Being optimistic makes a difference in teen mental health and behavior, especially against the onset of depressive symptoms, concludes “A Prospective Study of the Effects of Optimism on Adolescent Health Risks,” published recently in Pediatrics. Thousands of kids age 12 – 14 years were assessed over three years on optimistic thinking style, emotional problems, substance… Read more »
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The gaming craze – kids everywhere with a hand-held gaming device or in their own family room playing Xbox 360 for hours on end – needs a bit of tampering, suggests a study conducted on 3,000 elementary and middle school children in Japan. Researchers assessed pathological gaming, weekly amount of game play, impulsiveness, social competence,… Read more »
Researchers says cow’s milk formula may be to blame.
What mom isn’t in need of a pick-me-up from time to time? Enter Spilt Milk: Devotions for Moms (Zondervan; $12.99) by Linda Vujnov. This new book includes brief stories and meditations – at times poignant, at times hilarious – to bring you into the here-and-now by helping you gain important perspective. When Mom’s happy, everyone… Read more »
Since children with autism are unlikely to properly self-report their experiences, new research suggests that interviewing their parents may add important information to help families understand and better respond to the needs of their children, thereby easing challenges in daily routines.
Wondering if you have a simple cold on your hands, or something more serious, like the flu or strep throat? Here are some signs to look for. According to Gurpreet Thind, M.D.: Viral sore throats: Tend to be associated with upper respiratory symptoms like a runny nose, nasal congestion and cough, and may be associated… Read more »
Colder weather is on its way, so here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatricians (aap.org) to help you dress your child for the outdoors: Wear a hood, hat, scarf or face mask as most heat loss is at the head. Keep feet dry with waterproof boots over shoes. Wear a thermal knit… Read more »
It’s swimsuit season. Joy of joys. Hallelujah. I get to put on a swimsuit. I’d rather change the diaper of a toddler who just ate three ears of corn. I’d rather pull a splinter out of a screaming child’s toe while he kicks me with the good leg. I’d rather spend the afternoon with my… Read more »
In the grim event of a mother’s serious illness, one thought dominates her mind: “What about the kids?”
The enticing flavors of kids’ medicine come in every color of the rainbow, but some kids still want none of it. What do you do when your sick child won’t take her medicine?