Posts Tagged ‘parenting’

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.


Tips on being a perfect mum revealed

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Parenting is the most important job in the world, as shaping up a life depends on it.

Here are some tips that will help you become the “perfect mom”.

According to Parents India, You should know that your child is unique and that no book, article, parenting class or lecture will be able give you the exact answers for your child.

Taking in the information and then adapting accordingly to understand you kids better is the key to motherhood.

Be sure to follow your instincts, as you should be the one to know your child better than anyone else.

Mothers who don’t have the ‘mothering gene’ have internal warnings and insight to her child that no one else has.


Reasons why children need to meditate

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Think about it. How often would you tell your children not to study and just watch TV instead? Probably not too many times, right? Why, because you obviously want the best for them. And who other than you would know the best for your child?

You always want to give them the best of everything, be it clothes, education or food. You get them the best gifts on their birthdays and do whatever it takes to keep them happy, healthy and be successful in life.

And now it’s time to give them the best gift of their life – something which they will cherish lifelong and be grateful, for it will change their life for the better. A simple yet very effective technique called meditation – one of the most valuable skills we can teach our children.


Weekly exercise by pregnant moms boost babies’ brains

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

A new study has suggested when to-be-moms exercised for three 20-minute sessions a week, their babies’ brains showed more mature patterns of activity.

The findings have come from a randomised controlled trial in humans to show that a pregnant mother’s exercise routine can impact her baby’s brain.

Elise Labonte-LeMoyne at the University of Montreal, said that mother’s exercise also impacts their kid’s weight gain in life, the Guardian reported.

Women joined the research group in their first trimester and were randomly assigned to an exercise or a sedentary control group.

The 10 women in the exercise group cycled, walked, ran or swam for three short sessions a week. The eight women in other group were instructed not to exercise.


Premature babies run the risk of cerebral palsy: Dr.Anjana Thadhani

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Pediatrician, Dr.Anjana Thadhani, is the founder and director of Niramay Guidance Clinics. They are centers for assessment of behavioral, educational and psychological problems of children.

Her field of activities includes diagnosis and rehabilitation of children with growth delays, physical disabilities, dyslexia, autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, behavioral and academic problems and other related issues.

Dr.Thadhani answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

what is right age for admission in school ???
A child usually goes to nursery at 3yrs and 1st standard by 6 yrs. However most of the schools would have their age cut-off for admission.


Top 10 health and hygiene tips for kids

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Good habits are best inculcated at an early age. Here are the top 10 health and hygiene tips you should be teaching your kids.

Hygiene for most children translates into “wash your hands before eating your meal”. The fact is, there’s a lot more to hygiene than that. Below are some tips to inculcate in kids today that’ll make them healthier and less prone to infections.

Health and hygiene tips for kids

  1. Cleaning kids’ ears: Everyone’s ears produce wax but excess wax gets dried up and comes out on its own. Do not use ear buds to clean your child’s ears as you may damage the eardrum; instead, use a washcloth dipped in warm water to wipe the outside of the ears and also behind them.
  2. Brushing their teeth: Kids need to start brushing even before they start sprouting teeth. That means you need to start with a flexible finger brush (in which you slide your pointer) and brush with water. Toothpaste can be used only after a year when they can spit it out. Also, brushing twice a day is recommended with an emphasis on night brushing.
  3. Bathing your child: Some children hate having a bath. Bring their favourite toy in the bathtub, change to a mild baby shampoo, change the brand of soap – do whatever it takes to get them to like bath time. You could even promise them a treat after their bath, which may speed up the process considerably.
  4. Washing hands: Washing hands is something your child will end up doing many times a day so it is important to educate your child on when washing hands is a must. For example; after using the toilet, after reaching home from school and before eating anything. Remember to wash with a good soap or handwash liquid to get the germs out as plain water will not do the trick.
  5. Using a sanitizer: Sometimes when soap and water is unavailable, teach your child to whip out the handy bottle of sanitizer. Just squeeze a small amount on the palm, rub both surfaces of hands and there – clean and good smelling hands appear!
  6. Cleaning their private parts: Boys should be taught not try to retract the foreskin over the head of the penis. Just clean the exposed area with a mild soap and water. If you’re teaching your daughter to wipe herself with toilet paper after urinating, remember the right way of motion is from front to back and not the other way round.
  7. Wearing clean underwear: In hot weather or when the child is physically active, underwear may be required to be changed twice a day. Have enough underwear for your child keeping this in mind and inculcate the importance of clean underwear from a young age.
  8. Tipss for when your child has a cold: When your child has a runny nose, pin a handkerchief onto his shirt or stuff some tissues into his pockets. Nasal discharge can infect other children so it’s important to educate your child to wipe his nose whenever necessary and wash his hands often.
  9. Putting the toilet cover before flushing: When you flush the toilet, germs from your urine or poop could fly outside and contaminate your toothbrush, toothpaste or other items. Hence make it a habit to cover the toilet with the cover before flushing.
  10. Stopping bad habits: If your child sucks his thumb or rubs his eyes habitually, gently remove his thumb or fingers from the spot and distract him with his favourite toy or book. The longer he clings on to this behaviour, the harder it will be to get him to stop.


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.


Asthmatic children more likely to be bullied

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

British scientists have uncovered several factors, which include physical inactivity and sadness that could explain why children with asthma or any chronic medical condition are more likely to be bullied.

Researchers from the Derbyshire Children’s Hospital in Britain, used data from the large six-country “Room to Breathe” survey of childhood asthma, to look at the factors tied to an increased risk of bullying.

Parents and children aged seven years and above were interviewed for the study. Data was collected from 943 questionnaires which asked questions about conditions at home, lifestyle of parents and children and their overall experience of their condition.

The results revealed factors such as a reduced participation in sport and feelings of sadness were linked with bullying.


When kids’ temper tantrums are signs of mental health problems

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

In a new study, researchers have given parents and professionals a new tool to know when to worry about young children’s misbehaviour.

Researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have developed an easy-to-administer questionnaire specifically designed to distinguish the typical misbehaviour of early childhood from more concerning misbehaviour.

This will enable early identification and treatment of emerging mental health problems, key to preventing young children struggling with their behaviour from spiralling downward into chronic mental health problems.

The new tool also will prevent rampant mislabelling and overtreatment of typical misbehaviour.

In a surprising key finding, the study also debunks the common belief that temper tantrums are rampant among young children.


Parents ‘afraid to discuss weight issues with kids’

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

As many as two out of three parents don’t talk to their children about their weight, fearing that it will lead to them getting an eating disorder.

A recent survey revealed that more than a third of parents (37 per cent) feel that talking to their children about their weight might lower their self-esteem. Two in five parents have tried to do so, but almost half of those who had an overweight or obese child said it was an ‘unhelpful experience’ for the family, the Daily Mail reported.

The findings come from a survey conducted by the healthy lifestyles organisation Mend (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do it!) and the Netmums parenting website to mark National Childhood Obesity Week.

More than 1,000 parents with a child aged five to 16 responded to Netmums’ Let’s Talk About Weight survey, with one in six (15 per cent) reporting that their child was overweight.


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