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ADHD and School Success - Yes, it is Possible!

A day in school requires sustained attention, sitting quietly and refined social skills - all of which ADHD children tend to have great difficult mastering.

Sleep Deprived Children Have Health Problems

If your child has frequent health and/or emotional problems, consider that a lack of sleep may be all or at least part of the problem. Every function in the body is affected by sleep.

How to Get Baby to Sleep Through the Night

Much as we love them, babies can bring parents to their knees when they wake frequently during the night. Tired from a hard day at work, it's hard to get up in the wee hours of the morning to soothe a crying baby who probably doesn't realize he's supposed to be nice and quiet so the rest of the family can get some rest! Getting baby to sleep at night becomes a huge taskSo how do we cope with this situation? The first thing to realize is that babies do wake frequently during the night as their sleep cycles are shorter than ours.

Children and Hypnosis

What brings about or exacerbates children's problems? Much that goes on in our world can cause problems for children, just as it does for adults.

Building A Strength Training Routine For Your Child

Sally is ready to join the basketball team this year.  You encourage her, tell her to practice everyday, and even join in on the team's fundraising efforts.

Parent and Teachers Guide to Child Safety

Every home and school should have a first aid kit. Most parents don't think of having a safe and natural head lice treatment ready at a moment's notice.

Your ADHD Child May Just Be Tired

Children who have symptoms of Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) actually may be sleep-deprived, according to researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Sleep Laboratory.

Docs Giving Wrong Rx to Kids with Sore Throats?

For years, there has been concern that antibiotics are overprescribed, and with good cause. Despite clear guidelines calling for prior testing, physicians prescribed antibiotics in 53 percent of sore throat cases in children, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Children's Hospital Boston found in a recent study.

Three Natural Cures Your Kids Want You To Know!

When Hippocrates said "the physician treats but nature heals," he was describing the human body's natural tendency toward minimizing illness and creating optimal health.

The Seven Stages of Parenthood

Stage 1: Me, have kids?  Really? Your biological alarm goes off.  Every baby is unbeliveably cute.  Am I ready for kids?  They are pretty darn cute.

How to get your child the extra help they need in school

Extra help in school. (Applicable mainly to the UK) The British government promised "that a child with special educational needs should have their needs met" (sec.

My Son Is Terribly Shy, What Can I Do To Help Him?

Q. "I have a 7-year old son who is so shy he will hardly talk to anyone outside of our family. How can I help him?"A. Some children are naturally slower than others to warm to people.

Help Your Baby Develop Character

How Can We Help Children Learn about Character? Children learn about strong character when parents and other adults in their daily lives   · set a good example through their own behavior and actions,   · set and communicate high standards and clear expectations,  · coach them on how to be responsible and kind, and   · use literature to reinforce the values of strong character.

Helping Your Child Sleep

We can't get a good sleep until we are relaxed. A few things must happen before we get there. We need to feel secure and safe. Any kind of tension, such as abuse, parents arguing, financial problems, trouble with the neighbors, or problems with school or friends, will make it harder for any child to go to sleep.

Proper Nutrition Can Make Your Kid a Top Student

It is important that your child gets his or her nutrition early o­n, preferably form Grade 1. This is the most important time for brain development, as they start to learn new things and create new ideas all the time.

Surviving Autism in Your Family

Autism is a disability affecting human development. Daily live can be extremely hard for those living with an autistic child or adult. Most of us don't understand this condition and how everyone around it is affected.

Fitness and Kids

Kids are always so full of energy, running instead of walking whenever the opportunity presents itself. Although this isn't always the desired behavior, running is actually quite good for children and helps to keep them physically fit, while preparing them for a life of fitness as adults.

High Fructose Corn Syrup: The Obesity Link

Playing outside in the hot days of summer will work up a thirst. While water is the best quencher of thirst and should be the first choice you offer your children, sometimes it's nice to have a sweeter treat to enjoy.

Types of Nipples, Medications, and Fathers be Supportive and Helpful during Breastfeeding

Each breastfeeding woman has to find her own routine with settings and positions that work best for her and the baby.  Each woman experiences a unique experience while breastfeeding.

Caring for Your Baby’s Umbilical Cord

From the sixth week of pregnancy until birth there is an umbilical cord that connects the developing fetus to the mother through the placenta.

Rainy Day Activities for Kids and Dogs

"It's raining, it's pouring, everything is boring!"Rainy days with stir-crazy kids and dogs can try your sanity. When your kids wail that there's nothing fun to do, have them try some of these simple games with the family dog.

Creating a Balanced Inner World for Our Children

We are all made up of many parts. For example, if we are fifty, we still have a part of us that is twelve. It may show up when we are at a carnival with our kids, or visiting a place where we lived at that age.

Guidelines for Using Cough and Cold Products in Children

You should never use cough and cold products in children under 2 years of age unless your health care provider gives specific directions to do so.

The Use of Codeine- and Dextromethorphan-Containing Cough Remedies in Children

There is numerous prescription and nonprescription medications currently available for suppression of cough symptoms in children.  There is also reported adverse effects and over dosage associated with giving cough and cold preparations to children.

Children and Allergies

Today's society is discovering newer ways to ensure safety in the home, car, garden, community and school, but there are some dangers that cannot be entirely avoided.

Healthy Children, Happy Life

It is alarming that so many children are obese or along the path to becoming obese. Why are we allowing the poor children of today to live certain lifestyles that encourage poor nutrition with limited if any exercise? A recent study lead Dr.

Fit Five Kids

FitFive Healthy Kids Program gets children off to a good start in life.For children to be fit and healthy they require a balanced diet and sufficient exercise from their earliest years.

Reflexology and Children

For the past 18 months I have been volunteering my services as a Reflexologist, with disadvantaged children. The benefits to them is wonderful and I would recommend that all parents and families take their children to visit a Reflexologist from as young as a baby.

Vaccination - a Homeopathic Approach

CHILDHOOD VACCINATIONS - A HOMEOPATHIC VIEW This is a summary of material from a few sources, and can be used by parents as a source of information about vaccinations.

AUTISM HOMEOPATHY TREATMENT

DefinitionAutism s a complex developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, although it is sometimes diagnosed much later.

A Dance Fitness Innovation is Taking Place in Britian\'s Schools

Are pupils in schools in England soon to be waltzing down the corridors? Dance is rapidly establishing itself as a valuable perhaps even mandatory part of the curriculum for school children.

How PCBs Damage the Developing Brain

Researchers from UC Davis have published a collection of studies demonstrating once and for all the mechanisms explaining how PCBs, which are a widespread contaminant in the US food supply, directly alter the shape and function of brain cells causing excitotoxic changes in cells that are associated with ADHD, learning disabilities, mental retardation, and other forms of cognitive impairment.

Surrogate Testing and Kinesiology

There are many reasons I love what I do. As a Kinesiologist I have the privilege of meeting and treating many wonderful people, some of whom have been suffering for years and come to me as a last resort ! (I have learned not to be offended by this.

When the body speaks

Sometimes a sharp pain here or there, bloated, tired or even earache, are all indications that all is not well in the body. Do we dash to our Health Practitioner and demand a quick fix because one is just so busy and has so much to do and does not have 'time' to stay off work, or do we listen to our Health Practitioner and our body and simply take time off, go to bed to rest and heal which has always been the good old fashioned way of dealing with the onset of flu.

Massive Brain Drugging of Children Now Underway

Get ready for generation Z (Z for zombie).  The brains of a generation of children are now being fried by fraudulent brain drugs.  Antidepressants are now the number one prescription in America - and our children are the target market.

Brave Oxford Researchers Say Tamiflu is Not for Kids

Governments in the United States and Great Britain plan to use antiviral drugs as a first line of defense against the Swine Flu (along with experimental vaccines as they become available), especially in at risk groups such as young children.

Children Health - Causes and Symptoms of Neurodevelopmental Disorder

Neurodevelopment disorder is also known as disorder of neural development or brain development disorder. Physically, it is characterized as impairment of brain or central nervous system.

Children's Health - Brain Development Disorder - Definition and Types

I. DefinitionA neurodevelopmental disorder is defined as an impairment of the growth and development of the central nervous system. It effects the child's brain function in controlling emotion, learning ability and memory as well as social interaction.

Children's Health - How to Treat Autism in a Conventional Perspective

I. DefinitionConventional medicine is also known as Western medicine. It is a system of medical approach in which medical doctor and other health professionals such as nurses, medical technician and specialists and therapists, etc.

Children Health - Diagnosis of Children Brain Development Disorder

Diagnosis of children's brain development is always painful and time consuming for the parent. From the first day when you take your child to see your family doctor, to the day you know what type of brain development disorder which your child has, you may come cross many "wrong" diagnosis and be suggested to take your child to see one specialist after another.

Children's Health - Autism - Definition and Causes

I. Definition Autism is one of the most common forms of brain development disorder and one in 166 child is diagnosed with some forms of autism.

Child Health - How to Treat Autism With a Nutritional Perspective

I. DefinitionA nutritional supplement is also known as a food supplement, it is defined as a form of food supplement which is prepared with the intention of providing nutrients for people who for what ever reason are found to have a nutritional supplement deficiency, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids,amino acids, etc.

Children's Health - Autism - What to Avoid

Children diagnosed with autism with impairments of speech, social and communication skill, limited interest, repetitive behaviour, etc. depending on severity of the symptoms may exhibit low tolerance or allergies to certain foods or chemicals, such as gluten and casein, impairment of digestion system such as yeast over growth in the intestine tract, weakened immune system such as decreased resistance to infection, respiratory and ear infection.

Children's Health - Autism - Important Diet For Autistic Children

Although medication and physical therapies are important for autistic children, without carefully chosen intake of foods with vital nutrients, they will be lessened their effectiveness.

Healing with the Elderly

Recently I was asked to join team members of a company in giving volunteer Reflexology to a community of elderly ladies in a township in Johannesburg.

Faulty body clock may make kids bipolar

Malfunctioning circadian clock genes may be responsible for bipolar disorder in children. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Psychiatry found four versions of the regulatory gene RORB that were associated with paediatric bipolar disorder.

Children's Health - Autism - Definition and Symptoms in Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective

I. Definition Autism is one most common forms of brain development disorder and one in 166 child is diagnosed with some forms of autism. Children who are diagnosed with autism tend to have weak immune systems and auto immune problems.

Raw Food Diet - How it Increases Energy For a Typical American Dieter - In TCM Perspective

I. What is raw food diet?The raw food diet is defined as a type of diet of which at least 75% of the daily diet must be unprocessed and uncooked foods or foods can not be heating above 115 degree of Fahrenheit or 40 °C, including fresh fruit and vegetables and raw meats.

Children Health - How To Treat Autism InTraditional Chineses Perspective

I. DefinitionUnlike conventional medicine, traditional Chinese medicine defines autism as a health condition of five delays, five weakness and middle burner stagnation1.

Children's Health - Autism - How Kidney Functions Affect Autism In TCM

Autism is defined as a medical condition of a child having some of the following impairmentsa) Speechb) Social and communication skillsc) Limited interestd) Repetitive behaviourThese impairments are caused by the inability of the body organs to perform their functions, according to TCM.

ADHD Linked to Early Life Instability & Sleep Problems

A new Canadian study analyzes the sleep habits from children age 1.5 to 5 years looking for an association between sleep problems and the development of ADHD.

Common Phthalate Exposure Linked to ADHD

Phthalates are commonly added to plastics to increase their flexibility and transparency.  The are common in the average household and can readily leach into food.

The Poorly Developing ADHD Brain

A study done at the National Institute of Mental Health has used neuroanatomical magnetic resonance image technology to document developmental changes in brain structure in normal children and those with ADHD.

How Bad Fat Programs Future Generations to Be Obese

A new study indicates that one major factor causing today's obesity epidemic is the garbage fat diet of Americans for the past century.  The Western diet is almost void of omega 3 essential fatty acids.

Pregnant? The flu shot will protect you and baby.

Each year people get the flu, for an adult it can be horrible but for a baby the risks are far greater, sometimes fatal. Infants from newborn to six months are vulnerable to contracting influenza or influenza-like diseases but cannot have any form of flu vaccine.

What onsets early female puberty?

Have you noticed how some girls begin their puberty journey much earlier than others? Sometimes 10 year old girls have to deal with the physical changes of a female body long before they are emotional ready for it.

Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to obesity in Children

Vitamin D a supplement received mainly from the sun's light has proven crucial to a child's development and those that test deficient in Vitamin D gain weight faster.

Cutting the umbilical cord too early could risk the health of the baby

In some cultures one of the first things that happens to a baby within the first few minutes of their life is having their cord clamped. A UK medical professional suggests that early cord clamping can be somewhat dangerous and in some cases lead to death.

Baby food effects later ability to reproduce

Over the years what you are supposed to eat while pregnant and feed your newborn has changed dramatically. Even just from one generation to another the guidelines produced by doctors has evolved, even to the point of contradicting the previous guidelines.

New research makes connections between folic acid during pregnancy and newborn weight.

Pregnant mothers are encouraged to add a folic acid supplement to their diet. Past research has demonstrated the benefits of folic acid in the development of a baby within the womb preventing defects such as spina bifida but now there is new research that teaches us the relationship between folic acid and a newborns weight.

Working mothers = Increase BMI in Children

A new research was conducted that targeted working mothers and the effect on their children's BMI. The study is published in the journal Child Development and was conducted by researcher Taryn Morrissey, PhD from American University.

ADD/HD and refined sugars: Not such a sweet combination

I recently read an article concerning a study that showed that children are perfectly happy with non-sugary cereal (as a opposed to sugary cereal) when they have options.

Diet for constipated babies

Entering this world brings a whole load of new experiences and a tiny little body is bombarded with challenges. Many newborns have numerous obstacles to pass as their bodies adjust to life outside the womb.

How to Stop Unhealthy Habits in Children

It is a known fact that it takes a great deal to break a habit. As habit is something which gives comfort, relaxes and calms the mind, it requires great determination to let it go.

Mother’s diet will contribute to Child’s obesity

Research has been performed that suggests that in order to change the obesity epidemic that faces the western world a shift of focus should be made to highlight the diet of a pregnant mother.

Your child’s health

The children of today are tomorrow's leaders; it is our duty and privilege to teach them how to live long, prosperous and healthy lives. The quality of your child's life begins with you.

Homeopathic treatment and Homeopathic remedy for Nephrotic syndrome

Nephrotic syndrome is a nonspecific disorder in which the kidneys are damaged, causing them to leak large amounts of protein[1] (proteinuria at least 3.

Childhood Asthma Homeopathy Treatment

  Childhood Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. It causes recurring periods of: Wheezing, Chest tightness, Shortness of breath, and Coughing.

FAQ’s for ADHD

FAQ's for ADHD What is: 1. ADHD - Inattentive type is defined by an individual experiencing at least six of the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?Individuals with ADHD may know what to do, but may not consistently do what they know because of their inability to efficiently stop and think prior to responding, regardless of the setting or task.

First Aid for Everyone

First Aid usually refers to the provision of initial care for an illness or injury, this term First Aid is an umbrella that covers many different options.

CHILDHOOD OBESITY AND HOMEOPATHY TREATMENT OR WEIGHT GAIN HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height.

What is an Alternative Health Practitioner?

An Alternative Practitioner is one who practices in the use of alternative medicine, which is usually understood as any healing practice "that does not fall within the realms of conventional medicine".

Sibling Abuse - Children Abusing Other Children

Even though there can be life long debilitating psychological effects, sibling abuse may be the most ignored - if not accepted - form of domestic (i.

Troubled By Head Lice? Coconut Oil May Help You

Are you still using permethrin lotion to solve your child’s head lice infestation? Head lice infestation is a common dilemma that plagues many children.

Coping with the heart problems that affect our children

To a parent, nothing is more sacred than the health of their child, which is why when an infant is born with a heart defect it can be an extremely worrying time.

A Very Natural Solution for Child ADHD and Adult ADHD

     In growing a society we can always find people, who are  more or less able, more or less involved in their own personal problems and life situations, meanwhile others are having a harder time with learning and understanding.

Keeping Your Children Away From ADD and ADHD Can Be Fun !

     Here is first a short introduction to psychiatric labeling:      Since many years countless names and labels for disorders got made available, written down by psychiatrists, describing the malfunctions of a person in its behaviors, attitutes and also specially with its learning disabilities.

About the Unwillingness of a Child doing its Homework

     First of all I want you to realize, that understanding the problems through reading this article, is offering already some great solutions, helping to handle the situation.

6 Ways To Handle The Media & Your Children

Many celebrities and entertainers have a difficult time protecting their children from the media. Here are a few suggestions on how to deal with the media when it pertains to your children.

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An Overview of Down syndrome

Down syndrome is a set of mental and physical symptoms resulting from an extra copy of Chromosome 21.  A normal fertilized egg has 23 pairs of chromosomes.

Cognitive Dissonance and Child Abuse

Cognitive dissonance is a stressful state of mind that occurs when a person is holding either two beneficial or adverse options simultaneously and the person is asked to make a choice.

News Articles

Restless legs syndrome appears to occur within families

Restless legs syndrome appears to aggregate in families, and the siblings of those who are severely affected appear to have an increased risk of developing the disease, according to a report in the latest issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Colic In Babies May Be Caused By Gut Bacteria

HOUSTON, USA - Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Centre at Houston say one organism discovered during their study may unlock the key to what causes colic, inconsolable crying in an otherwise healthy baby.

Study: being active as a preschooler pays off later in childhood

IOWA, USA - Being active at the age of 5 helps children stay lean as they age even if they don't remain as active later in childhood; a new University of Iowa study shows.

Poor sleep in children may have prenatal origins

Westchester, USA - A study in the journal SLEEP found that alcohol consumption during pregnancy and small body size at birth predict poorer sleep and higher risk of sleep disturbances in 8-year-old children born at term.

Exercise Is Healthy for Mother and Child During Pregnancy

Physicians should recommend low to moderate levels of exercise to their pregnant patients, even if they have not exercised prior to pregnancy, states a report of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS).

New groundbreaking treatment for oxygen-deprived newborns

Until now immediate cooling of the newborn infant was the only treatment that could possibly prevent brain damage following oxygen deprivation during delivery.

Vitamin C deficiency impairs early brain development

Copenhagen, Denmark - New research at LIFE - Faculty of Life Sciences at University of Copenhagen shows that vitamin C deficiency may impair the mental development of newborn babies.

'Hygiene hypothesis' challenged

New research hints that the common belief that children who go to day-care have lower rates of asthma and allergy later in life might be nothing more than wishful thinking.

Work conditions impact parents' food choices

St. Louis, USA - Since most parents in the US are employed, there are competing demands on their time that can compromise food choices for themselves and their children.

Children with asthma more vulnerable to H1N1 virus

PHILADELPHIA, USA - Nearly a dozen 7th graders with asthma were welcomed along with other classmates back to school today by a special guest who had a message for them about staying healthy - Kathleen Sebelius, 21st Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

National autism research led by Leicester specialist

The first ever major study into adults living with autism was published this week by the NHS Information Centre. The report, entitled 'Autism Spectrum Disorders in adults living in households throughout England 2007' was written by Professor Terry Brugha, a Consultant Psychiatrist with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Leicester with a team of UK researchersThis groundbreaking study shows for the first time an estimate of how many adults are living with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in England.

Switch programme increases children's healthy eating

The Switch (TM) programme, 'Switch what you Do, View, and Chew', has been shown to be capable of promoting children's fruit and vegetable consumption and lowering 'screen time'.

Universal screening lowers risk of severe jaundice in infants

Screening all newborns for excessive bilirubin in the blood can significantly decrease the incidence of severe jaundice, which, in extreme cases, can lead to seizures and brain damage, according to researchers.

Child burn injuries down significantly

In the next 60 seconds, another child will be on his/her way to the hospital to be treated for serious burns; it happens more than 300 times a day in this country.

Smoking during pregnancy puts children at risk of psychotic symptoms

Mothers who smoke during pregnancy put their children at greater risk of developing psychotic symptoms in their teenage years.New research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry shows a link between maternal tobacco use and psychotic symptoms.

Will giving coffee to babies keep them awake as adults?

A Canadian study on how giving caffeine to newborn rats has shown long-lasting and detrimental effects on sleep and breathing in adulthood, has just been published.

Childhood cancer survivors experience suicidal thoughts decades after diagnosis

Boston, USA - Adult survivors of childhood cancer have an increased risk for suicidal thoughts, even decades after their cancer treatments ended, according to a study led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists.

Enjoying school key to tackling teenage pregnancy

Youth development programmes that tackle deprivation and help children and young people enjoy school are successful in reducing teenage pregnancy rates, say researchers.

Number of injuries from hot tubs doubles

Though hot tubs, whirlpools and spas are widely used for relaxation and fun, they can pose serious risk for injury. Over the past two decades, as recreational use of hot tubs has increased, so has the number of injuries.

School closure could reduce swine flu transmission by 21 percent

A survey carried out in eight European countries has shown that closing schools in the event of an infectious disease pandemic could have a significant role in reducing illness transmission.

Beverage can stay-tabs pose swallowing risk

Chicago USA - Three decades ago, a study revealed that beverage can pull-tabs were being swallowed by children, prompting a switch by U.S. manufacturers to stay-tabs.

New hope for diagnosis and treatment of intractable paediatric brain tumours

Scientists have discovered oncogenes capable of driving growth of normal human brain stem cells in a highly malignant paediatric brain tumour.

One active Christmas gift can improve your child’s health, say physios

Physiotherapists are recommending that people buying Christmas presents for children this year should include one gift that encourages active play, to help kids achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

5 Christmas Tips for Children with ADHD

Washington, D.C. USA - Parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often cringe during the holidays. The expectation of presents and chaotic busyness can turn already energetic children into spinning tops.

Microbes help mothers protect kids from allergies

A pregnant woman's exposure to microbes may protect her child from developing allergies later in life. Researchers in Marburg, Germany find that exposure to environmental bacteria triggers a mild inflammatory response in pregnant mice that renders their offspring resistant to allergies.

Lack of morning light keeping teenagers up at night

The first field study on the impact of light on teenagers' sleeping habits finds that insufficient daily morning light exposure contributes to teenagers not getting enough sleep.

People affected by autism believe increase is 'real,' not diagnostic

There has been a major increase in the number of children diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders over the last two decades - the question is why? Researchers have found a sharp difference between the beliefs of ordinary people and medical experts about the reasons for the increased incidence of autism.

Hypnosis can relieve symptoms in children with respiratory diseases

New Rochelle, USA - Hypnosis has potential therapeutic value in children with respiratory disorders for alleviating symptoms such as habit cough or unexplained sensations of difficulty breathing and for lessening a child's discomfort during medical procedures.

Rapid flu testing

Milwaukee, USA - Researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Children's Research Institute, and the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin have developed a rapid, automated system to differentiate strains of influenza.

Exposure to tobacco smoke in childhood home associated with early emphysema in adulthood

Children regularly exposed to tobacco smoke at home were more likely to develop early emphysema in adulthood. This finding by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health suggests that the lungs may not recover completely from the effects of early-life exposures to tobacco smoke (ETS).

New virus is not linked to chronic fatigue syndrome, suggests UK research

New UK research, recently published, has not reproduced previous findings that suggested Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may be linked to a recently discovered virus.

Addictive Effects of Caffeine on Kids Being Studied

Caffeine is a stimulant drug, although legal, and adults use it widely to perk themselves up and being "addicted" to caffeine is considered perfectly normal.

Babies and sleep: Another reason to love naps

UA researchers find naps are an integral part of learning for infants, helping the developing brain retain new informationAnyone who grew up in a large family likely remembers hearing "Don't wake the baby.

Raising kids may lower blood pressure

They turn Dad's hair grey, but children can now take partial credit for the health of Mom's heart. A new Brigham Young University study found that parenthood is associated with lower blood pressure, particularly so among women.

Studies advise on fluoridated toothpaste use in children

Parents should use toothpastes that contain fluoride with a minimum concentration of 1,000 parts per million to prevent tooth decay in their children, says a new report.

Each pound at birth lowers risk of developing TB

Just one more pound may help a newborn avoid tuberculosis later in life. Researchers at the University of Michigan looked at how much protection additional birth weight added against developing the disease years later.

Small amounts of lead may damage children's kidneys

Small amounts of lead in the bodies of healthy children and teens - amounts well below the levels defined as "concerning" by the U.

Pregnant women who are overweight put their infants at risk

In recent years, there has been a large increase in the prevalence of overweight and obese women of childbearing age, with approximately 51% of non-pregnant women ages 20 to 39 being classified as overweight or obese.

School classroom air may be more polluted with ultrafine particles than outdoor air

The air in some school classrooms may contain higher levels of extremely small particles of pollutants - easily inhaled deep into the lungs - than polluted outdoor air, scientists in Australia and Germany are reporting in an article in ACS' semi-monthly journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Fast food menus with calorie information lead to lower calorie selections for young children

In a new study, the amount of calories selected by parents for their child's hypothetical meal at McDonald's restaurants were reduced by an average of 102 calories when the menus clearly showed the calories for each item.

US birth weights on the decline

Boston, USA - Thirteen-pound babies may make headlines, but they aren't the norm. In fact, U.S. infants are getting smaller, according to researchers at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute's Department of Population Medicine, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

Children with cochlear implants have quality of life equal to normal hearing peers

Children who have cochlear implants (CI) rank their quality of life (QOL) equal to their normally hearing (NH) peers, indicates new research in the latest issue of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

High sensitivity to stress isn't always bad for children

Children who are especially reactive to stress are more vulnerable to adversity and have more behaviour and health problems than their peers.

'Stepping up' asthma treatment in children leads to improvement

Children with asthma who continue to have symptoms while using low-dose inhaled corticosteroids could benefit from increasing the dosage or adding one of two asthma drugs, a new study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine and other institutions finds.

Youth who self-identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual at higher suicide risk, say Montreal researchers

Mental health professionals have long known that gay, lesbian and bisexual (GLB) teens face significantly elevated risks of mental health problems, including suicidal thoughts and suicidal attempts.

Soft drink consumption may increase risk of pancreatic cancer

Consuming two or more soft drinks per week increased the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by nearly twofold compared to individuals who did not consume soft drinks, according to a report in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Drinking milk during pregnancy may lower baby's risk of MS

ST. Paul, USA  - Drinking milk during pregnancy may help reduce your baby's chances of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) as an adult, according to a preliminary study released and presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 62nd Annual Meeting in Toronto.

Lung virus taking its toll on young lives, study finds

A common virus that causes wheezing and pneumonia claims the lives of up to two hundred thousand children worldwide each year, a study has found.

ATV and Motocross Sports – High Velocity Toys Merit Caution

Over the years, all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and motocross motorcycles have gained popularity and marketed as toys to consumers. These high-velocity machines can weigh between 300 and 600 pounds, and run on average between 25 and 60 miles per hour, while some even reach maximum speeds of 75 miles per hour.

Research reveals that temporary hearing deprivation can lead to 'lazy ear'

Scientists have gained new insight into why a relatively short-term hearing deprivation during childhood may lead to persistent hearing deficits, long after hearing is restored to normal.

Baby Chicks and Ducklings as Pets Pose Salmonella Risk

The New Mexico Department of Health advises families to avoid potential exposure to salmonella by not giving baby chicks and ducklings to children as Easter gifts.

Vitamin D Supplementation for Infants

Breastfeeding is the ideal form of infant feeding, but supplementation with Vitamin D, starting soon after birth, is recommended because breastfed infants generally do not obtain adequate Vitamin D from other sources.

UK families with disabled children more likely to live in poverty

Disabled children in the UK are more likely to likely to live with low-income, deprivation, debt and poor housing. University of Warwick researchers writing in the journal BMC Pediatrics found that families with disabled children experience higher levels of poverty and personal and social disadvantage than other children.

ADD - Treatment without the Medication

ADD/ADHD, but without the drugsAustralia currently has well over 50 000 children on prescription drugs to manage their behaviour, diagnosed as being ADD/ADHD related.

Children who lose a parent to suicide more likely to die the same way

Losing a parent to suicide makes children more likely to die by suicide themselves and increases their risk of developing a range of major psychiatric disorders, according to a study led by Johns Hopkins Children's Centre that is believed to be the largest one to date on the subject.

Talk to your babies

Northwestern University researchers have found that even before infants begin to speak, words play an important role in their cognition. For 3-month-old infants, words influence performance in a cognitive task in a way that goes beyond the influence of other kinds of sounds, including musical tones.

Alternative strategies to reduce maternal mortality in India

A study by Sue J. Goldie and colleagues from the Harvard School of Public Health published this week in PLoS Medicine finds that better family planning, provision of safe abortion, and improved intrapartum and emergency obstetrical care could reduce maternal mortality in India by 75% in less than a decade.

Children's well-being another casualty of recession

Researchers see marked increase in abusive head trauma cases during economic downturnVANCOUVER, Canada - The incidence of abusive head trauma among children has skyrocketed since the beginning of the recession in late 2007, according to research that will be presented during this month at the Paediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Probiotics help extremely premature infants gain weight

 Extremely low birth weight infants (ELBW) who received feedings supplemented with probiotics had better weight gain than infants who were not given the supplements, according to a randomized, controlled, double-blind study to be presented at the Paediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Parental involvement key to preventing child bullying

Getting to know friends, helping with homework are among the things parents can do to decrease the likelihood that their child will become a bullyCommunities across the United States are developing programs to address child bullying.

Less sleep may add up to more pounds in adolescents

Study finds inadequate sleep a risk factor for childhood obesity, especially among boys, middle school studentsAdolescents who don't get enough sleep may gain more than some extra time to play video games or text their friends.

Waterpipes: A new worrying trend on the rise?

Hookah or shisha use on rise yet contains nicotine, carbon monoxide and carcinogensMontreal, CANADA - As fewer people puff on cigarettes, a new smoking trend may be gaining popularity among North American youth.

Poor children more vulnerable to effects of poor sleep

Elementary-school-age children from poor families are more vulnerable to the effects of poor sleep than their peers. That's the finding of a new study that assessed the ties between children's sleep and their emotional development.

TV food advertisements promote imbalanced diets

According to new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic AssociationMaking food choices based on television advertising results in a very imbalanced diet according to a new study comparing the nutritional content of food choices influenced by television to nutritional guidelines published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Venetian blinds can cause accidental strangulation

Personal view: Accidental strangulation with a Venetian blind cord -- a near missDr Mahesh Masand, consultant paediatrician at Dr Grays Hospital in Elgin, Scotland, recounts the day when a 22-month-old girl was rushed to A&E after her mother found the toddler hanging from the looped cord of a Venetian blind in her bedroom.

Portable media players associated with short-term hearing effects

Temporary changes in hearing sensitivity are associated with potential harmful effects of listening to an MP3 player, according to a report in the Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Greater religiosity during adolescence may protect against developing problem alcohol use

A new study of the effects of religiosity on the genetic variance of problem alcohol use in males and females has found that religiosity can moderate genetic effects on problem alcohol use during adolescence but not during early adulthood.

Teenage physical activity reduces risk of cognitive impairment in later life

Women who are physically active at any point over the life course (teenage, age 30, age 50, late life) have lower risk of cognitive impairment in late-life compared to those who are inactive, but teenage physical activity appears to be most important.

Difficult childhoods lead to teenage drinking

An African study has found a link between a difficult childhood and alcohol consumption as a teenager. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health studied the association between adverse childhood experiences and drunkenness among 9,189 adolescents aged 12-19 years living in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi, and Uganda.

ISU study finds TV viewing, video game play contribute to kids’ attention problems

Parents looking to get their kid's attention - or keeping them focused at home and in the classroom - should try to limit their television viewing and video game play.

Who is likely to become a bully, victim or both?

New research shows poor problem-solving increases risk for allWASHINGTON, USA - Children and adolescents who lack social problem-solving skills are more at risk of becoming bullies, victims or both than those who don't have these difficulties, says new research published by the American Psychological Association.

1 in 4 not covering coughs, sneezes

Less than 5 percent of public adopted public health recommendations during H1N1 pandemicApproximately 1 out of every 4 people observed in a public setting failed to cover their mouth when they coughed or sneezed according to research presented today at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Obesity prevention begins before birth

Excess maternal weight gain increases birth weight after controlling for genetic factorsExpectant mothers who gain large amounts of weight tend to give birth to heavier infants who are at higher risk for obesity later in life.

Point-of-sale advertising major cause of teen smoking, Stanford study shows

STANFORD, USA. - Point-of-sale tobacco advertising works impressively well on teens - so well that federal regulators should consider barring such marketing efforts from convenience stores, gas stations and small groceries, a Stanford University School of Medicine researcher said.

Tongue Piercing May Cause Gapped Teeth, According to UB Study

First, your child gets her tongue pierced. Then, as if you needed something else, she starts "playing" with the tiny barbell-shaped stud, pushing it against her upper front teeth.

Teaching robot helps children to use wheelchair

A robotic wheelchair is being developed that will help children learn to 'drive'. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation describe the testing of ROLY -RObot-assisted Learning for Young drivers - in a group of children without disabilities and one child with cerebral palsy.

Study examines risks, rewards of energy drinks

Popular energy drinks promise better athletic performance and weight loss, but do the claims hold up? Not always, say researchers at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

Obesity fears for parents

One in eight parents consider their child to be overweight, a study revealed yesterday.Researchers found a startling number of mums and dads believe their son or daughter is obese or severely overweight, with the majority blaming it on their unhealthy diet.

Parents fall ill twice as much as anyone else, new research has revealed

Bugs picked up at nursery and in the playground mean that those with young children suffer from more colds and viruses than those without and the average parent gets a cold an additional four times a year compared to someone without children.

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