Four discipline techniques that work for toddlers and preschoolers

USA Today – Richard Peterson

When put to the test, it’s not quite as easy as you’d think to dole out effective discipline — especially when dealing with a strong-willed child. As young children develop independence and learn more about themselves and their environment, they can easily grow frustrated because they don’t always know how to communicate their feelings or how to think and act rationally. (more)

Obesity prevention among low-income, diverse preschool-aged children and parents

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Childhood obesity is a serious health problem and disproportionately affects children of lower income and racial/ethnic minorities. Contributing factors to childhood obesity include the neighborhood environment, social influences, economic factors, the home environment, parenting behaviors, and child behavioral and biological factors. Previous pediatric obesity prevention interventions have been less effective than expected, perhaps in part due to the multifaceted nature of the problem. (more)

Health Experts Are Concerned About Children’s Lack Of Exercise

Moms – Joanna Mazewski

With more kids spending time indoors rather than outdoors, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. There’s a new report that says health experts are worried about this generation of children and their lack of daily exercise. Apparently, more and more kids are spending their free time in front of their electronic devices than outside at playgrounds or with their friends. (more)

Childhood exercise can reverse negative health effects caused by father’s obesity

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Exercise in childhood has been shown to promote long-lasting health and can counteract the risk of developing diabetes that comes from having an obese father. That’s according to new research published in The Journal of Physiology. Insulin is a hormone that controls blood sugar levels and people with low insulin sensitivity do not respond to insulin as well as normal, which results in blood sugars levels increasing. This can lead to type 2 diabetes. (more)

Children spending hours a day in front of screens are at risk of ‘short-sightedness, obesity and CANCER’

The Daily Mail – Sam Blanchard

Spending too much time gawping at screens is making children more likely to be short-sighted, become overweight and get cancer, experts say. A review of 80 studies on more than 200,000 people has ranked smartphones and tablets alongside sugary drinks as one of the biggest risks for childhood obesity. Being overweight can lead to a dozen types of cancer, including breast, colon, kidney, liver, ovarian, pancreas and prostate. (more)

Researchers Have Concerning News About American Children’s Level Of Exercise

Shared – Moojan

A team of researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio have uncovered some startling information about the amount of exercise the average U.S. child gets in a week. According to the study, a majority of children are not getting the recommended amount of physical activity they need, and only 5% are meeting the goal of 60 minutes per day. While this may come as a surprise to some, not everyone will be shocked by these findings. (more)

Constipation in Kids: Seven signs and treatments you must know

Standard Media Davis Muli

Constipation in Kids is common and normal. Most of the times, you might miss out on the symptoms and signs if you are not keen with your little one. Most kids when experiencing constipation will experience some pain in the toile and the common causes include early toilet training and changes in diet. (more)

Study could help explain how childhood stress contributes to anxiety, depression

Medical X-Press Staff Writer

New research could help explain why stress early in life can create vulnerabilities to mood and anxiety disorders later on. The study, led by researchers at The Ohio State University, was presented Nov. 5 in San Diego at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting, and highlights the important role of mast cells. (more)

Nature or nurture: How do we end child obesity?

Medical X-Press Shaoni Bhattacharya

A smartphone app that challenges children to engage in healthy behaviour, and genetic studies that investigate risk factors for obesity, are taking a nature and nurture approach to tackling one of the biggest epidemics of our time – childhood obesity. (more)

Overweight kids often left in the dark about their high blood pressure

Medical X-Press Staff Writer

Pediatricians generally don’t address elevated blood pressures in overweight children during well-child visits. When they do broach the subject, their communication is often unclear, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2018. (more)