Seven tips to help encourage your child to get their exercise

The Star News – Staff Writer

Exercising is good for anyone of any age, but it can be crucial in adolescents. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) less than one-quarter of children 6 to 17 years of age participate in the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day. 

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Behavior problems and the excessive use of gadgets—cause or effect?

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Several studies suggest that early and excessive TV viewing can lead to later attention problems and hyperactivity. The reverse is also true: fidgety, restless children are more likely to use digital devices, and parents are also more likely to engage their children with gadgets. To maintain their alertness level, hyperactive children need constant stimulation which is provided in the fast-paced, colorful stimuli of videogames and movies.

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Facts About Children’s Growth Spurts During The Summer

Moms – Larissa Marulli

Summer is starting to wind down for many of us moms and with back-to-school time, you may be noticing that your children need some bigger shoes and larger clothes. This does happen a few times a year with kids of all ages since they grow so quickly but we as moms tend to notice it a lot more after a long summer vacation. For many, summer is for wearing sandals and summer clothes so when fall and school rolls back around in the early fall, shoes, and jackets seem to have shrunk.

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Safety in and near the water: A pediatric emergency medicine physician offers tips

Medical X-Press – Linda Quan

A lifeguard shortage in many parts of the U.S. means an increased drowning risk at pools and beaches this summer. Earlier this summer, SciLine interviewed Linda Quan, a pediatric emergency medicine physician and professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, about drowning risks and what people should know to keep themselves and their children safe.

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Get Outside! Children As Young As 6 Can Develop High Blood Pressure

Moms – Ashley Wehrli

A new study has found that children can develop high blood pressure as young as 6 years old, so it is important that they go outside as much as possible to try and prevent it. The health of children is the priority of every parent, caregiver, and medical professional, and work is always being done to see what can hinder it, and help it.

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What Role Does Social Media Use Play in the Youth Mental Health Crisis? Researchers Are Trying to Find Out

Ed Surge – Lilah Burke

In December 2021, the U.S. Surgeon General issued an advisory on youth mental health. A few months later, the chief science officer at the American Psychological Association testified before a Senate committee that America’s youth mental health system was fundamentally flawed. Not only have symptoms of mood disorders, such as depression, increased in teens and children—but manifestations of those diseases, such as emergency room visits and suicides, have as well. 

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