Posts Tagged ‘Child Health’

Gardening encourages healthy lifestyle among kids

Friday, February 7th, 2014

saf_03_240x240A new study has revealed that gardening, often considered to be an activity reserved for adults, is beneficial for children too and they can also reap the benefits of digging, raking, and weeding.

Researchers Sin-Ae Park, Ho-Sang Lee, Kwan-Suk Lee, Ki-Cheol Son, and Candice Shoemaker in South Korea said that the data can inform future development of garden-based programs that help engage children in physical activity and promote healthy lifestyles.

The research team studied 17 children as they engaged in 10 gardening tasks: digging, raking, weeding, mulching, hoeing, sowing seeds, harvesting, watering, mixing growing medium, and planting transplants.

The study was conducted in South Korea in two garden environments- a high tunnel, and an outdoor area. The children visited the gardens twice, and each child performed five different tasks during each visit.

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Top 3 risk factors for child obesity identified

Monday, January 20th, 2014

food02_240x240_jan20Researchers have identified the three most significant risk factors for child obesity among preschoolers: inadequate sleep, a parental BMI that classifies the mom or dad as overweight or obese, and parental restriction of a child’s eating in order to control his weight.

“We looked at 22 variables that had previously been identified as predictors of child obesity, and the three that emerged as strong predictors did so even as we took into account the influence of the other 19. Their strong showing gives us confidence that these are the most important risk factors to address,” Brent McBride from University of Illinois said.

The researcher said that these risk factors are malleable and provide a road map for developing interventions that can lead to a possible reduction in children’s weight status.

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Prenatal Exposure To Alcohol Disrupts Brain Development

Monday, December 16th, 2013

A new study has revealed that prenatal exposure to alcohol severely disrupts major features of brain development that potentially lead to increased anxiety and poor motor function, conditions typical in humans with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

The study by neuroscientists at the University of California, Riverside, discovered that prenatal exposure to alcohol significantly altered the expression of genes and the development of a network of connections in the neocortex- the part of the brain responsible for high-level thought and cognition, vision, hearing, touch, balance, motor skills, language, and emotion- in a mouse model of FASD.

Lead author of the study Kelly Huffman said if you consume alcohol when you are pregnant you can disrupt the development of your baby’s brain.

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Worst snacks for school going children!

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

India is currently suffering from vast problems of malnutrition among children. The term malnutrition does not mean thin, starved or under-fed children. Malnutrition is an umbrella term that encompasses both under and over nutrition.

According to UNICEF, under-nutrition is the cause of 50% under-five deaths in India. On the other hand, in Delhi alone, there are nearly 24.2% obese adolescent children. Obese children are not concentrated in public schools alone. The prevalence of obesity in adolescents is 29% in public schools and 11.1% in government schools.

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Catchy names can influence kids to eat more vegetables

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Using attractive names for healthy foods increases kid’s selection and consumption of these foods, a new study has found.

Researchers Brian Wansink, David Just, Collin Payne, and Matthew Klinger of Cornell university conducted a couple of studies to explore whether a simple change such as using attractive names would influence kid’s consumption of vegetables.

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In the first study, plain old carrots were transformed into “X-ray Vision Carrots.” 147 students ranging from 8-11 years old from 5 ethnically and economically diverse schools participated in tasting the cool new foods.
Lunchroom menus were the same except that carrots were added on three consecutive days. On the first and last days, carrots remained unnamed.

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How to boost your child’s immunity

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Got a health query? Ask our experts

It’s that time of the year again. The weather is changing and every other person you meet is nursing a cold or a fever. As your child sits in a class of many, he may be vulnerable to contagious diseases, as his immunity is not fully developed yet. These pointers will ensure that your child returns home happy and healthy!

Regarding illnesses

The old adage – ‘Starve a cold, feed a fever’ has no medical basis. If your child is ill, giving him home-cooked light and nutritious food is most important for his speedy recovery.

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Avoid allergens to prevent asthma: Dr. Asha Ajgaonkar

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Consulting Pediatrician and Neonatologist, Dr. Asha Ajgaonkar graduated from Seth G.S. Medical College & KEM Hospital, Mumbai.

She completed her post graduation from Wadia Children’s Hospital, Mumbai and has been practising as a pediatrician and neonatologist for the last 33 years.

Dr. Asha practises at her private clinic Jaya Child Care Clinic and specialises in the treatment of asthma in children.

The expert took time off her busy schedule to answer Sify readers’ questions on child health. Read the chat transcript here.

Dr. My son is 1yr 4 mnths old. I hv two problems. One, his weight is 7.5kgs. But active. Second, making him to eat is herculean task. Pl clarify, whether his weight is OK & how to increase his weight & is it normal at this age child resist to eat
If he was a normal full time baby weighing around 2.5-3kgs at birth, his weight should have been around 9 and a half kg by one year.. Stop using the bottle feeding. Reduce the intake of milk so that he starts eating. He should take only 2-3 milk feeds in a day.

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Kids of 40-plus moms are smarter

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Moms over 40 years take heart – your kids are not only healthier but also smarter than offspring of younger women and less likely to have accidents, a new study said.

Their kids will also develop a broader vocabulary from a young age and achieve higher scores in IQ tests in a range of measures up to the age of five, the study said.

The research is a rare piece of good news for the rising number of women who are delaying motherhood.
Previous studies have highlighted the growing infertility rates for older women and the greater risk of them developing diabetes and pre-eclampsia disorder. But the latest research seems to show gains for older mothers once they have given birth, possibly due to their greater experience and maturity.

The number of mothers who gave birth over the age of 40 increased in Britain from 15,000 in 2000 to 27,000 in 2010, the Daily Mail reported.

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Health news: Breastfeeding key to keeping infant gut healthy

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Breast-fed babies have healthier gut than formula-fed infants, thanks to the mother`s milk, which encouraged beneficial bugs to grow and protect the infants from illness and pathogens, says a study.

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‘Parents have to discipline the child to eat healthy’

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Dr. MD Shah has been Consulting Pediatrician and Pulmonologist at Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai for the last 38 years.

Also running a private practice, Dr Shah is advisor to the Indian Academy of Pediatrics.

This pediatrics expert is skilled at managing respiratory problems in children.

Dr. Shah took time off his busy schedule to answer Sify readers’ questions on child health in an exclusive chat. Read the complete transcript here.

Sir, My son age is 2 years. he is not drinking any milk. He is refusing to drink milk. He was drinking mothers milk properly and still he is asking for mother milk. please suggest any solution for this.
It appears that he is addicted to mother’s milk and so he is refusing the other milk.. stop breast feeding immediately and it should not be re started even if the child refuses to take any milk.. after a few months he shall get de addicted to breast feeding and will start taking other milk.. other milk could be combined by sugar, Bournvita, Horlicks,etc. to make it more palatable..

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