Power-packed winter vegetable recipes for kids

The Indian Express – Prachi Mandholia

Winter means a season of fresh produce. It is that time of the year to focus on vegetables that provide health benefits, especially immunity-boosting nutrients. These will help to keep your child’s cough and sniffles at bay. (more)

How to nip worry in the bud for anxious children

The Irish Examiner – Áilín Quinlan

So while Christmas can be a wonderful time full of excitement, the disrupted routine, increased social interaction and avalanche of sugary treats may lead to a sense of heightened nervousness among children who are prone to anxiety, explains author and psychotherapist, Carina McEvoy, who has recently published two books on the issue of childhood anxiety. (more)

Are doctors and teachers confusing immaturity and attention deficit?

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

The youngest children in a given class at school are more likely to be diagnosed with an attention deficit disorder than those older than them, according to an American study triggering renewed debate on overdiagnosing. The topic is a heated one in the United States, where five percent of children aged two to 17 took prescription drugs for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in 2016. (more)

Minivan musings: How parents should handle their angry teen, tween

North Jersey – Jackie Goldschneider

“Around 10 to 12 years old is when we see (angry outbursts) generally start, and that’s in line with when puberty starts,” said Dr. Stacey Cohen-Meissner, a Tenafly-based child and adult psychologist who counsels many teens and tweens. Meissner explained that a child’s anger is not necessarily caused by the hormones directly associated with puberty, but rather the brain changes that are triggered when these hormones start to be released. (more)

Despite common obesity gene variants obese children lose weight after lifestyle changes

Science Daily – Staff Writer

Children who are genetically predisposed to overweight, due to common gene variants, can still lose weight by changing their diet and exercise habits. Around 750 children and adolescents with overweight or obesity undergoing lifestyle intervention participated in the study conducted by researchers from the University of Copenhagen and Holbæk Hospital. (more)

Prevalence of eating disorders 1.4 percent in preteens

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

The prevalence of eating disorders among 9- to 10-year-olds in the United States is 1.4 percent, with no difference in prevalence between boys and girls, according to a research letter published online Nov. 26 in JAMA Pediatrics. (more)

Less pediatric screen time tied to better well-being

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

A higher amount of screen time per day is associated with decreased psychological well-being in children and adolescents, according to a study published in the December issue of Preventive Medicine Reports. (more)