It is important for the world to take into account the welfare of children who will survive the war in Gaza by providing immediate relief, psychological support, education, and protection, writes forensic odontologist specialist, Dr Rabi’ah Al-Adawiyah Rahmat.
Bleeding gums and rotten teeth affect almost three-quarters of preschool children in Malaysia and this can have severe consequences on a child’s wellbeing, writes Dr Yogeswari Sivapragasam.
It was a memorable 522km weekend ride for eye surgeon Dr M. Narendran who spent time with a dear friend, served the community, empowered several children, attended to an accident victim, and being there in time for his family.
Parenting in the age of screens is no easy task. Do you give, or not give your child a phone? Twentytwo13’s Pearl Lee, mother of a soon-to-be six-year-old, says while her child is not on any handheld device, she wonders how long it will be before he starts asking for one.
Malaysian Paediatric Association president, Dr Selva Kumar Sivapunniam, urges parents whose children have not received routine vaccinations that protect against life-threatening diseases in the last two years, to get their catch-up immunisation jabs.
Parents of young children need to follow Covid-19 protocols to prevent the spread of influenza-like illness that is overwhelming the healthcare system in Malaysia, says Malaysian Paediatric Association president Dr Selva Kumar Sivapunniam.
Handouts, such as the additional Bantuan Keluarga Malaysia announced yesterday, are short-term solutions. Education remains key in helping children and individuals from lower-income families escape poverty.
Consultant paediatrician and researcher Datuk Dr Amar Singh HSS warns that the rising cost of living will result in children from poor families eating less healthily.
Parents ferrying children to school on motorcycles need to understand that helmets are a requirement. More importantly, they could save the lives of their loved ones.
Consultant paediatrician and researcher, Datuk Dr Amar Singh HSS, is worried about the low uptake of Covid-19 vaccines for those aged 5-11, as he says those unvaccinated run a higher risk of getting long Covid and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).
Sexual abuse in children with disabilities is rarely talked about, says Women’s Centre for Change advocacy officer, S. Hastiny. Oftentimes, the perpetrator grooms the child to the extent that the child is confused and may not even know that he or she is being sexually abused.
Senior consultant paediatrician and researcher Datuk Dr Amar Singh HSS says we cannot take it easy despite transitioning to endemicity as studies have shown that the Omicron variant is more severe in non-vaccinated children than previous strains.
The rise in the number of children infected with Covid-19 is a cause for concern. A consultant paediatrician encourages parents and guardians to get their young vaccinated.