Dr Michael Lim, consultant of the Division of Paediatric Pulmonary and Sleep in National University Hospital, Singapore, shares his insights with Pearl Toh on diagnosing and managing paediatric asthma in the primary care setting.
Severe postnatal depression (PND), especially if persisting up to 11 years after birth, raises the risk of adverse child outcomes such as child behavioural and developmental disturbances, according to a recent study.
Long-term childhood cancer survivors (CCSs) show similar prevalence of and risk factors for being overweight with their peers, according to a recent study, suggesting that prevention methods and interventions can be the same as in the general population.
There appears to be a significant percentage of children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in Singapore and Malaysia who use complementary and alternative medicine, as reported in a cross-sectional study.
Children born to mothers who used acid-suppressive drugs, including histamine-2 receptor antagonists and proton pump inhibitors, during pregnancy are at greater risk of developing asthma, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Maternal diet appears to influence health outcomes of the offspring, suggests a recent Singapore study, which shows that higher diet quality during pregnancy is correlated with longer birth length and lower neonatal adiposity.
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a global problem. Chronic
HBV infection is probably the most common maternal infection encountered
in Hong Kong, China, and Southeast Asia. In Hong Kong, which is one of
the endemic areas, immunisation against HBV was first provided in 1983
to infants born to mothers who were screened positive for hepatitis B
surface antigen (HBsAg). Immunisation became widespread since November
1988, but HBsAg-positive mothers are still encountered frequently.1