Children

Conflict, climate instability, and COVID-19 are affecting the health of women and children

Fragile gains made to advance women and children’s health are threatened by conflict, the climate crisis and COVID-19, according to a new report from Every Woman Every Child.

Protect the Progress: Rise, Refocus, Recover, 2020 highlights that since the Every Woman Every Child movement was launched 10 years ago, spearheaded by the United Nations Secretary-General, there has been remarkable progress in improving the health of the world’s women, children and adolescents.

For example, under-five deaths reached an all-time recorded low in 2019, and more than 1 billion children were vaccinated over the past decade. Coverage of immunization, skilled birth attendant and access to safe drinking water reached over 80 per cent.

Maternal deaths declined by 35 per cent since 2000, with the most significant declines occurring from 2010. An estimated 25 million child marriages were also prevented over the past decade.

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Virus shutdown took toll on routine health care for children

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharp decline in routine medical care for low-income children during the coronavirus shutdown could cause long-term harm if not reversed, federal officials warned Wednesday.

A data snapshot from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, found vaccinations, screening for childhood diseases, visits to the dentist and even mental health care dropped precipitously from March through May of this year, when doctors’ offices and hospitals put elective services on hold to confront the coronavirus.

“The absence of these vital health care services may have lifelong consequences for these vulnerable children, and I call on states, pediatric providers, families, and schools to ensure children catch up,” CMS administrator Seema Verma said in a statement.

The data, based on an analysis of billing records, come from Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which together cover nearly 40 million low-income children.

Among the findings:

• Early childhood

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FDI World Dental Federation and Smile Train: Children with clefts are at high risk for tooth decay, gum disease and other serious oral health concerns | News

– Cleft lip and palate (clefts) are the most common birth difference of the face and mouth and impact the development of the mouth, gums, and palate.

– Regular and focused dental care should be integrated into cleft care to help address oral hygiene challenges and prevent oral disease.

– FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) and Smile Train are releasing new Oral Health in Comprehensive Cleft Care guidelines to empower local cleft teams with training and resources to improve oral health

GENEVA, Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Around the world, a baby is born with a cleft about every three minutes. Many children with clefts have severe difficulties eating, breathing, hearing, and speaking. What’s more, even after having cleft surgery, these children often have a higher risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues.

The diverse team of healthcare providers caring for a patient with a

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Children with clefts are at high risk for tooth decay, gum disease and other serious oral health concerns

– Cleft lip and palate (clefts) are the most common birth difference of the face and mouth and impact the development of the mouth, gums, and palate.

– Regular and focused dental care should be integrated into cleft care to help address oral hygiene challenges and prevent oral disease.

– FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) and Smile Train are releasing new Oral Health in Comprehensive Cleft Care guidelines to empower local cleft teams with training and resources to improve oral health

GENEVA, Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Around the world, a baby is born with a cleft about every three minutes. Many children with clefts have severe difficulties eating, breathing, hearing, and speaking. What’s more, even after having cleft surgery, these children often have a higher risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues.

The diverse team of healthcare providers caring for a patient with a

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FDI World Dental Federation and Smile Train: Children with clefts are at high risk for tooth decay, gum disease and other serious oral health concerns, Business News

– Cleft lip and palate (clefts) are the most common birth difference of the face and mouth and impact the development of the mouth, gums, and palate.

– Regular and focused dental care should be integrated into cleft care to help address oral hygiene challenges and prevent oral disease.

– FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) and Smile Train are releasing new Oral Health in Comprehensive Cleft Care guidelines to empower local cleft teams with training and resources to improve oral health

GENEVA, Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Around the world, a baby is born with a cleft about every three minutes. Many children with clefts have severe difficulties eating, breathing, hearing, and speaking. What’s more, even after having cleft surgery, these children often have a higher risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues.

The diverse team of healthcare providers caring for a patient with a

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Remote-learning health tips to prevent neck pain and eye strain in children

“Movement and having the screen at eye level are the biggest things to reduce issues of lower back and neck pain,” says Daren Molina, a sports medicine specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where he’s starting to see an uptick in young patients with problems related to being sedentary and having poor neck posture.

Screen placement

Laptop risers, tablet stands or stacks of books can all do the trick in getting screens where they need to be, preventing the dreaded “text neck,” the painful result of being hunched over, Molina said.

Once the screen is at eye level, directly in front of the body, make sure the laptop (or tablet) is at arm’s length, about 18 to 24 inches from where your child is sitting, said Aaron Miller, clinical spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. To encourage good “eye hygiene” for at-home learners, the AAO recommends positioning the

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Many children with mental health conditions don’t get follow-up care

A large new study finds that mental health care for many children in the U.S. falls far short, particularly when it comes to the follow-up treatment they receive.

The study, published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, examined insurance claims from children between the ages of 10 and 17 covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield. Of the more than 2 million children included in the study, nearly one in 10 had a claim related to mental illness between 2012 and 2018.

The authors found that only 71% of the children received treatment in the 3 months that followed an initial insurance claim — but the study found that rate varied widely from one ZIP code to the next. In the best-performing ZIP codes, nearly 90% of children received follow-up care within three months of an initial insurance claim. In the worst-performing areas, only half of the children

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Kami Hoss: I’m a dentist. Even in this pandemic, oral health care is essential, especially for children.

I am a parent and dentist whose personal and professional life has been upended by this pandemic. If you’re reading this, and haven’t gone through similar turmoil, I would like to meet you. While most of the country is trying to get a grip on what to do about the upcoming school year, those of us in the dental field are dealing with a debate of our own.

Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) released interim guidance advising routine, non-essential oral health care be postponed because of the coronavirus and transmission risks. Less than two weeks later, the American Dental Association (ADA) released a statement saying that it “respectfully yet strongly disagrees.” The inconsistent recommendations are adding confusion in an already-bewildering time. If there was ever a critical moment for unity among health organizations, it is now.

Let me be clear: The WHO is wrong about postponing oral health

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Both Children and Adults Reap the Benefits of Modern Orthodontics

More and more adults are trying to get their smile as perfect as possible. In a recent survey, it was found that one out of four people in orthodontics is over 18. Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for kids, because it can benefit people of all ages.

The process by which teeth are straightened is generally the same in both children and adults. There is a fair variety in adult orthodontic treatment. This includes front teeth that protrude, crooked teeth and gaps, or crowding of the mouth.

Braces are easy to maintain even with a busy adult schedule. You can still do all the things you love, like singing, dining out, kissing, or playing an instrument. One inconvenience you may find is having to visit the office with your hectic schedule.

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Electric Toothbrush Dental Care Is Providing Healthier Teeth In Children

Parents around the world can relate to how difficult it can be to get children to brush their teeth two to three times a day, let alone brush their teeth properly. Using an electric toothbrush for their kids dental care should be every parent’s dream as it makes maintaining healthy teeth not only fun, but it is also highly effective.

Many children daily consume foods that are very high in sugars and starches. These foods break down and make a home inside a child’s teeth, causing decay and rot if the teeth are not properly cared for. Even a child who brushes his or her teeth three times a day is still at risk of tooth decay and cavities if the teeth are not thoroughly and properly cleaned. Using an electric toothbrush for their dental care is more efficient and more effective than using a traditional manual toothbrush.

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