Posts Categorized: Children’s Health

Eating Disorders Are a Family Affair

The eating disorders anorexia and bulimia nervosa can be grave without early and appropriate intervention. Complications can include a range of symptoms–from cardiac arrhythmias to depression and suicide–so immediate treatment is crucial. Parents who try to “correct” their child’s eating disorder on their own can end up frustrated, and rightly so. It requires a great… Read more »

ADHD: Helping Families Put the Pieces Together

ADHD (attention deficit disorder) is a brain-based biological disorder that is usually first diagnosed in childhood. Symptoms include inattentiveness, impulsive behavior and, sometimes, hyperactivity. There is no way to prevent ADHD, but early detection and intervention are very helpful. Early detection and intervention can help make symptoms less severe, decrease how much behavioral symptoms interfere… Read more »

The Dangers of Sizzurp:
What Parents Should Know

A concoction called sizzurp has been gaining popularity among teens. It is a mix of prescription cough syrup with soda and hard candies like Jolly Rancher. Often consumed from Styrofoam cups, the drink gets its alternate name, “purple drank,” from the cough medicine’s purple food coloring. Sizzurp originated in Houston in the 1960s. Now, online… posted in: Addiction, Children's Health tags:


Snorting Smarties Isn’t Addictive–
It Isn’t Harmless, Either

Snorting Smarties is about the same as inhaling sugar with a few irritants. Children have been crushing the candy and inhaling the powder for a while to imitate the act of snorting cocaine or heroin. Snorting Smarties doesn’t give a true “high” and it is not addictive. However, it can cause nasal infections, bleeding and… posted in: Children's Health tags:


Prevention Works to Protect Cervical Health

Proper screening and vaccination do a great job at guarding cervical health. Still, there are 12,000 cervical cancer US diagnoses annually–and more than 4,000 women die each year as a result, according to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition. The leading threat to cervical health is HPV (human papillomavirus) infection. HPV alters the cells of the… Read more »

Stay Warm in the Polar Vortex–
and Avoid Hypothermia

As the polar vortex causes temperatures to drop dramatically, make sure to stay warm and keep hypothermia at bay. Hypothermia (abnormally low body temperature) affects the brain, disrupting the ability to think clearly or move well. Severely low body temperature can even lead to heart failure and death. Hypothermia often looks different from one person… posted in: Children's Health, Geriatric Care, News, Wellness tags:


About that Halloween Letter

A woman in Fargo, ND, denied candy to certain children yesterday. Instead, she gave them a Halloween letter for their parents. The letter read, in part: “Your child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season. “My hope is that… Read more »

A Ban on Balls During Recess

A recent rash of playground injuries has prompted a Long Island school superintendent to issue a complete ban on balls. The ban prohibits hard athletic balls used during soccer, baseball, football, lacrosse and other sports. The school district also banned performing cartwheels or playing tag unless there is adequate adult supervision. Only Nerf-type balls are… Read more »

E-Cigarettes: Friend or Foe?

Sales of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are exploding rapidly, and so is controversy over them. Are they a breakthrough aid to help stop smoking or addictive, harmful devices? E-cigarettes are battery-operated gadgets that heat liquid nicotine, flavors and other chemicals into a vapor that users inhale. The amount of nicotine they deliver varies widely and their… Read more »

Extreme Binge Drinking: 10+ Drinks in a Row

Alarming numbers of high school seniors try extreme binge drinking–consuming as many as 10 or 15 alcoholic drinks in one sitting, according to a research recently published in JAMA Pediatrics. The new study marks the first investigation to dissect extreme binge drinking in a representative group of teens. Investigators analyzed data from more than 16,000… Read more »