children's health - updates

Rappler's latest stories on children's health


Tummy timetables: WHO has lifestyle advice for kids

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:54 PM

The guidelines from the World Health Organization may read to some parents like common-sense practices, including not exposing babies under one-year-old to screens

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Duterte urges Filipinos to have their kids vaccinated

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:10 PM

The Dengvaxia scandal should not scare Filipinos from vaccinations against measles, polio, and tetanus, says President Rodrigo Duterte

FIGHTING MEASLES. Mothers with their children crowd health workers as they avail of the free anti-polio and anti-measles vaccination at a health center in Quezon City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Heavy screen time appears to impact childrens' brains – study

Dec 10, 2018 - 8:52 AM

The study indicates 9 and 10-year-old kids spending more than 7 hours a day using smart devices or playing video games show signs of premature thinning of the cortex, the brain's outermost layer that processes sensory information

Probiotics no help to kids with stomach flu – studies

Nov 22, 2018 - 3:23 PM

Probiotics are surging in popularity, with the global market predicted to expand from $37 billion in 2015 to $64 billion by 2023

Most children who have their tonsils removed don't benefit

Nov 10, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Given the potential for harm, are all tonsillectomies really necessary?

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Senate approves bill to detect eye problems among pre-school children

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:31 PM

Senate Bill 1706 also creates a fund for research on eye diseases and treatment

EYE CHECK UP. Should Senate Bill 1706 be passed, children will be screened for eye problems in kindergarten. Photo from Shutterstock

The ups and downs of playtime

Dec 05, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Playtime and socialization is very important to a child’s development – it’s also a very crucial stage in a parent’s journey

Why are feeding programs important in the fight vs hunger?

Dec 02, 2017 - 7:24 PM

The proposed National School Feeding Program bill aims to provide free and sustainable feeding programs in all public schools across the country

Can I reshape my child’s future health today?

Dec 22, 2016 - 1:23 PM

A guide on the role of optimized protein

What you need to know about children with HIV/AIDS

Jun 10, 2015 - 8:01 PM

A new HIV treatment innovation can help save the lives of many children The problem however is that many parents and children remain unaware of HIV AIDS

Children's cartoons deadlier than films for adults – study

Dec 17, 2014 - 9:51 AM

A study finds main characters in children s cartoons are 2 1 2 times as likely to die as protagonists in films for adults and are almost 3 times as likely to be murdered – often in violent ways

'Frederico' found home: Join the Nov 10 peaceful day of action

Nov 02, 2014 - 9:26 AM

The Fredericos of our country are waiting they have been waiting for a long time See you on November 10 peaceful day of action

IN PHOTOS: Feeding hope in Bayan ni Juan

Oct 21, 2014 - 4:12 PM

Guhit ng Pag asa is a unique feeding program cum art activity that provides not only food for the body but also aims to nourish hope for the children of Bayan ni Juan

BETTER FUTURE. Artists-organizers led by Al Benavente and foot artist Jason de los Reyes hope they can inspire the children and give them hope. All photos by George Moya/

After writing about hungry children, what next?

Aug 07, 2014 - 2:16 PM

Writing about hunger is only a small part of the process of solving it but once more people become better informed about it the chances of positive change following can be bigger

STUNTED. Aguinaldo is too short for his age. Although his friends are only a few years older, the difference in their height and weight are big. Aguinaldo stands next to his friends. All photos from Fritzie Rodriguez/

Proper nutrition during disasters: Is it possible?

Aug 01, 2014 - 4:51 PM

In an orphanage in Laguna children are being fed with whatever was being given to them by donors See what happens during their Cookfest

COOKFEST.  The Cookfest gave students in Laguna, especially the orphans, a taste of the food that they really should be eating, if they were to eat healthily. All photos by Chris Quintana and Kimmy Baraoidan/

World Vision 2014: Running for children's future

Jun 28, 2014 - 5:16 PM

Would you run for miles to sponsor the education and nutrition of children?

MILO and DepEd tie up for One Child One Sport campaign

Jun 26, 2014 - 10:00 AM

MILO Philippines and the Department of Education collaborate for a campaign to help young athletes around the Philippines

INFOGRAPHIC: What does malnutrition look like?

Jun 09, 2014 - 6:20 PM

Here are sure signs and symptoms of malnutrition among children

MALNUTRITION. What are the physical signs of child malnutrition? Graphic by Mara Mercado/

World Vision urges congressmen to keep Milk Code intact

May 06, 2014 - 6:25 PM

World Vision Philippines is urging Filipinos to support breastfeeding as a way to fight malnutrition

MILK CODE. World Vision continues to be vigilant for any attempts of policymakers to amend and water down the Milk Code. Photo from World Vision.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Top killers: Diseases threatening undernourished children

Apr 18, 2014 - 3:45 PM

Undernourished children are at risk of dying from preventable diseases; they die because they are poor according to the Unicef

Lend a hand: Help kids reach their 5th birthday

Apr 05, 2014 - 5:20 PM

Not all children can make it to their 5th birthday The lack of access to basic needs such as food water and medicine lowers their chances of surviving

LEND A HAND. Help kids reach their 5th birthday, through good nutrition, proper hygiene, and education. Screengrab from World Vision's short film

Preventing chronic malnutrition in emergencies

Apr 04, 2014 - 1:00 PM

The current chronic malnutrition rate in Yolanda affected areas exceeds the 30 global threshold according to the World Health Organization

MALNUTRITION AND YOLANDA. The current chronic malnutrition rate in Yolanda-affected areas exceeds the 30% global threshold, according to the World Health Organization. Photo from World Vision

The ultimate babysitter? iPads for infants stir debate

Apr 26, 2012 - 1:16 PM

Psychologists and parents are divided on putting tablets into the hands of babies and toddlers