During the COVID-19 epidemic period, schools were closed, education continued online, increased time spent with devices such as computers, televisions, tablets, phones, changes in eating habits, more frequent use of packaged food and calorie-rich food items in the diet, disruption of doctor controls and obesity the incidence has increased seriously, ”he said.
Ministry of Health and Child Health Associations 4 times in the first month of life (at birth, at the end of 48 hours, on the 7-15th day, in the 1st month), once a month for the period between 1-6 months, once in 3 months for the period between 6 months and 2 years Recommends that healthy child examinations be performed once in 6 months between the ages of 2-6 and once a year from the age of 6 to adolescence. Underlining that depending on the special condition of the child or the vaccination program, these examination intervals may be more frequent than stated. Dr. Neşe Karaaslan Bıyıklı said, “In these examinations, observing the relationship of children with the family and the environment, weight, height, head circumference measurements, evaluation of age-appropriate motor, social and language skills, vaccines, nutrition, screening (hearing screening, developmental hip dysplasia screening, vision screening. , urinary tract infection, iron deficiency anemia, hyperlipidemia etc.) are evaluated and families are given consultancy ”.
Every child has their own growth curve
Stating that the child’s weight, height and head circumference and body mass index are evaluated according to the growth curves prepared for children, Child Health, Diseases and Pediatric Nephrology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Neşe Karaaslan Bıyıklı said, “The growth curves are compared with the results of other children of the same age. Every child has its own growth curve. Conditions that adversely affect the growth of the child (such as short stature, malnutrition, infectious diseases) are noticed in the early period by the pause or deviation in the growth curves during regular follow-up. “It is aimed to detect children at risk of obesity and growth retardation early with the records in the body mass index curve.”
COVID-19 pandemic increases prevalence of obesity in children
In recent years, especially during the COVID-19 epidemic period, schools have been closed, education continues online, increased time spent with devices such as computers, televisions, tablets, phones, changes in eating habits, fast consumption of packaged food and calorie-rich food items more frequently in the diet, Emphasizing that the prevalence of obesity has increased seriously with the disruption, Assoc. Dr. Neşe Karaaslan Bıyıklı said, “Obesity is a serious disease with consequences such as high blood pressure (hypertension), arteriosclerosis (atherosclerosis), diabetes (type 2 diabetes), fatty liver, sleep apnea, orthopedic problems. Malnutrition and nutritional deficiencies, mineral deficiencies in the body can cause serious problems such as stunted growth, susceptibility to infectious diseases, severe infectious diseases, sleep disturbances, and decreased learning and perception ”warned.