Dr Rajath Athreya Profile picture
Neonatologist/Paediatrician Medicine = science; enabling parents and being child centric = art Information, advocacy, advice = #ChildHealthMatters
27 Feb
#ChildHealthMatters
#HealthyHabitsForLife
#ChildhoodObesity

Check: Is #BMI of your child healthy?cdc.gov/healthyweight/…

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
#ActivityForKids
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'
healthychildren.org/English/health…
Read 5 tweets
23 Feb
#ChildHealthMatters
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 healthychildren.org/English/health…
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
Read 13 tweets
22 Feb
#ChildHealthMatters
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: https://www.boredpanda.com/breastfeeding-photos-
Read 9 tweets