The Guardian – Lanre Bakare
A YouTube workout by the online fitness guru Joe Wicks has been livestreamed by more than a million people, as parents turn to alternative teaching methods to cope with their children not being able to attend school during the coronavirus outbreak. Wicks, who was due to start a tour of schools to promote fitness and healthy living this week, decided to livestream a daily workout instead, saying he wanted to become “the PE teacher for the nation” as the coronavirus forces more children indoors.
Medical X-Press – Aaron Milstone, M.d., M.h.s.
With all the sobering news about the new coronavirus and COVID-19, the disease the virus causes, worried moms and dads can feel better about one detail: At present, the disease seems to be much milder in babies and children. That said, there is currently no vaccine, so parents should do everything they can to protect children from getting it. Aaron Milstone, M.D., M.H.S., a pediatrician at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and an infectious disease expert at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, has some practical tips.
Medical X-Press – Emi Berry
Children who are bullied are at risk of experiencing poor outcomes for up to four decades after exposure. Today is National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA), a day where we can all take action together. Bullying can be physical, verbal and social. While offline bullying generally takes place at school, cyberbullying can be far more pervasive. It can happen anywhere, anytime and reach a much wider audience than offline bullying.
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Madison – Dr. Zorba Paster
I talk a lot about exercise – doing something to keep yourself in top health. And I chime in all the time about getting kids to go outdoors and kick the can, explore, play, imagine, join a team. Whatever it may be. When I talk about kids’ health or kids’ weight, I also think about kids’ mental health. First up, childhood depression. It’s far more common than we think because kids don’t show it the same way adults do.
Romper – Abi Berwarger Schreier
Snacks and toddlers seem to go hand-in-hand. Most parents try to make sure snacks are available to their kiddos whenever they ask for them to avoid another meltdown — the last thing they want is their little one getting hangry on top of their other extreme emotions. But should you set a routine snack time for your toddler, have bites readily available, or go by your child’s own cues?
Forbes – Tara Haelle
Data from more than 2,000 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases in Chinese children continue to show that school-age children and teens have a lower risk of severe disease from the novel coronavirus, according to a study published in Pediatrics March 17. This finding adds to previous research about milder infections in children.
Medical X-Press – Serena Gordon
Schools are closing. Sports and other activities have been cancelled. Everything is changing. In the midst of this chaos, how do parents keep kids from stressing too much? “For families, this is truly now hitting home,” said psychologist Robin Gurwitch, from Duke University and the Center for Child and Family Health, in Durham, N.C.
Moms – Diana Mtetwa
The coronavirus has touched every state within the United States. While some cases are obvious and people have classic symptoms, some do not. If these symptoms aren’t present, the carrier can still transmit the virus to other people. This is part of the reason that health officials are advising that every citizen keep to themselves as much as possible and only venture out when needed. The term that is being used to describe this isolation is called self-distancing.
Medical X-Press – Staff Writer
As social distancing policies come into play and schools progressively cancel sports, excursions and extra-curricular activities, UniSA experts are cautioning parents that filling this void with additional screen time could be detrimental to their children’s health. Leading children’s behavioral health expert, UniSA’s Associate Professor Carol Maher says while screens are a tempting distraction for children as their parents try to focus on work or other activities, the costs outweigh the benefits.
Medical X-Press – Staff Writer
Two new studies from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden underscore health risks associated with childhood obesity. Children with obesity have a three times higher risk of mortality in early adulthood compared with children in the general population and are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression. The findings, published in PLOS Medicine and BMC Medicine, highlight the need to identify specific risk factors for children with obesity and find preventative tools, according to the researchers.