Category Archives: children

Arthritis: Not Just a Seniors’ Disease

October 2nd, 2019
It’s probably pretty common for people to equate the term arthritis with osteoarthritis, the wear-and-tear form of arthritis that’s common in adults as we get older. But that’s just one type of arthritis. There are many more, including types that specifically affect children. In general terms, that group of disorders is referred to as childhood arthritis or juvenile arthritis. The most common type of juvenile arthritis is juvenile idiopathic arthritis or JIA. JIA affects approximately one in 1,000 children under…

Gaming: Medical Disorder or Not?

September 15th, 2019
There’s no debate about it. Internet and video games are popular in this country. A Pew survey found that 97 percent of teen boys and 83 percent of teen girls play games on some type of device. And it’s not just kids. A research study estimates that about 160 million American adults play internet-based games. It’s definitely easy to get caught up in the games, but is playing too much a disease or addiction? That question is up for debate.…

Caring For Baby Teeth

February 17th, 2019
How to get your child started on the right path to good oral hygiene. Long before they take their first steps and possibly before they utter their first words, babies will develop their first couple of teeth. Typically, it’s the lower front teeth or central incisors that show up first, and when they do, it’s time to start caring for them. A baby’s 20 primary teeth are already present in the jaws at birth and typically…

Through The Eyes Of A Child

August 13th, 2018
Waiting until after Labor Day to begin the new school year is a thing of the past. It is here in Florida anyway. Students attending public schools in the Sunshine State return to school a full three weeks before the Labor Day holiday this year. With the summer break now at an end, the time for back-to-school shopping is already at hand. So, too, is the time to make sure your child is as well-equipped as possible to begin the…

Fetal Alcohol Facts

May 15th, 2018
This past February, researchers presented their results of a study, published in JAMA, on the prevalence of fetal alcohol disorders in American children. It was alarming. In their study results, the researchers conservatively estimated 1.1 to 5 percent of kids are affected by alcohol-related disorders, up to five times the previous estimates. As part of the study, researchers evaluated nearly 3,000 school-aged children in four US communities. They also interviewed children’s mothers about their alcohol use during pregnancy. In all,…

Fidget Spinners: Harmless or Hazard

August 7th, 2017
So, these toys called fidget spinners are the latest craze. Everybody who can get one has one (except me). I’ve never played with one – never actually seen one – but I have seen articles and advertisements for them all over the place. From what I’ve read, once you start playing with a spinner, you can’t stop. Fidget spinners get you hooked because they’re mesmerizing. They have three prongs, or arms with weights, or bearings, that are attached to a…

Kids Get Arthritis, Too

July 17th, 2017
Arthritis is often associated with age, and when I say “age,” we usually think of people getting arthritis as they get older. But that’s not the complete picture. The Arthritis Foundation reports that an estimated 300,000 children in the US suffer from a form of the disease known as juvenile arthritis. July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. This is a good time to learn more about this childhood affliction. There are many types of juvenile arthritis, but we’ll concentrate on…