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Infants and toddlers have the greatest risk of iron deficiency. Severe iron deficiency causes anaemia and sometimes developmental problems. Poor dietary iron is the commonest cause, and unfortunately symptoms and signs of iron deficiency are absent unless there is anaemia. The ingestion of large amounts of cow’s milk after 12 months is the main contributory cause. More than 500mls per day is a risk factor for Fe deficiency.
One of the most frustrating conditions for parents and health professionals, this description helps parents understand exactly what eczema is and how to manage it. There is no cure for eczema, though most infants and toddlers will ‘grow out of it’. This also discusses many of the myths and false cures that are currently available.
The child who is overweight or obese is at risk of significant health and psychological problems. Health professionals and parents often realise there is an issue but are unsure how to approach this without feeling judgmental. (Especially if the health professional is also overweight !) Nevertheless the earlier this problem is tackled by the family the far better the eventual outcome.
Snoring describes noisy breathing during sleep. Many children will snore if they have a cold or blocked nose and this is common and expected to resolve. However some children, even as young as 18 months will constantly snore. This article is aimed helping to decide how serious this is. If there is significant sleep apnoea (pausing noted due to obstruction) then sometimes intervention is needed.