extremely important to a child’s development. Studies have shown that a child that is held often and shown gestures of love will develop at a faster rate than a child that is not and will have a better chance of growing into a stable and intelligent adult. A child that is exposed to a stressful, angry or hostile environment can often experience developmental delays, have poorer grades in school and have more difficulty in social situations.
     
  3. Develop Language Skills – Working early on to develop language skills with your baby will enhance its development. Reading to your baby and talking to them often is extremely beneficial, even if they are still too young to understand what you are saying. Babies who are spoken to often, at an early age, usually begin to talk at an earlier age and develop a larger vocabulary much more quickly. Babies who are read to a young age, often grow up loving to read themselves, making it easier for them to achieve good grades in school.
     
  4. Encourage Exercise – Exercise and playtime are very important to a child’s development. Stimulating and educational games help to build the foundation for learning in the future and outdoor play time helps to build strong bones and muscles. Puzzles and matching games encourage children to think and problem solve and role playing games help a child to develop creativity and imagination. Social interaction is important to develop good social skills as well, so time with other babies and children is very important.
     
  5. Limit TV and Computer Time – With the increase of technology many children are spending too much time watching TV or playing on computers, cell phones and tablets. Although there is educational material available on these devices, children are often missing out on social interaction and lack the coping skills needed to be able to deal with real life situations as they get older. When allowing your child to play on the computer or watch TV, it is important to make sure that a parent is present, ensuring that the content is appropriate and interacting with the child to give a well rounded experience that isn’t only focused on the technology.
     
  6. Avoid Coddling – It is important to remember that your child is an individual and as an independent person, they will need to make their own decisions and suffer the consequences of their own mistakes. A child that is coddled and is not allowed to make mistakes will have issues coping as they grow up as they may not be able to properly deal with the mistakes and failures that are a part of life.
     

Are you pregnant or have a young child at home and want to give them the best chance of being a healthy and intelligent as they grow up. Through proper prenatal care and regular check-ups with our doctor’s, LiveMD can be there to help support and nurture your family as it grows. If you have questions about your pregnancy or the health of your child, a doctor is waiting to speak with you live, right now. Visit www.mylivemd.com and get your family the immediate and qualified care that they deserve.

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