Doctors Prescribing ‘The Great Outdoors’ To Kids

Moms – Ashley Wehrli

Doctors are looking at new ways to treat mental health in youth, and the new “cure” could be some time spent outside. When the pandemic hit, schools were shut down and everyone was told to “stay home.” That they were only to leave for essential purposes, like doctors appointments, groceries and medications. This included children, and playdates were cancelled, birthday parties were moved virtually and mom found that her child was spending a lot of time at home, in front of a screen. One mother shared her story of this was affecting the health of her daughter.

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Reaching Milestones & Other 3-Year-Old Developments

Moms – Kelli Catana

Parents know that every child is different, and every child develops at their own pace. Even among the same family, there may be siblings who talk at different stages of development or walk at different stages. While every child grows and develops differently, there are certain milestones that parents can look for to ensure their child is on track in their physical and cognitive development. If you have a ‘threenager’ in your house, or a child who is about to turn three and you’re wondering if they’re on track in terms of their development, here are some age-specific milestones you can look for.

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Managing children’s overeating and weight gain during the pandemic

New Jersey 101.5 – Staff Writer

COVID-19 pandemic stresses are increasing anxiety, depression, frustration, substance abuse and even overeating and weight gain in children. Stress due to remote learning, concerns of getting ill and isolation from their peers are affecting kids physically and mentally, said Dr. Daniela Moscarella, pediatric nurse practitioner and pediatric clinical instructor at Rutgers School of Nursing.

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Decrease in peanut allergy among infants after guideline changes

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

The research, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and to be presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Virtual Annual Meeting this Sunday, also found a significant increase in parents introducing peanut into their babies’ diet since the guideline changes.

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How parents can manage kids’ screen time as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on

The Chicago Sun Times – Brett Molina

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Jennifer Edwards’ two kids were on a limited screen-time budget. After they got home from school and through their after-school routine, they would get maybe an hour or two a day. When the pandemic started, Edwards worked from home while the kids’ school was closed, eventually transitioning to online learning. Limits on screen time were tossed out.

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