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What We’ve Learned About Kids And Sleep In 2015

What we hear more and more from sleep specialists is that sleep is not a luxury but a vital necessity for children to grow and develop. At a recent conference in Seattle called SLEEP 2015 scientists discussed different sleep benefits for kids, from preventing illness to helping their brain recharge and flourish.

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Preventing the Spread of Illness in Child Care or School

In our busy society it’s hard for parents to interrupt their work schedules when their children get sick. The best way for parents to help their children stay as healthy as possibly is to get educated (and then to educate their kids) about how to prevent illness in the first place.

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How to Improve Mental Health of America’s Youth

A new study emphasizes the importance of early intervention in helping children and adolescents deal with emotional and mental health issues. Early treatment reduces developmental delays and helps children heal from early trauma.

Parents, teachers, school officials and doctors all need to become educated in identifying behavioral problems early, so that children can get the . . . → Read More: How to Improve Mental Health of America’s Youth

AAP Recommends Substance Abuse Screening as Part of Routine Adolescent Care

“A new AAP policy statement recommends that pediatricians provide substance abuse education and screening to adolescents during routine clinical care, incorporating the universal Screening for Substance Use, Brief Intervention and/or Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) guidelines, designed by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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How do I protect my child from the flu?

The flu season is upon us, and parents are looking for practical advice on how to keep their children safe and protected from the virus.

Flu.gov has a number of helpful tips on what parents can do to keep their kids healthy and happy this season:

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Is a ‘too-clean’ environment to blame for childhood asthma?

A parent’s first instinct is to keep their newborn infant in a pristine environment, away from any germs, dust or dirt.

A new study, conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the BC Children’s Hospital in Canada, suggests that babies need to acquire certain types of gut bacteria by the time . . . → Read More: Is a ‘too-clean’ environment to blame for childhood asthma?