Pediatrics and Parenting Roundup

Pediatrics and Parenting Roundup

On April 20, 2017 Hong Kong’s first Pediatrics & Parenting Conference was held at the JW Marriott welcoming over 300 families to an eventful day of engaging talks, exhibitors and activities for kids. Medical specialists and parenting experts addressed topical issues facing children’s health and parenting over 12 salon sessions, and visitors were able to sample and find out more about related products and service providers in the exhibition hall.

We have taken some key highlights from the events conference:

Parenting Sibling Rivalry

Sibling relationships can be difficult at times, but in the right environment are beneficial to children to learn how to listen to each other, deal with conflict resolution, and comprise. A few tips for parents on how to effectively handle sibling rivalry is to:

  • Have a close relationship with each of their children, and spend time with them individually;
  • Encourage them to express their feelings and acknowledge them when they do;
  • Recognized their uniqueness and individuality;
  • Teach them how to handle and resolve conflict fairly (and without hurting each other!).

Teenagers, Stress and Substance Abuse

Hong Kong has a significantly high rate of teenage suicides, with 5 deaths in the past few months, but what can we do to help? Sky Siu, Executive Director of KELY Support Group has found that teenagers look to parents and adults to teach and equip them on how to deal with issues. Having strong foundational relationships and fostering open communications with your children is important for them to feel comfortable to talk about their issues and how response to that. The key is to listen, before offering help or suggestions. Substance misuse (alcohol and drugs) and suicides are the end result of inconsistent support and subsequent mental health issues. Hong Kong is not a help-seeking culture; we need to cultivate an environment for our children do be able to do so before it’s too late.

Boosting Your Child’s Immunity with Nutrition

Holistic nutritionist, Cristina Tahoces from Thrive Nutrition Practice gave parents an insightful seminar on how to boost their children’s immunity and achieve a perfect school attendance record. Cristina’s “ZERO SICK DAYS” nutrition strategy is based on a whole food diet that priorities healthy protein, vegetables, whole fruits, whole grains and healthy fats to help children sleep soundly, lower inflammation in the body and detoxify daily.

Screen Time Management

Technology is an intrinsic apart of our daily lives, and it is important to establish a healthy relationship with digital devices for our children (and ourselves!). According to the American Academy of Pediatrics 2016 guidelines, the suggested screen time for children are as follows:

No screen time for

  • 18 months and below

Limit the amount of total screen time for

  • 6 and below screen time to less than an hour per day
  • 6 and above, screen time to be monitored by parents approx. 2hrs/day

Anything over the recommended time is considered overuse. Parents should also consider setting family rules for digital device usage, such as no screens at the dinner table, and abide by them too!

Public vs. Private Healthcare

When facing an emergency with your children’s health, the question parents always face is whether to take them to the public hospital A&E or a private hospital out-patient clinic.

Every case is difference, however Dr. Jennifer Sihoe, a mother and specialist in pediatric surgery, suggests that a helpful indication for parents on where to go is, if you can take your child yourself via public transport or car, then you can go to the private out patient clinic. In the occasion you feel you need an ambulance, then go to the public A&E.

Allergies

One of the more popular sessions of the event was on allergies, with some of Hong Kong’s top allergy and pediatric specialists including Dr. Adrian Wu, Dr. Marco Ho and Dr. Angela Lau.

Very interestingly, the panel revealed that studies in recent years have found that even all-natural items can have side effects, and just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it is “allergy-free”!

Allergic reactions can develop over time the more you are exposed to a particular substance. For example, essential oils are becoming more widely used for home skin and health care. In 2015, researchers have found a nearly 25% increase over the past decade in reactions to fragrance patch tests, including essential oils derived from plants such as jasmine, ylang ylang, rose, chamomile and neroli. So it is strongly advised to proceed with caution, and test your products, even the all-natural ones!

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