New York: Despite expert recommendations to talk about inappropriate touching during preschool years, researchers have revealed that only less than half of parents of preschoolers have begun that discussion. One in four parents of elementary school-age children say they have not yet begun talking about inappropriate touching, according to the CS Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan in the US. The report is based on responses from 1,106 parents who had at least one child age 2-9 years. "This is a conversation parents should be having multiple times in age-appropriate ways," said Mott Poll co-director Sarah Clark. According to the poll, three in five parents agree that the preschool years is the right time to talk about inappropriate touching. But among parents of preschoolers who have not talked about it, 71 per cent believe their child is too young. Many parents also said they want more help navigating the conversation - but two in five say they haven't received any information on how to talk with their child about inappropriate touching, the study said. According to the researchers, just a quarter of parents have received such information from a health care provider. "Many parents have not gotten any information about how to talk with children about inappropriate touching. Without practical tips or suggestions, parents may be at a loss for how to begin," Clark said. Among parents of elementary school-age children who have not talked about inappropriate touching, the most common reason was just not getting around to it (39 per cent). Another 18 per cent said that discussions are unnecessary because inappropriate touching of children rarely happens. "Parents shouldn't disregard the reality of child sexual abuse. Statistics show that up to 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18," Clark said. The researchers noted that parents may start this process during the preschool years by teaching the anatomically correct names for body parts and explaining what parts are private. Other common reasons for not talking about inappropriate touching with school-age children include feeling the child is still too young (36 per cent), not wanting to scare the child (21 per cent), and not knowing how to bring it up (18 per cent). According to the researchers, sixty percent of parents said they'd like their child's school to teach students about the topic, and 76 per cent want the school to provide information for parents.
San Francisco: An Indian-American teenager is helping raising awareness against domestic abuse, and believes that doing so was "the key to preventing future atrocities", a media report. Following the mission of the decades-old organization Maitri, a non-profit organization that helps female victims of domestic violence and human trafficking in North America and Asia, a group of teens led by Alisha Gupta held an event to expand awareness to youth throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, the India-West newspaper said in a report on Friday. A senior at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, California, Gupta told India-West: "The taboo around topics such as gender inequality, relationship abuse, and toxic masculinity are their biggest detriment. "And, it's in our ability to break those generalizations that demonize the abused and instead encourage them to speak up about their experience and get the help they need." That, she added, was the purpose of the event in order to educate the community on the signs to detect society's stigmas and instill among them the courage and confidence to take a stand. Her social awareness and intolerance towards injustice in society have primarily driven her works and passions, she added. At the event, Maitri President Sonya Peliao spoke passionately regarding a South Asian approach to these topics and the importance of communication between parents and their children. "I am extremely hopeful this convention will raise the awareness we need to put an end to society's stigmas," Gupta added.
Mumbai:Actress Karisma Kapoor, who is also a mother of two children, feels it is important to have conversations with the kids. "The most important thing is - for children to talk to us, we have to talk to them," Karisma said Karisma is now all set to maker her comeback into acting projects with the web show "Mentalhood", which will take the audience on the crazy ride of motherhood. She also spoke about how to make homemade food cool for children. "It is something you have to engrain in your children at a young age. When they are younger, you have to make the food look interesting," Karisma added. "Mentalhood" will stream on ZEE5 and ALTBalaji from March 11. Source: IANS
New Delhi: Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra shared a delightful video of a little boy who broke the internet with his incredible dance moves while watching a performance for US First Lady Melania Trump at a Delhi government school on Tuesday. Sharing the video on his Twitter handle, the business tycoon wrote, "In a world burdened by natural calamities, trade battles, social upheavals & pandemics, this viral clip showing a child's unrestrained enthusiasm is a breath of fresh air. He didn't give a hoot about the celebrity in front & the nervous secret service agent behind! Balle balle!" In the shared clip, Melania Trump can be seen watching a dance performance by the students at the Sarvodaya Senior Secondary School in Nanakpura. While the students were performing bhangra moves, one student -- Gaganjit -- broke into a spontaneous jig in the audience, much to the amusement of Melania Trump. While her security apparatus went into a tizzy, Melania Trump enjoyed the impromptu performance thoroughly. As the cameras caught Gaganjit dancing, the First Lady could be seen laughing and clapping for him. As the post went viral, Twitterati flooded the social media with their reactions. A user wrote, "Chotta Sardar took the entire limelight, he is the star of event...burrrraaaaaaaaahh." Another wrote, "At last this video brought some smile on face. Paaji tusi cha gaye." A post read, "A lesson for the so called grown ups...live life child like." "Some perfections can only be inherited. Bhangra in blood. Every move he is doing is an epitome of perfection. This Little sardar just stole my heart...God bless." a user remarked. Source: IANS
Mumbai: Celebrities like Rannvijay Singha, Tannaz Irani, Barkha Sengupta and Mohammad Iqbal Khan, among others were spotted having a fun time with their children at Nickelodeon Windmill Festival in Mumbai. The festival aimed at providing a wholesome experience for toddlers, pre-teens and parents. It took place on February 22 and February 23 at Mumbai's JioWorld Garden. "The festival had a variety of activities for all age group kids from a dance workshop to live parade. I really had a good time with my daughter and she had a lot of fun. Such events can create some unforgettable moments and one should actively participate. I am looking forward to such festivals where I can spend some quality time with my family," Rannvijay, who attended the gala with daughter Kainaat, said. The two-day event offered over 50 workshops that were specially curated and designed to cater to various age groups across interests like beat-boxing, robotics, Lego workshops, stop motion animation, aeronautics, karate and kick-boxing, storytelling, doodle art and many more. Also, several images are doing the rounds on the Internet is one where Rannvijay strikes a merry pose with daughter and wife Prianka at the festival. Source IANS
New Delhi: If they're just back from school or have some friends over, snacks for kids can become hectic for you and repetitive for them. Tata Sky Cooking expert Chef Nita Mehta comes to the rescue and shares some recipes for healthy treats. OAT CUTLETS - Makes 6 Healthy oats and vegetable cutlets for kids that are pan-fried till golden. 2 potatoes - boiled and grated ½ cups oats ½ cup grated cauliflower ½ cup grated carrot ½ cup boiled peas ½ cup chopped coriander leaves 1 tbsp kishmish 1 tsp salt or to taste,½ tsp pepper ½ tsp garam masala, ½ tsp chaat masala Topping ½ 2 tbsp sesame seeds ½ 2 tbsp suji How to prepare 1. Mix all ingredients with boiled grated potatoes. Mash well to bind. 2. Make 6 balls of the above mixture. Flatten each ball & give it a heart shape. 3. Spread the topping mix on a plate. Press both sides of each cutlet in it. 4. Pan fry cutlets in 1-2 tbsp oil in a pan. KALA CHANNA LOLLIPOPS I Makes 15 ½ cup kale channe - soak, pressure cook with 1 cup water for 20 min after the whistle 2 small potatoes - boiled and grated ½ cup grated carrot 2 tbsp chopped mint 2 slices of bread 1 tbsp tomato ketchup ½ tsp red chilli powder 1 tsp salt 1 tsp chat masala 2 tsp channa masala TOPPING 2-3 tbsp corn flour Some green tutti fruity for eyes Break bread into pieces and put in a mixer. Grind to get fresh bread crumbs. Grind the channas to a paste with a little water.. Mix channa paste, boiled potatoes, grated carrot, mint, bread crumbs, ketchup, salt, chat masala, red chilli powder and channa masala. Make balls and insert a stick in each. Flatten the ball on the stick. Coat lightly with corn flour. Insert 2 tutti fruity as eyes. Refrigerate for 30 min. Shallow-fry in a pan, till golden along with the stick. Make mouth with ketchup and serve MINI CORN BUNS I Makes 12 12 mini buns 2 tbsp oil mixed with ï¿½ tsp salt, red chilli flakes 1 onion - finely chopped 2 tbsp chopped celery 1 red capsicum - cubed ½ cup chopped zucchini ½ cup frozen corn 1 tbsp chopped coriander Mix together 3 tbsp mayonnaise 1 tbsp mustard sauce 1 tsp chili garlic paste 4 tbsp grated cheese 1 tsp Oregano 1 tsp red chili flakes Hollow buns. Mix 2 tbsp oil with a pinch of salt and red chili flakes. Brush the outside and inside of each bun with this oil. Keep aside. Heat 2 tbsp oil. Add onion and celery cook till soft. Add red capsicum. Zucchini and corn. Mix well. Add coriander, salt, pepper and keep aside. Mix mayonnaise with mustard, chili garlic paste, grated cheese. Oregano and chili flakes.. Add vegetables to mayonnaise mix and check salt. Stuff in the buns. To serve, heat a flat pan and place the stuffed buns on it. Reduce heat and cover and cook for 4-5 min. Serve hot. SPROUT CHAAT BASKET I Makes 6 6 slices bread 2 tbsp oil ½ tsp chaat masala Filling 1 cup moong sprouts - boiled with ½ tsp salt, a pinch of haldi in 1 cup water for 5 min) ½ cup chopped cucumber ½ cup fresh anaar ½ tsp Chaat masala 2-3 tbsp imli ki meethi chutney Boil moong sprouts with ½ tsp salt, a pinch of haldi in 1 cup water for 5 min. Strain Take a cookie cutter or a steel glass and cut out a round. Repeat with all slices. Keep the bread round on a rolling board. With the help of a rolling pin (belan), press applying pressure and roll out the round thinly Mix chat masala with oil. Apply on both sides of the bread rounds with a brush In a muffin tray place the cut out bread Grill the bread baskets in the oven for 10 minutes or till light brown on the edges Mix sprouts with cucumber and, anar. Add chat masala. Add 2-3 tbsp meethi chutney At the time of serving, fill the baskets with the filling. GARLIC BREAD ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese ½ cup grated cheddar cheese 2 tbsp butter 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp garlic paste ½ tsp red chilli flakes ½ tsp oregano ½ tsp black pepper pinch of salt Cut loaf into slices Put 1 tsp butter on a pan and put the bread slices on it. Reduce heat and keep on low heat till golden from bottom. Mix all ingredients till smooth Apply on bread on the toasted side Put 1 tsp butter on a pan and put the bread slices on it. Cover and reduce heat. For 2-3 minutes till cheese looks melted and bread is golden from bottom Remove from pan and serve CHICKEN FINGERS 2 boneless chicken breast 1 egg (½ +½) 2 tbsp curd 1 tbsp lemon juice ½ tsp salt ½ cup flour (maida) ½ tsp salt, and pepper ½ tsp red chili powder 1 tsp oregano ½ tsp garlic powder 1 cup cornflakes DIP (mix all) 1 tbsp mayonnaise 2 tbsp yogurt 1 tsp ketchup Salt, pepper to taste Flatten chicken breast with a belan. Cut into thin fingers Whisk ½ egg with curd, lemon juice and salt in a bowl. Add the chicken fingers. Better to keep aside for 1-2 hours or even overnight Mix maida with salt, pepper, oregano, red chili and garlic powder Crush cornflakes in a mixer for just a second Pick up each piece of marinated chicken and coat over maida Mix remaining half egg with 2 tbsp water Dip chicken finger in egg wash and roll over cornflakes Fry 5-6 chicken fingers on medium heat till golden and cooked. Serve hot
New York:Worries about changing the baby's diaper at the right time may soon become a thing of the past for many parents as Indian-origin researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a "smart" version of the product that can alert a caregiver when it is wet. This smart diaper is embedded with a moisture sensor that detects dampness and sends a signal to a nearby receiver, which in turn can send a notification to a smartphone or computer, according to a study published in the journal IEEE Sensors. The sensor could also be integrated into adult diapers, for patients who might be unaware or too embarrassed to report themselves that a change is needed, according to Pankhuri Sen, a research assistant in MIT's AutoID Laboratory. "Diapers are used not just for babies, but for ageing populations, or patients who are bedridden and unable to take care of themselves," Sen said. "It would be convenient in these cases for a caregiver to be notified that a patient, particularly in a multibed hospital, needs changing," she added. If worn too long, a wet diaper can cause painful rashes. "This (smart diaper) could prevent rashes and some infections like urinary tract infections, in both ageing and infant populations," added research collaborator Sai Nithin R. Kantareddy, a graduate student in MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering. The sensor in the diaper consists of a passive radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, that is placed below a layer of super absorbent polymer, a type of hydrogel that is typically used in diapers to soak up moisture. When the hydrogel is wet, the material expands and becomes slightly conductive -- enough to trigger the RFID tag to send a radio signal to an RFID reader up to one metre away. The researchers estimate that the sensor costs less than 2 cents to manufacture, making it a low-cost, disposable alternative to other smart diaper technology. Over time, smart diapers may help record and identify certain health problems, such as signs of constipation or incontinence. A typical RFID tag has two elements: an antenna for backscattering radio frequency signals, and an RFID chip that stores the tag's information, such as the specific product that the tag is affixed to. RFID tags don't require batteries; they receive energy in the form of radio waves emitted by an RFID reader. When an RFID tag picks up this energy, its antenna activates the RFID chip, which tweaks the radio waves and sends a signal back to the reader, with its information encoded within the waves. This is how, for instance, products labelled with RFID tags can be identified and tracked. The new sensor may be especially useful for nurses working in neonatal units and caring for multiple babies at a time.
New York:With maternal factors, such as breast milk, having been shown to affect a baby's development, now researchers have found that the carbohydrate, the oligosaccharide 2'FL, found in breast milk enhances cognitive development. In this cohort study of 50 mothers and their babies, the researchers analysed breast milk composition and frequency of feeding at 1 and 6 months of age. Cognitive development was measured at 24 months using the Bayley-III scale, a standardised test of infant and toddler development. "Through our high-throughput analytical platform we can quantify oligosaccharides like 2'FL and many others in hundreds of breast milk samples in a short period of time," said study co-author Lars Bode from University of California in the US. "This technology allows us to associate differences in milk composition with specific infant outcomes like cognitive development, validating existing data from preclinical models or generating entirely new hypotheses," Bode added. The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE, showed that the amount of 2'FL in breast milk in the first month of feeding was related to significantly higher cognitive development scores in babies by 2 years of age. The amount of 2'FL in breast milk at 6 months of feeding was not related to cognitive outcomes, indicating that early exposure may be more beneficial. Using a statistical technique called mediation analysis, the researchers were able to independently evaluate the effects of breastfeeding in general, and the effects of the oligosaccharide 2'FL.
New York: Recent studies reveal the root causes begin from family conflict and parental monitoring are significant to predict in kids from 9 years. Major percent of the children surveyed in the study had caregivers who did not report or not aware about the suicidal thoughts of the children.Deanna Barch, Professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, US remarks "Our data suggests that's absolutely not true. Kids are having these thoughts. They're not at the same rates as adults, but they are nontrivial” and added Historically, the belief has been that people don't need to ask kids about suicidal thoughts before adolescence. Evaluating and dividing thoughts and actions into categories the study reports 2.4 to 6.2 per cent of the children reportes they had thoughts about suicide, from thinking as they were dead to devising -- but not performing the plan. When it came to actions, they saw 0.9 per cent of these 9- and -10-year-olds said they had tried to commit suicide; 9.1 per cent reported non-suicidal self-injury. The caretakers did not know about the child's experience, but more than 75 percent of cases children self-reported suicidal thoughts or behaviours, said the study. Parents and people around kinds should be aware about a 9-year-old is thinking about suicide. Barch said, "If you have kids who are distressed in some way, you should be asking about this," she said, adding that caregivers can help identify kids who might be in trouble. The study, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, looked at 11,814 children between ages 9 and 10 from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study, a longitudinal study in the US on adolescent brain health in which caretakers also participate.
New Delhi: It is always fun to have some outdoor time with children, but ensuring that they are safe from the sun is very important, say experts. Rajesh Vohra, CEO - Artsana India, in assistance with Chicco Baby Research Center, shared some tips: * Apply sunscreen: Make the usage of a sunscreen a must before stepping out. Your toddler's skin is sensitive and needs attention, especially during the peak summer. A layer of protection against UVA, UVB and infrared rays on toddler's skin should be the agenda. Look for features like broad spectrum, water resistant and easy to apply. * Sunglasses: Try to protect your baby's eyes and skin from direct exposure of sun. It is essential to make sure that your baby wears sunglasses. * Wear protective clothing: Find wide-brimmed hats, full-sleeved clothes with comfortable fabric. * Seek shade in extreme sunlight: Whenever the sun is at its peak and temperature is high, it's good to keep babies in the shade to avoid sunburn. Sharmila K, Senior Consultant Neonatologist and Pediatrician, Apollo Cradle Jubilee Hills, suggested: * Prickly Heat: The most common skin problem an infant can get because of clogging of skin pores and accumulation of sweat. These can be controlled by frequent application of lotions such as calamine or a moisturiser, especially on the skin folds, like neck, thighs, groom area behind knees and elbows. * Sunburns: Any child over 6 months with sensitive skin needs proper sun protection. Infants are recommended to stay indoors. Older kids (1-5) should have sunscreen applied at regular intervals and use of hats and shades should be encouraged. * Dehydration: While breastfed babies are safe due to intake of mother's milk, infants who are formula fed or have started consuming food must be given extra water after food. To avoid dehydration, they can be fed the fruits with high water content like watermelon and oranges at regular intervals. * Fevers: Fevers are most common in newborns during summer. Over-wrapping them should be avoided and they should be clothed loosely. When you notice a temperature rise in the kids, give them a bath. This cools the baby immediately. * Diarrhoea: Loose motions in exclusively breastfed baby is uncommon. Babies who are fed food or water are more prone to stomach infections. If there is blood in stools, visit the doctor immediately as it might be dysentery and would need antibiotics.