Posts Categorized: Children’s Health

Kids’ Migraines Can Make School a “Headache”

When school starts, most parents get busy buying books, supplies, clothes and much more. But kids’ migraines give a new dimension to school preparation for moms and dads. As many as 10 percent of grade-school children have migraine headaches, and half of all sufferers get their first migraine before the age of 12. By the… Read more »

Preparing Kids with Food Allergies for School

It’s can be challenging to manage food allergies in schools or daycare centers because parents have limited control over what foods other children may bring in. Now that classes are in session, moms and dads need to take precautions so a child with food allergies won’t accidentally eat the wrong thing at school or daycare…. Read more »

Tips for Going Back To School

It’s that time again–children are heading back to school. As kids get ready, parents need to do their homework to ensure a successful academic year. Here are things to remember when preparing your child to go back to school: Backpacks that are overloaded or fit poorly can hurt girls and boys. The American Academy of… Read more »

First 911, Then CPR:
Keep Your Loved Ones Alive

Anytime a person stops breathing, there is potential for the heart to stop beating (cardiac arrest) from the lack of oxygen. Permanent brain damage or death happens within minutes. That’s when knowing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can mean the difference between life and death. CPR helps a person whose heart has stopped or who is no… posted in: Children's Health, Men's Health, Wellness, Women's Health tags:


Alone in a Hot Car: No Place for a Child

Serious or fatal injuries caused solely by being trapped in a hot car happen often enough that they have their own term: vehicular hyperthermia. Cars get much hotter inside than the outdoor temperature. In 10 minutes, a car’s heat can rise 19 degrees. So during an 80-degree day, the temperature inside a closed car can… Read more »

FDA Approves New ADHD Test

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a new medical device to help assess attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for youngsters between 6 to 17. But the new ADHD test does not eliminate the need for a careful clinical assessment by a physician, psychologist or other licensed professional. Focusing on EEG (electroencephalogram) patterns, this is the… Read more »

Vegetarian Cafeteria Tackles Childhood Obesity

The Active Learning Elementary School in Flushing recently became the first public school in the country to offer solely vegetarian food in the student cafeteria. The initiative is part of a citywide effort to promote healthy habits that counteract childhood obesity. The hope is that other schools will also re-evaluate their meal plans and adopt… Read more »

Give the HPV Vaccine by Age 12

Preventing HPV (human papillomavirus) starts earlier than you think: By age 12, children—girls and boys—should get the HPV vaccine. Vaccination can even begin as early as age nine. The leading cause of cervical cancer, HPV infection is so common that about 34 percent of all 14- to 24-year-olds (male and female) carry the virus. Whereas… Read more »

The Cinnamon Challenge: A View from the ER

As a physician who has helped teens in the Emergency Department because they took “the cinnamon challenge,” I have witnessed the dangers of this stunt. The consequences are not pretty. And yes–it can kill you. The so-called “challenge” involves trying to swallow a tablespoonful of cinnamon powder in under 60 seconds without drinking anything. Without… Read more »

Good Reasons to Raise the Smoking Age to 21

Since most smokers began their tobacco addiction as teenagers, New York City officials recently proposed legislation to raise the smoking age to 21. The proposed law could prevent young people from picking up their first cigarette–and avoid smoking’s negative health consequences. Another policy has already decreased adolescent smoking initiation by restricting the point of sale… Read more »