Sexting, Internet safety loom large as childhood health concerns 08.11.15 – Reuters As more kids use mobile phones and surf the web at increasingly younger ages, sexting and Internet safety are becoming bigger childhood health concerns, edging out longtime worries like smoking and teen pregnancy, a new poll suggests. Many problems highlighted in the poll are health issues without clear cures, where some of the anxiety voiced by adults may be due to uncertainty about the best prevention or treatment options, Dr. Megan Moreno, of the Center for Child Health Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s, said by email.
Can You Treat ADHD Without Drugs? 08.05.15 – WebMD Getting enough shut-eye can be a game-changer for kids with ADHD. Research shows that just an extra half-hour of sleep can help with restlessness and impulsivity. "A lot of kids with ADHD also have sleep disorders, and each condition makes the other one worse," says Dr. Mark Stein, an ADHD specialist at Seattle Children's. One of the most common sleep issues for kids with ADHD is that they can't settle down and fall asleep; then their exhaustion the next day makes their symptoms worse. While some doctors recommend sleep aids such as melatonin, you should start by practicing good sleep habits.
Are Chemical Dangers Hiding in Your Home? 07.21.15 – Everyday Health From detergents to food packaging, common household items may be exposing you and your family to chemical health hazards. While toxins such as lead, mercury, and arsenic have largely been phased out of products that people use every day, endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) have not. According to the Endocrine Society, EDCs can be found in pesticides, personal care products, electronics, antibacterials, textiles, and clothing. “The endocrine system is really controlling almost all major processes in the body — blood pressure, metabolism, those kinds of things that are just essential for everyday function,” says Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana, associate professor at the University of Washington and an investigator at the Seattle Children's Research Institute who studies the effects of EDCs.
What does your preschooler do in day care? Not much that’s active, study says 05.18.15 – The Seattle Time Kids in daycare and preschool may not be getting enough physical activity, according to a new study. Preschoolers in the Seattle study spent just a half hour playing outside and were offered less than an hour each day for indoor play at child care centers, the researchers found. Guidelines recommend at least one hour of adult-led, structured physical activity and one hour of unstructured free play time per day, according to lead author Dr. Pooja Tandon, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle. "Children need daily opportunities for physical activity not only for optimal weight status, but because physical activity promotes numerous aspects of health, development and well-being," Tandon said. "Physical activity, which in this age occurs typically in the form of play, promotes cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and mental health and is associated with academic achievement."