Category Archives: Kids Health

What’s the Deal with Warts?

Warts in Children

Even though many associate warts with old age, kids actually get warts more often than adults do. Warts are contagious — it’s possible to get an infection that causes a wart by touching something that someone with a wart has just touched. However, it’s important to remember that even though warts are uncomfortable, they’re usually not medically problematic.

If your child gets a wart, make sure he or she does not pick, rub, or scratch it. The best practice is to cover the wart, if possible. Here’s a quick parent’s guide to warts and wart care.

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Sugary Cereal: What Are Your Kids Really Eating?

Girl eating breakfast cereal

Getting the kids fed and ready in time for school in the morning can be a struggle – even on the best of days. It’s no wonder that that the taste and convenience of a quick bowl of their favorite cereal is the go-to breakfast option for many. Unfortunately, this easy solution is contributing to children eating up to half of their daily recommended sugar intake before they even leave the house for school.

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ADHD 101: The Basics

ADHD child

Many adults jokingly blame ADHD for their own occasional daydreaming or moments of inattention, but for some children, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is far from a laughing matter. The National Institute of Mental Health defines ADHD as a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. More specifically, ADHD affects the executive functioning skills of the brain – functions like concentration, organizational skills, and impulsivity.

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Childhood Asthma: Everything You Need to Know

Childhood Asthma

Asthma affects people of all ages, but it often begins in childhood. Asthma is the leading cause of illness of children – around 7 million children have asthma in the US alone, and for unknown reasons that number is on a steady rise. As a parent, it’s important to be aware of the signs, symptoms, and treatment options for this common affliction.

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Delayed Walking in Babies: Is Your Baby Not Walking Yet?

Baby Learning to Walk

As a parent, you’ve probably been asked “Are they walking yet?” dozens of times. Learning to walk is a major milestone in your baby’s life and many parents feel frustration and worry over when their baby will take her very first step.

First off, it’s important to remember that there’s little a parent can do to speed up the timetable of walking. Secondly, there’s a large variation between babies on what age they learn to walk. Another baby the same age may learn to walk 3-4 months earlier than your child, and both babies could still be in the normal age range for learning to walk. The timing of the first steps depends on a variety of factors and delayed walking isn’t necessarily an indicator of a problem.

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Planning Meals, Snacks, & Exercise When Your Child is Overweight

It’s well-documented that obesity can cause serious and chronic medical conditions. With childhood obesity rates increasing globally, parents have started asking what steps they can take to instill healthy habits into their kids, and to help an overweight or obese child grow into a healthy weight.

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Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe in the Car

HPV Vaccination

We see a lot of parents concerned about protecting their kids from disease, but it’s important to remember that the most dangerous thing in their lives might be something your family uses every day: the car.  In the US, traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among young people ages 5-24.

Keeping your kids safe in and around cars starts with educating them and the adult drivers in your household.  Safety recommendations will change as your child grows, so if you have multiple kids, it’s important to set and enforce rules for each of them.

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