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Kansas Town Takes Dental Care To School

Olathe, Kansas, is making sure that all its students have a beautiful, healthy smile.

Weeks before school starts Olathe’s school district starts getting low-income students to sign up for dental checkups.

“When parents register at the elementary schools that serve the district’s poorest students, they are asked whether their children have a dentist. “And if . . . → Read More: Kansas Town Takes Dental Care To School

Start of School Year Calls for Vaccine Check

School is starting in a few weeks and many parents will be looking for their child’s vaccination records so they can fill out school forms and forms for athletic activities.

This is a good time to make certain that your child’s vaccinations are up-to-date, especially since schools and pediatricians might have different vaccination recommendations.

“Not . . . → Read More: Start of School Year Calls for Vaccine Check

Protective Eyewear Reduces Risk of Eye Injury among Field Hockey Players

The start of the school year brings not just academics and books into children’s lives but also sports, games and athletic competitions.

Field hockey is a sport whose popularity has been growing with young girls over the years. A new study shows that sticks or balls used in a field hockey game can result in . . . → Read More: Protective Eyewear Reduces Risk of Eye Injury among Field Hockey Players

Back-to-School Tips for Healthy Teeth

Those hectic school mornings are just around the corner, so it’s important for parents to make sure that their child gets into good dental habits right from the beginning of the busy school year.

Gretchen Henson, program director of advanced education in pediatric dentistry in the department of dental medicine at Interfaith Medical Center in . . . → Read More: Back-to-School Tips for Healthy Teeth

Concussions Can Occur in All Youth Sports

Football players can suffer serious, long-term brain damage from multiple concussions, and this evidence has prompted a number of studies on the danger of concussion in children and young athletes.

Jane Brody writes in today’s New York Times health editorial about the dilemmas and misconceptions parents and children face about the seriousness of concussions and . . . → Read More: Concussions Can Occur in All Youth Sports

What are the adult health consequences of childhood bullying?

With school starting in a few weeks, it is important to consider the consequences of childhood bullying and its effects on self-esteem of children as they grow into adulthood.

New research shows that children who’ve been intensely bullied are at risk of substandard psychological, emotional and physical health as they grow and develop. They are . . . → Read More: What are the adult health consequences of childhood bullying?

Why School Should Start Later in the Morning

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has taken a strong stand on the issue of adolescent sleep deficiency and is trying, for the first time, to influence education policymakers to start middle and high school classes later in the morning.

A number of studies have conclusively proven that adolescents need sleep to thrive . . . → Read More: Why School Should Start Later in the Morning

Back-to-School Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

The first day of school is coming soon, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has practical advice on how to make transition from summer to fall easier and less stressful for both parents and children.

Here is a list of tips on a number of topics, from how to make the first day of . . . → Read More: Back-to-School Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Another Approach to Raising Healthy Eaters

Jane Brody of the New York Times discusses being a very picky eater during her childhood. She writes that now “I better understand that one source of my resistance was control. I was as determined to be in charge of what went into my mouth as my parents thought they should be.”

Food can be . . . → Read More: Another Approach to Raising Healthy Eaters

Tips to Prevent Teen Distracted Driving

If you are a parent of a new driver, there are many ways that you can influence your child’s driving habits. Being a careful and responsible driver yourself is the best way to model and instill excellent driving etiquette.

But there are many other things that you can do to teach your teenager to stay . . . → Read More: Tips to Prevent Teen Distracted Driving