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July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Posted on 18th Jul 2018 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Arthritis is commonly regarded, rightfully, as an aging-adult’s disease, but the news becomes more sobering and even shocking with the realization that kids, too, also get arthritis. Per curearthritis.org, nearly 300,000 children 18 and under in America are afflicted with some form of arthritis. With July being Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, what better time to hammer home the message that many children have painful, even stiff joints, which is why they and their parents, once there is a diagnosis, seek effective treatments and medications.

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How to Keep from Getting/Spreading the Flu

Posted on 18th Oct 2017 10:00:00 in Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

From year to year, we’re never sure how bad that year’s strain of flu will be or even if the latest version of a vaccine will be sufficiently effective. One thing we can count on, though: some form of influenza will hit our shores, and it will be largely up to us to protect ourselves from getting the flu. It is also our duty to take measures to keep it from spreading to others if we are unlucky enough for the flu to catch us (vs. our catching it).

 

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Brain Supplements for Back-to-School Support

Posted on 11th Sep 2017 10:00:00 in Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

In a perfect world, parents get their school kids out of bed at the right time, make sure they are practicing the right hygiene, and feed them the right kind of breakfast to make/keep them healthy, alert, ready, and in the right frame of mind for the rigors of another school day. In an imperfect world, though, where most of us reside, additional help is needed. To the rescue come nutritional supplements, many of which can boost a student’s alertness, focus, and/or retention, among other mental faculties.

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Cod Liver Oil: A Teaspoon a Day Does Wonders

Posted on 17th Jul 2017 11:00:00 in Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

Many of us grew up seeing depictions of young children being force fed teaspoons brimming with cod liver oil, the kids’ faces squinched up as they dreaded the taste. Just hearing the name – “cod liver oil” – often elicited classic yukky faces among kids. Which seems ironic, considering the many health benefits that have been attributed to cod liver oil over the years. Maybe it doesn’t taste great, but this stuff really works.

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Strep Throat vs. Sore Throat: One Likely Needs Antibiotics

Posted on 9th Nov 2016 16:00:00 in Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

If getting a sore throat feels like a true annoyance, it could be worse – the next step up the ladder of illnesses is strep throat, which, unfortunately, is usually as bad as it sounds. More common in children than it is in adults, strep throat has all the markings of a sore throat – such as pain, itchiness or irritation of the throat leading to difficulty in swallowing, but strep throat ratchets it up a few notches.

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Causes of Colic a Health-Care Conundrum

Posted on 5th Sep 2015 06:00:00 in Children's Health

If you ever get the sneaking suspicion that a particular doctor has a God complex, there's a sure-fire way of bringing him or her back to earth. Take a colicky baby to said doctor and ask the physician to confirm, first, whether or not the infant has colic (no ifs, ands or buts); and, second, the kicker: ask for a definitive diagnosis of cause for said colic and then offer a sure-fire way to bring the incessant high-pitched crying to a halt.

Note: a physical cause for colic gets pinpointed in fewer than 10 percent of cases, according to New Yorker magazine. In the world of health care, that's what is known as eating humble pie. Curing colic makes solving a Rubik's cube, by comparison, look like, well, child's play.

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Immunizations a Shot in the Arm for School Health

Posted on 17th Aug 2015 12:00:00 in Children's Health

Getting a shot in the arm is not for the squeamish, but it is a given at almost every school in America. Students are required to receive certain prescribed vaccinations, as much for their own good as for the good of other students around them.

Guidelines for school immunizations are not made at the federal level, per se, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Instead, it is up to each state to determine which vaccines will be administered at which grade level, although individual exceptions are granted such that the needs of the many don't always outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.

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August Football Practice Begs Hydration, Caution

Posted on 7th Aug 2015 12:00:00 in Children's Health

Back in the good ol' days of high school football, say, around 2005, coaches hustled their players onto the practice field for August two-a-days and then ran them ragged in the hot sun and stifling humidity. It was all a part of "toughening up" the kiddoes for the big season ahead. If you could survive several weeks of several hours a day of rock-'em-sock-'em football with the heat index cranked up to 100 or higher, the "thinking" went, then you could survive anything.

Well, not anything. According to a 2005 white paper published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), between 1995 and 2001 twenty-one young football players reportedly died from heat stroke in the United States. Ten years later, the numbers are no better. In August 2014 the Washington Post reported that the total number of such football deaths since 1995 had grown to 52 – to include 31 more dying from 2002-2014. Of those 52, forty-one were competing at the high school level.

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The Benefits of Breastfeeding are Bountiful

Posted on 5th Aug 2015 14:00:00 in Children's Health

Mothers of newborns have a choice when it comes to feeding their babies, and the benefits of breastfeeding vs. formula out of a bottle are numerous. In fact, the pluses of breastfeeding are almost overwhelming as we explore the subject as part of World Breast Feeding Week, which was started by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action.

According to webmd.com, as well as other health care authorities, breast milk provides the proper nutrition for infants, with a nearly ideal mix of vitamins, protein and fat, all of which your baby needs for proper growth. Not only is breast milk more digestible than formula, which typically comes from cow's milk, it also comes readymade with various antibodies. These help the child fend off viruses and bacteria while reducing the chances of asthma or allergies in later years.

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Cracking the ADHD Code Remains Somewhat Elusive

Posted on 17th Jun 2015 00:00:00 in Children's Health

For decades it has been a disorder, primarily among children, with a name best known by its acronym. It is something that has long bedeviled parents and teachers, and health care professionals and professional counselors, and we might just as well toss church childcare and daycare leaders onto the pile while we're at it.

We are referring of course to what was once known as ADD, which about 20 years ago was officially updated and expanded to ADHD, the better-known abbreviated form of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Dr. Andrew Weil, the renowned natural health expert, defines it as "the diagnostic term for a group of related conditions that affect a person's ability to sit still, focus, pay attention, finish a task and control impulses."

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Blandness as a Breakfast of Champions

Posted on 27th May 2015 16:00:51 in Food & Nutrition, Children's Health

Ask the kids what kind of cereal they want from the grocery store, and their answers will include almost every concoction of sugar-coated morsels imaginable.

The last thing you want to do when shopping is make the wrong choice(s), although there is one right choice that is a healthier alternative, even if the young ’uns won’t see it that way at first. Think about reaching across the cereal aisle and buying one of those big canisters of oatmeal, the kind where you can pour bowl after bowl each morning without fretting over the amount of sugar and corn syrup being pumped into their growing bodies.

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Promoting Children's Dental Health

Posted on 11th Feb 2015 12:12:17 in Children's Health

Positive habits that support mouth and gum health start at an early age. Children learn how and when to brush and floss from parents and caregivers, so starting off on the right foot at an early age is important for a lifetime of dental health.

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