#WorldObesityDay: ‘A full proof meal plan to combat childhood obesity’

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. Children who are obese are above the normal weight for their age and height. Given below are healthy eating habits that you can include in your day to day life

#WorldObesityDay: ‘A full proof meal plan to combat childhood obesity’While passing by a school or a college, as an observer, I found that six out of ten young children and adolescents are obese. Even those who do not look obese or rather thin also carry high body fat – the unhealthiest tissue of the body; additionally very less muscle mass- the healthiest tissue of […]

Sleep deprivation can cause obesity in children and teenagers

Sleep is especially important for children and young adults, and yet another study has reinforced the idea that sleep deprivation in youths is associated with obesity later in life. The new research shows that poor sleep precedes weight problems, and therefore may be a risk factor of obesity and not a consequence

Sleep deprivation can cause obesity in children and teenagersChildren who get less than the recommended amount of sleep for their age are at a higher risk of developing obesity. Research at the University of Warwick has found that children and adolescents who regularly sleep less than others of the same age gain more weight when they grow older and are more likely to […]

Gadgets in your bedroom are drastically affecting your kid’s sleep hygiene

72% of all children and 89% of teens have at least one device in their sleep environment

Gadgets in your bedroom are drastically affecting your kid’s sleep hygieneThese days, teachers often face classrooms filled with yawning students who stayed up late snapping selfies or playing online games. For children and teens, using cell phones, tablets and computers at night is associated with losing sleep time and sleep quality, new research finds. Even children who don’t use their phones or the other technologies […]

Decoding the effect of gaming addiction on children’s health

Dr Parul Tank, a consultant psychiatrist from Fortis Hospital, Mulund, shares how excessive gaming can impact your child’s health both positively and negatively and what should a parent do

Decoding the effect of gaming addiction on children’s healthHave we ever considered gaming addition as a mental health issue? Maybe not, with a hope that this phase will pass, we usually brush it under the carpet. Excessive gaming, like any other activity, has its impact. Video games started off as a way for kids to pass the time, back in the 50’s, but […]

Playing outdoors can be beneficial to your child’s eyesight

More time outdoors had a protective effect and reduced the chances that a child would go on to need myopic refractive correction in the future. The size of the effect was impressive

Playing outdoors can be beneficial to your child’s eyesightThe ready availability of technology may make the children of today faster at configuring a new smartphone, but does all of that screen time affect the development of their eyes? While conventional wisdom dictates that children should do less up-close viewing, sit farther from the television and perhaps even wear their eyeglasses less, we have […]

Five tiffin box ideas for your child

Swati Bhushan, Chief Clinical Nutritionist, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, shares five ways to give your child a healthy and a nutritious lunch box

Five tiffin box ideas for your childMany times, kids turn fussy when it comes to eating their lunch boxes. Sometimes, they come home with a half-eaten or untouched lunch box. Snacks in a lunch box should comprise of healthy, and nutritious components. However, making them compelling is the priority. In observance of National Nutrition Week, let’s look at five super easy […]

Accidents just happen, do they?

Dr Mohammed Shakeel, HOD-Emergency and Trauma, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan, shares how little, unattended things can lead to some serious mishaps, how to prevent them? And how and what to do during such instances

Accidents just happen, do they?Accidents are the main reason for injuries and sometimes death amongst the children. As a fact, the place, that people feel the safest, their house, hide various hazards; the prime cause is sheer negligence. A minor distraction can lead to some serious injuries, many accidents, that happen in and around the home can be avoided. […]

Depression and anxiety during pregnancy can affect babies’ brains

While pregnant, the stress hormones and other physiological consequences of depression and anxiety that circulate in the mother’s system are also picked up by the developing foetus, through the placenta and in the womb. This can alter the way a baby’s stress system develops

Depression and anxiety during pregnancy can affect babies’ brainsWomen with depression and anxiety during pregnancy may be more likely to have babies with altered brain development that might be linked to behaviour problems later in childhood, a small study suggests. Researchers asked 101 women to complete questionnaires about depression and anxiety symptoms during their third trimester of pregnancy. Overall, six mothers had symptoms […]

Choking hazard: Avoid giving your kids these foods to prevent risk of choking

An Australian blogger recently posted a photo on Facebook that apparently shows an X-ray of a grape lodged in a child's airway. She says she shared the image to raise awareness of the choking dangers of certain foods such as grapes, due to the size of a child’s airway

Choking hazard: Avoid giving your kids these foods to prevent risk of chokingChoking is the fourth leading cause of accidental death for children under age 5. While plenty of toys come with choking hazard warnings, foods such as grapes, nuts, and candy don’t – even though food is the most common cause of choking accidents among young children. “The diameter of a child’s airway is about equal […]