Any break from school is time reserved for rest and recuperation from daily school routines. However, abrupt changes in sleep habits can leave both you and your child stressed instead of refreshed, and sleep deprivation can affect your child’s school performance. For extended breaks, parents should pay careful attention to their children’s sleep patterns and … Continue reading How to help your child keep a healthy sleep schedule over school breaks
In recent years, there has been a dramatic rise in early sports specialization for young athletes — kids seem to be settling on a single sport at younger and younger ages. With the increased availability of competitive travel leagues and tournaments, and frequent sports exposure in the media, young athletes are often encouraged to undergo … Continue reading Is your child specializing in a sport too soon?
There’s no such thing as a perfect parent. As a parent of young children, I know this all too well. Undoubtedly, we all make mistakes, but the consequences of installing a car seat incorrectly could lead to serious injury and in worst cases, even death. Children don’t come with a handbook — though most wish … Continue reading 6 common car seat safety mistakes you’re probably making
The day your child is born should be the happiest day of your life. But for some new parents, it quickly becomes a nightmare when they find themselves in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With its tight security, beeping monitors and lines of incubators, the NICU can be an intimidating place, and it’s one … Continue reading For a baby in the NICU, parent’s voice is the best medicine
There’s a growing health problem among adolescents, one I’ve decided to call “Busy Kid Syndrome.” It’s exactly what it sounds like — when kids’ schedules get so busy with schoolwork and extracurricular activities that they neglect their health. It looks something like this: A 16-year-old boy stays up late doing homework for his advanced classes … Continue reading The alarming health crisis on the rise in today’s teens
What should have been a normal PSAT for 16-year-old Kenzie Kelley turned out to be much more — a persistent nosebleed during the test would be her first sign of leukemia. “They brought me to the nurse’s office and my nose was still bleeding,” Kenzie said. Nothing would stop the bleeding. That’s when she began … Continue reading How one teen is beating cancer odds and achieving her dream
Parents and researchers alike often talk about the benefits of mother’s skin-to-skin contact with infants. It’s a practice performed soon after birth that carries sensations of security and comfort to which infants naturally respond. New research from experts at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney is now taking what’s known about skin-to-skin contact … Continue reading Mom and baby skin-to-skin care reduces NICU admissions for hypoglycemia
If you’re a parent, you probably worry about your child’s safety. But how often do you worry about their online safety? Cyberbullying is a growing issue among children of all ages, and it can take many forms. It might be a mean text or email, a rumor posted on social media or even an embarrassing … Continue reading How to protect your child from cyberbullying
Although concussions happen in an instant, they can have a lasting impact on a young athlete. In a moment of collision, your brain is susceptible to great trauma. A concussion is an injury to the brain that results in temporary loss of normal brain function. It usually is caused by a blow to the head. … Continue reading 4 ways to help your athlete avoid a concussion
It’s hard to believe, but back-to-school season has arrived once again. Families are rushing to soak up those final moments of vacation, but it’s important for parents to consider what needs to be done before that first school bell rings — and that includes making sure your child is healthy and ready for the new … Continue reading Is your child ready for the new school year?