5 Tips to Keep Your Kids Healthy This Fall

As summer ends and autumn begins, our lifestyles are changed because of the weather, school activities, and holidays. Many parents find themselves wondering how to keep their kids safe and healthy. Thanks to these five tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is much easier for parents to do so. Keep these things in mind this fall for a fun and healthy season. 1. Get involved at school. Safety is important in school, both in the classroom and during activities. Work together with teachers to benefit the community and ensure safety. Make sure your child knows the … Continue reading

The Epidemic That’s Harming America’s Kids

Since 2010, the U.S. has observed National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in September in order to raise awareness of the growing weight problem among children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the last 30 years, childhood obesity rates have increased dramatically. In 1980, obesity rates were 7 percent for children ages 6-11 and 5 percent for kids 12-19. In 2010, obesity rates for both age groups had gone up to approximately 18 percent. Childhood obesity has short and long-term effects that can put kids at risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea … Continue reading

Vaccination Is the Best Protection Against Disease

Vaccination is one of the most important advancements in modern medicine. In fact, vaccines have helped eliminate diseases such as smallpox and reduce the occurrence of other serious illnesses and even death. As a parent, the best thing you can do to keep your child healthy and safe is to make sure they receive the recommended vaccines. Do you know which vaccines your child needs to stay healthy? WebMD offers a great Mini Guide with immunization charts for children and adults, which can help you figure out which shots you need and by what age. It is important to remember, however, that … Continue reading

Telemedicine Could Improve Quality of Life for Asthma Patients

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 230 million people have asthma and experience mild to severe breathlessness on a regular basis. Yet, despite asthma being a chronic disease with serious symptoms and repercussions, it is often under-treated, resulting in a low quality of life for many otherwise healthy individuals. This is unfortunate, seeing as proper asthma management can allow people to control the disease and live normal, healthy lives. In order to help children better manage their asthma symptoms through counseling and education, healthcare professionals have started using telemedicine services to provide ongoing specialty care. The goal is … Continue reading

How to Make Getting a Shot Less Painful for your Toddler

Vaccines and immunizations are integral to keeping children healthy and protecting them from disease. However, just because shots are a normal part of growing up, it doesn’t mean that administering them to children is easy. For many kids, getting a shot can be very painful, and the trauma associated with the event can result in a lifelong phobia of needles. If you are hoping to make the experience less traumatic for your child – and let’s not forget pain-free – here are a few simple things you can do: Be honest. Let your child know ahead of time why you … Continue reading