Children-related Health Articles

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Haven’t Received Your Flu Shot Yet? Read This Now

The flu is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. On January 28, 2019 a 2-year-old boy was the first child fatality of the Hong Kong winter influenza season. While it is still too early to tell whether the flu season will be more severe this year, it is not too […]

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Your Expert Guide to Allergy Specialists in Hong Kong

Did you know Hong Kong does not have enough allergy specialists? According to the Hong Kong Medical Journal, the city is sorely underserved by allergists. Indeed, most people with allergies are managed by their general practitioner or an organ-specific doctor such as an ENT specialist. While their care is adequate, it will be viewed through […]

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Having Twins (or more!) in Hong Kong

Finally, a positive pregnancy test… soon after, your doctor confirms it with a blood test. But, during your first ultrasound, there are two heartbeats (no, it is not yours and the baby’s)! Finding out you are pregnant is amazing news. Finding out you carry twins is just that, but with many questions. Fertility treatments Let’s be clear: […]

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Parenting Tips for Couples & Grandparents: How to Prepare & Care for Baby

As part of our Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) series, Gordon Parenting provides Healthy Matters exclusive tips and advice on parenting. If you’re a pregnant mom-to-be, you’re probably getting a lot of attention! From ‘extra caring’ family members to having complete strangers ask personal questions and touch your belly. But dads-to-be? You may feel far less […]

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China’s Vaccination Scandal: What it Means for Vaccines in Hong Kong

The 2018 vaccine scandal in China caused a social media storm and anxiety amongst parents. In Hong Kong, a surge in demand for vaccines occured. What has been this vaccination scandal in China? It was revealed that a company called Changsheng Bio-technology falsified data for rabies and produced ineffective batches of DPT shots (to prevent […]

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Bring Me a Book ‘Baby Gift Sets’ & ‘Parenting Workshops’ | Exclusive Offer for Healthy Matters Readers

Introducing Bring Me a Book Hong Kong an award-winning non-profit organization and the charity partner for our latest 2018 Healthy Matters Maternity + Baby Event. Founded in 2006, Bring Me a Book Hong Kong (BMABHK) provides books to children who need them most. As the leading advocate of family literacy, their vision is for every […]

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Why you should never use cotton buds to clean your ears | It’s dangerous

Is there anything more satisfying than cleaning your ears out with a cotton bud? Okay, we can think of a few things, but it’s up there. Doctors say that cleaning your ears with a cotton bud (or Q-tip) initiates the ‘itch-scratch cycle’ –  the more you itch, the more histamines are released and the more […]

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Your Guide To Your Newborn’s First Doctor Visit

While doctor schedules may vary slightly, it is recommended that newborns be checked 3 to 5 days after birth. In Hong Kong parents can either choose public or private healthcare services. In the public sector, your baby’s first medical consultation after being discharged from the hospital is free and available at the Maternal and Child Health […]

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