Five interesting facts about children’s health

The development of children especially early in life is considered to be a crucial time, that is why it is so important to ensure they are healthy and are allowed the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives.  In my quest to highlight awareness about children’s health I came across a few facts that I thought you might like to know about.

I.  Daily baths not a must for kids….. unless  your child is covered from head to toe in dirt or mud on a daily basis, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, kids ages 6 to 11 only need to bathe 2 to 3 times a week, and only when they hit puberty do they bathe every day.  Of course each situation is different and special circumstances should be taken into consideration.

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2.  Kids don’t need a low- fat diet…… Although it sounds good, but kids do not necessarily need to be on a diet that is low in fats because there are some fats that play a key role in the proper development of the body such as providing nutrients, then of course there are the trans fats, the ones you want to stay away from such as those found in fried foods.

3.  Suicide can happen to children as young as five years old…… this sad fact was a bit of a eye opener for me that young children attempt to kill themselves, with black elementary school age boys seeming to have a higher risk  –  Journal of Pediatrics.  Suicide in children is  rare, but parents should make it a point to talk to their children about it and they should be aware of the warning signs – sudden withdrawal from everyone and everything, somber, sad or just plain unhappy and irritable.   It is important to have a plan of action in place.

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4.  The rate of Soccer injuries among youth has more than doubled in the past 25 years….the popularity of the sport has led to a increase in visits to emergency rooms by children age 7 to 17, also the number of girls playing has greatly increased adding to the overall rate.  It is believed that most injuries can be reduced if some safety guidelines are followed such as stretching and  warming up before participating in activities.

5.  Children make better food choices online than in school lunch lines.….If children are allowed to order lunch online they have a tendency to eat better than if they stood in the actual lunch line and placed a order.   When I first read this I couldn’t quite understand it, if you have the real thing right there in front of you it’s a no brainer, right?

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This is from a study that was conducted by the Journal of Pediatrics and it was determined that the students who ordered online did better because as they chose each component of their meal if it was a bad choice the student would receive a little message about good nutrition, sort of like a nudge.  So that is why they were able to make better choices online rather than standing in line.  Now that makes sense but admit it, these were some interesting facts, weren’t they?

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About smallfitness

I am Dr. Martha Higgins, but my friends call me “Doc”. I teach physical education to elementary students and have been doing so for the past 15 years.

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2 Responses to Five interesting facts about children’s health

  1. LazyHaze says:

    These were interesting facts…i was especially stunned by child suicide!

  2. Some interesting information here. So sad to think that children as young as 5 are driven to thoughts (and attempts) of suicide. What kind of a world have we created where that is a reality?!
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