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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

Water Fountains At Schools Help Kids Stay Lean

By Margarita Nahapetyan Installing water fountains at schools, and teaching children about the health benefits of water, could reduce their risk for getting extra unnecessary pounds, reports a new study that is published in the latest issue of the journal Pediatrics. The findings are based on a unique intervention in 32 elementary schools in poor areas of two German cities, Dortmund and Essen, during the 2006-2007 academic year. For t

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

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

The Movement of Imperfection

Excerpted from Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children By Gina Gallagher, Patricia Konjoian They are here. There. And everywhere. You can hear them buzzing at spelling bees. Running at the mouth at track meets. Even trumpeting at concerts. They are the parents of those "perfect" kids. You know them - those people you meet in life who love to tell you how smart, athletic, gifted, and talented (blah, blah, blah) their kids

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

The Boys and Girls Book About Divorce

Excerpted from The Boys and Girls Book About Divorce By Richard A. Gardner, M.D. My name is Dr. Richard Gardner. I am a child psychiatrist. For those of you who don't know what that is, a child psychiatrist is a special kind of doctor who tries to help children who have troubles and worries. Some of the children I see in my office have problems because their parents are divorced. These children often feel better about their worries after they le

Teen Alcohol Drinking May Cause Breast Disease

By Margarita Nahapetyan Results of a new study by U.S. scientists show that female teenagers who consume alcohol are putting themselves at higher risk of developing breast disease later in life, a condition that is a known risk factor for cancer. Breast disease is characterized by hard lumps in the breast which can turn cancerous at a certain point. According to the National Cancer Institute, women with benign breast disease also may

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

Sinus Infections Can Cause Toxic Shock Syndrome In Children

By Margarita Nahapetyan Sinus infections can put kids at an increased risk of developing toxic shock syndrome, report the scientists from the United States, who state that sinus infections might be responsible for more than 20 per cent of all cases of toxic shock syndrome in children. Toxic shock syndrome, a potentially fatal condition caused by bacterial toxins, is often linked to tampon use (nearly half of all cases), surgical wound

Quirky Kids - Arriving At a Diagnosis

Excerpted from Quirky Kids : Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn't Fit In- When to Worry and When Not to Worry By Perri Klass, M.D., Eileen Costello, M.D. Once upon a time, most quirk)' children did not get assigned to formal diagnostic categories. They were called eccentric or odd and were humored as odd-balls or tortured as weirdos, coddled as infant geniuses or ostracized as misfits. We all remember such children from our own school days, and chances are,

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

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

Parental Divorce Affects Children's Education

By Margarita Nahapetyan Couples who are about to get divorced should know that their decision could have a negative impact on their child's long-term academic performance, reports a new study by two Canadian Universities. Researchers from the University of Alberta and the University of Manitoba found that the consequences of parental divorce lead to higher school drop-out rates among children whose parents are getting a divorce, compa

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.

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

Neural Plasticity: Nature's Double-Edged Sword

Excerpted from Endangered Minds: Why Children Don't Think And What We Can Do About It By Jane M. Healy, Ph.D. The large auditorium is hushed as the lights dim and a statistical chart appears on the screen. I reflect momentarily that I have never heard a large group of educators this quiet. "Now, I'll show you the effects of different environments on our animals' brains." Dr. Marian Diamond wields her laser pointer triumphantly. "We've been worki

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

Lead Levels Go Down In Children

By Margarita Nahapetyan New government report shows unbelievable progress concerning children's health - far fewer kids have dangerously high levels of lead compared to the numbers of 20 years going back. Lead is a toxic metal that has been widely used in thousands of products, including the ones designed for kids. Lead from paint, water and soil can have a severe impact on the development of a nervous system of young people and cause

Is Your Child at Risk For Depression?

Excerpted from Raising Depression-Free Children : A Parent's Guide to Prevention and Early Intervention By Kathleen Panula Hockey When is a child clinically depressed? When is he at risk for depression? When is he simply going through a phase? These are difficult questions to answer. Popular magazines, news articles, television stories, and advertisements all tend to highlight the biological aspects of depression and depression treatment. This c

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

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. &#

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
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