“I never suspected my nine-year-old daughter’s inability to concentrate was due to ADHD,” said Diane, the mother of three girls. “She isn’t ‘hyper’ or noisy—in fact, just the opposite. Kayla is the middle child—she’s quiet and tends to daydream a lot. We were frustrated because she couldn’t ever seem to concentrate or get her schoolwork […]
There is some new, fascinating cutting edge research that says that kids with ADHD have different brain patterns than those without. Pictures have been taken of the human brain that clearly demonstrate the difference in cortex thickening between those with ADHD and a control group, and significant differences were found. Do kids with ADHD […]
Fact: For the child with ADHD, the teen years are doubly hard. That’s because all the adolescent problems—peer pressure, the fear of failure both in school and with peers, low self-esteem—are harder for the ADHD child to handle. The desire to be independent, to try new and forbidden things—alcohol, drugs, and sexual activity—are ways that […]
When it comes to your ADHD/ADD child and school, remember: you are your child’s best advocate. I think to be a good advocate for your child, it’s important to learn as much as you can about ADHD and how it affects your child at home, in school, and in social situations. Many children with ADHD also have […]
Videogames have been criticized as one of the main causes of obesity in the United States. Every year the U.S. spends millions of dollars on videogames. Most of these videogames involve pushing a few buttons and staring at a video screen. In addition to contributing to a sedentery lifestyle, children lose out on interactive play […]
Summer is almost here, and with it come the ill-fitting baseball uniforms, iodine swabbed skinned soccer knees, and a load of sports uniform laundry that will keep the washer going continuously until September. Legions of children sign up for summer sports across the country and enjoy the benefits of exercise, fresh air, and personal goal-setting and […]
In the May 2010 issue of The Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the results of a large study at John Hopkins Children’s Center reveals that the suicide rate in children and adolescents who have a parent who also commited suicide is much higher. These children and adolescents also have a much higher rate of suffering […]
A recent study published in the June online edition of Pediatrics showed that children with higher levels of organophosphate pesticide metabolites in their urine were at higher risk of developing ADHD symptoms. For every 10 fold increase in organophosphate pesticide metabolites in the urine there is a 55-72% increase in the odds of developing ADHD. Organophosphate […]
The Rotateq vaccine was introduced to the U.S. market in 2006; it is used to prevent gastroenteritis caused by the Rotavirus virus. Rotavirus causes severe vomiting and diarrhea in infants and young children. The subsequent dehydration often cause hospitalizations. This live vaccine is used in infants and is administered orally in a three dose regimen. It […]
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