Healthy Kids

Healthy Kids

February is Children’s Dental Health Month. Help your children enjoy the dentist by discussing proper dental care and having them perform fun dental-related activities. Here are some fun dental facts to share with the entire family as well as some dental craft ideas to help involve your children in their…
Early in my career, I was responsible for managing the hearing needs of children in a large urban school district. This included diagnostic testing for children with suspected hearing issues. Despite the differences in ethnicity, age and socio-economic status, the one thing that every student with auditory issues shared was…
If infants were born with an instruction manual, early parenting would be much less stressful. Unfortunately for new mothers and fathers, tending to a baby is often a system of trial and error. Every child is different, and what works for one may not work for the other. Similarly, a…
If infants were born with an instruction manual, early parenting would be much less stressful. Unfortunately for new mothers and fathers, tending to a baby is often a system of trial and error. Every child is different, and what works for one may not work for the other. Similarly, a…
The number of vaccines given each year continues to rise. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) offers a holistic perspective and has rules regarding when it is best to delay vaccinations. Only you, the parent, can decide if you should or should not vaccinate your child. The beauty of TCM is that…
The school year is well underway and with it comes tests. From the weekly spelling tests to chapter tests, mid-terms and ACTs, it seems every student of every age has something to prepare for. For our teachers, educational leaders and the federal government, this testing provides insight into how our…
It is often during times of extreme devastation when children first see how communities can join together to help one another. Such efforts may be a child’s initial exposure to charity while highlighting the importance of putting another person’s needs before your own. But children need not be exposed to…
According to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), 5-30 percent of the child population will experience constipation, and symptoms become chronic in more than one-third of patients. It is actually a common reason for children being referred to secondary care. To get a better idea of what…
Neuroscientists recently released some pretty startling news: A new long-term study of nearly 4,000 students1 found that ADHD drugs like Ritalin™ and Adderall™, don’t help achievement scores or grade point averages. In fact, according to the research, boys who took medications for ADHD actually performed worse in school than boys…
  The hustle and bustle of back-to-school season is well behind us, and kids have settled into their school routines. Now that things have settled down, parents may have more time to check out their children’s backpack use. While backpacks are a great way for children to learn organizational skills…
Lack of sleep is currently being connected to everything from learning disorders and mental illness to obesity in the scientific communities.1,2 That should be no surprise to those people who have sought natural remedies and holistic medicine. It has long been known to naturalists that sleep can be healing as…
  Because children spend most of their time in classrooms, schools are an ideal setting for healthy behaviors to be taught and modeled. Therefore, parents are speaking up and getting involved in an effort to improve the health of their children at schools. One Washington, D.C. mother of two Roots…
Surviving cancer is a great triumph, especially for children who have faced such a huge challenge in their young lives. Not Just Surviving, but Thriving is a new cancer survivor program designed specifically for cancer survivors ages 5-16 who have recently become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or…
When I was a kid, it was common for our family medical doctor to write off knee, hip, ankle, back, neck and shoulder aches and pains as “growing pains.” Along with that diagnosis came the treatment plan: “Do nothing. He’ll grow out of it.” And that was it. It’s amazing…
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