According to the researcher, an ActiGraph was used to record the subjects’ physical activity levels, inactivity, and sleep. Physical activity level intensity data were triangulated with the Child Leisure Activities Study Survey (CLASS) to highlight the subjective character of parent-reported measurements. The Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) 4.0 Generic Core Scale was used to assemble data on health-related quality of life from parent-proxy and child-self reports. Individual factors related to moderate to vigorous physical activity were investigated using regression analyses. Of the 37 participants, 17 (63%) were male, and the mean age was 6.62 (SD=2.29). Participants’ responses to the PedsQL’s physical activity (CLASS n=18), physical functioning (Parent-Proxy n=25, Child n=22), and psychosocial functioning (Child n=22) questions. The majority of participants (44%) spent less time in front of screens than advised (8/18), while only 2 people (9%) got the appropriate amount of sleep. The only predictor of increased physical activity was the child’s self-reported score on the PedsQL scale for social functioning (Coef=0.48, 95% CI=0.09 to 0.87, P=0.019). Participants attained high levels of moderate to vigorous daily physical activity, and this was linked to participants’ ability to interact socially. As doctors provide treatment recommendations for children with idiopathic toe walking (ITW), it is important to understand how those suggestions interact with the children’s PA level and sleep. The potential effects of any given treatment on the patient’s ability to interact socially should be carefully considered before any course of action is taken. The researchers had a small sample size; hence, results should be cautiously interpreted and not extrapolated to all children with ITW.

Source: bmcpediatr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12887-022-03583-w