about children's health has certainly increased . But that concern
has not translated into knowledge about children's mental health.
Millions of children suffering from mental illness, fewer than one
in five receive treatment of any kind. By comparison, 74 percent
or nearly three out of four children suffering from physical handicaps
receive treatment. For much of history, childhood was considered
a happy, idyllic period of life. Children were not thought to suffer
mental or emotional problems because they were spared the stresses
adults must face. Mental illnesses have a biological component which
makes a child susceptible to the disorder. Feelings of guilt about
a child's mental illness are often as inappropriate as feelings
of guilt about other childhood illnesses or about inherited health
problems. The key is to recognize the problem and seek appropriate
treatment. As with other types of illnesses, mental disorders have
specific diagnostic criteria and treatments, and a complete evaluation
by a child psychiatrist can determine whether a child needs help.
Like adults, children can experience the normal mood many of us
refer to as "depression." This happens when we're frustrated,
disappointed or sad about a loss in our lives. Part of the normal
ups and downs of life, this feeling fades relatively quickly. Studies
of children aged six to 12, however, have shown that as many as
one in 10 suffer from the illness of depression. These children
cannot escape their feelings of sadness for long periods of time.
In a very few cases, usually when the temperature rises rapidly,
children younger than four may have what is known as febrile (meaning
feverish) convulsions. ...
Children younger than about six often have six to eight colds a
year. Kids in child care may be sick more frequently. Parents of
children who don't start in child care until age two or three may
notice a startling jump in sick days once the child is in constant
and close contact with other kids....
Children get migraine headaches, too. Over 8 million children and
adolescents have migraines that result in more than 1 million lost
school days each year. Before puberty, as many boys as girls get
these headaches. However, after puberty, migraine is more common
Diarrhea means frequent bowel movements that are loose and watery.
It can sometimes be tricky to diagnose. Many children have two or
three bowel movements a day, and some breast-fed newborns pass a
dozen soft stools each day....
If children aren't given opportunities to be physically active,
they will become lazy and lethargic. Teaching them the importance
of exercise, on the other hand, will give them a valuable tool for
managing their health now and in the future.......
In hypoglycemia the blood sugar becomes low, slowing down the activities
of the patient and resulting in drowsiness, irritability, nausea,
giddiness and finally convulsions and death. Giving the patient
glucose, biscuits or sweet mixture any can immediately check it.......
Asthma is an allergic reaction that occurs when your child inhales
allergens like pollen, dust, feathers or fungal spores. The allergy
affects the lining of the air passage. The child begins to wheeze
and her immunity to infection is reduced. When she has an asthma