JOE BLACK: Parents should start children on path to active lifestyle

The Daily Times – Joe black

I happen to believe that sports are an essential component to a life well lived. A lot of that means participating in sports, but we also get a lot of pleasure in being spectators. Sometimes that’s all we can do. I’ll never ride in the Tour de France, but I like to watch it and keep up with it. Keeping up with sports and the game of the week is OK but don’t let it get in the way of your pursuit of good health and an active lifestyle. (more)

5 Tips to Manage Your Child’s Asthma

The U.S. News and World Report – Mary Elizabeth

For many children with asthma, coughing is an early warning sign of a flare-up, an expert says. Understanding asthma and knowing what to expect can help parents prevent or lessen the severity of asthma attacks, said Dr. Ronald Ferdman, a pediatric allergist-immunologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. (more)

Time to ban the sale of energy drinks to children, says senior doctor

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

It’s time to bring in laws to ban the sale of caffeinated energy drinks to children and young people in England to tackle the twin epidemics of obesity and mental health problems, argues Professor Russell Viner, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in The BMJ today. (more)

Children who are picky eaters still grow up healthy – new research

The Conversation – Caroline Taylor

If a standoff over vegetables at dinner is a daily hurdle with your child then good news parents – a picky toddler is still likely to grow up to be a normal weight and height. That’s according to new research from the University of Bristol’s Children of the 90s study. Researchers have struggled to agree on an exact definition of picky eating, or identify who picky eaters are – which makes it difficult to compare different studies and draw overall conclusions. (more)

Autistic children need the world to acknowledge the significance of the challenges they face

Medical X-Press – Nick Hodge

Autistic children are increasingly being suspended or expelled from school, because of “behavioural problems” official figures show. Some regions in the UK have seen a 100% increase in these types of exclusions since 2011. Research carried out by myself and colleagues at Sheffield Hallam University demonstrates the devastating consequences these exclusions have for disabled children and their families. (more)

Camping with kids, tips and tricks to make it fun for everyone

Now to Love – Rebel Wylie

There’s no doubt that a family camping adventure is the stuff that memories are made of. Children will always recall the fun and excitement of exploring the world with the freedom that comes from pitching a tent and having no demands on their time. (more)

Green space near home during childhood linked to fewer respiratory problems in adulthood

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Children who have access to green spaces close to their homes have fewer respiratory problems, such as asthma and wheezing, in adulthood, according to new research presented today (Wednesday) at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. In contrast, children who are exposed to air pollution are more likely to experience respiratory problems as young adults. (more)

Strength-based exercises could help child obesity fight, study finds

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Encouraging young people to do strength-based exercises—such as squats, push ups and lunges—could play a key role in tackling child obesity, research suggests. Taking part in exercises that cause muscles to contract, and strengthen muscles and bones, was found to reduce children’s body fat percentage. The findings also suggests an increase in muscle mass—gained from strength-based exercises—could help boost children’s metabolism and energy levels. (more)

Allergies, mental health problems and accident injuries: New data on child health

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

The Robert Koch Institute has published new data from the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents (KiGGS) on allergies, mental health problems and accident injuries. KiGGS is the only comprehensive study on the health of children and adolescents in Germany and an important database for evidence-based policy decisions. The ‘data for action’ of the current KiGGS wave were collected between 2014 and 2017 by physical examinations and interviews. The data can also be used for trend analyses by comparing them with data from the KiGGS baseline study, which was conducted between 2003 and 2006. The latest results are published in issue 3/2018 of the Journal of Health Monitoring. (more)