Over the Counter Medication for Kids

Over the Counter Medication for KidsCommon Over the Counter Medication for Kids, especially the formulas for coughs and colds can be dangerous to children. Children are not little adults. It seems that though the FDA and manufacturers have indicated a minimum age for the use of such products, parents continue to use them.

It appears that these products clearly indicate they are for children on the front of the packages, but the cautions are on the back in small print. There are serious side effects, some of which are uneven heart rate, anaphylaxis, and hallucinations.

Science Daily ‘Your source for the latest research news’ publishes Science News ‘… from universities, journals, and other research organizations.’ This piece is very short; it warrants more. I could find no person that took credit for the compilation of the material. There is only one source listed and that is Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.

There is a link to this piece below and another interesting article at the bottom of this page.

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Over the Counter Medication for Kids

“40 Percent of Parents Give Young Kids Cough/Cold Medicine That They Shouldn’t”

“More than 40 percent of parents reported giving their children under age 4 cough medicine or multi-symptom cough and cold medicine, according to the latest University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. Twenty-five percent gave those children decongestants.”

“In 2008, the federal Food and Drug Administration issued an advisory that these over-the-counter medicines not be used in infants and children under age 2.”

“In response to the FDA, manufacturers of over-the-counter cough and cold products changed their labels back in 2008, to state that the medicines should not be used for children under 4 years old.”

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In case you were not aware, children do not react to medications the same way as adults do. So, Over the Counter Medication for Kids most likely will not work in the same way as it does for parents.

Please read all instructions and cautions before purchasing or using any OTC products for your children. Always consult your primary physician and pediatrician before you take any action. There doesn’t seem to be all that much research information available directly to parents.

Here is your link to more information on OTC cold medications for children…

Alternatives to Routine Use of Over-The-Counter Cold/Cough Meds in Children

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National Infant Immunization Week

National Infant Immunization Week is April 20th through 27th 2013 this year.

I understand that there has been some controversy about infant immunization in the past few years. No matter which side of the controversy y stand, knowledge is power. Begin to learn the facts from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

National Infant Immunization Week

Here is your link to the CDC page above… Just Click Here…

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National Infant Immunization Week

“NIIW, set for April 20-27, 2013, will be celebrated as part of World Immunization Week (WIW), an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) scheduled for April 24 – 30, 2013. During WIW, all six WHO regions, including more than 180 Member States, territories, and areas, will simultaneously promote immunization, advance equity in the use of vaccines and universal access to vaccination services, and enable cooperation on cross-border immunization activities in April 2013.”

“As part of WIW, NIIW will be held in conjunction with the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA). Communities across the Western hemisphere will participate in awareness and education events, planned in conjunction with state and local health departments, PAHO, and the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission.”

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National Infant Immunization Week may prove to be a life saver for many children and their families.

Today many major diseases have been completely eliminated in Western Countries, because of research, immunizations, and other mechanisms. I had a cousin that was taken from this world by to diphtheria from the drinking water in Chicago, Illinois. She died at the age of 18, before I was born. Diphtheria is now seldom heard of. My sister contracted polio at the age of 5 years old. Now we are seeing an increase in polio cases in Western Countries, due to parents avoiding immunizations for fear of other side effects.

Get all the information, and then make your decision. Complete your due diligence.

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Prevent Food Allergies in Children

Can a change in diet Prevent Food Allergies in Children? There is always something headlining the news in nutrition. Starting in the Industrial Age and continuing into our technological Age, there are lists of do’s and don’ts everywhere in the news. Here is another one.

Prevent Food Allergies in ChildrenThis is a layman’s synopsis of a study conducted in Sweden. It concludes that if children under 12 years of age consume fish twice a month the likelihood of allergies forming is reduced. This study can be found in the American Society for Nutrition Journal, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Persistently complete your due diligence on finding information on any change you undertake in the diet or health of you children. I have included links to more sources of information at the bottom of this page.

This piece was presented online in the website, Counsel & Heal – Physical Wellness. Stephanie Poulos is the author. You will find the direct link to this piece beneath the excerpt below.

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Prevent Food Allergies in Children

“Children Who Eat Fish Regularly Are Less Likely to Develop Allergies”

“Swedish researchers are now suggesting that incorporating fish into a child’s diet before the age of 12 may help prevent allergic diseases …”

“Researchers from the Environmental Medicine and the Department of Clinical Science and Education in Stockholm, Sweden analyzed data from 3,285 children who were registered in a Swedish cohort study.”

“… children were surveyed at the children’s ages of one, two, four, eight and 12.”

“At eight years old the children were administered Immunoglobulin E (IgE) tests to test for any signs of allergens.”

“The study showed that 80 percent of children consumed fish regularly (more than twice a month) at one-year-old and that adding fish to a child’s diet between the ages of one and 12 reduced the child’s risk of allergy symptoms by 74 percent.”

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If you are seeking to Prevent Food Allergies in Children, then the links below will lead you to more information. With all the information overload daily please patiently research any change in diet for your children, and then seek the guidance of your primary physician, or pediatrician.

The website, Medical Daily, has further information on the Swedish researchers that have suggested including fish into the diets of children may help to prevent allergies.

Medical Daily

“Eating Fish During Childhood Could Prevent Allergies Later On”

In Kids Health, there is information concerning the test given to the participants of this research.

Kids Health

“Blood Test: Immunoglobulin E (lgE)”

The Mayo Clinic website has information on Omega-3 fatty acids for sustaining ‘immune health and heart function.’

Mayo Clinic

“Heart Disease”

There is a caveat from the American Pregnancy Association in the matter of the best fish choices during pregnancy. The link is directly below…

American Pregnancy Association

“Mercury Levels in Fish”

Here is the link to the study published in the The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

“Fish consumption in infancy and development of allergic disease up to age 12”

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Cancer Risk from Air Pollution

No one is very happy with air pollution. It is a fact of life in our fast paced world. It is costly to remove and to prevent both in time and money. There is another cost associated with air pollution, the Cancer Risk from Air Pollution to the unborn infants of pregnant women.

Cancer Risk from Air Pollution

The examiner.com website has information that will be of interest to all. Sharon Gloger Friedman gives some very interesting data from a UCLA School of Public Health study, which was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting on April 9th in Washington, D.C. There are quotes from one of the study’s coauthors, Julia Heck, PhD

Discover more in the excerpt below. I have also included links to further information at the bottom of this page.

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Cancer Risk from Air Pollution

“Air pollution exposure during pregnancy may raise child’s cancer risk”

“A study presented April 9 at the American Association for Cancer Research (AARC) Annual Meeting 2013 in Washington, DC suggested a link between increased exposure to traffic-related air pollution during pregnancy and a higher incidence of certain childhood cancers.”

“Researchers from the UCLA School of Public Health reported that the higher the amount of pollution in an area, the greater the incidence of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a blood cancer in which the bone marrow overproduces white blood cells. The study also linked traffic-related pollution to increased chances of rare cancers of the eye and cells that form the reproductive system.”

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There seems to be the potential for several types of Cancer Risk from Air Pollution to the infants of pregnant women. Generally, most people are aware that childhood health is directly related to health in adulthood, but were you aware that the environment is not only dangerous to adult health… It is dangerous to adults and children via contamination in the womb. Can contaminants in the air really pass through the protection of the womb?

Here are several links to further information on this and related topics.

American Association for Cancer Research (AARC)

Air Pollution – Examiner.com

Acute lymphocytic leukemia  – Mayo Clinic

Julia E. Heck, Ph.D. – Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Kids and Obesity in America

Kids and Obesity in AmericaWe have all been inundated with news about obesity. I connect obesity simply with an imbalance (for whatever reason) between the intake of food energy, and the expenditure of energy in physical activity. Societies in the modern world have become increasingly technologically orientated. The natural result of this is less physical activity.

I ran across this short piece reporting a recent study from UCLA (University of California at Los Angles) on the topic of Kids and Obesity in America. This piece talks about the short term health concerns of parents with obesity in children.

This piece is on the website of Dr. Andrew Weil (http://www.drweilblog.com).

Below the excerpt, you will find some assorted information on Dr. Weil, and the link to his main website.

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Kids and Obesity in America

“OBESE KIDS: SHORT-TERM HEALTH RISKS”

“A new study from UCLA …”

“Researchers compared these kids to normal weight youngsters and found that obese boys and girls are at nearly twice the risk of experiencing medical, mental or developmental conditions, while overweight kids had a risk that was 1.3 times higher.”

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The health of children is an important topic for parents with Kids and Obesity in America.

I am a fan of Dr. Weil. I have several of his books. He makes sense of the sometimes-confusing world of nutrition and health.

As with any information gathered from sources other than your personal physician, or your family’s pediatrician, Dr. Weil gives the standard caution. It is listed from his website here for your convenience.

“Information on this blog is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this blog for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment.”

Dr. Andrew Weil is an expert in holistic medicine and a bestselling author.

Dr, Weil advocates for “prudent daily decisions about how to eat, exercise, handle stress and connect with others.”

If you choose to investigate the research, philosophies and/or recommendations of Dr, Weil, a good place to start is his official website (http:www.drweil.com).

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Is ADHD Really On The Rise?

Is ADHD Really On The Rise?

Is ADHD Really On The Rise?

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The New York Times online has given parents and the public a lot to think about in this piece written by Alan Schwarz and Sarah Cohen. Mental, emotional, and behavioral diagnosis can follow children into adulthood. It is important to get it right. The right diagnosis and the right treatment are essential.

Get the facts. Read on…

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Is ADHD Really On The Rise?

“A.D.H.D. Seen in 11% of U.S. Children as Diagnoses Rise”

“Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Is ADHD Really On The Rise?“These rates reflect a marked rise over the last decade and could fuel growing concern among many doctors that the A.D.H.D. diagnosis and its medication are overused in American children.”

To find out the percent rise over the last decade, go to the original material. It is shockingly nearly 50%.

“About two-thirds of those with a current diagnosis receive prescriptions for stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall, which can drastically improve the lives of those with A.D.H.D. but can also lead to addiction, anxiety and occasionally psychosis.”

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Is ADHD Really On The Rise?

The statistics indicate that it is, or at least the diagnoses is on the rise significantly over the last decade.

There had been some gossip about teachers advocating for ADHD medication to keep kids quiet in the classroom. Do all these children have ADHD? If the answer is yes, then the question remains… Why are more and more US kids having this disorder?

Here is another article in The New York Times…

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Your thoughts?

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BPA Health Risks for Kids

BPA Health Risks for Kids There are BPA Health Risks for Kids and for Everyone. There is mounting evidence that the risk for asthma increases exponentially with the relative increase in exposure to BPA in food packaging.

There is nothing charming, efficient, or durable about childhood asthma.

David Arnold is presenting families with valuable information in the website, HealthAIM – Covering the latest health news and trends. This website is located in Southern California. In the About Page, the website announces that the site is owned by a “group of young health enthusiasts.”

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BPA Health Risks for Kids

Our excerpt for today is…

“Asthma Risk Increased with exposure to BPA”

BPA Health Risks for Kids “Bisphenol A or BPA has once again been linked to raising the risk of a particular health problem. A new study says that children have an increased risk of developing asthma because of being exposed to the chemical.”

“The research showed that excess exposure to BPA, which is known to interfere with the production of certain types of hormones in the body, has been previously tied to increased risks of developing obesity, diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease in the later stages of life, could also raise the risk of children developing asthma.”

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The BPA Health Risks for Kids has asthma looming as a serious worry for parents. I have allergies and asthma that went undiagnosed as a young child. I can’t even imagine the fear and concern parents endure watching their children suffer with this dangerous condition. Discover all you can, and take action to minimize this risk any way that you can.

Go to these links for more elated information…

BPA and Childhood Obesity Study

What are Asthma Attacks Like

Asthma School Children and Anaphylaxis Guidelines

Non-Toxic School Supplies List

Outcome of Kids Using Inhalers on Height

What has been your experience with BPAs?

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Bullying Effects on Student

Bullying Effects on StudentsIn the Beacon-News, A Chicago Sun-Times Publication, Matt Brennan wrote a short piece concerning the Bullying Effects on Students.

It is the bullying story of one mother and her three children. This story takes place in the Jewel Middle School in West Aurora, Illinois. This is a western suburb of Chicago.

There is a link to the original piece below, and at the bottom of the page there are several more links to information on bullying.

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Bullying Effects on Students

“Parent complains to West Aurora board about bullying”

“Kline was moved to speak in front of the West Aurora School Board in public session after her daughter recently attempted suicide. She urged the board to do something about the issue during the public comment section of the meeting.”

Bullying Effects on Students

““Most likely the public will be kept from the resulting information. But why did it have to reach this point? Who will accept responsibility?” she said.”

Read this story about a Mother and her children suffering the tremendous burden of experiencing bullying first hand.

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 For more information on the Bullying Effects on Students, just click the links below…

PTSD in Children from Bullying

Deaths Attributed to Cyber Bullying

Long Term Health Effects of Bullying

CyberBullying Victims

Raising the Children to Resist CyberBullying Facts

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Helicopter Parenting Good or Bad?

Helicopter Parenting Good or Bad?

(Think this might cause a little anxiety?) The magazine Psychology Today has been a great read for many years. Its online version has many topics of current interest and it includes research. Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D, has written a piece that by some standards compliments other information included on this website about Helicopter Parenting Good or Bad? and by other standards completely dismisses the information already present on this website.

Here is a short excerpt from the About page of Psychology Today

“… we have gathered renowned academics, psychiatrists, psychologists and authors in our field to contribute their thoughts and ideas on what makes us tick — there are over 750 of them …”

The magazine began it’s life in 1967. It is located in New York, New York.

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Helicopter Parenting Good or Bad?

“The Myth of the Helicopter Parent”

“So-called “helicopter parents” are roundly criticized by everyone from teachers to media experts for smothering them with too much loving. If you want to “land your kids in therapy,” according …”

“… keep the hugs and kisses to a minimum and even deny them things once in a while.”

“… so the claim goes.”

Have I intrigued you? Then you must go to the link below to get this author take on ‘helicopter parenting.’

Here are three question the author poses to us. Go to the original source material via the link right below, and read her comments. Then perhaps you can answer her questions.

“So which will it be? Will indulgent parents hurt their children- and themselves? Or will helicoptering young adult children benefit all concerned?”

This is the Copyrighted material of Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D. 2013. References are included at the end of her piece.

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It is more than likely a fact that some ‘helicopter parenting’ delivers benefits. So is… Helicopter Parenting Good or Bad?

I still contend that using one style of parenting fits all without taking the individuality of the child, the circumstances, or the parents values may indeed be a mistake. Some children require more     helicoptering than others do. Some children are smothered by it, and learn dependency rather than independent problem solving thought. Being an observant, generous parent does not necessarily equate with over indulgence.

Do your do diligence and get the information that you require to make an informed decision.

Below are links to some of the other information on this website about ‘helicopter parenting.’

Helicopter Parenting and Depression in College Students

Helicopter Parenting Young Children 4-9

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Food and Fitness Matter Raising Healthy Active Kids

Food and Fitness Matter Raising Healthy Active KidsThe Medical Daily website has presented the community with updated information for Food and Fitness Matter Raising Healthy Active Kids. This is not the same world that our grandparents were raising children. In many ways, that is a blessing.

With all the processed foods, individual serving in individual containers, and the proliferation of fast food restaurants (I use this word loosely.), it is no wonder that many parents are concerned about the nutrition their children are receiving. We live in a very fast-paced world.

Justin Caba gives us some statistics to be our guide. Justin reports that the information is from a study from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Read the excerpt below and go to the original source link to see some of those statistics.

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Food and Fitness Matter Raising Healthy Active Kids

“Restaurant Chains Still Not Meeting Nutritional Expectations”

“A new study is suggesting that major U.S. restaurant chains are still not meeting the health guidelines for kid’s menus.”

“The nutritional value on an average restaurant chains kid’s menu has become a topic of discussion the past few years. Whether it’s Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign or New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s attempted ban on sugary sodas, what’s going into our children’s body is definitely receiving attention.”

Go to the original source for the shocking statistics.

“Although this information is startling, the CSPI says …”

The CSPI is the Center for Science in the Public Interest. See link at the bottom of this page.

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Most parents would agree that Food and Fitness Matter Raising Healthy Active Kids in an unhealthy world is a very large task.

Food and Fitness Matter Raising Healthy Active KidsTo get you rolling…

Here is a link to a blog with more information for raising healthy kids…

Let’s Move! America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids

Here is the link to the organization that created the study.

Center for Science in the Public Interest

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