"Sugar causes our children to be hyperactive,", we are pretty sure you have heard this myth before Have you ever wondered if any children\u2019s health myths are really true as in a scientifically proven and legitimate medical facts? These myths have been around for a long time and it is time for us to know the truth. The question here is, is it true? In the 3rd Episode of AskMeDoctor! Dr Foo Chee Hoe, a paediatrician from Pantai Hospital Ampang and Dr Foo Child Specialist Clinic will help us dispels 10 common myths about our children's health. Q1: Does \u2018baby talk\u2019 with an infant delays their ability to speak normally? Photo Credit: Beijing Kids Dr Foo: It is not entirely true. We can\u2019t say that baby talk would delay the speech development of a child but we have to define what exactly is baby talk.\u00a0 Baby talk is a good kick-starter for a child to learn the language and to introduce them to the world of sound and speech. But baby talk should not be just about meaningless babbling, gibberish words like \u201cgugu, gaga, u\u2019uuu, a\u2019aaa\u201d. You can define baby talk as actually a parent using an animated style of talking and using a high pitch voice to make it more exciting and more dramatic.\u00a0 To speak in a very interesting way to engage fully with the child in an exaggerated manner with lots of facial expressions is actually very useful to help your child to develop their speech.\u00a0\u00a0 Q2: Antibiotic is the key to many illnesses, especially fevers and cold? Photo Credit: Adobe Stock Dr Foo: It is not true at all. First of all, we need to differentiate between viral illnesses and bacteria illnesses. Viral Illnesses that should NOT be given antibiotics:\u00a0 \tA child with fever \tCough \tCold and runny nose\u00a0 Bacterial Illnesses that should be given antibiotics:\u00a0 \tEar infection \tTonsil infection \tLung infection \tUrinary tract infection \tSkin infection from an infected wound \tEar infection When we talk about antibiotics, antibiotics is a medication that is used ONLY to treat bacterial infection. It is WRONG to provide antibiotics for viral infections:\u00a0 Photo Credit: NPS MedicineWise \tWill waste money and resources.\u00a0 \tAntibiotics may actually do other side effects. \tIncreases the chance for antibiotic resistance to bad diarrhoea.\u00a0 Again, children with fever, cough, and runny nose should NOT be routinely given antibiotics! Instead, antibiotics should be used for obvious significant bacterial infection.\u00a0 Q3: Sugar intake causes children to be hyperactive? Dr Foo: This question can lead to a controversial topic because earlier studies have hypothesised that sugar may cause hyperactive behaviour.\u00a0 Photo Credit: HoneyKids Asia But further studies have shown that children who take more sugar than WHO recommendation, are found not to have an increased risk to develop Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). However, high sugar intake can cause body physiological changes. It gives you an adrenaline rush and the person may develop symptoms and behaviour that is similar to being hyperactive because of it. If you are stating that sugar has a direct link to hyperactive disorder then it is not true.\u00a0 Photo Credit: ACTIVEKids However, it is never good to give too much sugar to your child. We must always emphasize that a child must have a healthy diet. Simple sugar and too much-refined sugar are never good anyway.\u00a0 Sugar causes sugar rush but it is not the same that it's causing hyperactive? Yes, if you are taking high sugar intake, adrenaline will increase in response to your sudden increase in blood sugar activity and will have this kind of symptoms. But do not make a child have a disorder or increase the risk to have ADHD just because of that. Q4: Does eating\u00a0ice-cream will lead to a cough? Photo Credit: EyeEm Dr Foo: Well. I always recommend parents not to give too much sugar to children. I would like to confess, my daughter and I enjoy ice-cream quite regularly and thankfully both of us never had any cough just because of eating ice-cream.\u00a0 Again, there is no direct cause or link between just merely ice-cream and you will surely get a cough. There are people who get a cough or they become uncomfortable in their throat and in their breathing after taking ice-cream. These are mainly because of allergy.\u00a0 If you are allergic to certain substances or ingredients from the ice-cream such as dairy products, artificial flavouring, colouring or any additive inside which can cause discomfort of the throat or in the airway would lead you to have a cough. But again, not everyone who enjoys an ice-cream will end up having a cough. I would like to emphasize that with the food safety procedures all done, your ice-cream does not contain any bacteria or germs where you will get a fever by ingesting the ice-cream. Q5: Do teething causes fever? Photo Credit: Pediatric Smiles Dentistry Dr Foo: First of all, teething does make a child to be fussy or feel uneasy, and their body may feel a bit warmer but it is not a true fever. The teething would start happening between 6 to 8 months. And around this time, it is also a very common period for your baby to start falling sick significantly for the first time. Meaning that they really have a fever. Usually, they will have a mild viral fever, known as Roseola Infantum.\u00a0 So these two events are overlapping, which is why parents and our grandparents tend to blame teething fever. It is a bit dangerous to just blame teething causing fever because they may end up delaying action in treating the fever.\u00a0 All this is a part of growing up where your immune system occasionally may get weakened for a while and allows those previous viruses that are already exposed get activated and give you a mild viral infection. What Is Roseola Infantum? Photo credit: Freepik \tCommon infection in an infant between 6 months old and all the way to 2 years old. \tIt would be 3 to 5 days of intermittent fever breakdown. \tTowards the end, your child would have recovery rashes and that is definitely not due to teething. \tWhen your child is having a significant fever, you have to think of it as an infection, either bacteria or viral. But even that also, most likely only a mild infection. You cannot blame teething because sometimes it gives you a sense of false security and may end up delaying any action. What is more likely is that, during this period, your child is growing! Photo Credit: Nutrition Tribune Lastly, no matter how convincing a myth is, always check with facts first for firm reassurance on our children's health. Stay tuned with AskMeDoctor! series at Motherhood Story and don\u2019t forget to catch up with a new episode every week at our Official Facebook page.