Healthy Kids

Healthy Kids

Spring is synonymous with many things. The return of baseball. The smell of freshly cut grass. Warmer weather. While many things we associate with spring give us good feelings, the dreaded return of allergy season is another thing that comes to mind when thoughts turn to spring. Sniffles, sneezing and…
Orthopedic surgeons warn that sports injuries in children are rising dramatically, creating a "silent epidemic." But they add that awareness and early treatment can keep young athletes from developing serious problems. One expert who spoke at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in New Orleans recently…
Meditation benefits all ages. Even five minutes of "quiet time" with your child can have amazingly positive effects. From bubbling toddlers and kindergarteners to anxious teenagers, a bit of meditation assists in releasing, relaxing and centering the mind, body and soul. The word meditation is intimidating to beginners, so with…
Research indicates that a consistent bedtime may not only be good for parents’ sanity, but for kids’ health as well. Many parents can attest that sleep issues are a concern for both them and their children. New parents are faced with infants that generally have their days and nights mixed…
As any parent knows, children commonly greet time off from school with open arms, while educators and parents tend to feel more bittersweet at the arrival of summer vacation. According to the National Summer Learning Association, research going back a century has indicated that children score lower on standardized tests…
Another fitful night. A mom lies awake, listening helplessly as her child coughs and coughs. This mom knows tomorrow will be another day of school and soccer practice missed. For her it means another day of work missed. She wonders wearily when it will end. This cough is whooping cough,…
Millions of toys are manufactured every year. While the large majority of them are safe for child use, a few slip through the cracks and are deemed unsafe after they hit the store shelves. To ensure that the toys children are playing with will provide years of safe enjoyment, parents…
Nutrition experts have long urged schools to cut down on the amount of sugary and fattening foods they have available on campus. Now the U.S. government is flexing its muscles regarding the junk food ban. There’s a food fight going on, and it involves the government, schools and students. Legislation…
September is the time of year when kids go back to school and we need to start thinking about packing lunches five times a week for our little scholars. But most parents, unfortunately, don’t give it a second thought as to what they’re packing the kids’ food into. In recent…
With school, sports, friends and hobbies, today’s tweens lead busy and active lives, and sometimes they don’t take the time — or know — to practice good hygiene. While discussing proper hygiene with tweens can be difficult, it is possible to address the topic without making him or her feel…
"American consumers are paying high prices for low-quality food, and so are our public schools," says Jane Hersey, director of the non-profit Feingold Association of the U.S. Hersey is one of many thousands of parents who use the low-additive Feingold diet to resolve their child’s ADHD symptoms (www.ADHDdiet.org). "We learned…
Chiropractic is the most popular form of complimentary and alternative medicine according to a new government study.1 As a chiropractor, I look at how structural distortions of the body (primarily the skull, spine and pelvis) can influence how the nervous system functions on a structural and biochemical level. People are…
Mounting evidence shows that nutritional changes can benefit many autistic children as well as those with other conditions that affect behavior and learning such as Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD). "Many parents have come to realize that diet is an important piece [of the treatment puzzle…
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