Health, Safety and Nutrition



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Childhood Obesity

Obese youth are more likely than youth of normal weight to become overweight or obese adults, and therefore more at risk for associated adult health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases.

Toddler Sun Hats with UV protection

It is now possible to buy sun hats for babies, which are made from material that is UPF50+ rated. The UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) indicates how much ultraviolet radiation is absorbed by the fabric. UPF50+ is the highest rating that can be applied to clothing and essentially means that the fabric blocks 98% of the suns harmful rays.

Baby Sunscreen

It used to be advised that you should not use sunscreen on babies less than six months old, but the American Academy of Pediatrics now states that sunscreen is probably safe to use on younger children, especially if you just use it on small areas of your baby's skin that is exposed to the sun and not protected by clothing, such as the infant's hands and face.

Screen time shocker: Kids' eyes show heart risk

New research shows that youngsters allowed to stay glued to a TV, computer, or video game have narrow retinal arteries - an anatomical  "marker" for increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes down the road. In order to lower kids' risk, parents would need to switch at least one hour of screen time with one hour of physical activity. By doing this, it would help boost the health of blood vessels. 

Pediatric Drug Research and Children

Most drugs prescribed for children have not been tested in children. Before the Food and Drug Administration initiated a pediatric program, only about 20 percent of drugs approved by the FDA were labeled for pediatric use. By necessity, doctors have routinely given drugs to children "off label," which means the drug has not been approved for use in children based on the demonstration of safety and efficacy in adequate, well-controlled clinical trials.

Childhood Diseases

Children are more susceptible to diseases for a number of reasons. The major reason for children's increased susceptibility is that they have had limited exposure to diseases and therefore haven't yet built the immunologic defenses required to fend off certain diseases. The environment plays an important role as well. Children in day care centers and in school pass infections around and then take them home and pass them to siblings and parents. This is a cycle that is difficult to break. Children also don't always practice good hygiene and that makes them both susceptible to as well as good transmitters of disease.

One the most important ways to prevent disease in your children is to make sure they receive recommended childhood immunizations. Although many of the vaccine-preventable diseases rarely occur in the U.S. today, the viruses and bacteria that cause those diseases still exist. Infectious diseases caused by those pathogens can occur in children who are not protected by vaccines and the pathogens can cause serious diseases and sometimes long-term medical consequences for children who become infected. Vaccines help prevent infectious diseases and save thousands of lives.

Physical Activity and Children

Increased physical activity has been associated with an increased life expectancy and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.  Physical activity produces overall physical, psychological and social benefits. Inactive children are likely to become inactive adults. The American Heart Association recommends that children and adolescents participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.