Healthy Kids

Healthy Kids

Since 1980, childhood obesity in our country has more than doubled. In adolescents, instances of obesity have more than tripled. Overweight children and adolescents are at increased risk for several health related conditions. During their youth, for example, they are more likely to exhibit risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including…
With childhood obesity epidemics on the rise, many parents and healthcare providers are concerned about the dietary habits of children. However, many parents to toddlers or even school-aged children may wonder if their children are eating enough. Children often go through periods of finicky eating or disinterest in food. It…
Colic, also known as infantile colic, is a condition in which an otherwise healthy baby cries or screams frequently and for extended periods of time, without any discernible reason. Their crying often increases during a specific period of the day, typically early in the evening (the so-called "witching hour"). Other…
Obesity is now among one of the most widespread medical problems for children and adolescents. The American Obesity Association reports that about 17 percent of adolescents (aged 12 to 19 years) and children (aged 6 to 11 years) are obese in the United States. Doctors say that obesity among children…
Across the country, more and more families are embracing exercise. In addition to the physical and mental benefits of routine exercise, an added and often overlooked benefit of exercise is it’s free. In light of the country’s ongoing economic woes, it’s no surprise so many families are reconnecting with exercise…
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…
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