History, significance and tips to keep your kids’ bones healthy

The day is being observed by the United States Bone and Joint Initiative to ensure healthcare providers and the general public remain aware of the impact of musculoskeletal problems

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World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day is celebrated worldwide on October 19 every year. The day is marked to raise awareness about prevention, disease management and treatment of musculoskeletal problems in children.

The day is being observed by the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) to ensure healthcare providers and the general public remain aware of the impact of musculoskeletal problems.

Nearly 48 percent of adults in the US suffer from a musculoskeletal disorder that started in childhood, with children making up 10 percent of the population with a disabling musculoskeletal disorder.

History

The first World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day was celebrated in 2012 by the USBJI. It was championed by the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The day is marked as part of Bone and Joint Action Week, which is held from October 12 to 20 each year.

Meaning

Maximum bone mass is acquired by girls from the age of 18 and boys from the age of 20. Although parents are often concerned about their children’s health, they do not pay much attention to bone development, increasing the risk of their child contracting diseases such as osteoporosis, which makes the bones more vulnerable to fracture.

In the US alone, nearly one in two Americans over the age of 18, as well as many children, have musculoskeletal conditions that affect their movement, including arthritis, osteoporosis, back pain, sports trauma and other problems. Most cases that affect adult Americans start in childhood and can lead to lifelong problems if not treated in time.

Many musculoskeletal disorders can be avoided by following some simple tips that will enable healthy bone development in children.

Tips to Maintain Healthy Bones in Children

Good nutrition: In order to maintain healthy bones, it is imperative that children eat a diet with adequate amounts of vitamin D. Most children do not follow a diet that provides them with enough calcium to achieve optimal peak bone mass.

Practice: The right amount of exercise is essential for healthy bone development. Weight-bearing activities such as running, walking, hiking, tennis, basketball, gymnastics and dancing are particularly beneficial in this regard.

Avoid smoking: Smoking is also harmful to bone tissue, except for the lungs and heart. Studies have linked smoking with a higher risk of fractures. Most people who smoke start the habit before finishing high school, making it a danger to their developing bones. However, with proper exercise, diet, and avoidance of smoking, children can reduce the chance of developing musculoskeletal disorders.

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