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    Children's Health: March 2008


    Parents' Perceptions About Kids' Weight Often Off

    As moms and dads, it's perfectly natural to want to see your kids in the best -- and absolutely healthiest -- light. The common rose-colored glasses of parenthood can make even the most apparent of problems seem nonexistent or like no big deal.

    That's definitely what researchers recently found when they conducted a national survey of 2,000-plus adults. In fact, many parents had no idea -- or weren't at all worried -- that their kids were considered obese (based on their body mass index, or BMI, which estimates a person's body fat using height and weight measurements).

    According to the poll:

    ... Continue reading Parents' Perceptions About Kids' Weight Often Off.

    Food Allergy Facts and Fiction: The Medicine Mom


    The time for Holiday feasts has passed once again. Juicy turkeys stuffed with care and Grandma's homemade pumpkin pie undoubtedly had your name written all over them. Then there is always the mystery dish that no one wants to take credit for. And, most alarmingly, no one knows what is in it.

    For most of us, it's okay if we happen to dive into a desert that just happens to be laced with peanuts. But, for those unfortunate few with food allergies, these surprises can bring more than bad taste--they can cause a full-blown emergency.

    In order to help you better understand food allergies, and how they relate ... Continue reading Food Allergy Facts and Fiction: The Medicine Mom.

    Five Secrets for Happy and Healthy Hearts: Medicine Mom


    When it comes down to it, we all want one thing in life: To be happy. And, it is when we achieve this state of mental bliss that our bodies tend to follow suit. You see with each chuckle and grin, our hearts pump stronger and our bodies become energized, setting the stage for joyful and healthful years to come.

    So, in appreciation of Valentine's Day, I felt it appropriate to divulge five secrets to help keep your kids hearts (and yours!) both happy and healthy:

    Secret 1: Love and laugh--a lot. Life is too short to be dull and boring. Live it up--responsibly of course. Sing with your kids. Dance with your kids ... Continue reading Five Secrets for Happy and Healthy Hearts: Medicine Mom.

    Survey: Americans' Dirty Contact Lens Habits


    Millions of Americans may be putting their eyes at serious risk every day by not using proper hygiene in caring for their contact lenses, a new survey reveals.

    The survey, conducted by leading market research company Synovate, found that while contact lenses remain one of the safest forms of vision correction, contact lens wearers need to beef up their lens-handling regimes to ensure their eyes stay safe and healthy.

    "It's certainly alarming to see how some people treat their lenses," says Dr. Pat Del Vecchio. "I see patients every day with eye infections and problems that could easily have been prevented j ... Continue reading Survey: Americans' Dirty Contact Lens Habits.

    FDA Officially Nixes Cough and Cold Meds for Babies and Toddlers

    Amid the annual sniffling and sneezing of the cold and flu season, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally issued its timely statement about the safety and effectiveness of cough and cold medicines for young kids. After a year of questions and debate from all angles, the government is affirming that these over-the-counter (OTC) remedies should never be used for children under 2 -- they're not safe and do not work for babies and toddlers.

    What the federal agency hasn't said yet is whether these medications are OK or even effective in older kids (ages 2 to 11) either -- they're still reviewing the research. But th ... Continue reading FDA Officially Nixes Cough and Cold Meds for Babies and Toddlers.

    Lactose Intolerance or Milk Allergy?

    Thirty to fifty million Americans suffer from lactose intolerance or a milk allergy, but how do you tell the difference?

    Lactose intolerance is the body's inability to digest significant amounts of lactose, the major sugar found in milk. Many people confuse lactose intolerance with a milk allergy, which is not an "intolerance," but a true allergy.

    "It is important to understand the difference between the two," says Steven Yannicelli, Ph.D., R.D., director of science and education for Nutricia North America. "People with lactose intolerance can't digest the sugar, but it is the protein in milk and milk ... Continue reading Lactose Intolerance or Milk Allergy?.

    Morning Breath 101: The Medicine Mom

    I don't know about you, but I always look forward to starting my mornings with snuggle sessions from my girls. Fresh from a good nights sleep, my two and five-year-old are usually eager to nestle into my arms and share lots of kisses. But what happens when those kisses aren't as sweet as you hoped? What if your child's breath knocks your socks off, in a bad kind of way?

    Believe it or not, children can also suffer from halitosis, or bad breath. Some of the most popular causes include:

    Poor Dental Health: The tongue, teeth, and gums all need lots of TLC in order to prevent the b ... Continue reading Morning Breath 101: The Medicine Mom.