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Child Health News

How to Spot Signs of Hearing Problems in Toddlers

Is your toddler just not listening or do they have a hearing problem? Are they ignoring you or not actually hearing you? How can you …

How to Get Your Kids to Sleep

According to sleep experts, children in preschool need about 10 to 12 hours of sleep per night, while older children need around 8 to 9 hours. But a recent survey by the National Sleep Foundation indicated that over 60 percent of children have trouble either going to sleep or staying asleep during the week. Beauty rest is one thing, but lack of sleep in children can lead to much more serious problems including depression, hostility, weight gain, and lower school performance. The culprits that are keeping children awake at night?

How to Protect Your Child’s Hearing

If you’re flinching because your teen’s music is too loud or if you find yourself leaving the room when your toddler starts playing with a …

Heroin Abuse and Students

Last month I ventured into the non-clinical realm and discussed sports psychology and the, if you will, lighter side of the profession.  This month I …

Sleep Problems and What to Do About Them

  According to Peg Dawson of the Seaport Coast Mental Health Center, as many as 30% of children suffer from sleep disorders. This amounts to …

Pet Ownership May Decrease Infections in Children

A recent study published in Pediatrics suggests that children who are exposed to pets in the first year of life have fewer upper respiratory tract …

FDA acts to Protect Kids from the Drug Industry

Ten-year old Jack is depressed. Does mom need to head for the medicine cabinet or rush to the pharmacy for antidepressants to help him cope …

Mothers’ Migraines Linked to Infant Colic

Mothers with a history of migraines are twice as likely to have an infant with colic. The genes that are linked to migraines may cause …

Measles Making a Comeback

The number of cases and outbreaks have almost quadrupled in the United States in 2011. Normally there have been about 60 cases a year and …

Autism

A recent report from the CDC indicates that the prevalence of autism has increased by 78% since 2002. It is unclear what has caused this …

Food Allergies

More people are getting food allergies. From 1997 to 2007, 18% more children under 18 years were reported of having food allergies. Any food can …

Benefits of Family Meals

It is well known that family meals are important and beneficial. But with new studies, family meals are becoming more recognized for their vital impact …

Adolescent Health Visit

This fall thousands of adolescents and young adults are starting middle school, high school and college.  Before they start school, they should visit their Pediatrician …

The Family that Eats Together Stays Healthy Together

Recent studies have shown that not only do children like to sit down at the dinner table and eat a meal with their parents, but …

Encouraging Your Child’s Vegetable Eating

It’s a parenting dilemma struggled with for generations, or at least since the first blob of mustard greens or lentil loaf was spooned out onto …

Strength Training Improves Insulin Sensitivity in Liver for Teens

It’s a well known fact that obesity is associated with Type II diabetes.  The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended increased physical activity as the …