Health and Nutrition

Transitions: Honesty Is the Best Policy

Last time we talked about how to use choices and questions to help children learn responsibility at as early an age as possible. This week, we talk about an important part of asking questions and giving choices: making sure a child has enough information to make good choices.

7 Things You MUST Know About Fitness & Autism

Frankie did not enjoy fitness activities when we first began our sessions about seven years ago. Prior to this, his most consistent activity was jumping up and down while hitting his chest with his hand and the more-than-occasional all out tantrum on the floor. A few days ago he pressed a 20-plus pound thick rope overhead and walked across the yard, smiling and laughing as he chucked it down to the pavement.

Keep Medicines Up and Away and Out of Sight

Many parents might not fully realize the dangers of leaving medications within reach of young children. According to a press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in every 150 two-year-olds in the U.S. visits an emergency room for unintentional medication overdose each year. This often happens after a child finds and eats or drinks medicine without adult supervision.

Managing Pregnancy When Baby Isn't Perfect

No one wants to talk about it, but sadly bad things happen during pregnancy. Sometimes babies die and sometimes babies are not born perfect with "10 little fingers and 10 little toes." Since no one talks about these things, going through a difficult pregnancy, when you know your child is going to be born with a birth defect, can be very isolating.  

Maintain a Healthy Body During Antibiotics

Studies continue to show that the use of antibiotics disrupts the delicate balance in the digestive tract and colon of patients with special healthcare needs. This compromises healthy liver, immune and bowel function. Research in the journal Nature now indicates antibiotics can permanently destroy healthy gut flora balance leading to a lifetime of chronic health issues.

How Digital Devices Affect Your Child's Eyes

These days, there are more children and teenagers, including those with special needs, using digital devices to learn, play and be entertained than any generation before. From smartphones to e-readers, and computers to digital tablets, young people have greater access to a wide variety of digital devices. A recent Nielsen study shows the iPad is the number one requested item during the holiday season from children ages 6 through 12, followed by other portable electronic devices such as smart phones and gaming players.

Avoiding Obesity in Kids with Special Needs

Childhood obesity is a rising problem in the United States, both for typically developing children and children with special needs. According to a Fact Sheet released by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Disability and Human Development College of Applied Health Sciences, children with disabilities are at greater risk of becoming obese because of their less active lifestyles. The report states, “many parents believe that because of their disability, their children cannot be physically active, which is not the truth.

Are Meds Making Your Child Sick?

Americans--including children--are taking more prescription drugs than ever before. Things can go wrong when these drugs are mixed with other prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, herbal remedies, and even caffeine. Many patients and caregivers are not informed enough to know when drugs can interact badly.

How to Organize the Chaos

What bigger crisis does one face than learning their child has been diagnosed with a chronic condition? It’s virtually impossible to collect your thoughts, let alone organize them. For me, organizing the many aspects of my life after receiving that news alleviated some of the stress and allowed me to focus on helping my child. You need to navigate through mazes of information that must first be acquired, then digested and finally stored. In a crisis situation we tend to look at the total picture, which is extremely overwhelming.

Children's Medical Records: 5 Things to Watch

Many of us are clueless about the valuable information contained in our children’s medical records. Knowing what’s there can help us make smart decisions; not knowing can leave us navigating in the dark. Getting ahold of your child’s records has never been easier " or more important. 

Here are five things I think parents should look for in their children’s medical record and have at their fingertips: