Kids and teens: want to grow taller?

Many parents come into Dr. Yik‘s office asking what their child can do or eat to grow taller. What factors influence how tall your child will be? Scientists estimate that about 80% of your height is determined by the DNA sequence variants you inherited from your parents. For most individuals, height is controlled largely by genes, withContinue reading “Kids and teens: want to grow taller?”

Early exposure to microbes may prevent childhood cancer

It turns out that early exposure to common microbes (germs!) in newborns and babies helps to protect them against acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (aka A.L.L.), the most common form of childhood cancer, later on in life. According to Professor Mel Greaves, a world-renowned leukaemia researcher at the Institute of Cancer Research in London, there are 3Continue reading “Early exposure to microbes may prevent childhood cancer”

Tantrums? Refusal to listen? Anxiety? Help your child develop self-regulation.

Even as adults, we sometimes struggle with managing our emotions and mood (just think of the last time you met someone who had road rage or was impatient- or the last time you irritably lost control…). And yet, as parents, we may find ourselves getting frustrated with our children when they fail to control themselves.Continue reading “Tantrums? Refusal to listen? Anxiety? Help your child develop self-regulation.”

Stress and Anxiety in (Hong Kong) Children

According to a 2015 study, 27.8% of Hong Kong’s primary school children have anxiety symptoms so severe that professional help is warranted. 5-year-olds complaining of tummy aches without apparent cause, 8-year-olds having trouble falling asleep or suddenly refusing to go school, 10-year-olds facing bullying and hostility (in person and for older kids, on social media)-Continue reading “Stress and Anxiety in (Hong Kong) Children”

Top back-to-school concerns (and solutions)

It’s back-to-school season again, and with it come a variety of issues that parents and kids face. Here are a few of the most common concerns that arise at the beginning of the school year: 1. PRESSURE TO SUCCEED: Kids nowadays often feel pressured to get top grades, earn numerous awards and trophies as well asContinue reading “Top back-to-school concerns (and solutions)”

Fevers: when (and when not) to be alarmed

When your child’s temperature rises, your stress levels may rise as well. A fever is not an illness, but rather a signal from the body that something is not right. Experts say that in healthy kids, fevers usually don’t indicate anything serious. In fact, a fever is a good thing in a way- This spike inContinue reading “Fevers: when (and when not) to be alarmed”

Childhood bullying: more harmful than you think

A new study reveals that children exposed to bullying during childhood are more likely to develop psychiatric disorders in adulthood, regardless of whether they are victims or perpetrators. The research team examined the victims of bullying, the bullies themselves, and those who fall into both categories. While victims of bullying were more likely to developContinue reading “Childhood bullying: more harmful than you think”

Pets boost children’s immunity

Studies show that children who have pets at home are more likely to have stronger immune systems and take fewer days off school. Researchers at Warwick University found that antibody levels in pet-owning children were significantly more stable, indicating that they had robust immune systems. These findings apparently support the “dirty hypothesis”, the researchers say.Continue reading “Pets boost children’s immunity”

Want to prevent your child from autism?

Could you be unintentionally hindering your child from developing healthy social skills? In this day and age, children are exposed to electronics at a very young age. Some even boast the latest, trendiest educational software on these often convenient and portable gadgets. But Dr. Rebecca Landa, director of Kennedy Krieger’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders, warns parents thatContinue reading “Want to prevent your child from autism?”

Healthy Eating on Vacation for Your Children

The suitcases are packed. The passports are ready. You and your children are all set for the upcoming trip. Don’t leave your healthy eating habits behind! Here are eight ways for you and your kids to stay healthy while on vacation. 1. Pack the snacks Fruit-and-nut bars, whole-grain crackers, and trail mixes are great snacksContinue reading “Healthy Eating on Vacation for Your Children”