Child Health

Watching too much TV in Early Childhood could lead to a Bigger Waist Size and Lower Fitness Ability by Age 10

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from the University of Montreal and Saint-Justine Mother and Child University Hospital found that children between the age of two and four that watched more hours of TV had a higher chance of having a bigger waist circumference by the end of fourth grade. Additionally, the children that watched more TV as toddlers had a reduced ability to perform sports activities when they were 10 years old. The study was published in today’s edition of BioMed Central's open access journal International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Lead author Dr. Caroline Fitzpatrick and senior author Dr. Linda Pagani reported on the findings. Dr. Pagani explained that they interviewed the parents about the TV viewing habits of the children, measured the children's waist, and had them do a standing long jump. They found that for each weekly hour of TV viewing a child had at the age of 29 months decreased the child’s long jump distance about one-third of a centimeter.

Chicco Polly High Chair Recall announced for Peg Cover Kit

Chicco High Chair - CPSC

(Best Syndication News) - Around 455,000 Chicco Polly high chairs in the US have been voluntarily recalled because there are some pegs that can cause lacerations or injuires if a child falls on them. An additional 30,690 high chairs are also involved in the recall in Canada. The company is offering consumers a free peg cover kit to remedy this problem. The announcement was made today by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The high chairs were sold between January 2005 and July 2012 at a cost between $100 and $150. They were sold at retailers nationwide, including Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Buy Buy Baby, Shopko and Toys R Us. The high chairs were also sold online at Albeebaby.com, Amazon.com, Babyage.com, Babysupermart.com, Diapers.com and Target.com.

Childhood Diabetes Rate higher in China than in US

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(Best Syndication News) - Chinese children had a higher rate of diabetes compared with United States rates, according to a recent study. Researchers from the University of North Carolina reported that the diabetes rate in Chinese teenagers were four times higher than the comparable age group in the US. The results will be published in the online edition of Obesity Reviews and will be published in the September issue of the print edition.

The researchers studied data from the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS), which ran between 1989 and 2011 and involved over 29,000 people in over 300 communities in China. The CHNS study was a collaborative arrangement between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Chinese Center for Disease Control (CCDC) National Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety.

Kolcraft Stroller Recall announced for important Repair

Kolcraft stroller recall - CPSC

(Best Syndication News) - The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Kolcraft has issued a voluntary recall of certain strollers and is offering consumers a free repair kit to remedy the problem. Children’s fingertips have been amputated and adults have suffered smashed and cut fingers because of a hinge mechanism that adjusts for the handlebar height of the stroller.

Around 36,000 baby strollers are involved in the recall. The three and four wheeled Kolcraft Contours Options strollers were sold at stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Target.com, and ToysRUs.com between January 2006 and June 2012. The strollers were sold at a cost between $150 to $160.

Evenflo High Chair Recall announced for Replacement Tray

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) announced the voluntary recall of certain Evenflo convertible high chairs because the activity tray could detach unexpectedly. This could put the child at risk of falling and becoming injured. Evenflo is offering a replacement tray to remedy this problem.

Around 35,000 convertible high chairs are involved in this recall. They were sold at Toys "R" Us and Walmart stores nationwide and were sold online at Walmart.com and Wayfair.com between December 2011 and June 2012 for about $40.

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