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When fears turn to phobias

Bees, costumed characters, germs, thunderstorms: what do they have in common? They all have the potential to cause fear and anxiety in both children and adults. Childhood fears are commonplace, in fact, psychologists view it as not typical if a child experiences no fears or worries during the course of their development. Childhood fears help […]

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Young Bullies seek power, status, and affection.

A new study from the Netherlands published in the March/April 2010 issue of the journal Child Development looks at underlying reasons that children bully their  peers. They studied about 500 elementary school children aged 9 to 12 and found that the reason that they bully their peers is to gain power and status by dominating their […]

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ADHD and Young Children

For the parents of a child with ADHD, everyday tasks turn into battles—from getting the child out the door in the morning to getting him to bed at night. My son was diagnosed with ADHD at age 6, so I remember what it was like to have a daily tug of war with an attention […]

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Cellphones, A Hazardous Convenience?

The jury is out on the longterm effect of cellphone use on kids. Recent research by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group states that the link between radiation from cellphones to cancers of the brain, neck, and head are troubling.   The results are inconclusive but should give parents pause when considering the amount of time a child […]

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FDA Temporarily Suspends Rotarix Vaccine

The FDA has temporarily suspended the use of Rotarix vaccine in children.  Rotarix vaccine is a vaccine given by mouth to infants to prevent gastroenteritis caused by Rotavirus.  Rotavirus can cause severe dehydration in infants and young children.  Tests on the product showed that the Rotarix vaccine contains porcine ciclovirus 1; porcine ciclovirus is not known […]

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Baby Sling Recall

Recently a popular mode of carrying infants is with a sling.  Over 1 million baby slings have been sold by Infantino and there had been 3 cases of infant deaths associated with them.  The government agency Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that parents stop using the sling for infants under 4 months of age.  It […]

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Montelukast Helpful in Recurrent Wheezing

A recent study shows that Montelukast (Singulair) helps with children who develop recurrent wheezing after a bout of RSV bronchiolitis.  RSV bronchiolitis is a viral infection that causes respiratory distress in children.  After the children recover from the infection, some children develop recurrent wheezing episodes like asthmatic children.  A medication that treats asthma and allergies […]

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Time for Spring Cleaning

Now is the perfect time to clean your house to minimize allergy triggers.  The first thing is to vacuum up the nasty pollens and dust mites that are hiding in your carpet, couches and drapes.  Be sure to use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter so you don’t blow it all back into the room.  […]

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Earlier Than Expected Allergy Season

A recent article from MSNBC/Women’s Health attributes an earlier allergy season to climate change and increased carbon dioxide levels. Spring is now here and pollen counts are rising; regardless of the cause, there are many ways you can protect yourself and your family.  Keep your windows closed, take antihistamines, or see your doctor for prescription […]

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Rethinking ‘‘Generation Me’’

In a scientific analysis of approximately one-half million high-school seniors over three decades,  Brent Donnellan and Kali Trzesniewski of the University of Western Ontario argue teens today are no more egotistical – and just as happy and satisfied – as previous generations. “We concluded that, more often than not, kids these days are about the same […]

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