Finally, let’s take a look at healthy homes, since we were just talking about healthy workplaces in the last segment. A recent survey of almost 900 parents with two-month-olds discovered that most of them are guilty of at least one parenting practice that has been linked to increased risk for obesity in young children. This points to a need for more education of new parents and grandparents on how to keep their kids healthy.

No TV and More “Tummy Time”

Baby-Remote-TV-ControlAmong the risky practices: not breast feeding, watching TV during feedings, putting baby to sleep with a bottle, always feeding when baby cries and 30 minutes of “Tummy time” a day. “Tummy time” is placing a child on their stomach to play to help exercise them a little more.

The TV during feedings thing caught both the article author and me by surprise. In fact, TV over all was problematic for young children. Ninety percent of the babies in this study were exposed to at least six hours of television each day.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no TV time for infants until they are at least two years old. It can not substitute for self play and one-to-one parenting time. You should check out the article for the full study and also the links to the AAP article on preventing childhood obesity.

We nurses, especially those in pediatric and maternity practices need to connect our new parents with good resources on best parenting practices. We should not be afraid to talk frankly with them about strategies to keep their babies from becoming obese children.

Print this article out or share it via social media with your circle of friends and colleagues. Let’s get the word out and do more to keep the next generation from growing up fat. Obese babies are made, not born that way.

Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode –Workplace Depression, Presenteeism and Episode 289.

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