#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Does A Child’s Brain Grow After Five Years?

Q: Good evening, Please Doc I read that ninety percent of a child brain growth takes place by the time he is five years old, Does it mean that anything given to a child above five years will not help develop the child’s brain anymore or just ten percent?

A: Hi dear, thanks for writing in.

A baby’s brain starts developing in pregnancy and continues after birth as a result of interactions around them. This is why it’s important to ensure that babies get the right nutrition and stimulation from when they are born all the way to adulthood.

So are you correct in your assertions? The baby’s brain develops very rapidly in the first 3 to 5 years of life and the entire structure and building blocks are present by the time the child is 9 years old. Some studies show that the size of the brain does not alter much between 5 and 20 years, but the connections between developed parts continues. Getting different areas of the brain to be functionally connected happens over a period of time, and may continue up till 30 years of age.

So, to your question, even though the baby’s brain may not develop beyond the 5th year, vital connections are happening which enable a human being act as one complex being with parts that work together even if they have different functions.

So, what can you do to encourage brain development?

  • Feed your child well. Breastmilk has all the nutrients that babies need until they are about 6 months old. 6 months, introduce other nutrients like fibre, vitamins and minerals that are found in foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and meat to ensure baby is developing well
  • Mother should stay off alcohol when pregnant and also teach child to stay off too as he grows
  • Talk to your children, starting from when they are in the womb and after they are born. Talk to and with them. Explain things and try to understand and acknowledge their thoughts and feelings
  • Provide a safe environment
  • Believe in them and encourage them
  • Reward them but also provide clear boundaries. They need to know what lines they cannot cross

I hope this helps.

Have a great evening J

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6 ways to use your mind to control pain – Harvard Health

Do you have an ailment or condition that makes you take pain medication often? Are you absolutely fed up with taking pills? Have you wondered if it’s possible to handle pain without taking pain medication? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should read this article.


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Daily Health Tips: Travel Restrictions During Pregnancy


Q: Good day ma’am. Please, I want to find out if it’s risky to travel by road. I just discovered that I am pregnant and I’ll be travelling from Osun State to Cross River State.
A: Travelling during pregnancy whether by road, rail or air is generally safe for women with healthy, uncomplicated pregnancies, especially in the 2nd trimester, when you would have stopped the puking 😀 associated with first trimester and before you start to get very tired and your tummy begins to announce your presence as you get into the third trimester 😉 The obstetrician also has to be a part of this decision making process…he may very well advice against travel for reasons like pregnancy being high risk etc.
Here are some general tips if you plan to travel:
• Be sure to have travel insurance or health insurance, if this applies. You just don’t know if…

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Are you taking too much anti-inflammatory medication? – Harvard Health

Are you one of those who take pain killers – when needed and when not needed? You should read this!


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#HLWDK World Health Day 2017: Universal Health Coverage

7th April of every year marks the World Health Day. This year, the theme of the celebration is ‘Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere’

Do you know what universal health coverage means? It means that you (yes you!) have the right to receive good quality health services when you need it without getting into financial difficulties. This sounds like one of those high-sounding WHO declarations that mean nothing to you in your small corner of the world. But guess what?! This applies to you. Your government agreed to it, signed off on it and indeed declared that it would ensure that 15% of its budget was dedicated to health so that you will not have to suffer any financial difficulty in choosing to access care or worse still have to choose between certain death and financial ruin when you fall ill.

So, how can you ensure that in Nigeria (and other countries where a lot still has to be done) we have access to the care we need without becoming penniless? We hold government accountable. There’s no better time than now. It’s an election year in 2019. National discussions are ongoing. When there are major road traffic accidents, we spend a few days to castigate the country’s leadership and how they have failed us in years past – leading to poor health service delivery in all aspects. But guess what? You control the narrative now. As the elections draw closer, let’s ask all those who wish to lead us their plans for UHC. It’s not something that happens in foreign lands…no! Examples of amazing progress towards UHC abound around us from East, South, Central and other West African countries. We can replicate same and better in our various countries.

So, the next time elections come around, let’s vote with our heads (facts) and not our hearts (sentiments). We can get this right!

Have a great week y’all 😀


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#HLWDK #Saturday Recipes

Hey! How was your week? Mine was super-busy – spent more on road trips and plane rides than I care to remember! But it was all good 😀 To reward myself and get back into my routine, I made a quick salad and carrot/pineapple juice on Friday night. My salad dressing was just a little 'sinful' – peanut butter dressing. I'll tell you how to make this. For the salad Toss some lettuce, sliced onions, coarsely grated carrots, broccoli, sliced green pepper, a hard boiled egg, half an avocado and a handful of mixed nuts. Remember to wash all the greens and veggies in running water, scrub the carrots with a sponge and peel the skin, if you're still not convinced of its cleanliness, slice and dip your onions in hot water for a few minutes etc For the salad dressing (shown in picture) Mix a teasooon of peanut butter with a few dashes of honey and a pinch of fresh grated ginger. I usually dilute with some warm water as it gets a little too sweet for me For the juice You do need a juicer for this one! Feed one big carrot and 2 slices of pineapple through the juicer feeder….and a delicious glass of healthy juice is the result! Have a great weekend! 😀 #healthyliving #healthylivingwithdrketch #saturdayrecipes

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Noise In The Ears

Q: Good day Doctor, may God continue to bless you for the words of encouragement and the tips you are giving to us. Thank you, Doctor . I am having problems with my ear and it’s over 2 weeks now. My ear is making noise. I met an ENT doctor last week about it and she washed my right ear and the noise now stopped; but I started hearing the noise again in my left ear. It is during the night when everywhere is cool that I notice it and it’s giving me sleepless nights. I am taking the drugs she gave me when I went back to complain about the second ear. Doctor what do I do? Please help me. God bless you and your family .

A: Thanks for writing in and for your prayers. Amen to every one of them.

Noisy ears as you have described is, medically, called tinnitus. This is a sensation of hearing noise or ringing in the ears. The noise in the ears has also been described as whistling, humming, grinding, hissing, buzzing etc. This is, most times, not a sign of a serious medical condition and would just be a minor irritation as it comes and goes. In other instances, it is continuous, significantly impacting everyday life. It is worse when background noise is low (like at nights, as in your case) and worsens with age. Generally, it would get better over time or with treatment.


Other conditions associated with tinnitus include:

  • Middle ear infection
  • Ear wax build-up
  • Inner ear damage
  • Some medications like aspirin taken in very large doses and some antibiotics like Neomycin etc
  • Medical conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes etc
  • Perforated ear drums caused by violent events


Men, people who smoke, are exposed to loud noise on a prolonged basis, older people and those with cardiovascular problems are more likely to develop tinnitus.


There is really no treatment for tinnitus except there is a specific cause like ear wax build-up, high blood pressure, specific medication etc. In such situations, the cause is treated (e.g. removal of ear wax changing medication etc.) and symptoms may get better.


In other instances where there is no cause, focus is on helping one live with it through counselling, therapy to change the way one thinks about the noise so that they are better able to deal with it, introducing one to neutral sounds, which help distract from the ear ‘noise’ etc. Some medications can also help reduce the severity of symptoms.


So, the first thing to do is to get your brother down to see an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist. He/she will make a diagnosis and then advice on the next course of management.


Have a great evening, people 😀


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