Archive | August, 2016

What is meconium aspiration syndrome?

Meconium aspiration syndrome is described as respiratory distress among newborns who have breathed in meconium inside the lungs earlier or during the time of birth. Meconium is a dark greenish, sterile fecal material that is generated in the intestine prior to birth. Essentially, meconium is released only after birth when newborns start to feed. Nevertheless, […]

What is a febrile seizure?

A febrile seizure occurs in a child with fever, usually among aged 6 months up to 3 years. Remember that it has a tendency to run in families. An episode usually lasts less than 15 minutes. What are the types? Simple – the whole body shakes less than 15 minutes. Most episodes of febrile seizures […]

Child care: Gastroesophageal reflux in children

Gastroesophageal reflux involves backward flow of food and gastric acid from the stomach into the esophagus and oftentimes into the mouth. Almost all infants experience episodes of gastroesophageal reflux characterized by burping, spitting or wet burps. The wet burps usually occur right after eating and considered relatively normal. What are the possible causes? Among healthy […]

What is chronic otitis media?

Chronic otitis media is a lingering, constantly draining perforation of the eardrum. This is typically caused by acute otitis media, ear injury, blockage of the Eustachian tube or blast injuries. It is important to note that chronic otitis media might erupt after an infection of the throat or nose such as common cold or when […]

Ear blockages

Ear blockages can occur when foreign objects such as beans, beads or erasers are placed into the ear canal especially among children. In some cases, the ear canal can be blocked by earwax, scar tissue or even an insect. What are the indications? An adult or child with ear blockages can experience the following: Itchiness […]

Vernal conjunctivitis

Vernal conjunctivitis is triggered by an allergic reaction. This chronic inflammation of the eye occurs primarily during the spring and summer season. The reason for this is the normal seasonal increase in the number of allergens in the air. It can also be triggered by an allergic reaction to the following: Cigarette smoke Chlorine in […]

Dealing with a wasp sting

A wasp sting is considered common particularly during the warm months when many spend outdoors for extended periods of time. The stings can cause discomfort but most are able to recovery rapidly without any complications. It is important to bear in mind that wasps are equipped with a stinger as a way to defend itself. […]

Whipworm infection

A whipworm infection or trichuriasis is an infection affecting the large intestines caused by Trichuris trichiura. The parasite is commonly called as whipworm since it appears similar to a whip. This infection can develop after ingesting dirt or water soiled with feces that contain whipworm parasites. Any individual who came in contact with contaminated feces […]