FAQs about Child Health Development

Posted on : August 25, 2020 by Clinic One Team on Children Health

1. Why is my child weak in studies?

There can be several reasons why your child may be weak in school. But if your child is smart and motivated, but is still struggling in his studies, it can be due to some learning disability that he may be facing.

As statistics suggest, almost 30% of students today have difficulties learning, for example, reading. 

This may be due to a medical condition known as dyslexia, where a person struggles to read or interpret words, letters, or other symbols.

The main symptoms associated with dyslexic kids are that they have difficulty sounding out new words, taking notes, copying, and understanding words on the board, rhyming, and sequencing sound with letters.

Similarly, some children can have weak auditory processing skills that may hinder their reading or listening skills.

This may, as a result, make them not so interested in the lectures, fall asleep during the lectures and hence score low on their grades.

While most of these problems in the children may go unnoticed until a later age, parents, and teachers remain confused as to why their children and pupils are weak in their studies.

Thus it becomes very important for us to understand, take notice, be aware of such conditions, and get help for them so that they can work out the challenges and prosper in their studies.

2. Why is your child not eating food? How do you get your child to eat?

“Children’s eating problem” is a common difficulty every parent faces when they have a kid.

While children often eat little, be problematic while eating, or not eat at all, some of the reasons why they do so maybe because of the following reasons:

  • Their appetite is constantly changing due to the variations in growth and activity.
  • They have a small tummy and are not rapidly growing as toddlers thus requiring less food.
  • Usually, they are very much absorbed by the world around them thus they have a very short attention span for food.
  • Some kids may want to show how independent they are by denying food.

Even though, it’s a difficult play to try to make your child eat, here are a few things you can do to improve your meal time with your kid.

  • Avoid forcing your toddler to finish everything, but be grateful that they tried a few spoons full of their meal. Remember that they don’t need it all so let them decide.
  • Try to create a positive and happy eating environment. Always make your mealtime, happy, social, and family occasions to cherish the food you prepared.
  • Try making new food for your child so that they become interested in eating. While it may take some time for them to adapt but the result can be great if they like it.
  • Try to follow your child’s needs, interests, and lead to see if they are happy, interested, or cranky about the food.

3. Why is my child’s health not well?

Firstly, it can be tricky to comprehend if your child is healthy or not. To answer this question here are some tips you can follow.

A healthy child will

  • Look, behave and act normally and according to their age groups
  • Have a good appetite and get a full night’s sleep
  • Have plenty of energy and natural curiosity toward their environment

While an unhealthy child will

  • Be unusually irritable, cry easily, and not be comforted at ease
  • They may be unusually quiet, inactive or may lose interest in playing
  • May lose appetite
  • May look pale, tired, and flushed
  • The fluctuation of temperature in their body makes them feel hot or cold

After you have analyzed these signs and symptoms of your kid and arrived at an educated conclusion that your child’s health is not well, you may want to see a pediatrician for your child. 

You may want to rush him to the hospital immediately if you observe any of the symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, pain, and rash.

4. Why do my children ask a lot of questions?

As the saying goes “Curiosity is the basic pre-requisite of a vigorous intellect”, same applies to the children who ask a lot of questions. In other words, more questions they ask, better they will be equipped to understand, make sense, and opinion about the world that they have just begun to comprehend.

Thus, it is a positive thing for a healthy child with a healthy mindset and attitude to ask a lot of questions. So we should not be offended by their “why” questions, rather be supportive and encouraging to answer them. This will in turn help them build concepts, skills, vocabulary, and understand the unknown. 

Moreover, you should try to make them think by asking them back why do you think this happens, unless they want a short immediate answer, right now. This will help them think about it and come up with an original concept that can be of great aid to their intellectual abilities later on.

5. My child is 7 years old. I only gave the National immunization vaccine. Can I give more vaccine to my child now?

It’s best to stick to your National immunization schedule since it is usually worked out by the national health experts to confer maximum benefits to a population in certain demography. 

But if you are thinking of giving your child some additional as it might help your child fend off certain diseases, it a wise decision to ask your pediatrician about it rather than to decide it yourself.

The need for some additional doses may arise due to some unforeseen situations such as the evolution of a new disease in certain demography and population or you may be traveling to certain places that have been listed as “high risk” for certain diseases, etc.

Whatever is the cause, your pediatrician would be the best possible expert on your child’s health and his immunity, so seeking his advice is the best thing to do.

6. What are the causes of rapid weight gain in a kid? 

Abnormal and noticeable weight gain within a short time frame is a problem that can lead to several others in the future for your kid. While there can be several causes of abnormal weight gain in a child leading to obesity. Some of which are listed below

Inherent Medical Conditions and its side-effect

  • Asthma and allergies– These medical conditions can lead to reduced physical activity for your children hence your child can gain weight.
  • Cushing Syndrome– This is when our body produces the excess of a hormone called cortisol, leading to abnormal weight gain.
  • Depression– This can also lead to obesity for your child because they lose interest in activities.
  • Growth-hormone Deficiency-This may lead to fat deposits in the body due to a lack of growth hormones.
  • Hypothyroidism– Condition when your child’s thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone leading to decreased metabolism and thereby weight gain.

Besides these medical conditions side effects of some medications also trigger abnormal weight gain in children. Some of them are listed below

  • Anti-depressants
  • Antihistamines
  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Oral Steroids

Apart from medical conditions and side-effects from these medications some physical and lifestyle changes can also trigger over-weight in children. These may be

  • Reduced activity levels
  • Imbalanced gut health
  • Puberty

7. What problems being overweight can bring to a child?

Obesity is linked to many problems and health conditions to adults and children alike, some of which are discussed below

  • Children are prone to Cardiovascular Disease

This is because overweight children are more likely to have high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, both of which are the risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

  • Children are prone to Type-2-Diabetes

Moreover, overweight children are more likely to have impaired glucose metabolism. This may lead to impaired glucose tolerance or resistance leading to diabetes.

  • Musculoskeletal discomfort and joint problems
  • Asthma and other breathing problems
  • Liver disease, gall stones, and heartburn 

8. Why does my child always get sick?

It is normal for children to become sick once in a while as Dr. David. W. Kimberlin, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist says. They can run through some fever, gastrointestinal upsets, ear infections, and few colds in a year, which is not abnormal. Since they are being exposed to bacteria, viruses, and antigens all for the first time.

But if you have a serious case in your mind to think your child is sicker than normal as compared to other kids of his/her age, it’s just wise to consult your pediatrician as to pinpoint exactly why.

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