Siblings Can Now Keep You Fit: Keep Them 2 to 4 Years Apart

Siblings are a company for life. What is benefitin is that having a brother or sister can help in improving several health aspects of a child in addition to keeping them in good shape, researchers say. Siblings that are born before a child reaches his/her first grade or when they are 2 to 4 years old was found to be associated with healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) when they reach their first grade. A research has found that children who did not have a sibling by the time they were in their first grade were thrice more likely to be obese than those who had one. The study was done on 697 children in US by University of Michigan. Younger siblings provide the benefit “Research suggests that having younger siblings — compared with having older or no siblings — is associated with a lower risk of being overweight. However, we have very little information about how the birth of a sibling may shape obesity risk during childhood,” says senior author Julie Lumeng, M.D., a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at U-M’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.Like us on Facebook Pixabay Cognitive Health Of A Child Depends On The Number Of Siblings During these times when childhood obesity is posing its own dangers on health of future adults, the present study gives a respite. Though the experts agree that more studies are needed to confirm the correlations and how it may benefit people in giving birth to and raising healthier children. One of the explanations given to this correlation is that with the birth of the younger sibling, the elder ones involve themselves in more activities and spend less time in front of TV or other gadget screens. “Childhood obesity rates continue to be a great cause of concern. If the birth of a sibling changes behaviors within a family in ways that protect against obesity, these may be patterns other families can try to create in their own homes. Better understanding the potential connection between a sibling and weight may help health providers and families create new strategies for helping children grow up healthy,” said Lumeng, who works with U-M’s School of Public Health and Center for Human Growth and Development. Photo: Pixabay, Pixabay

Siblings Can Now Keep You Fit: Keep Them 2 to 4 Years Apart

Siblings are a company for life. What is benefitin is that having a brother or sister can help in improving several health aspects of a child in addition to keeping them in good shape, researchers say. Siblings that are born before a child reaches his/her first grade or when they are 2 to 4 years old was found to be associated with healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) when they reach their first grade. A research has found that children who did not have a sibling by the time they were in their first grade were thrice more likely to be obese than those who had one. The study was done on 697 children in US by University of Michigan. Younger siblings provide the benefit “Research suggests that having younger siblings — compared with having older or no siblings — is associated with a lower risk of being overweight. However, we have very little information about how the birth of a sibling may shape obesity risk during childhood,” says senior author Julie Lumeng, M.D., a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at U-M’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.Like us on Facebook Pixabay Cognitive Health Of A Child Depends On The Number Of Siblings During these times when childhood obesity is posing its own dangers on health of future adults, the present study gives a respite. Though the experts agree that more studies are needed to confirm the correlations and how it may benefit people in giving birth to and raising healthier children. One of the explanations given to this correlation is that with the birth of the younger sibling, the elder ones involve themselves in more activities and spend less time in front of TV or other gadget screens. “Childhood obesity rates continue to be a great cause of concern. If the birth of a sibling changes behaviors within a family in ways that protect against obesity, these may be patterns other families can try to create in their own homes. Better understanding the potential connection between a sibling and weight may help health providers and families create new strategies for helping children grow up healthy,” said Lumeng, who works with U-M’s School of Public Health and Center for Human Growth and Development. Photo: Pixabay, Pixabay

Siblings Can Now Keep You Fit: Keep Them 2 to 4 Years Apart

Siblings are a company for life. What is benefitin is that having a brother or sister can help in improving several health aspects of a child in addition to keeping them in good shape, researchers say. Siblings that are born before a child reaches his/her first grade or when they are 2 to 4 years old was found to be associated with healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) when they reach their first grade. A research has found that children who did not have a sibling by the time they were in their first grade were thrice more likely to be obese than those who had one. The study was done on 697 children in US by University of Michigan. Younger siblings provide the benefit “Research suggests that having younger siblings — compared with having older or no siblings — is associated with a lower risk of being overweight. However, we have very little information about how the birth of a sibling may shape obesity risk during childhood,” says senior author Julie Lumeng, M.D., a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at U-M’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.Like us on Facebook Pixabay Cognitive Health Of A Child Depends On The Number Of Siblings During these times when childhood obesity is posing its own dangers on health of future adults, the present study gives a respite. Though the experts agree that more studies are needed to confirm the correlations and how it may benefit people in giving birth to and raising healthier children. One of the explanations given to this correlation is that with the birth of the younger sibling, the elder ones involve themselves in more activities and spend less time in front of TV or other gadget screens. “Childhood obesity rates continue to be a great cause of concern. If the birth of a sibling changes behaviors within a family in ways that protect against obesity, these may be patterns other families can try to create in their own homes. Better understanding the potential connection between a sibling and weight may help health providers and families create new strategies for helping children grow up healthy,” said Lumeng, who works with U-M’s School of Public Health and Center for Human Growth and Development. Photo: Pixabay, Pixabay

Birth Month Can Increase Risk Of ADHD In Children

A child’s birth month plays a role in a child’s risk for ADHD diagnosis.  Babies born in August are more likely to be diagnosed for ADHD according to Taiwan researchers. It’s not always easy to tell if a child has ADHD since there is no single test for early detection.  Toddlers tend to have difficulty paying attention.  After all, they are kids.  And that makes diagnosing ADHD a complicated task. Researchers found that preschool and school-age children who were born in August were more susceptible to be diagnosed with ADHD and eventually will be receiving medication as compared to their peers born in September. The study published on March 10 in The Journal of Pediatrics looked at the data from more than 370,000 children with ages between 4 and 17 years old. As we know, August is the cut-off month for the entrance to school in the country and children born on this month resulted to a higher risk of receiving an ADHD diagnosis than the children born in September.Like us on Facebook mulanHow Your Birthday Tells If You Are Healthy Or Not The difference of a few months in a child’s age revealed a major impact on behavior and understanding of a child.  In the classroom, there are some who might act too hyperactive than their classmates.  They are often diagnosed with ADHD but it might be that they are not yet mature like their classmates or a little too young for their grade.  We wonder then why the time of birth increases ADHD diagnosis.  An immature child, being compared to his classmates will more likely display inattentiveness, impulsive and even hyperactive symptoms.  Apparently, this will affect their performance in school and consequently, teachers refer them to doctors for evaluation.  This may influence them to being diagnosed with ADHD only to realize that they are not yet mature like the children on the same grade. The study however made it clear that the findings may have more impact on the younger children than with the adolescents because the increasing age and maturity of a child lessens the impact of birth month in diagnosing ADHD. Photo: mulan, Liricia Aragao

Chickenpox Vaccine: Double Doses Give Better Protection?

Chickenpox vaccine is more effective when given in double doses than a single one, says a new study. Researchers say that the vaccine when given at the age of 1 and later between ages 4 and 6 is seen to be foolproof measure against the disease. Chickenpox vaccine when given in two doses was seen to be effective even against the moderate to severe bouts of the disease that usually require hospital admissions. “A second dose of varicella [chickenpox] vaccine provides school-aged children with better protection against the chickenpox virus, compared to one dose alone or no vaccination,” said lead researcher Dana Perella, of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Chickenpox vaccine has been extremely effective A US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chickenpox can be extremely contagious if you are not vaccinated or have had the disease before. The disease is manifested thru rashes like blisters across the body surface and can be itchy.Like us on Facebook Pixabay Unvaccinated Children Pose A Public Health Risk The researchers compared the data of 125 kids who had chickenpox with other 408 kids who had never had chickenpox. It was found that kids who had taken the double dose were protected up to 97 percent from the disease. “With improved protection provided by two-dose varicella vaccination compared with one dose only, continued decreases in the occurrence of chickenpox, including more severe infections and hospitalizations, are expected as more children routinely receive two doses between the ages of 4 and 6 years,” Perella said. Though single dose had been found effective when the vaccine began to be given as routine since 1995, several cases did continue to erupt. The double dose has been found to be more effective. This also provides protection to kids who do not have a very sturdy immune system and cannot be vaccinated otherwise against chickenpox, say the experts. Besides, the vaccine has helped in significant fall in cases and deaths due to the disease in the last two decades. Photo: Wikimedia, Pixabay

Chickenpox Vaccine: Double Doses Give Better Protection?

Chickenpox vaccine is more effective when given in double doses than a single one, says a new study. Researchers say that the vaccine when given at the age of 1 and later between ages 4 and 6 is seen to be foolproof measure against the disease. Chickenpox vaccine when given in two doses was seen to be effective even against the moderate to severe bouts of the disease that usually require hospital admissions. “A second dose of varicella [chickenpox] vaccine provides school-aged children with better protection against the chickenpox virus, compared to one dose alone or no vaccination,” said lead researcher Dana Perella, of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Chickenpox vaccine has been extremely effective A US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chickenpox can be extremely contagious if you are not vaccinated or have had the disease before. The disease is manifested thru rashes like blisters across the body surface and can be itchy.Like us on Facebook Pixabay Unvaccinated Children Pose A Public Health Risk The researchers compared the data of 125 kids who had chickenpox with other 408 kids who had never had chickenpox. It was found that kids who had taken the double dose were protected up to 97 percent from the disease. “With improved protection provided by two-dose varicella vaccination compared with one dose only, continued decreases in the occurrence of chickenpox, including more severe infections and hospitalizations, are expected as more children routinely receive two doses between the ages of 4 and 6 years,” Perella said. Though single dose had been found effective when the vaccine began to be given as routine since 1995, several cases did continue to erupt. The double dose has been found to be more effective. This also provides protection to kids who do not have a very sturdy immune system and cannot be vaccinated otherwise against chickenpox, say the experts. Besides, the vaccine has helped in significant fall in cases and deaths due to the disease in the last two decades. Photo: Wikimedia, Pixabay

Jared Fogle Gets Beaten By A Jail Inmate: Child Abuse Not Acceptable

Jared Fogle, the ex-Subway restaurants’ spokesman who has been in jail for past four months was beaten down by an inmate in the federal prison, according to a report in TMZ. Jared Fogle was pronounced a term of 15 years and eight months after he pleaded guilty for exchanging and possessing child ography and involving in with minor children. According to the reports, Jared was charged by another inmate named Steven Nigg who claims to hate child molesters. Nigg is said to have hit Fogle hard bruising his face and giving him a bloody nose. Jared Fogle has maintained ‘no child abuse’ Though Jared and his lawyers had always maintained during interrogation that he had never touched or harmed a child or abused them, people using child ography are usually said to hold a bent for child abuse.Like us on Facebook Flickr Art Therapy: Helping Young Ones Recover From ual Abuse Meanwhile, child ography leaves a scar on children who are used to create the videos. They mostly are victims of ual abuse by a person who records the act and then they are resorted to shame every time the content is shared. Besides, such children have confessed to lose a lot while growing up as they tend to lose all their self-esteem and also have problems in entering into and maintaining ual relations as adults. Not just the children, child ography is harmful to people or reflects their personal trait as they view them for their entertainment. It is said that viewing child ography is a reflection of a person’s ual inclination and desires. The offenders in child ual abuse are said to view such content before perpetrating such crimes. The more a content is viewed and practiced, the more the person is said to become insensitive to getting involved in such acts. So, it is not uncommon to find people who do not regret their acts of having abused children. This could be the beginning of a pedophile having been born. Photo: Pixabay, Flickr

Medicine Poisoning Sends 60,000 Kids to ER in US Every Year

Medicine poisoning is not uncommon. But the magnitude at which it happens will surprise you. Each year about 60,000 kids in United states are rushed to the emergency rooms due to this accident, says the report. Accidental medicine poisoning is more of a negligence issue on the part of parents than mere accident. The fact that every minute the poison control cell receives a call about a child having taken inappropriate medicine speaks volumes about the issue. “We want parents and caregivers to remember that the first line of defense in preventing medicine poisoning is the family,” said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. Medicine poisoning usually results due to storage lapses The increasing rate at which people buy and hoard medication at homes also calls for them to be extra conscious while storing them, especially when there are small children at home, opines Carr.Like us on Facebook According to her, though education efforts are making people more aware, the responses need to be consistent and progress to reducing the cases further. Pixabay Lead Poisoning – Important Facts “Since Safe Kids and industry and government partners started getting the word out to parents about the importance of keeping kids safe around medicine, the number of ER visits has steadily declined. But there are still too many kids getting into medicine, so education needs to continue to be a priority for all,” she added. As per Carr, the age group that is at highest risk of not only ingesting but also getting severe negative side effects of the medicine are between 1 and 2 years. The kids in this age form the highest chunk to arrive at the emergency rooms and comprise about 70 percent of the cases. Parents and grandparents need to be extra careful in storing their medicines as the toddlers manage to find them in every nook and cranny. Besides, the kids can even overdose with their own medication and can harm themselves. So, it is important to keep a track of the dosage there too. Photo Source: Pixabay, Pixabay

Giving Antibiotics Before Age 2 May Increase Childhood Obesity Risk By 25%

Giving three or more courses of antibiotics to children before the age of 2 has been found to potentially increase the risk of early childhood obesity. A new study shows early exposure to antibiotics can promote a 1.2 percent absolute and 25 percent relative increase in obesity risk. The study, published in the journal Gastroenterology, supports the theory that antibiotics can affect the gut microbiome’s composition and function, which could promote higher risk of obesity in children. This effect of antibiotics has already been seen in livestock and animal models. “Antibiotics have been used to promote weight gain in livestock for several decades, and our research confirms that antibiotics have the same effect in humans,” said Dr Frank Irving Scott, assistant professor of medicine at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora. However, Scott noted they aim not to suggest that antibiotics should not be used when necessary. The researchers said they want to encourage physicians and parents to “think twice about antibiotic usage in infants in the absence of well-established indications.”Like us on Facebook Antibiotic Resistance: Why Half Of The Children Are At Risk? The findings come from the assessment of the link between antibiotic exposure before age 2 years and obesity at age 4 years in a large population-representative group study in the UK. In the US, an estimated 49 million pediatric outpatient visits each year tend to be prescribed with antibiotics. In these prescriptions, over 10 million each year are written for children without clear indication, the researchers said. They added that antibiotics are being commonly prescribed even with the increased awareness of the societal risks of antibiotic resistance, as well as other risks, such as inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune conditions, and dermatologic, allergic and infectious complications. The researchers said further study is needed to see if the increased obesity risk due to early antibiotics exposure would remain during adolescence and young adulthood. The team also wants to identify if early antibiotic usage would lead to later-onset obesity, and to determine if specific classes of antibiotics are more strongly associated with subsequent obesity. Photo Source: Pixabay, Pixabay

Giving Antibiotics Before Age 2 May Increase Childhood Obesity Risk By 25%

Giving three or more courses of antibiotics to children before the age of 2 has been found to potentially increase the risk of early childhood obesity. A new study shows early exposure to antibiotics can promote a 1.2 percent absolute and 25 percent relative increase in obesity risk. The study, published in the journal Gastroenterology, supports the theory that antibiotics can affect the gut microbiome’s composition and function, which could promote higher risk of obesity in children. This effect of antibiotics has already been seen in livestock and animal models. “Antibiotics have been used to promote weight gain in livestock for several decades, and our research confirms that antibiotics have the same effect in humans,” said Dr Frank Irving Scott, assistant professor of medicine at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora. However, Scott noted they aim not to suggest that antibiotics should not be used when necessary. The researchers said they want to encourage physicians and parents to “think twice about antibiotic usage in infants in the absence of well-established indications.”Like us on Facebook Antibiotic Resistance: Why Half Of The Children Are At Risk? The findings come from the assessment of the link between antibiotic exposure before age 2 years and obesity at age 4 years in a large population-representative group study in the UK. In the US, an estimated 49 million pediatric outpatient visits each year tend to be prescribed with antibiotics. In these prescriptions, over 10 million each year are written for children without clear indication, the researchers said. They added that antibiotics are being commonly prescribed even with the increased awareness of the societal risks of antibiotic resistance, as well as other risks, such as inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune conditions, and dermatologic, allergic and infectious complications. The researchers said further study is needed to see if the increased obesity risk due to early antibiotics exposure would remain during adolescence and young adulthood. The team also wants to identify if early antibiotic usage would lead to later-onset obesity, and to determine if specific classes of antibiotics are more strongly associated with subsequent obesity. Photo Source: Pixabay, Pixabay