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Vicks VapoRub Dangerous For Infants

By Margarita Nahapetyan Vicks VapoRub - one of the most popular and trusted over-the-counter remedies against cough and cold for over half a century - can actually be not safe for infants and young children, according to a new study. Research published on Tuesday by the American College of Chest Physicians has discovered that Vicks may cause "serious respiratory distress" on children under two years of age. Scientists reported that th

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Improves Tiny Brains

By Margarita Nahapetyan Two Adelaide-based researchers Dr Maria Makrides, B.Sc., B.N.D., PhD from the Women's & Children's Health Research Institute and Professor Bob Gibson from the University of Adelaide have made a world breakthrough when they have boosted the brain function of premature female babies by increasing the amount of an omega-3 fatty acid (known as DHA - docosahexaenoic acid) in either infant's formula or breast milk.

Children Are Victims Of Divorcing Parents

By Margarita Nahapetyan Divorce of parents is a crisis for the entire family. It becomes especially difficult when children are involved. Children deeply suffer when parents they love fall into conflict and break their relationship. And in many cases the pain, hurt and confusion of divorce leave deep scars in kids' hearts. Many children secretly blame themselves, thinking that they might be the reason of a break-up. When parents fight

Change In Vaccine Order Affects Infants' Response To Pain

By Margarita Nahapetyan Canadian doctors say that the certain order in which vaccine injections are being administered to infants, affects their response to pain. According to scientists, infants who receive the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) following the combination vaccine for diphtheria, polio, tetanus, pertussis and Haemophilus influenzae type b (DPTaP-Hib vaccine), appear to experience less pain compared to those who receive immunization in the op

The Challenges of Raising an Exceptional Child

Excerpted from The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them By Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D. In this chapter you learn why skilled parenting helps HSCs even more than other children, and why the skills are different with HSCs. We discuss the six qualities of HSCs that present the greatest challenges, and you will begin to learn how to respond effectively when they arise. We will also take note of all the joys that come with raising an H

Social Lives of Children

Excerpted from Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children By Michael Thompson, Ph.D., Catherine O'Neill Grace, Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D. Some years ago, when my children were twelve and eight years old, our family returned from a two-week vacation-a good and fun trip. We had barely made it through the kitchen door before my son, Will, headed for the phone to call his friend Mitchell and my daughter, Joanna, disappeared into my wife's home off

Divorcing Emotions: Riding Alone on the Emotional Roller Coaster of Grief

Excerpted from The Truth About Children and Divorce: Dealing with the Emotions So You and Your Children Can Thrive By Robert Emery, Ph.D. When it comes to driving and shaping a divorce, for better or worse, nothing is as powerful as human emotion. No agreement, no lawyer, no judge, not even your levelheaded best friend is any match for your unrecognized, unmanaged, and unprocessed emotions. The feelings stirred up by divorce can be so intense th

Abused Children Age Prematurely

By Margarita Nahapetyan Children, who are exposed to multiple instances of early-life violence and abuse, age fast on a cellular level, experiencing wear and tear to their DNA, found a new study by North Carolina's Duke University scientists. The study results indicate that chromosomes of kids who were exposed to domestic violence, bullying or physical abuse by an adult, showed signs of biological aging. The findings may help explain

In the Best Interest of the Child

Excerpted from In the Best Interest of the Child: How to Protect Your Child from the Pain of Your Divorce By Stanton E. Samenow, Ph.D. I've seen parents stop at nothing in their attempts to defeat each other, including using their sons and daughters as pawns. I recall a mother and father referring to the transfer of their daughter from one house to the other as the hostage exchange. I know two other parents who decided one full year after their divorce that the only way

Pregnancy Obesity May Be Linked to Autism In Children

By Margarita Nahapetyan Women, who suffer from excess weight or have Type 2 or gestational diabetes during pregnancy, are at an increased risk of having a child with developmental disorders such as autism, found a new research into the sobering risks of obesity in pregnancy. The new findings provide evidence that obesity and diabetes during pregnancy may pose an increased risk for ASD (autism spectrum disorder) and other neurodevelopm

Family Business: When Money Equals Love

Excerpted from The Love They Lost; Living with the Legacy of Our Parents' Divorce By Stephanie Staal On a hot summer morning, the streets quiet after the early morning commuter rush, I push my way through the double glass doors of the County Circuit Courthouse, where my parents filed for their divorce. The entrance is air-conditioned, cool and cavelike, untouched by the lights farther down the hall. I wait in a line that snakes slowly through the metal detectors, rubbin

For Autistic Youth Transition to Adulthood Is Very Rocky

By Margarita Nahapetyan One in three adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) do not have post-secondary education and have no paying job or technical training nearly seven years after high school graduation, says a new research. The experts found that, when it comes to work and education, autistic young people often fare much worse that young adults with other types of developmental disabilities, including those who are mentally disabled.

How Children Grieve

Excerpted from Guiding Your Child Through Grief By James P. Emswiler, M.A., M.Ed, Mary Ann Emswiler, M.A., M.P.S. Forty-five-year-old Adam had finally found his dream job: selling heavy machinery internationally. He thrived on the challenge and the opportunity to travel in countries he'd only read about. His e-mails to friends glowed with happiness. Family photographs reflected his renewed zest for life. So his wife, Donna, didn't understand when she received a call two

Obese Mothers Put Their Babies At Asthma Risk

By Margarita Nahapetyan Children born to mothers with obesity may be at an increased risk of respiratory problems and, in particular, asthma, according to new findings presented on May 19 at the 105th International Conference of the American Thoracic Society in San Diego. "Obesity is not a neutral state; adipose tissue is an active producer of pro-inflammatory cytokines, while it also suppresses the action of anti-inflammatory cytokin

Flu Vaccine Doesn't Work For All Children

By Margarita Nahapetyan Flu vaccine can triple the risk of hospitalization for children, and especially the ones with asthma, when compared with kids who have not received the shot, according to a new study by the U.S. scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The main goal of a new research was to evaluate the effectiveness of the flu vaccine (trivalent inactivated flu vaccine, or TIV) in children, said Dr. Avni Joshi, M

Part-Time Working Mothers Have Healthier Children

By Margarita Nahapetyan Mothers who work part-time are raising much healthier kids when compared to mothers who stay at home or those who have a full-time job, a new Australian study has found. Researchers from the University of New England in New South Wales Tlooked at 4,500 preschool children and discovered that the offspring of mothers who worked part-time consumed less junk food, watched about an hour less television, spent more t

Managing Temperament

Excerpted from The Difficult Child: Expanded and Revised Edition By Stanley Turecki, M.D., Leslie Tonner Rewarding for a Routine: The Star System As already noted, most difficult children do well with routines, especially when large blocks of unplanned time are involved. With some, simply establishing the routine will be enough, but others will need a reward system to help them get started. This method can be applied to

Less Children Need Cholesterol Drugs

By Margarita Nahapetyan A new study published in the journal Circulation reports that less than 1 per cent of American teenagers are likely to need medication to lower their cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. High cholesterol can lead to a buildup of plaque in the artery walls, narrowing a person's arteries, and making it more difficult for blood to flow through the heart and body. The

When Being Hyper Is 'Just a Phase'

Excerpted from Is it Just a Phase? How to Tell Common Childhood Phases from More Serious Problems By Susan Anderson Swedo, M.D., Henrietta L. Leonard, M.D. The most frequent question parents ask us is "My son is always so 'hyper.' Do you think he's hyperactive?" When we ask them to define hyper, they say, "He's constantly on the move," "He's always on the go," or "He can't settle down." Sometimes, the parents just say, "You know, 'hyper'!," as the term has been used so

Unvaccinated Children At Higher Risk Of Illnesses

By Margarita Nahapetyan Children whose parents do not want to immunize them are 23 times more likely to develop the whooping cough, or pertussis, compared to those kids who have all their vaccinations done on time, U.S. researchers reported last week. In contrast, only one in 500 children who received their vaccination shots, developed whooping cough in the study by Kaiser Permanente Colorado's Institute for Health Research. The inves

The Virtuoso - The Miracle of Saving Children's Lives

Excerpted from Walk on Water; The Miracle of Saving Children's Lives By Michael Ruhlman I'd been hanging out at the Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic for two months when the shell-shocked Kasniks arrived. It had been a busy time for the center's staff, filled with all kinds of drama and tragedy, deaths and saves, errors and grace, and mostly a lot of work and stressful nights on call-the routine stuff of intensive-care units, cri

How Safe Are Children's Vaccines?

Excerpted from What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations By Stephanie Cave, M.D., F. A.A.F.P., Deborah Mitchell When it comes to vaccines, the big question is how safe are they? The answer is both simple and complex. While choosing to refuse all vaccinations for your children may expose them to serious health risks, blindly accepting all vaccines without question and according to the proposed schedule may also result in grave consequences. &#

Breastfeeding Mothers Don't Neglect Their Kids

By Margarita Nahapetyan Mothers who do not breastfeed their infants are nearly 4 times more likely to neglect and abuse their child, according to a Baylor College of Medicine study in Queensland, Australia. To reach this conclusion, researchers, lead by senior author Lane Strathearn, assistant professor of pediatrics at BCM and Texas Children's Hospital, linked data from the University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy - Australia's la

Cell Phones Pose Dangers For Kids On The Road

By Margarita Nahapetyan Children who talk on a cell phone while crossing a street are at a higher risk to get hit by a vehicle, according to psychologists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "Cell phones clearly offer convenience and safeguards to families, but they also may pose risk," UAB researchers wrote in their report which will be published in the February issue of Pediatrics. "Particularly, when children attempt to mul

Genetics and Growth - The Inheritance of Stature

Excerpted from The Short Child: A Parents' Guide to the Causes, Consequences, and Treatment of Growth Problems By Paul Kaplowitz, M.D., Ph.D., Jeffrey Baron, M.D. As most people know from their own experience, height has a strong genetic component. Short parents tend to have short children, and tall parents tend to have tall children. Some people wonder if a boy's height is determined primarily by his father's height whereas a girl's height is determined primarily by he
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