How to talk to children about the serious illness of a loved one – Harvard Health Blog – Health Education Article

It’s an inescapable truth: sometimes hard, bad things happen in life — including that sometimes parents, or other important people in a child’s life, get very sick. It’s natural to want to shield a child from news like this, but that’s not a good idea. Children pick up on more than people realize — and can sometimes imagine things to be even worse than they are. Also, it’s important to help children gain the understanding and skills they need to…

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Got children? How to get out the door on time – Harvard Health Blog – Health Education Article

Despite valiant planning efforts and repeated requests, your children are half-dressed. They made the house look like a category F5 tornado came through, and are nowhere near ready to go when you need to get out the door. You can feel your temperature rising as the clock ticks toward late again. If this sounds familiar, below are some helpful tools. Consider building these strategies into your routine to help you get out the door on time with fully-dressed children in…

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Can monitoring blood pressure at home cut maternal mortality? – Harvard Health Blog – Health Education Article

Worldwide, hypertension (high blood pressure) and complications that stem from it are the second leading cause of maternal mortality. In fact, it causes about one in six maternal deaths. Among pregnant women in the US, rates of both chronic high blood pressure and pregnancy-related high blood pressure are rising. One reason this is worrisome is that high blood pressure is a major factor in preeclampsia, a potentially life-threatening condition that may affect women late in pregnancy and in the early…

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Kangaroo Care Gave Neonatal ICU Baby Josephine a Steady Start – Health Article

Most expectant parents don’t prepare for their newborn to go into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit [NICU] after labor,” said Caroline Twiggs from Weaverville. “Now I tell friends they should tour the NICU.” High blood pressure and a prolonged delivery were hard on Twiggs and her husband, Michael Whetsell. But when baby Josephine showed distress, an unplanned C-section became the new plan. The New Plan Once Josephine was born August 10 at 1:11 am, the Mission medical team worked on…

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Does Flat Head Syndrome Affect a Baby’s Brain Development? – Mission Health Blog – Health Education Article

By Meg Coleman, Nurse Practitioner If you’re a new parent, you may feel concerned about your infant developing flat head syndrome, or positional plagiocephaly. So what can you do about it? Plagiocephaly occurs when a baby’s head develops a flat spot – it can be on either a side or on the back of the head. How can something like this happen? The skull flattens when a baby’s head stays in one position for long periods of time. A baby…

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Public policies to stop kids from drinking sugary drinks – Harvard Health Blog – Health Article

Added sugar is bad for kids. It can lead to cavities, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. That’s why it’s recommended that children get no more than 10% of their daily calories from added sugar. The problem is that according to recent data, added sugar makes up 17% of the daily calories of the average child and teen. Almost half of that comes not from food, but from sugary drinks. Pediatricians have long said that children and teens should avoid sugary…

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Holiday Shopping Tips: Happy Kids and Healthy Brains – Health Article

Holiday shopping is once again upon us—as your kids make their lists and write their letters to Santa, could the type of gifts they receive affect their brain development, not to mention how home life will be for everyone in the months ahead? “Yes”, says Dr. Marcia Slattery, UW Health Professor of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and Pediatrics. “A child’s brain goes through massive developmental changes throughout childhood and adolescence, and the type and variety of experiences a child has can influence…

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Managing the Stress of the Holidays – Health Article

Even before the last piece of pumpkin pie has been consumed (and let’s be honest – these days, it’s more like – before the last piece of Halloween candy is handed out), it seems like holiday preparations are underway. But the reality of the holidays can be very different than the marshmallow world singers croon about. Gimme, Gimme, Gimme There’s no doubt that the giving spirit of the season can lead to feeling financial pressure. The gift wish lists kids…

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THE 5 DO’S AND DON’TS NEW MOMMIES SHOULD BE AWARE OF – Health Article

  If you are reading this, I’d be correct in assuming you are pregnant, planning to have a baby or you recently put to bed. You may be worried about caring for your baby and you need advice about what comes next. Firstly, big congratulations to you on a successful delivery, the hardest part is over and what you should do now is calm down, love and care for your new baby as the baby needs you now. Secondly, you…

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Understand the Underlying Causes of Your Kids Behavior – Health Article

Understand the Causes of Your Kids’ Behavior We’ve all been there… …the times when we’ve wished we could change our kids’ behavior! the morning struggles before school and work when you’re pressed for time. meltdowns at grocery stores while everyone is watching with disapproving eyes. bedtime overwhelm when everyone is exhausted. Would you love to free yourself of the whining, meltdowns, tantrums and power struggles? Would you like more cooperation from your kids? Perhaps you have typical ups and downs with…

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Detox for Kids – Safely Reduce the Toxic Load – Health Article

No matter how hard you try, you simply can’t avoid all toxins. Your kids are going to be exposed to toxins on a daily basis. There are too many chemicals lurking in food, water, air, schools, playgrounds – and especially all the stuff in your home. Everyone living in this world has some level of toxicity in their body, and it’s important to keep this at a minimum. What you want to avoid is toxic overload. This is when the…

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How & Why I Encourage My Teens to See a Therapist – Health Article

Everyone needs a good therapist, that’s my personal opinion anyways. We are comfortable taking our cars for occasional tune-ups, and we regularly scan and update our various devices to ensure that they’re in good working order — so why not do the same for our mental health? That’s why I encourage my teens to see a therapist. I want them to understand that going for counseling is healthy, positive, and beneficial. I don’t want them having a completely outdated mindset…

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Tackling parent-teacher conferences: The early years – Harvard Health Blog – Health Article

Coming into December, my wife Jenny and I had been through two parent-teacher conferences and were batting .500. The first, during my oldest son’s last year of preschool, opened with a list of stuff that didn’t shock us but his teachers weren’t too thrilled with: knocking over blocks, interrupting, not sitting still for circle time. Milo was 4. Unfortunately, there was no eventual, “Enough of that. He’s 4. Here’s why he’s great.” We left feeling they didn’t like him. Milo…

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