Category Archives: Healthy Kids

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    Beginning January 1, almost all Americans must have health insurance. If you do not have health insurance, you may have to pay a penalty. The requirement is a part of the Affordable Care Act, the health care law signed by President Obama in 2010. The American Academy of Pediatrics published information about the new health care law. Here are their comments and recommendations. “Now is a good time […]

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    While the flu virus is getting all the attention lately, there is another virus that’s putting babies in the hospital and is just as life threatening. The virus is called RSV and it begins with cold-like symptoms. For some babies the lungs become inflamed and it may be difficult to breathe. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, approximately 125,000 children are hospitalized each year with RSV and 500 die from […]

  • No matter your child’s age, maintaining good personal hygiene is essential for overall health and preventing the spread of illness. Kids need to be taught important habits such as when to wash hands and bathing techniques. By getting your child into a routine, you can develop these important skills early. Bath Time Cleaning Routine With school starting, it is important to get children into a bathing routine to […]

  • In 2011, the Center for Disease control and prevention announced that 20% of children in grades 9-12 have experienced bullying. Bullying is not just a mean comment on the playground but a serious offence that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Now, children of all ages have access to a cellphone and computer. Bullies can take this opportunity to tease another child relentlessly. What Is Bullying? In order to be considered […]

  • Breakfast affects school grades

    It’s the meal that everyone seems to brush aside when running late; that’s always skipped when on a diet; that never seems to be ranked very high on the list of priorities; it’s breakfast. And although it may seem to lack importance when compared to lunch or dinner, making sure a child eats properly before heading off to school could be more critical then most parents would think. […]

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    Part of being a parent means becoming educated on common childhood diseases: Red itchy spots are a sign of chicken pox, untreated whooping cough could lead to severe health problems… But what about the potential damage caused by poor dental hygiene? According to  as many as 28% of children ages 2 to 5 have cavities in their baby teeth. While there are many factors that may contribute […]

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    If you’ve ever asked a seven-year-old to teach you how to use your computer, you’re not alone. We are living in a time of lightning-fast change. Our kids’ understanding of computer technology seems to be intuitive, almost magical. They “get it” instantly, while we sometimes feel lost. In many ways, this familiarity with computers will serve our children very well. They’ll be better suited for the world to […]

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    As the school year comes to an end, many families are planning their vacations; some of the favorite activities, include enjoying fresh sea air, water sports and fishing. Before heading into open waters with children, take inventory of personal flotation devices to ensure safety. Central Texas has many lakes where boating is a favorite pastime enjoyed by the whole family. Others head to the coast for fishing and […]

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    Trisha Korioth and the American Academy of Pediatrics have recently released a guide to help parents with important decisions they must face at the end of the school year, when teenagers get ready to say goodbye to friends before heading off to college. Here are some recommendations for parents of prom-going teens: Exclude tanning beds from pre-prom preparations. They cause premature skin aging and skin cancer. Offer sunless tanning alternatives, such […]

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    Concerns about autism are in the minds of new parents these days. It is alarming to learn that the disorder affects 1 % of our children; it is a lifelong condition for which there is no cure. Most parents turn to the Internet in search of information, only to find conflicting opinions, equivocal answers and no real help. What do we know about this disorder? What causes it? […]

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    The Let’s Move! campaign against childhood obesity just celebrated its first anniversary. The goal of this campaign is to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic within one generation. Although the goal is an ambitious one, I believe it is achievable, and I believe it must be achieved. Each parent must take responsibility for the health of his or her own child. But society plays an important role, too, especially […]

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    A person’s bones are not fully formed until he or she reaches the age of 16-20. When a child is overweight or obese, bone growth is hampered by the extra weight. The additional stress on the overweight child’s bones interferes with normal childhood growth and development. According to the United States Bone and Joint Decade, the incidence of childhood obesity-related bone and joint problems is on the rise. […]