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Why does prenatal alcohol exposure increase the likelihood of addiction?

Recent study finds the reasons that when fetuses are exposed to alcohol in their mother’s womb there is an increased risk for drug addiction later in life.

“Prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and neurodevelopmental abnormalities in the United States. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) cause cognitive and behavioral problems. . . . → Read More: Why does prenatal alcohol exposure increase the likelihood of addiction?

Seasonal affective disorder in kids

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD,) better known as seasonal depression, can affect kids as well as adults.

The most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) uses the following criteria to identify or diagnose depression with a seasonal pattern:

Depression that begins during a specific season every year for at least . . . → Read More: Seasonal affective disorder in kids

What’s the Latest With the Flu? A Message for Caregivers & Teachers

If you are a teacher or a child caretaker, read the latest advice on what to do to help a child in your care prevent from getting the flu.

“Flu activity is increasing in the United States, as usually happens at this time of year. It’s vitally important that everyone – … children and staff . . . → Read More: What’s the Latest With the Flu? A Message for Caregivers & Teachers

Holiday Health and Safety Tips

With the holiday season in full swing, CDC recommends certain guidelines so children and parents stay healthy and happy and enjoy this most wonderful time of the year with their families and friends.

Here’s a simple and easy list of things you can do to stay healthy: from washing hands to staying warm, from avoiding . . . → Read More: Holiday Health and Safety Tips

Early Diagnosis, Intervention Improve Vocabulary of Children with Hearing Loss

Recent study finds that when hearing loss is diagnosed early in infants, much can be done to help improve children’s vocabulary.

“The Early Hearing and Detection Intervention guidelines recommend that all children be screened for hearing loss by 1 month of age; that any hearing loss be diagnosed by 3 months of age; and if . . . → Read More: Early Diagnosis, Intervention Improve Vocabulary of Children with Hearing Loss

Why a Baby’s Connection With a Parent Matters

Child psychiatrists studying attachment theory have discovered that children with strong bonds to their parents have a greater sense of self-confidence, better problem-solving ability, greater independence, better language competence, and better ability to form social relationships.

“Attachment theory was developed in the mid-20th century by a British psychiatrist, John Bowlby, whose own upper-class British upbringing . . . → Read More: Why a Baby’s Connection With a Parent Matters

Warning Signs That Your Teen Could Be Struggling With An Eating Disorder

As teens try to navigate our body obsessed culture, many loose their way, and eating disorders are not uncommon. It is not always easy for parents to know when to intervene and call the experts to help.

“There is no guidebook for how to tell if your child is secretly struggling with anorexia, bulimia, or . . . → Read More: Warning Signs That Your Teen Could Be Struggling With An Eating Disorder

Child’s Play Is Good for All of Us

New study finds that child play and physical activity are healthy for children and society as a whole.

“If all of the children who currently are sedentary started exercising every day, societies could save enormous amounts of money in the coming decades and have healthier citizens as a whole, according to a remarkable new study. . . . → Read More: Child’s Play Is Good for All of Us

Music, Video Help Sixth-Graders Master Hands-Only CPR

New study reports that CPR can be successfully performed by sixth graders, especially when thought with music and video.

“We were wondering why they need to wait until 12th grade when sixth graders have learned the circulation system and seem mature enough and are interested in learning hands-only CPR,” said study author Dr. Mimi Biswas. . . . → Read More: Music, Video Help Sixth-Graders Master Hands-Only CPR

Late teen years are key period for bone growth

New study finds that late adolescence, when teens grown most, is a very important time for gaining bone mineral and for healthy bone growth.

“Scientists analyzing a racially diverse, multicenter sample from a large, federally funded national study say their findings reinforce the importance of diet and physical activities during the late teen years, as . . . → Read More: Late teen years are key period for bone growth