Last week’s bullying related death of Phoebe Prince in Massachusettes once again demonstrates the immediate and serious child health and safety problem of bullying. In the loud echo of these nationally-publicized incidents, it would seem that there would be a national call-to-action. If it were another problem killing our children at school, let’s say a […]
Children are learning at a very young age to use the internet to gather information and to connect with friends. It is important to make sure that the information and connections are accurate and healthy. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children conducted a survey and the following statistics represent the potential dangers of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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