A new study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests that mothers who spank their 3 year old children are placing them at risk for becoming aggressive themselves by age 5. Three-year-old children who were spanked two or more times in the previous month had a 50 percent increased chance of being aggressive when they turned […]
Many obese patients like to blame their weight problems on their genes. A recent study in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine evaluated a specific variant of the FTO gene that controls fat mass and exercise has shown that daily moderate to vigorous excercise can counteract the effects of the gene. Previous studies showed that there […]
More and more adults are now being diagnosed with ADHD. Part of the reason is that ADHD is now recognized more and more by physicians and the public awareness of the disorder. I often see children in my practice with ADHD and notice that the parents have very similar symptoms of impulsivity and distractibility. Sometimes […]
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 […]
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