Overweight children are more likely to develop asthma, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Inflammation caused by body fat is thought to be a factor and could also contribute to the severity of the disease.
Teaching kids about the role food plays in fueling the body may encourage them to eat their veggies. A recent study found preschoolers who listened to storybooks about what happens to food after it enters the body actually increased their vegetable intake.
Skipping or delaying doses of the DTaP vaccine places children at an increased risk of pertussis, also known as whooping cough. Approximately 47% of children who contract whooping cough are under-vaccinated. In 2012, the US reported 41,000 cases of whooping cough, the highest number of cases since 1959.
Diets low in polyunsaturated fatty acid—found in fish, vegetable oil, corn, sunflower, and soy—could be harmful in kids under 5. There is no dietary recommendation for PUFAs in the US, but experts agree they are important to brain development. Most infants receive adequate amounts through breast milk and infant formula, but levels drop between ages 1–5.
Temporary tattoos can help protect kids with serious food allergies. Some parents are using the tattoos as a reminder for teachers, babysitters, and others. The brightly colored temporary tattoos are available at safetytat.com. The CDC reports approximately 3 million children in the
US have food allergies.