From flossing to booster seats: 10 must-dos for your child’s health

Si Live – Ann Marie Barron

It’s harder than ever to keep your kids on a healthy track these days, with digital entertainment keeping them sedentary and fast food tempting them at every corner. But it can be done, experts say, if parents follow a few tried-and-true suggestions. Parents are encouraged to make occasional compromises, but stay firm about nutrition, routine medical care and avoiding risky behaviors.

What can you do with all the creations of your child?

Thrive Global – Vimi Jain

If we had to keep all the drawings, craft works and hobby projects done by our children, it would be a clutter of humungous proportions. Every parent’s foreboding is how to dispose them without raising any red flags. Each creation is the child’s favourite, however ‘disposable’ it might have become! Now if we turn around the board and look at it from the child’s point of view, what they want is:

Sneaky ways to get your kids eating healthier

The Signal – Staff Writer

Every parent knows it can be a challenge to get kids to eat healthy foods. Serving piles of vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins might be our goal, but it might not guarantee that children will actually eat them. Registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner offers tips for upping the nutrients in family meals without your kids suspecting a thing.

Bullying Kids about Their Weight May Be Making Them Gain More

The Great Courses – Jonny Lupsha

It’s hard enough convincing ourselves to eat right and hit the gym, but the earlier we learn those behaviors and keep to the patterns of healthy foods and regular exercise, the more likely we are to live longer, happier lives. It’s beneficial to properly encourage physical education and development in our children as early as infancy.

By Age 9, Many Kids Stop Exercising for Fun

Pysch Central – Traci Pedersen

Around age 9, many children stop engaging in physical activity just for the fun of it, according to a new Swiss study published in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise. Researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, followed 1,200 Geneva students ages 8 to 12 for two years. The team discovered that from the age of 9, the more positive, internally-driven reasons for exercising — it’s fun and good for your health — begin to get replaced with outside incentives: to get a good grade or improve one’s image with other people.

Researchers warn: junk food could be responsible for the food allergy epidemic

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Experts at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition are today presenting the results of a study that show higher levels of advanced glycation end products (AGEs), found in abundance in junk food, are associated with food allergy in children. Researchers from the University of Naples ‘Federico II’ observed three groups of children aged between 6-12 years old (61 children in total): those with food allergies, those with respiratory allergies, and healthy controls.

Do you ‘bubble wrap’ your kids?

Echo Live – Mary Rose McCarthy

AS much as we would like to safely bubble wrap our children and protect them from the pains of this world, in the end they will grow up to be much more successful, well-adjusted, happy adults if we help them deal with the hurdles and setbacks that happen in any life. If young people learn to cope with the downsides of life, they will equally learn to enjoy the good times even more.

The key to good mental health? Physical activity

TES – Tara Porter

When talking about the importance of ensuring mental health provision in schools, how often do we look to the PE department for answers? It may come as a surprise, but I believe that PE teachers can hold responsibility not just for physical health, but for mental health too. There is a growing body of research emerging about the positive impact physical activity has on mental wellbeing. Indeed, we might surmise that finding a sport, exercise or some physical activity that young people will love and take part in for life, might be the singular most important thing a school can do to ensure a young person leads a mentally-well life.

Is my child being too clingy and how can I help?

The Conversation – Elizabeth Westrupp

Many parents complain of difficulties in managing clingy children – whether it’s a baby who cries every time the parent is out of sight, a toddler who clings to their parent’s legs at social events, or a primary school kid who doesn’t want their parents to go out for dinner without them. “Clinginess” refers to a child who has a strong emotional or behavioural reaction to being separated from their parent.

A home-based weight management program benefits both children and parents

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Obese children are four times more likely to become obese adults making childhood obesity a significant health threat. A new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found the Developing Relationships that Include Values of Eating and Exercise (DRIVE) curriculum mitigated weight gain in at-risk children as well as prompting their parents to lose weight.