Category: Children’s Health

Preschoolers are Getting Obese

According to pediatric endocrinologists at the University at Buffalo, children as young as three are obese. They have shown that children as young as 10 have abnormal liver function and high insulin levels—possibly leading to type II diabetes. These finding were presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting being held May 3, 2003 in Seattle. Read More …

Thyroid Function During Pregnancy can Affect Child’s IQ

According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (1999;341:549-555, 601-602), if a woman is pregnant and has an underactive thyroid, the IQ of the child may be adversely affected. Children between the ages of seven and nine, with mothers who had untreated hypothyroidism, scored an average of seven points lower on Read More …

Resistance exercise helps juvenile arthritis

Resistance Exercise Helps Juvenile Arthritis Sufferers Children with juvenile arthritis took part in an eight-week individualized program of resistance exercise at the University at Buffalo. Their ability to function was greatly improved by the exercise. Some improved by as much as 200%, preliminary results of the study have shown. Pain, use of medications and disability Read More …

Preschoolers are Getting Obese

According to pediatric endocrinologists at the University at Buffalo, children as young as three are obese. They have shown that children as young as 10 have abnormal liver function and high insulin levels—possibly leading to type II diabetes. These finding were presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting being held May 3, 2003 in Seattle. Read More …

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Depression in Children

Twenty children took part in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in theAmerican Journal of Psychiatry (2006; 163(6): 1098-100). The subjects were divided into two groups; one group was given omega-3 supplementation (a combination of EPA and DHA) and the second group was given a placebo. The children were evaluated using the Children’s Depression Scale, Children’s Read More …

Omega-3 and Cognition in Children

DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil. It is important for brain development in children. A recent study, published in Clinical Pediatrics (2008 May;47(4):355-62) looked at 175 healthy four-year-olds who were supplemented with 400 mg per day of DHA or a placebo. Prior to supplementation and after four months of supplementation, the Read More …

Kids take too much pain medication for headaches

Kids Take Too Much Pain Medication for Headaches According to a recent survey of nearly 700 children and adolescents, more than one in five were overusing over-the-counter pain medications to relieve headaches. Often parents aren’t aware their kids were using pain relievers. Of the children participating in the survey, 41% had migraines, 28% experienced tension Read More …

Kids eat vegetables when given a chance

he U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend $9 million to expand the Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Program (FVPP) in the 2004 school year. The program is designed to get children to eat fruits and vegetables. The program was born of a concern about childhood obesity. Two-thirds of all adults are overweight, and childhood obesity is Read More …

Infants who breast feed have less eczema

Normally you have between 4 and 7 pounds of bacteria in your colon. Normal and well-balanced bacteria have many beneficial functions. Beneficial bacteria do the following: Produce vitamins like folic acid and B12. Nourish the lining of the colon by feeding on vegetable fiber and producing butyric acid. Adequate butyric acid levels reduce the chances Read More …

Infants have fewer allergies if not given milk

Infants fed non-human breast milk before the age of four months have an increased chance of suffering from allergies and asthma according to a study published in the British Medical Journal (September 25, 1999;319:815-819). Researchers followed over 2,000 children from birth through age six. Children given milk before the age of four months (not human Read More …