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Epilepsy

Understanding seizures and epilepsy Funny turns, faints and seizures A seizure, convulsion or a fit is a sudden burst of electrical activity in the brain that may result in a change of behaviour or activity in a child. These may show itself in either one of the following ways : …

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Febrile Seizures

Febrile seizures occur in 2% – 5% of children and are the most common form of childhood seizures. Febrile seizures usually occur in children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years and are particularly common in toddlers. Approximately one in every 25 children will have at least one …

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Spina Bifida

What is spina bifida? Spina bifida (Split Spine in Latin), is part of a group of birth defects called neural tube defects. Part or whole of the bony spine is not joined together properly and the spinal cord is exposed. This occurs very early in pregnancy, within the first month …

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FAQs

Is Epilepsy contagious? Epilepsy is not a communicable disease, and cannot spread by coming into close contact with a person with epilepsy. Will my child become ‘dependent’ on his/her medications? Children with epilepsy will need to continue treatment until they outgrow the disorder. The medicines are not addictive, and do …

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Prevention

How to Prevent Child Abuse? Preventing child abuse – advice for parents Be cautious in hiring babysitters and other caretakers. Make sure you know their full names and if necessary ask for references Choose nursery with well trained child minders Consider having another adult like the child’s grandmother or CCTV …

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Risk Factor

What are the Risk Factors for Child Abuse No single factor on its own can explain why some individuals behave violently towards children or why child maltreatment appears to be more prevalent in certain communities than in others Increased risk of child abuse is associated with the presence of certain …

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Reporting Child Abuse

Introduction Any person who has knowledge of, or a suspicion that, a child is suffering harm or is at risk of significant harm from abuse or neglect should inform the Child Protector (Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat, JKM, officer “Pelindung”) report to the police or send the child to your nearest hospital …

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Bully

What is bully? Bullying is a willful, conscious desire to hurt another and put him/her under stress. It also referred as “peer abuse”. Bullying includes physical assault and intimidation, theft and extortion, verbal abuse including teasing, racial and sexual harassment. How often does it occur? Bullying is common but most …

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Myth & Reality

MYTHS REALITY Child abuse is a recent phenomenon, as evident in the media. Child abuse has occurred at all points in the historical continuum. The difference in the past decade has been an increase in reporting, education, and understanding, not necessarily an increase in abuse. Historically victim does not report …

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Physical Abuse

Definition Child physical abuse, also known as non-accidental injury or battering, is when any child receives any physical injury as a result of acts (or omissions) on the part of his/her parents, guardians or others placed in a position of trust and responsibility for the child. Under Malaysian law, as …

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