Can cleanliness increase your risk of developing allergies and asthma?

How can being too clean make us sick? Well, it turns out that excessive cleanliness or a lack of exposure to bacteria, viruses and allergens prevents the normal development of the immune system, which eventually increases the chance of disorders within this system down the road. This is called the hygiene hypothesis, and it explains why allergyContinue reading “Can cleanliness increase your risk of developing allergies and asthma?”

Eating fish before age of nine months = decreased risk of wheezing and eczema

A recent study shows that feeding babies fish before nine months of age may cut their risk of pre-school wheezing. According to a Swedish study published in the December issue of Acta Paediatrica, eating fish before the age of nine months almost halved the likelihood of suffering recurrent wheezing at 4.5 years of age. TheContinue reading “Eating fish before age of nine months = decreased risk of wheezing and eczema”

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?”

Infrequent gazing= higher risk for autism?

Could your six-month-old’s current behaviour indicate a higher risk for autism in the future? A study published in the September issue of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry has found that an early marker for later communication and social delays in infants at a higher risk for autism is infrequent gazing at other people when unprompted.Continue reading “Infrequent gazing= higher risk for autism?”

Will you be breastfeeding?

August 1st to 7th marks World Breastfeeding Week, and a 10-step checklist has been sent to hospitals in over 150 countries to ensure adequate maternity support for breastfeeding. Nowadays, when I ask my patients during their antenatal consultation whether or not they will be breastfeeding, all of them give an enthusiastic YES. But perhaps after giving birth, not enoughContinue reading “Will you be breastfeeding?”

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”