Fighting overweight and obesity 

Obesity is a major public health problem, both internationally and in Thailand. In 2022, according to the World Health Organization, 1 in 8 people in the world were living with…

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Government to encourage couples to have children as birth rate declines

As the birth rate steadily declines to lower than the death rate, the Pheu Thai-led government is to add increasing the birth rate to the national agenda in March, said…

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Children should stay indoors, use face masks outside as PM2.5 remains high in Bangkok

The Medical Services Department is advising parents to avoid taking young children outdoors due to the excessive levels of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere of many areas of Bangkok and…

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Health Ministry campaigns to encourage Thai couples to have children

The Ministry of Public Health has begun a program to increase the birth rate in Thailand, by encouraging Thai couples to have children, with possible financial incentives. Public Health Minister…

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Lèse majesté convict decides to withdraw bail applications

Imprisoned political activist Arnon Nampa has asked his lawyer to withdraw his bail applications in the over 20 cases still pending against him, after the Supreme Court, on Wednesday, rejected…

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DNA from 2 dead children are parental match to Songsak and ex-partner

Analysis of DNA from two children, whose remains were dumped on wasteland in Bang Sue district in 2013 and 2014 respectively, revealed a parental match to murder suspect Songsak and…

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Bones found buried on wasteland in Bangkok in search for children’s remains

Police found two pieces of bone buried on vacant land behind a petrol station in Phahonyothin Soi 56 in Bangkok yesterday (Wednesday), after using a backhoe to excavate an area…

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Child murder suspect leads police to four burial sites in Bangkok

Police investigators and forensic officers escorted a murder suspect, his current spouse and former spouse, to four locations in Bang Sue and Sai Mai areas today (Wednesday), where four children,…

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Legal action sought against those involved in alleged “import” of Myanmar children 

Police in Ang Thong province are seeking legal action against a former school director and four others for alleged involvement in “importing” and sheltering 126 Myanmar children.  The former school…

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NHRC to stop 126 undocumented Myanmar children from being repatriated

Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission will try to stop 126 undocumented students from Myanmar being repatriated, after the Ang Thong primary education office became suspicious that they might have been…

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Knife attack at park in French Alps critically wounds 4 young children as people cry for help

As bystanders screamed for help, a man with a knife stabbed four young children at a lakeside park in the French Alps on Thursday, assaulting at least one in a…

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Paetongtarn leaves Bangkok to meet her father

Paetongtarn Shinawatra, a Pheu Thai prime ministerial candidate, went abroad on Thursday to visit her father Thaksin, saying she misses him a lot. The mother of two did not reveal…

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Bringing reading back for kids in Myanmar with Kiki’s Fantastic Adventure

With the goal of reminding children of the value of books, an original story has been published called Kiki’s Fantastic Adventure by Studio Boba. The creator decided that the comic-manga…

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Thai parents advised to watch for measles in their young children

Seventy-nine people, mostly young children, have been infected with the highly infectious measles virus since the beginning of this year, but there have been no fatalities, according to the Disease…

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UNICEF says Thailand needs to ensure a more equitable future for every child

It is time for Thailand to work harder to ensure a brighter and more equitable future for every child, according UNICEF Thailand in its latest report titled “UNICEF Thailand’s Seven…

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Expert’s advice to parents whose children fall victim online

Parents should hug and show love to their teenage children when they are desperate and cannot solve their problems, is the advice from Associate Professor Dr. Suriyadeo Tripathi, director of…

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251 Thai children went missing from home last year

A total of 251 children went missing from home last year, the highest in four years and an increase of 25% from 2021, according to the Mirror Foundation, a non-profit…

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Thai PM to host children at Government House on Children’s Day

The Government will welcome children to Government House on Children’s Day this Saturday. There will be a variety of entertainment, educational activities and sports for the children to enjoy. Prime…

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Thai Health Ministry starts vaccinating children from six months to four years

The Ministry of Public Health launched COVID-19 vaccinations for children, aged from six months to 4-years-old today (Wednesday), using the “red-cap” Pfizer vaccine, which has been approved by the Medical…

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Dr. Opart Karnkawinpong, Disease Control Department Director-General

Tomato flu not yet in Thailand, but being monitored

While no cases have yet been reported in the country, Thailand is closely monitoring the tomato flu situation in India, but does not regard the disease as a matter of…

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A vial labelled “Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine” is seen in this illustration taken January 16, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Thai FDA approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 6 months -5 years

COVID-19 vaccine in vials with maroon caps, developed by Pfizer, are now approved for use in children aged 6 months to 5 years, with 3 injections of 3µg per dose….

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Government-run website launched to help fight sexual harassment online

The Thai Government has opened a new website in an effort to protect youth from online sexual harassment, which has reportedly been on the rise, especially against the 11-15 age…

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COVID-19 vaccination urged for children to prevent serious illness from MIS-C

Parents are being advised to take their young children for COVID-19 vaccination, as doing so can help to reduce the risk of severe symptoms or death from Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome…

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Bankrupt Sri Lanka seeks urgent help to feed children

Sri Lanka issued an urgent appeal on Monday to tackle rapidly spreading malnutrition among children as its economic crisis leaves nine out of 10 people dependent on state handouts. The Ministry for Women and Child Affairs…

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Impact on children of gun violence in the media

Screen time is something hard to avoid nowadays. Children can easily be exposed to anything presented, be it video games, television programs or social media. If parents are not careful,…

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COVID-19-infected schoolboy dies of MIS-C, DDC says

Thailand’s Department of Disease Control (DDC) said today (Thursday) that the 6-year-old COVID-19 infected schoolboy, who died on earlier this week, had been diagnosed with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children…

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Thai secondary student hides cannabis in a water bottle for school

Dr. Sutheera Uerpairojkit, a paediatrician at Ramathibodi Hospital, posted the story on her Facebook page of a secondary student who secretly brought cannabis to school in a water bottle and…

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Six minors in Thailand suffer undesirable symptoms after consuming cannabis

A 3-year-old girl was among six minors who developed undesirable effects between June 21st and 26th after knowingly or unknowingly consuming cannabis or food containing cannabis, according to the Royal…

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Thai children’s IQ levels on the rise, over 10% above 130

The average intelligence quotient (IQ) of Thai children is on the rise, from an average of 98.3 in 2016 to 102.8 in 2021, while 10.4% of the students surveyed have…

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Kids under 6 in cars in Thailand must be secured in child seats from September

Children under 6, or those 135cm or less in height, must be placed in booster seat or a child safety seat and wear seatbelts from September, or face a fine…

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Parents urged to protect young children against COVID-19 amid deaths of Under 5s

Prominent Thai virologist Dr. Yong Poovorawan is urging parents of children under 5 to take special care of them by protecting them from COVID-19 infection, citing the death toll among…

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Push for vaccination of Thailand’s young ahead of new school term

With the start of the new school term on May 17th, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha stressed the need for precautionary measures today (Friday), to cope with on-site learning, with an…

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Refugee women with children walk to boarding transport at the central train station in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, April 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

UN: Nearly two-thirds of Ukraine’s children have fled homes

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of all Ukrainian children have fled their homes in the six weeks since Russia’s invasion, and the United Nations has verified the deaths of…

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Oral mixture developed to help small children take anti-viral Favipiravir

The Faculty of Pharmacy at Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University has developed a liquid solution in which crushed Favipiravir tablets can be dissolved to help young children infected with COVID-19 take the…

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COVID-19 infections among small children on the rise – DDC

COVID-19 infections among Thai children aged under 4 are on the rise, with 27 toddlers reported to have died since the outbreak of the Omicron variant late last year, according to…

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Children sit on a bus for further transport after crossing the Ukrainian border with Poland at the Medyka border crossing, southeastern Poland, on March 14, 2022. (Photo by Louisa GOULIAMAKI / AFP)

More than three million flee Ukraine war, half of them children: UN

Geneva (AFP) – More than three million people have fled Ukraine since Russia invaded on February 24, nearly half of them minors, with a child becoming a refugee every second, the…

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COVID community isolation centre in Bangkok’s Kiak Kai welcomes children

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said today (Monday) that infections among children and the elderly are likely to increase during the current spread of COVID-19 in Bangkok. He advised that infected…

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Couple who took their children on drug deliveries arrested

A couple who have been taking their two young children with them when they deliver narcotics to customers, in an effort not to raise the suspicions of authorities, were arrested…

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China’s birth rate drops to record low in 2021

BEIJING (Reuters) – Mainland China’s birth rate dropped to a record low in 2021, data showed on Monday, extending a downward trend that led Beijing last year to begin allowing…

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Dozens of COVID-infected children under care of Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health

Thailand’s Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health has accepted 59 young children infected with COVID-19 for medical treatment and care since the outbreak of the Omicron variant, according to…

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Emergency personnel work at the scene of a fatal fire at an apartment building in the Bronx on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Jeenah Moon)

Bronx apartment fire kills 19, including 9 children

NEW YORK (AP) — A malfunctioning space heater sparked a fire that filled a high-rise Bronx apartment building with thick smoke on Sunday, killing 19 people including nine children in…

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Thai health system prepared for surge in COVID-19 infections among young children

In anticipation of a surge of infections among young children, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health, in cooperation with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) have set up a child health institute…

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A Children’s Day wish – Adults should be open-minded, talk less and listen more

“Can you be more of a listener, rather than a talker?” said pediatric expert in adolescent medicine, Associate Professor Dr. Suriyadeo Tripathi, during an online interview with Thai PBS World…

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Thailand’s first case of severe side effects after receiving Pfizer jab recovering well

Health officials have been trying to wrap up the analysis of what is believed to be Thailand’s first known case of severe side effects, involving a 12-year-old Thai girl, who…

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A boy and a girl wearing protective masks look through the fence of Aomi Urban Sports Park, hosting 3×3 basketball tournaments, a day after the official opening of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan July 24, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Suicides among Japanese children at record high during pandemic

TOKYO (Reuters) – Child suicides in Japan are the highest they have been in more than four decades, local media have reported, citing the country’s education ministry. As the COVID-19 pandemic prompted school closings and…

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Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine works in kids ages 5 to 11

(AP) – Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key…

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Over 100,000 students aged 10-18 to get Sinopharm jabs from Monday

Thailand’s Chulabhorn Royal Academy (CRA) will inoculate 108,319 students aged 10-18 with the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine, under its “VACC 2 School” project, between today and mid-October, aiming to help children…

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The grandson of Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen receives a dose of the Sinovac Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on September 17, 2021, as the country begins vaccinating children aged between six and 12. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / POOL / AFP)

Cambodia begins Covid jabs for kids as young as six

Phnom Penh (AFP) – Cambodia on Friday began inoculating children as young as six against coronavirus, even though the World Health Organization (WHO) has yet to approve a vaccine for…

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Over 129,000 youths in Thailand infected with COVID-19, number rising

Almost 130,000 youths in Thailand, aged between 6 and 18, were found to be infected with COVID-19 from April until September 11, with 69,628 cases alone in August, said Dr….

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As many as 3,000 Thai minors catching COVID-19 every day

Between 2,000 and 3,000 under 18 year olds are now getting infected with COVID-19 every day, compared to just 366 per week in the first three months of this year,…

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COVID-19 help centre set up for vulnerable children, over 65,000 test positive this year

A COVID-19 help centre for children has been set up jointly by four agencies to help children impacted by the pandemic, both for the infected who do not have access…

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The family (back L) of Malee Manjeen, 79, who passed away earlier in the day due to Covid-19, watch from a distance as monks in personal protective equipment carry her coffin to the crematorium at Wat Chin Wararam Worawihan in Bangkok on July 30, 2021. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Communicating with and caring for children who lose parents to COVID-19

Losing a loved one is never easy, especially during COVID-19 when many people have lost family members without even getting to say a final “goodbye”. In the news we see…

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Raising a Child in Thailand from a Foreign Perspective

Living in a foreign country entails scores of challenges. While single expats may argue that the thrills and adventures far outweigh the struggles, those with children in tow discover that…

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Research on mixed use of Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines to be conducted at Chulalongkorn University

The Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology of Chulalongkorn University’ Faculty of Medicine is to launch a research on the mixed use of Sinovac and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines, to be followed…

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In this April 1, 2021 photo provided by Dawei Watch news outlet, a man raises his hand with a clenched fist as he carries the coffin of 17-year old Kyaw Min Latt during a funeral procession in Dawei, Myanmar. Since the military seized control of Myanmar in a takeover on Feb. 1, more than 825 people have been killed _ well over two times the official tally _ according to watchdog group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. (Dawei Watch via AP)

73 Children Killed by Myanmar Junta Forces Since Coup

At least 73 children were killed by regime forces across Myanmar from Feb. 15 to May. 15, according to the Ministry of Human Rights of the National Unity Government (NUG)….

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Experts concerned more children are contracting COVID-19 in the latest wave

An expert in infectious diseases in children has expressed her concern that more children are catching COVID-19 from family members, while the COVID-19 vaccines for children are still under development….

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Thanya and Nittha Chan-o-cha during their younger days.

Life for children of leaders in trouble could be a challenge

Being children of a country’s leader is certainly not easy. Life for them at times can be tough with unwanted attention. And particularly in this online world, the challenges they…

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Des Moines Public Schools custodian Tracy Harris cleans a chair in a classroom at Brubaker Elementary School, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. School districts that plan to reopen classrooms in the fall are wrestling with whether to require teachers and students to wear face masks. In Iowa, among other places, where Democratic-leaning cities like Des Moines and Iowa City have required masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus, while smaller, more conservative communities have left the decision to parents. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Millions of kids told full return to school in fall unlikely

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Millions more children in the U.S. learned Friday that they’re unlikely to return to classrooms full time in the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic…

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Students arrives at their elementary school in Sendai, northern Japan, Friday morning, Feb. 28, 2020, a day after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s announcement. Abe asked all elementary, middle and high schools nationwide on Thursday to close until late March from March 2 to help control the spread of the new virus in the country. (Hironori Asakawa/Kyodo News via AP)

A mother who beats Thai’s education failure

Salinee Geasee, a native Thai speaker, successfully teaches her children to become bilingual kids. She started to speak English with them when they were 8-month-old, by talking to them only…

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Children used to smuggle un-milled rice from Cambodia into Thailand

Eight people were arrested Thursday night for hiring children to smuggle sacks of un-milled rice from Cambodia into Thailand in the eastern border province of Sa Kaew.   Acting on…

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