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Check: Is #BMI of your child healthy?…

Global prevalence of #obesity doubled b/n 1990-2005 steep ⬆️ in school age kids
1 in 5 Indian child is obese - predicted 17 million will be by 2025
Ill effects of #childhoodobesity
Immediate - ⬆️BP/Cholesterol, joint/muscle problems, gall stones, heartburn, diabetes, asthma, sleep apnea
+ anxiety, depression, bullying, low self esteem
Long term - Risk of adult obesity/severe obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancers
Make it fun! - sport/dance
Get the family moving
Hr/Day of moderate to vigorous #physicalactivity
1/week strengthening (climbing/jumping)
Trade 'Sit-Time' for 'Fit-Time'…
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Childhood #Asthma: not unusual to see some wishing it away. It’s stigmatised and poorly managed. Knowing triggers that can be avoided is the first step. Children need personalised Rx plan

9 Asthma Triggers and What to do About Them…
Let us take up:
1.Can you prevent #Asthma?
2. Can you cure Asthma?
3. Will my child get 'addicted' to inhalers?
4. You have prescribed steroids!!
5. Can I try alternative medicine/no medicine?
1.Can you prevent #Asthma?
Primary (Preventing it all together)
Not much, but these help:
Breastfeeding - protective, regulates immune and allergic responses
Avoiding obesity/Overweight + wt loss/healthy wt in children with respiratory symptoms
Avoid exposure to/smoking
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Early Childhood Development (ECD) = critical period with consequences for lifetime. A thread:

The brain grows and develops in complexity at a phenomenal rate in first 2-3 years: forming new connections at an astounding rate of >1million per second! Pic Source: The Urban Child Institute
The baby's brain comes with a blue print: genes, but needs critical components to achieve its potential: 1. Nutrition 2. Protection 3. Stimulation The first #1000Days and a bit beyond are crucial for Nature and Nurture to play their role Pic Source: UNICEF
1. Nutrition: Mother's breast milk (and her nourishment) and wholesome age appropriate complementary food from 6 months is crucial Pic Source:
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#DevelopingBrain from 18 days post conception to early childhood is surreal
#First1000Days = critical for a lifespan of health + wealth of society
Let us marvel at some key facts on Developing Brain (Source: @UNICEF 'Building Better Brains: @TheLancet ) 1/n
The blueprint of the human brain includes 86 billion neurons and around one quadrillion synapses (which enable neural connections), coded in only 10,000 genes (Herculano–Houzel, 2009)
During the first years of life, neurons form new connections at an astounding rate of 700 to 1,000 per second (Shonkoff, 2009). Not even a viral tweet from the Oscars moves that quickly
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#ChildHealthMatters #COVID19 #ChildrenWithCovid
With the coming together of many factors
Children who are naturally resilient need focus
1. No socialisation with peers/school settings
2. COVID news 24/7
3. Financial, Psychological stress in families
4.COVID illness itself
Children are extremely perceptive , but form impressions that adults may not recognise easily
@UNICEF has some useful stuff…

The most crucial thing in this 'Monitor your Own Behaviour'
But will policy makers @MoHFW_INDIA @DHFWKA @ICMRDELHI factor in children in all aspects of #COVID19India ?
One eg., <10Yr age group cannot home isolate
No guidelines on how to make hospital wards child friendly, visitations, video calls, ability to express through words, art
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