COVID-19 pandemic has affected school children’s bone health: experts

the COVID-19[female[feminine The pandemic has not only induced obesity, eye problems from online schooling, but also weaker bones, experts say. A majority of children complain of pain in their feet, wrists, joints, fractures and are unable to perform their daily activities with ease.

It is essential for parents to ensure that their children get regular exercise, get enough sun exposure and eat protein-rich foods. Remember to check children’s vitamin D levels as per doctor’s suggestion, suggest a doctor.

A national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic has forced everyone to stay home to minimize the risk of getting infected with the virus. The pandemic has impacted the bone health of many children as they could not play outside on playgrounds, doctors say.

Dr Ashwani Maichand, an orthopedic surgeon at Apollo Spectra Hospital in Delhi, said: “Even before the pandemic, there was inactivity during childhood. Children are often glued to electronic gadgets and avoid playing outside. During the pandemic, there is an increase in the number of children with weaker bones leading to tenderness or discomfort. Physical inactivity, lack of sun exposure and a sedentary lifestyle have led to pain in the hands, feet and wrists in children. Children are unable to do homework, homework, or daily chores. This problem is observed in children in the age group of 5 to 10 years. In the past, one in 10 patients had this problem. But after confinement, three to four out of 10 children now have fragile bones. Those with weakened bones and low bone mass will have the risk of fractures in the future leading to osteoporosis.

Maichand added: “Children need to exercise regularly, get enough vitamin D from exposure to sunlight, and eat a diet high in calcium and protein to maintain good musculoskeletal health. Physical activity can help increase bone mass and not exercising can decrease bone strength. Children should exercise for at least half an hour in the morning, either on the terrace or on the balcony during sunny hours. Check vitamin D levels and only take D3 supplements after expert advice. Try opting for hot or cold compresses to soothe the painful area, get enough rest, and avoid processed foods that can increase inflammation in the body.

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