Realistic Ways to Beat Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity has turned into a tragic epidemic spreading across the globe, from East to West. Sadly, this problem, which is actually avoidable for most often goes unaddressed, thus resulting in various undesirable complications like diabetes and very poor body image for the affected kids.

If you wish to help your child avoid the problem of obesity, or want to help yours shed all the unhealthy extra pounds, perhaps then one of the best people to inspire your efforts would be children who are constantly hungry due to a disorder called Prader Willi Syndrome. In the past having PWS meant that obesity was inevitable, but now, with families on the watch and the kids themselves doing their part to beat this disease, you will find plenty of inspiring individuals who are still able to maintain a healthy weight and keep their bodies fit.

So what can we learn from them? What are the things that they do, and anyone can realistically adopt, to beat childhood obesity?

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Cavities On Children

In a study that was recently done, more than half of the children (third grade) have cavities/tooth decay. This has a lot to do with children not being educated on how to properly care for their teeth. Though it is already a given that brushing your teeth should be done regularly, beyond that; the children know nothing more. Another reason for this large percentage of children are suffering from it is also the food that they eat. If there is no control over sweet food like candies, chocolates, gummy bears, soda, etc, that kids are really in to are not good for the teeth.

55 percent of Minnesota third-graders surveyed in 2010 had cavities and this rate will only be higher if people do not take the issue seriously. Good thing the Minnesota Department of Health has now produced an oral health plan and it is all about improving the oral health of children.

 

Cholesterol in Kids


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More and more kids these days have high cholesterol level. It is an alarming truth that pediatricians all over the world are taking preventive measure and public awareness in dealing with growing number of children affected with high cholesterol. The American Academy of Pediatrics immediately issued guidelines to alert parents to take steps in preventing rise of cholesterol levels. It is recommended that kids who are overweight, suffering from hypertension, diabetes and heart diseases between 2 to 10 years old, be tested. Switching to low fat milk may be necessary for children who have high cholesterol. Parents are advised to encourage these children to engage in diet plans and exercise. And in worst case scenarios, they may even have to drink cholesterol medications like statins.

Most Common Childhood Diseases

 

If you are a new parent, it is likely that you get a mini heart attack every time your baby or child gets sick. To make you feel better, a child getting sick is one of the most common things in the world. Like for example, chicken pox. If you notice that your child is feeling extra itchy, getting red spots everywhere, and has fever then chances are, your child has chicken pox.

This is common occurrence during a child’s first decade. To reduce the uncomfortable itching, go to the doctor and they will likely prescribe anti-histamine or calamine lotion. For fever, a normal paracetamol will work. The trick here is to avoid scratching because it will lead to scarring. This can last for a good 10 days, if the fever doesn’t stop after 10 days, go get your kid checked by a doctor.

Chicken pox is highly contagious during the first week but if you’ve had it before then there’s no need to worry.

 

Danger Danger Everywhere

risksThe dangers to your child comes from all angles and there might be little you can do against these nasties and worrisome substances than to be sure they have all their vaccines and teaching them best how to be hygienic even on their own. From the school bus that may not have been disinfected for years, to the germs that can be spread through them and even the bright yellow paint which may contain lead, and it doesn’t end there. In school germs are everywhere, in the toys, the bathroom the cafeteria and almost all other places. So what can we do to protect our children form these dangerous substances and germs? Proper hygiene such as washing hands and covering their mouths when somebody on the bus is sick or might be getting. The school bus being the daily mode of commute for several hundred children each and everyday can get so dirty that germs, viruses and many other infectious materials may be left behind ready to catch a ride onto your child.
A healthy child is the best defense with proper diet and nutrition, they develop strong immune systems enough to do daily battle with the nasties. Immunization is also a key to preventing debilitating diseases, for they allow the body to cope with some of the most common illnesses. Simple acts such as washing their hands, using sanitizers and more are effective and do check with the school if their grounds are well disinfected from the trash cans to the corridors, floors and ceilings. All those areas can be host to millions of bacteria that if not properly dealt with can cause illness. Even the air conditioning system in scholl can spread airborne viruses, bacteria, dust and many other contaminants, spreading it like wildfire through the whole school. If any notices are being given by the school regarding a spreading flu, then you as parent have the right to deny school for that period till the outbreak dissipates and the kids are back to their own energetic lives.

Croup

 

One of the most common childhood illness experienced all over the world is croup. It is a condition that causes a child’s larynx and trachea to inflame. The larynx is the voice box while the trachea is the windpipe. This is caused by different viruses called human parainfluenza or respiratory syncytial virus or adenovirus.

What are the signs and symptoms?

  • heavy cough
  • rough noise when breathing
  • heavy breathing
  • course voice
  • runny nose
  • fever

Symptoms are actually worse at night and can wake a child up from sleep.

Treatment for croup

  • breathing moist air helps with the breathing.
  • dress in warmer clothing
  • drink a lot of water
  • avoid places where people smoke
  • if symptoms get worse, go and see a doctor
  • low dose of ibuprofen will help

The illness can last as long as seven days. It peaks on the 2nd to 3rd day. It is very seldom that a child suffering from croup will have complications.

Scoliosis

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Spines usually have a natural curve that round the shoulders, but some people have spines that curve sideways. This condition is called scoliosis, a condition that occurs during childhood before pubrty, on girls more often than boys. On an X-ray, the spine usually as an S or C shape rather than a straight line. Children who are developing scoliosis usually have uneven shoulders, uneven waists, elevated hips, and prominent shoulder blades. The cause of childhood scoliosis is generally unknown and can be found in healthy children.
There are three treatment options for scoliosis. An orthopedic brace can be used to keep it from getting worse. Children who wear braces can still participate in social and physical activities. Surgery is done on very severe cases or when a brace does not fix the curve. Electrical muscle stimulation or exercise programs have not been proven to be effective scoliosis treatments.

Protecting your Child from Allergens

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A lot of doctors normally treat allergies with different medications. However, some allergies are curable by easier remedies and even prevention. Parents can try the following general tips to reduce the allergy triggers in their homes:

1) Use air conditioners. Pollen and mold are the most common allergens found outside and using air-conditioning units to cool your house, rather than opening your windows that can let allergens indoors, can minimize having these allergy triggers.
2) Avoid entering a room which has been recently cleaned since dust accumulates in the air after cleaning.
3) If you have a garden in your house, make sure that all windows facing the garden are always closed.

Head Lice

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Head lice are also known as pediculus humanus capitis and are parasites that live on the heads of people. Anyone who comes within close contact with someone infested with head lice is at risk of getting it. Pre-school and elementary age children get infested most easily, girls more often than boys. Cleanliness at home or personal hygiene has nothing to do with getting infested with head lice.

The first step in treating a head lice infestation is to give him or her over the counter or prescription medicine such as pediculicide according to the instruction leaflet. Two days before treatment, wash the beddings and any clothing used by the infected child. Head lice that have fallen off a person’s head cannot survive for long. To avoid a reinfestation, clean the house by vacuuming the furniture and floor and washing all beddings.

Kawasaki Disease

 

Majority of people has probably never heard of this disease, Kawasaki syndrome is a rare childhood disease with no definite known cause. It was discovered by a doctor in Japan named Tomisaku Kawasaki in the 1960s. This illness strikes a lot in Japan compared to any other countries in the world. In the United States, around 4,000 children five years old and below are hospitalized for this disease.

Symptoms:

  • redness in the eyes
  • sore throat
  • rash on the genitals, stomach and chest
  • chapped lips
  • swollen lymph glands
  • persistent fever that lasts for 5 days
  • swollen palm
  • feet with unusual purplish color

After the first phase when the fever begins and subsides, there will be peeling on both hands and feet. This disease, though rare, can be a serious case because it can cause the vessels of the heart to get inflamed which can then cause to a damaged heart. Kawasaki is treated with high doses of drugs prescribed by doctor.