Which children are at risk of poor well-being?

matteo_bikerElectronic Media Use Linked to Poorer Child Well-Being.
Children who watch television, use computers, and play video games in early childhood are at an increased risk of poorer well-being just two years later. Researchers found that children who had high levels of television viewing were at increased risk of poor family functioning, while girls with high levels of video game and computer use were at increased risk for emotional problems. The findings suggest increased time spent with electronic media results in a lack of appropriate relationships within the family or a failure to develop these relationships.
JAMA Pediatrics, March 2014

Anitbiotics causing Diarrhea

Health Alert: Diarrheal Infection in Children Linked to Antibiotics.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the majority of severe and potentially fatal pediatric diarrhea cases caused by Clostridium difficile infection (C. difficile) are linked to recent antibiotic treatments. Based on surveys of parents, 73% of children who suffered from a C. difficile infection were recently prescribed antibiotics to treat ear, sinus, or upper respiratory infections. Past studies have shown that at least half of upper respiratory infections do not require antibiotic treatment. The overuse of antibiotics places children at risk, as the antibiotics kill both bad and natural flora in the digestive system and create an imbalance that may allow a C. difficile infection to grow out of control and release toxins that inflame the gut. Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director of the CDC, writes, “When antibiotics are prescribed incorrectly, our children are needlessly put at risk for health problems including C. difficile infection and dangerous antibiotic resistant infections.”
Pediatrics, March 2014

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Keep TV’s out of Childrens Bedrooms

Wellness/Prevention: TVs in Bedrooms Linked to Childhood Obesity.
A recent report reveals that children who have a televisions in their bedroom are much more likely to be overweight. Researchers hypothesize that bedroom televisions may disrupt a child’s sleep pattern and past studies have shown that reduced sleep or poor sleep quality may be a cause of weight gain in children. The authors add that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against children having televisions in their bedroom.
JAMA Pediatrics, March 2014

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Diet: Omega-3 Fatty Acids Improve Children’s Sleep

A new study suggests that higher blood levels of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA in children are associated with better sleep, less bedtime resistance, less anxiety about sleep, and less waking during the night. According to the authors of the study, omega-3 blood levels in seven to nine-year-olds are alarmingly low which may lead to poor sleep and problems with both behavior and learning.
Journal of Sleep Research, March 2014
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