Par­ents picked up vi­tal tips on how to keep their chil­dren strong and fit at the re­cent Healthy Kids, Happy Kids sem­i­nar.

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about the re­cent Happy Kids, Healthy Kids Sem­i­nar.

Did you know that more chil­dren are de­vel­op­ing my­opia, and at a younger age than be­fore?

In Sin­ga­pore and other East Asian coun­tries, about a quar­ter of the pop­u­la­tion end up with short-sight­ed­ness of over 600 de­grees.

High my­opia in­creases your kid’s risk of sight-threat­en­ing com­pli­ca­tions when he grows up. These in­clude reti­nal de­tach­ment, mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion and glau­coma, said Dr Chua Wei Han, an oph­thal­mol­o­gist at Mount El­iz­a­beth Hos­pi­tal.

He was speak­ing to par­ents at the Healthy Kids, Happy Kids sem­i­nar on Sept 24 at Mount El­iz­a­beth Novena Hos­pi­tal.

Spend­ing more time out­doors is the first step to help keep­ing your child’s eyes in good con­di­tion, Dr Chua shared.

If Ju­nior is al­ready wear­ing spec­ta­cles, see an oph­thal­mol­o­gist for at­ropine eye drops to slow the pro­gres­sion of his my­opia.

An­other ris­ing trend is child­hood al­ler­gies, noted Dr Mark Loh, a pae­di­a­tri­cian at Mount El­iz­a­beth Novena Hos­pi­tal. Mis­con­cep­tions about the con­di­tion still abound among many par­ents, who seek ways to help their kids pre­vent it en­tirely.

The truth is, al­ler­gies in chil­dren can nei­ther be pre­vented nor cured, Dr Loh ex­plains. How­ever, they can be ef­fec­tively man­aged with in­di­vid­u­alised ed­u­ca­tion and plan­ning, so see a doc­tor early.

At the four-hour long sem­i­nar pre­sented by Young

Par­ents and Mount El­iz­a­beth Hos­pi­tals, par­ents also learnt the im­por­tance of hav­ing qual­ity sleep, which can boost chil­dren’s de­vel­op­ment and aca­demic per­for­mance.

If your kid has in­som­nia, snores ex­ces­sively or al­ways feels sleepy dur­ing the day, do not shy away from this health prob­lem, said Dr Christo­pher Goh, an ear, nose and throat spe­cial­ist at Mount El­iz­a­beth Novena Hos­pi­tal.

Like­wise, should your child have flat feet, knock-knees, bow-legs, or a pi­geon-toed gait, don’t wait for him to “grow out” of it, re­minded Dr Leon Foo, an or­thopaedic spe­cial­ist at Mount El­iz­a­beth Hos­pi­tal.

These are con­di­tions that can be treated.

Be­sides pick­ing up health knowl­edge, the par­tic­i­pants were also treated to a tea re­cep­tion and re­ceived goodie bags worth over $30.

Look out for more par­ent­ing sem­i­nars and work­shops com­ing your way!

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