Childhood Obesity: A Very Dangerous Condition

It is so alarming that there is a significant increase in childhood obesity nowadays, and obviously the morbidity rate increases with it. The heightened  rate of this condition has brought medical professionals together to try to alleviate the effects and hinder the occurrence of this dreadful state among children. However,  they cannot do this alone, the society, specifically parents or guardians must be the first ones to partake in this. No one else can best help the children, but their primary caretakers.

To convince you more to take responsibility in preventing or help treat childhood obesity and engage them to thrive fitness, you must know the effects of this condition to your young ones. Be aware that the suffering is not only brought upon physically, but the pain they endure is beyond skin deep. The condition also affects them mentally and emotionally.

Effects of Childhood Obesity

Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension

Ingesting unhealthy food, especially high in bad fats increases the risks to hypertension, which can eventually lead to cardiovascular diseases. This can be very detrimental, especially if the fat deposits clog the arteries of the heart  or the nerves going to the brain, leading to heart attack or stroke.

Diabetes

Obesity can aggravate or increase the risk for diabetes. An appalling condition that can affect the organs of the body. If the blood sugar is uncontrolled it can lead to kidney failure or worse, multi organ failure. Thus, consulting a thrive personal trainer can not only give you proper advice on fitness program, but as well as guide you to a nutritional diet appropriate for your child’s age.

Osteoporosis

Children are developing their bones and muscles as they grow, thus bone mass is very essential. Consequently, children with high fat percentage compromise their bone mass leading to bone weakness and osteoporosis. And this will worsen in adulthood if they do not lose weight. Hence, it is important to have an ideal weight during the growing years.

Asthma and Sleep Apnea

70% of obese children have a higher risk of developing asthma and sleep apnea. Their breathing passages can be interrupted or constricted leading to difficulty of breathing, which then decreases perfusion and oxygenation. Young ones who have this problems experiences easy fatigability, weakness, lethargy, poor memory and difficulty in cognitive learning.

Depression and Anxiety

The mere fact that the children dealing with being overweight can be depressing for most obese children. Added by the society’s critical nature, these young ones are exposed to bullying and torments. The pain and suffering they experience is seeded deeply and when they are not able to cope up properly, this can lead to low self esteem, depression and anxiety. Some children even resort to suicide to escape the reality. It’s a sad preventable occurrence, if only primary caregivers will be able to provide the proper guidance they need physically, emotionally and mentally.

Parents and guardians should take responsibility of their children’s health. You should be there to guide them not only with what food they should eat or how much exercise they should do, most importantly, be there to support them emotionally and mentally. Also being a good role model is a proven way to teach your children to be physically fit and show them how to adhere to a healthier lifestyle. Be a good role model. Your kids look up to you. So be sure you are showing them a good example.

Kiddos & Doggies – How to Prevent Pet Related Problems

Dogs and children seem to have an endearing connection and based on different studies, children who have dogs as pets are happier, responsible, more loving and caring. These furry buddies definitely have positive effects on kids – they offer loyalty, friendship and companionship, protector, and a lot more. But bringing a dog into a child’s life entails a lot of responsibilities among adults. Although, dogs can be really be good for children, there are adverse consequences and unwanted circumstances that may occur if you, as parents or guardians are careless and fail to consider the necessary precaution of having pets and kids under one roof. So, what do you need to know? Read on.

 

Preventing Dog Related Injuries

First and foremost, know if your kids have allergies to dogs. If your kids start sneezing and wheezing around animals, maybe it’s not a good thing to have a dog at home. This may trigger asthma asthma attacks that can be detrimental to a child’s life.

      • You should train your dog how to behave appropriately around children. This is important even though your hounds may have a sweet demeanor. They should know to be a proper companion to kids. But simultaneously, you should also make sure that your kids are well tempered and are aware that dogs are not toys. More often than not, you cannot expect a dog to behave well when a kid is ill mannered or tries to hurt them.
      • Never ever leave your dogs and children together unsupervised. Kids are kids and dogs are dogs, both are not trustworthy enough to be left together alone. Children may sometimes be too rough and dogs can be aggressive at times. This may lead to a disaster that you will surely regret.
      • Choose the proper breed for kids. Not all dogs are appropriate for kids, some have an aggressive behavior which can be very harmful and can put your little ones in danger. Or if you have such a dog, before your kids came along, you can let them undergo dog training by professionals who are familiar with their breeds.
      • Set boundaries and restrictions. This does not only apply with your pets, but also with your kids. Rough play can excite or make dogs aggressive which can lead to injuries and accidents. So teach your kids to play with them properly. Rough play should be forbidden and not be allowed by all means. And as for the dogs set restrictions and boundaries, they should know how to follow basic commands. Your kid’s life is more important than your pet’s.
      • Teach your children how to be responsible, things as simple as showing your kids how to properly pet a dog can go a long way, it can lead to a more loving and lasting relationship between them. And when they are old enough, they can take on the responsibility of caring, feeding and even dog walking.

These are just a few preventive measures, but these are the major ones to avert having problems when you have a dog and a kid. You must not ignore these precautions. Diligent practice will dramatically reduce the risk of dog related injuries among children. If you follow these, you will surely enjoy raising your kids to be better individuals with the help of man’s best friend.

What to Know About Pediatric Nurses

For anyone who has a child, especially a child living with an illness or condition that requires frequent medical attention, visits to the hospital can become a little too routine. These visits are stressful enough considering you have to worry about your child’s health, but delays in wait times and dealing with a number of different people can add to the stress and sometimes cause frustration. As someone who has had to deal with many of these medical settings and the associated staff, I would like to pass on some things I learned about the pediatric medical setting in general, in hopes of providing new parents with a little bit of guidance.

Wait Times

Unfortunately, if your child’s medical problem isn’t overly urgent, you will likely have to wait. This being said, if you are at your local children’s hospital, the staff there will do everything they can to get you in as quickly as possible. I remember once instance when my stress just boiled over and I became vocally frustrated with the wait time, as it appeared no one else had urgent problems. Admittedly, I was wrong, and to this day I still feel bad about calling out staff who had no control over the issue. One thing I neglected to consider was the condition of each child already admitted into a bed. The staff, whether it be doctors, nurses, or technicians, all are spread out across many patients, so juggling their needs and unexpected issues can create havoc on their end. These are truly great people that want to do their best for you, so if you need to wait, there is likely an issue for it.

The staff, whether it be doctors, nurses, or technicians, all are spread out across many patients, so juggling their needs and unexpected issues can create havoc on their end. These are truly great people that want to do their best for you, so if you need to wait, there is likely an issue for it. If you do need to wait, just be patient and continue to monitor your child’s health. If their condition becomes worse, for sure, definitely let someone know, and you will be attended to as soon as possible.

Pediatric Nurses

Many people don’t understand that nurses are not just assistants or caretakers. Furthermore, pediatric nurses often have a different skill set than those involved in adult care. While they likely have experience in both, I personally know some pediatric nurses who specialize in that domain and are extremely knowledgeable, especially in a hospital setting. Pediatric nurses have more experience with child patient comfort, pediatric dosages for medications, as well as conditions which are more prevalent in children.

Pediatric nurses may also have access to more specialized equipment that caters to children. For example, pediatric stethoscopes are different from standard stethoscopes in that they can usually pick up fainter sounds. Friendly-looking instruments, smaller devices, and medication already catered to delivery into children all help make the job easier. Therefore, don’t write-off the nurse attending to your child if you are stressed or frustrated about something. If you have concerns, the nurse attending to your child will definitely want to hear them, just don’t immediately blame them for something that could be out of their control. They are highly stressed and doing everything they can to help your child.

When (Not) to Help

If tests or simple procedures are being performed on your child, often times these can be done while you are in the room as well. Many parents prefer this, which is totally understandable, and sometimes encouraged. However, just be respectful of the protocols involved. Many parents are over-eager to help and may make the process take longer or be a little more difficult for the children. Kids are fairly astute, and they can feed off their parents’ emotions. Therefore, we suggest simply asking the doctor or nurse if there is anything you can do to help make the process easier. Maybe they will be very grateful for some help delivering medication or holding your child while a test or injection is being performed. On the other hand, maybe they find it easier to do so without extra hands. In any case, they are medical professionals, so just be open with you discussion, both discussing your needs and wants while respecting hospital policy.

Summary

These are just a few pieces of information about pediatric nurses and the setting they work in. They common theme here is to simply be reasonable. Nurses are not responsible for controlling wait times or altering hospital policy, so while they will be happy to field your concerns, long waits just aren’t their fault. Rather, the sole purpose of their job is to look after your child, so please consider that when interacting with a pediatric nurse. They may appreciate your help at times, and other times, they may simply find it easier to work without extra hands, but having an open and friendly relationship with your nurse can be the easiest way to figure out the best approach to keeping your child healthy.

Dealing with Childhood Asthma

Dealing with Childhood Asthma

Asthma affects a large number of children in the world. However, it is always hard for parents when they are dealing with childhood asthma. For children, it is often scary and daunting. Although, due to asthma being so common, doctors and nurses know a lot about how to treat it. Many children can live life normally even if they have a severe form of asthma. However, poor controlled asthma in small children can result in children needing emergency care. Parents should not despair as there is a wide range of material that guides them on how to deal with childhood asthma.

Asthma Action Plan

Asthma action plans are a written plan that parents and doctors make. The plan will help with your child’s day-to-day asthma management and help guide you with decisions about your child’s asthma and what type of care is needed. These plans help make managing a child’s asthma easier as it shows what steps should be taken and is a visual guide to managing your child’s asthma.

Asthma Diary

Recording your child’s asthma symptoms is important. This is because it will be data on your child’s health and allow your doctor and you to see patterns in your child’s asthma. You will be able to tell how your child is responding to their asthma and how their health is developing. It will make it easier for the doctors to adjust to the development of asthma and decide what type of medicine is needed. It allows the doctor to gain better control of the asthma symptoms. Therefore making an asthma diary is crucial and is a must.

Peak Flow Metre

A peak flow meter is an instrument that is used to measure lung capacity in breathing disorders such as asthma. This instrument can help you and your doctor monitors your child’s asthma. You can record your child’s peak flow readings in your child’s asthma diary. You should also record your child’s normal reading so you can set an average and compare. When your child’s asthma gets worse, take peak flow measurements often and record them often. The instrument helps you know when your child’s asthma is controlled, worsening and if they need to see a doctor straight away.  Here is how a peak flow meter works.

Medicines

To treat asthma a doctor might prescribe two types of medicines; short-term and long-term. For a child that needs a quick-relief medicine to treat symptoms such as coughing and wheezing, a doctor would prescribe an inhaler. The child should have this at all times. For long-term control of asthma, your doctor will try to reduce the inflammation of the airways. This can be done through an inhaler with a device that is called a holding chamber.

With the right treatment, your child can live a perfectly normal life and will not have to miss school or have trouble sleeping.

The 3 Most Common Pediatric Illnesses

The 3 Most Common Pediatric Illnesses

Most new mums freak out at the first sight of infant fever or spots on their skin. It is however important to understand that all new mums face the similar situations in their early stages of motherhood. Since it is normal for your child to suffer from some of the most common infant illnesses, it is advisable to have the right information about what to expect. Armed with the right info, you will be able to cope with infant fevers and spots and avoid rushing to hospital in the wee hours of the night for a very simple condition. Let’s look at the 3 most common pediatric illnesses.

Baby allergies

Allergies are one of the most common pediatric illnesses in the world. Research has revealed that over 10% of all children in the world suffer allergies in their first year of life. The most common causes of allergies in children include house dust, pet hair, milk proteins, eggs and some kind of nuts. Allergic reactions manifest themselves in different ways. There are infants who, when exposed to agents, sneeze or cough, develop rashes on their skin or in the worst case scenarios, develop very severe allergies on their bodies. Such babies may cry uncontrollably and the only thing that you can do is to offer them with consolation. However, you should however pay attention to the most dangerous reactions and consider getting medical attention for the same. This prevents similar future allergic reactions.

Skin conditions

There are some infant skin conditions that can make your child uneasy. The most common skin conditions include cradle cap (oily patches or scaling on the kin), baby acne, drooling rashes and some flaky skin on your child’s body. The good thing is that, all these conditions clear out on their own. However, they can result in some uneasiness on your child.

Jaundice

Another common infant illness is jaundice. Research has revealed that almost half of all babies in the world suffer from a condition known as jaundice in their first few weeks of life. Jaundice is a condition that causes yellowing of the skin due to excess amount of bilirubin in their blood. However, proper feeding and occasional exposure to the sun can help in curing this condition. If the condition persists however, you should consider seeking the opinion of a doctor. Jaundice requires treatment if your baby is seriously unwell and not feeding as expected or where the condition has lasted for over 4 weeks despite proper feeding and exposure to sunlight.