PEDIATRIC (<12 YEARS)
PEDIATRIC (< 12 YEARS)
Childhood obesity is a “growing” public health problem. It results from an unhealthy lifestyle & in some cases due to medical conditions. Somewhere between 6-8 % of school children in India are obese.
Obesity and diabetes during pregnancy sets the stage for your child’s future risk for obesity and other diseases. Exclusive breastfeeding protects your baby against obesity. Formula fed babies tend to be overweight.
Heart disease begins in childhood. Overweight children are in need of cholesterol screening regardless of family history or other risk factors.
Given the current epidemic of childhood obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease in older children, screening with a fasting lipid profile remains a targeted approach by The American Academy of Pediatrics. The American Diabetes Association recommends screening for type 2 diabetes beginning at 10 years of age or the onset of puberty in children who are overweight or obese and have two additional risk factors.
Concerns of early childhood and adolescence:
- Adiposity rebound and obesity
- Excessive screen time and exposure through social media
- Fussy eating
- Protein and micronutrient deficiencies
- Body image issues
- Acne, menarche, body composition changes at puberty
- Psychological issues
- Inadequate sleep
We believe in starting early and our youngest client is 6 months old who was introduced to the right solids while weaning off breast milk.
After conducting the nutritional assessment, a customised diet is planned based on:
The kind of food prepared at home
The child’s schedule
Medical conditions eg Type 1 diabetes, children with special needs like down’s syndrome, ADHD
Allergies/food intolerances if any
Healthy recipes/substitutes for junk food
Sports performance requirements for children competing in sports
Pre exercise evaluation
1-on-1 Online Training or Online Group Class (Conducted by an experienced physiotherapist)
Current physical activity recommendations for those ages 6 through 17 years of age are 60 minutes or more of physical activity every day with the majority at a moderate or vigorous aerobic intensity. Adolescents should engage in vigorous intensity activity at least 3 days per week and include muscle strengthening and bone strengthening activity on at least 3 days per week. Our specialised team of exercise consultants will prescribe age and sport specific exercise guidelines after an evaluation.
Conducted online by a Clinical Psychologist
Counselling parents is key. Our team of psychologists can help bridge the gap between parent and child and ease the flow of communication if any. Identifying and addressing mental health issues are crucial in this period. Overweight children as young as 7 years are battling depression. Mental health issues can lead to disordered eating and weight gain.
- Sleep Training Strategies
Babies are NOT SUPPOSED to sleep through the night. Let’s have realistic expectations! While they were in your womb they rested when you were moving (nice swinging motion) and kicked around when you slept. Once they are out, they continue the same way at least till 3 months, then gradually the sleep-wake cycle is regulated.
- Healthy Toys /Physical Stimulation for Infants & Toddlers
Over 80% of your baby’s brain is formed by the age of 3! Nourish your little one’s brain by providing the right kind of stimulation. Learn about the right type of activities and toys to ensure they achieve their maximum potential. Instead of spending thousands on fancy plastic toys, classes or brain games invest in play items that really fuel your baby’s imagination and creativity.
- Growth Assessment & Monitoring
Is there one correct weight for all babies? No! It is relative to birth weight. It is not a race because the starting point is different for each one.
Learn about importance of tracking growth, what is optimum (not under or over) growth, red flags that parents must be careful about and how to maintain growth charts on your phone .
- Language Development
Wondering how to raise a reader or a multilingual child? Learn about the journey of the absorbent mind with focus on the right age, the right environment, Do’s and Don’ts, barriers of speech development etc.
- Toilet Learning
Toilet learning is a milestone too. Hence, we refer to it as learning and not training. What’s the right age to start ? Birth, 2 months, 5 months, 12 months, 3 years or even later? Learn about the scientific approach, developmental needs and how to support your child.
- Simple Natural Scientific (SNS) Parenting
A guide to every aspect of parenting and child care that ensures a smooth parenting journey through the first 6 years of a life and beyond.
Remember, the right start lays the right foundation: Nurturing those early years are important.