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    Putting Lead in Perspective This Holiday Season


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    Lead - it's the No. 1 concern on most parents' minds as they cram the toy aisles and surf online for their kids' wish lists. After a year full of unsettling recalls, many moms and dads are wondering what's really safe - and with good reason.


    With chronic exposure, lead can accumulate in the body, causing lead poisoning, which can bring on a host of serious health problems like learning and hearing disabilities, behavior problems, and delayed development. Even low levels of lead in a child's blood can indicate enough exposure to the toxin to cause subtle difficulties with behavior and learning that are mostly irreversible.... Continue reading Putting Lead in Perspective This Holiday Season.


    Quiet Riot: Girls with ADHD Sit in Silence


    By Karen Barrow


    The image of a boy running chaotically around a playground is what most parents expect to see with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But that quiet girl daydreaming her way through class may also have the same problem, and the subtlety may cause it to go undiagnosed for years longer than her male counterpart.


    The difference in how girls and boys with ADHD act causes a lot of confusion for parents trying to help their child achieve their best. So what should moms and dads be looking for if they suspect their little girl has ADHD?


    Dr. Martin T. Stein, profes ... Continue reading Quiet Riot: Girls with ADHD Sit in Silence.


    The Flu Fighters: The Medicine Mom


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    By Dr. Tara Kompare, Pharm.D.

    You have seen them before--mothers sporting backbacks equipped with disinfectant sprays, highchair liners, and a gallon of hand sanitizer. To some they may appear silly, paranoid even, but to those of us who have survived a flu infestation during the holidays, they are our role models for the flu season.

    The influenza virus spreads like wildfire and knowing how to prevent yourself and others from catching this 'Bah-humbug" virus can hopefully help you build happy holiday memories this year. To keep the flu out of your home, follow these tips:

    1. Get Vac ... Continue reading The Flu Fighters: The Medicine Mom.


    Autism: What Every Mother Needs to Know



    By Elsa Cremer


    Imagine this: Your child is getting dressed for school, sifting through the shirts hanging in the closet. He pulls out a blue collared button up shirt. Suddenly, the sight of the cream colored buttons that run the length of the shirt makes his mouth tense up and triggers an overwhelming gritty metallic taste in his mouth. Or this: you make scrambled eggs for breakfast but your daughter won't come near the table because the mere sight and smell makes her nauseous and squirmy. These sensory sensitivities are what some individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) encounter on a daily basis. Everyday obj ... Continue reading Autism: What Every Mother Needs to Know.


    AAP Urges Autism Screening for All Kids Under 2


    Calling autism an "urgent public health issue," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in early 2007 that about 1 in 150 children in the United States are diagnosed with the developmental disorder - a higher rate than health officials had previously thought. Now, in an effort to help detect autism as early as possible, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is urging doctors to routinely screen all children for red flags of autism at 18 and 24 months old.


    Calling autism an "urgent public health issue," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in early 2007 that about 1 in 150 children in the United States are diagnosed with the developmental disorder - a higher rate than health officials had previously thought. Now, in an effort to help detect autism as early as possible, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is urging doctors to routinely screen all children for red flags of autism at 18 and 24 months old.


    Subtle symptoms of the common disorder are often present before a child's first birthday - sometimes even in early infancy - but often go un ... Continue reading AAP Urges Autism Screening for All Kids Under 2.