by Mark D. DeBoer, M.D., MSc. MCR, Rebecca J. Scharf, M.D., MPH, and Ryan T. Demmer, PhD. PEDIATRICS, V 132, September 2013, p. 413
As you might guess a high intake of sugar causes increased weight gain. This article shows that in the 2-to-5-year old age group the BMI is higher in children who consume more sugar sweetened drinks.
As parents we must remember that the sugar in fruit juices plays a similar role. This does not mean DIET beverages are okay. Remember, some patients have neuro-psychiatric reactions to aspartame. The bottom line is, some sugar is needed, but the best beverage is water for between meal hydration.
by Grace D. Shelby, PhD, Kezia C. Shirkey, PhD, Amanda L. Sherman, MS, Joy E. Beck, PhD, Kirsten Haman, PhD, Angela R. Shears, BS, Sara N. Horst, MD, MPH, Craig A. Smith, PhD, Judy Garber, PhD, and Lynn S. Walker, PhD. PEDIATRICS, V.132, September 2013, p. 475.
This article supports the fact that children with functional abdominal pain have a propensity to develop anxiety behaviors in adolescence and early adulthood without the persistence of abdominal pain.
It appears the abdominal pain is a function of irritable bowel syndrome which has its basis in anxiety. The child with non-organic abdominal pain may express his anxieties with other symptoms such as headaches, sleep problems and compulsive behavior. Being aware of this may lead to earlier diagnosis of anxiety and thus earlier appropriate therapy.
by Ana C.De Roo, BA, Thiphalak Chounthirath, MS, and Gary A. Smith, MD. PEDIATRICS, V 132, August 2013, p. 267.
An interesting article that shows another way television can be injurious to your child’s health---IT MAY FALL ON HIM!
More and more televisions are hung on walls or placed on free-standing television supports. Be sure that your television set is properly anchored because we all know children are drawn to a set and can pull it down on themselves.
This may sound unlikely, but this article puts another household danger in focus.