Growing childhood diseases and what you can do to prevent them.
An Ounce of Prevention
The rate of children diagnosed with chronic diseases has doubled in the past 20 years, according to a recent health study, yet many of these illnesses like asthma and obesity are avoidable. The study, published in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, considered any physical, mental or emotional condition a chronic disease if it has affected a child’s quality of life for 12 months or more. The diseases often keep a child from attending school, doing school work or taking part in usual kids’ activities regularly. They also may require frequent special attention from health professionals, medication or special equipment, and can be a source of both emotional and financial strain for parents. Here are some of the illnesses creeping up on kids today and what you can do to keep yours healthy. Photo Credit: Hamed Saber