DHA discusses back-to-school health tips during live Twitter clinic

WAM DUBAI, 9th Sept, 2013 (WAM) — The Dubai Health Authority recently hosted a live twitter forum to address back-to-school health queries.

The live Q and A forum provided parents with an opportunity to raise queries about the health of their children and ways to ensure a healthy back-to-school transition as children begin the new academic year.

The DHA panel of experts included school health experts, dieticians and pediatric dentists, and provided several health tips related to aspects of child health such as posture and physical exercise, vaccinations, health and nutrition as well as oral hygiene health tips.

Dr. Fatheya Al Maazmi, Head of Health Promotion section at the DHA, said, “One of the fundamental mistakes school children make is carrying heavy school bags, some of them even carry them on one shoulder, this tilts the spine and can ruin posture. The rule of thumb is that your child’s school bag should not be more than 10% of your child’s body weight. Parents should also sit with their children and clear out unwanted items from school bags and non-essential items can be kept in the school locker.” Dr. Fatma Al Olama, Head of School Health, Primary Healthcare Sector at the DHA seconded this opinion, and said that inactivity and watching excessive television are common problems that parents need to tackle, saying, “Parents should ensure that children follow a strict routine once the summer holidays are over. This includes no eating in front of the television as this is a common problem that leads to overeating and excessive weight gain.” Dr. Amal Al Ahdal, Pedodontist at the DHA, said, “Dental emergencies can happen anytime but the chances are higher now that kids are back in school. Knowing how to deal with dental trauma is important. If a child’s permanent tooth gets knocked out, place the tooth in milk or water or back in the socket if possible and go to the dentist immediately. The tooth should be preserved and taken along to the dentist for possible replacement.” Mariam Al Shamsi, Dietician at the DHA, said, “One of the most important ways to encourage healthy eating patterns is to educate children about food and to take into account their likes and dislikes.” The next twitter clinic will take place on Thursday, 12th of September from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and will discuss health tips and vaccinations for Hajj pilgrims.

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