Physical activity improves children's learning
The research involved a group of 490 children aged between nine and ten years. They underwent magnetic resonance imaging, physical fitness tests, exercise and memory tests, and responded to a questionnaire about physical activity.
The researchers noted by magnetic resonance imaging that children who exercised and who had better physical fitness had higher brain activity than those who were sedentary, a strong indication that this group would be easier to learn. In addition, children who exercised had a 12% better outcome on memory tests than those who had more sedentary habits.
According to the study authors, during physical activity the child receives a series of stimuli sensory factors that make the hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for memory and learning, become more active, and increase the intelligence of the child.
Physical inactivity and childhood obesity are problems that are of increasing concern to physicians. Besides the practice of physical activities, the presence of the family is fundamental. According to a study by the University of Illinois, meals with the whole family may be the key to avoiding eating disorders, obesity, and inadequate nutrition.
The research led by the University of Illinois, USA, was based on a review of 17 recent studies on food standards and nutrition, totaling more than 182 thousand children and adolescents. Experts observed how many people were overweight, taking pills to control their weight, induced vomiting, used laxatives and diuretics, fasted, ate too little, skipped meals or even smoked to fool hunger. adolescents who ate at least five meals a week with their families were 35 percent less likely to have food problems. Children who ate at least three times a week in their homes were 12 percent less likely to be overweight. In addition, the odds of eating healthier foods in home-cooked meals were 24 percent higher.
Although it is not possible to sit down with the family for seven days a week, the study authors advise parents to estimate quotas children to eat at home. The meeting is also essential for the identification of early signs of negative eating patterns.
Children often seek out mothers when they get hurt to win the famous "kiss to heal." This resulted in a study done by the University of Pittsburgh showing that the kiss of the parents is able to help as much as a remedy or homeopathy for the treatment of pain. The study verified 248 children who had small bruises or falls, noting that when kissed by mothers or fathers in the area of the injury they felt more relieved than the children who did not gain kisses and took medicine for pain.
For proper and thorough oral hygiene of children, good brushing and flossing are very important. Removal of dental biofilm (plaque) by mechanical means, with brushing associated with dental creams and regular flossing, are the most effective methods in preventing caries disease and gum disease. dental floss, it should be used to clean the interdental spaces, where the neighboring teeth contact and retain biofilm and food remains, regions where only brushing is not sufficient for cleaning .