Category: Health/Safety

Talking to My Son About Suicide

Talking to My Son About Suicide

Talking to my son about suicide was never going to be easy. But talking to my son about suicide when someone he actually knew died by his own hand is much, much worse. I discovered this to be the case when my teenage son’s close […]

Sleep Duration a Factor in Childhood Obesity

Sleep Duration a Factor in Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity has more than doubled over the past three decades, which is why any study that sheds light on why this is happening is a godsend to worried parents. Science Daily, at least, has told us why children in China are obese: it’s because […]

Manage ADHD by Developing Skills

Manage ADHD by Developing Skills

You can’t manage ADHD with drugs alone. Anyone who has ever parented one of the 6 million children in the United States age 4-17 diagnosed with the condition knows that. But with school now back in session, frustrated parents and their children may be asking […]

It’s August! Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

It’s August! Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month takes place in August. That’s when children have either filed back into the classroom or are in the thick of getting ready to do so. It’s a good time to think about their eyes, which are important learning tools. […]

Whole30: Could this Diet be a Good Thing for Teens

Whole30: Could this Diet be a Good Thing for Teens

Whole30 was something I’d never heard of until I was schmoozing with a girlfriend about my intention to pursue bariatric surgery (surgery to lose weight). I’d gained a ton of weight, due to age and the necessity of taking steroids for an autoimmune conditions. The […]

Blue Whale Challenge: Should We Be Concerned?

Blue Whale Challenge: Should We Be Concerned?

The Blue Whale Challenge. What is it? Is it real? To the first question, put simply, it’s a game where the curator, also known as a “whale,” gives a teen fifty tasks, one per day. At the end of the fifty tasks, the teen is […]

Time to Chill Out About Candy!

Time to Chill Out About Candy!

This piece is a rebuttal to Should You Let Your Children Have Candy I’ve been a dietitian long enough to have lived through the low-fat craze, and now, much to my dismay, the era of sugar-phobia. Thanks to fear-mongering headlines that overstate what science actually […]

Should You Let Your Children Have Candy?

Should You Let Your Children Have Candy?

Should you let your children have candy? You know it’s bad for them. There’s no question you know that. But candy is out there. It’s everywhere. If some parents give their kids candy in moderation, and you do not, won’t that tend to cause some […]

Fidget Spinners: Help or Hindrance

Fidget Spinners: Help or Hindrance

Fidget spinners have been wildly popular since they burst on the scene in December 2016. Touted as a way to alleviate anxiety and the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism, spinners have also created not a little controversy. Teachers have had to […]

Choking Hazards for Toddlers

Choking Hazards for Toddlers

Choking is the fourth leading cause of accidental death in children under the age of 5. Choking occurs when children swallow something large enough to block their airways. When a child’s airways are blocked, the child will either find it difficult or impossible to breathe. […]