Letter: Find out why more children are unhealthy

This is in response to the “What They’re Thinking” column on Aug. 13. The article discussed tips for back to school. My children are grown, I read it out of curiosity.

Most of it was pretty familiar until I got to, “If your child has a chronic medical condition, such as asthma, allergies, seizures or ADHD ...” That these would have to be included made me both sad and angry. Thirty, 40, 50 years ago these instructions would not have been necessary. There were a much smaller number of children with special health concerns.

Today, however, the large number of children who stand in line at lunchtime for their medications is appalling. In the last couple of decades people have come to believe that this is normal. Shouldn’t we be more concerned about why this is happening and not just accept it? People don’t know or remember when children used to be much healthier. This trend is getting worse and we need to find out why and not just accept the new normal.

Kathy Burnes

Cedar Rapids

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