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17 The reason school children are shattered
Daily Mirror, 24 April 2016.
More than three quarters of British children say they feel shattered at school because of irregular sleep patterns, a survey has revealed. The Travelodge study found nearly half don’t have a fixed bedtime routine with experts warning of the ‘extremely detrimental’ impacts sleep deprivation has on children's long term health and wellbeing.
22 Stop giving children sweets as rewards
Shari Miller - Daily Mail, 10 January 2016.
Parents should think twice before rewarding their children’s good behaviour with sweets, according to a leading nutritionist. Professor Susan Jebb, of Oxford University, says family attitudes should change as part of a wider strategy on tackling obesity - and there should be an alternative to the ‘easy option’ of handing out sweets to youngsters.
24 Study links passive smoking to problems in children
ABC, 30 September 2015.
Children whose mothers smoke during pregnancy — and even those born into smokers’ homes — are nearly twice as likely to develop behavioural problems, researchers have said. A study of some 5,200 French primary school children linked exposure to smoking with a range of troubling behaviour such as aggression, disobedience, lying and cheating.
25 The big problem with children's vitamins
Carolina Buia - Newsweek, 14 June 2015.
Dietary supplements —a broad term that includes vitamins, minerals, herbs, botanicals, probiotics and amino acids— are big business. The $26 billion industry has grown by 27 percent in the last five years. Pediatric supplements are a $573 million chunk of that, according to Euromonitor, a market research firm. The most popular supplement is the vitamin category. Researchers at U.C. Davis Children’s Hospital have estimated that one-third of U.S. children take some sort of daily vitamin.