October 10th, 2015

Control Childhood Obesity

You don’t need a survey to track the rise in obesity among children. Only a visit to your kid’s school will be more than enough to get a clear picture. Children are becoming extra large these days! And the experts blame the marketing muscle exercised by fast food chains and quick serve restaurants for this. There is also a greater likelihood for plump kids to grow in overweight teens and finally as obese adults. Hence, it becomes imperative to curb childhood obesity. Dr Atul Peters, Director, Institute of Bariatric, Metabolic & Minimal Access Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi tells you all about this dreadful disease that is complicating the young lives today.

August 21st, 2013

How to Raise Happy Kids

Think of the smile that appears on your child’s face when he’s enjoying an ice cream cone. Those are the moments and feelings we all want to preserve. But once the last drip is licked, what happens to that happy feeling? Does it just go away? Or is it something deeper inside? Can happiness be learned? Or must we be “born” happy? What is happiness anyway? Happiness is the one thing that parents want their children to have. A happy kid goes on to becoming a positive, self confident individual who believes in all the good things in life. But raising happy and well behaved kids is a challenging task for the parents. There is no magic wand that will spread all the love

October 1st, 2012

Eat, Drink & Grow,…give your kids enough nutrients

What disturbs a mother most about her child? Eight out of ten mothers will answer eating habits. Mothers love to fuss around their child with food. Growing kids need extra nutrition, we all know this. But the question remains, what is the right proportion. To resolve your problem, Guardian Health Chronicle consulted two eminent specialists Dr Rajeev Chabbra, Consultant Pediatric at Artemis, Gurgaon and Geetu Amarnani, Mumbai based nutritionist and dietician. Read to know what the experts recommend to enhance the nutrient quotient for your child. Also discover tips to solve the meal time woes. Build up a healthy habit Follow these guidelines to grow your child healthy: • Offer five

October 1st, 2012

From Piggy Banks to Real Banks

MAYBE THE LITTLE REWARDS FOR GOOD GRADES EARNED BY YOUR DAUGHTER during her early years would help her reach the top of her class. Also, her all round personality will keep her at the top in her college. She will be accepted to a University that would pave the way for lucrative career opportunities and would get her a chance to be among an elite group of well-paid professionals. But, surprisingly, with all these traits, still she may fail to manage her hard earned money! Yes, by no means, any professional or academic achievement guarantees your child will become financially secure and will be smart with money management. For that you, as a parent, need to come in first action and teach

October 1st, 2012

Fight Against Fear

Fear is a common experience to many children. In fact, most children go through a period in their lives when fears disturb their peace of mind. This happens when their imagination begins to develop, while they don’t yet have the tools with which to neutralize and distinguish between reality and imagination. To understand how to master the impulse and to conquer fears in children, you must first understand the common causes and then call for action to handle it with care. Dr Vandana Tara Consultant Child Psychology at Moolchand the Medcity unravels many facts about fear and also shares 10 techniques to help your child fight fear. Read on… WHAT DO CHILDREN FEAR The objects and

July 31st, 2012

Make Your Kids Eat, Drink, Grow

What disturbs a mother most about her child? Eight out of ten mothers will answer eating habits. Mothers love to fuss around their child with food. Growing kids need extra nutrition, we all know this. But the question remains, what is the right proportion. To resolve your problem, Guardian Health Chronicle consulted two eminent specialists Dr Rajeev Chabbra, Consultant Pediatric at Artemis, Gurgaon and Geetu Amarnani, Mumbai based nutritionist and dietician. Read to know what the experts recommend to enhance the nutrient quotient for your child. Also discover tips to solve the meal time woes. Build up a healthy habit Follow these guidelines to grow your child healthy: • Offer five

January 30th, 2012

Tips To Handle Exam Stress

EXAMS CAUSE A LOT OF STRESS to students and their parents. Not a single year goes by without the media reporting a number of suicides and suicidal attempts by children as young as 14 to 17 due to the fear of the board exams, or their poor performance in the same. First and foremost rule to remember is that there is more to life other than exams. Now, you read the other techniques to handle stress, as suggested by experts. Know the signs of stress: Children who experience stress may be irritable, wouldn’t be able to sleep well, lose interest in food, worry a lot and appear depressed, nervous or negative. Headaches and stomach pains can also be stress-related. What causes stress Anxiety

January 30th, 2012

How To Manage Teenage Blues

Rearing a teenage kid makes you practice patience with perseverance. All of a sudden your polite and well behaved child has transforms in a sullen and rebellious teenager. Certainly, teen years are quite tumultuous both for parents as well as the teenager. The teenage child goes through a growth spurt that includes a rewiring of the neural pathways of different cells. This heightened electrical activity explains some of the erratic behaviour in teens. The path from a child to an adult is erratic and, at times, teenagers appear to be going backwards. This is the time when your child undergoes so many physical, hormonal and psychological changes. Sudden transformation in their body image,

January 5th, 2012

Get Rid of Addiction

Yes, every New Year most of us decide to quit addictions but fail miserably in our resolution. Take a heart because it is quite normal and even the best of us experience us. New Year is a not an appropriate time to set this resolution. The weather is cold and a lot of work that had been on hibernate mode almost for the last whole week of 2011, suddenly springs to life. Naturally, in such scenario your stress levels soar and it’s not apt for the resolution. The Plan 1. Plan a time to quit when you are relatively stress-free. Avoid times like when you are switching jobs, due for appraisals, or are undergoing tension at home, because your urge to grab your smoke or unwind with a drink

October 20th, 2011

Fix It Before It Breaks

It’s no coincidence that immediately two days after the International Menopause Day (October 18), World Osteoporosis Day (October 20) happens. The two share an intimate link. To begin with, women have lower bone mass than men and they lose bone density during pregnancy and breastfeeding years. Moreover, when they reach menopause (cessation of periods) women lose up to 10% of bone density during the first 5 years. How osteoporosis affects the bones The World Health Organisation (WHO) first technically defined osteoporosis in 1994. It’s an unseen and dangerous process that leaches calcium from our bones, decreasing bone mineral density. It causes back pain as it progresses and,

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