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Air Care for Kids: Keeping the Homefront Allergy-Free

by Avery Mack An allergy is a dramatic overreaction of the immune system to environmental agents that are harmless to most people. Antibodies fight allergens with the release of histamines, and a runny nose, red eyes, sneezing, coughing, rash or hives can be the tangible result. Common around age 10, …

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Autism’s Gut-Brain Axis: A Promising Approach to Healing

by Emily Courtney With the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) on the rise—now affecting one in every 59 school-age children, according to estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) —identifying effective, integrative remedies is more important than ever. “You may have five kids with ASD …

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Healing Our Kids: Reversing a Rising Tide of Chronic Conditions

The statistics are startling—as many as a quarter to one half of American children now have a diagnosed chronic condition, according to studies that include one in Academic Pediatrics that includes obesity. Over the last few decades, the number of children with asthma has tripled to affect one in eight; …

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Natural Immune Boosters for Kids

How to Power Up Their Defenses by Marlaina Donato Strong immunity is a cornerstone of optimum health, and may be weakened or enhanced by what we eat and how we manage our emotions. Starting young in incorporating good ongoing habits can go a long way toward building a better immune …

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Healthy Weight Kids: Food Choices that Prevent Obesity

by Amber Lanier Nagle Small changes in daily eating routines translate into healthier weight for America’s kids. In 2010, President Obama and Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! as their signature initiative to tackle epidemic levels of U.S. childhood obesity. While modest progress has been made, it remains a public health …

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Family Screen Time: How to Set Boundaries in the Digital Era

by April Thompson Minecraft. Pokemon. Snapchat. Digital media dominates childhood. That time youngsters used to spend playing with friends, being with family or sleeping has been zapped. According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 8-to-10-year-olds are daily exposed to nearly eight hours of on-screen media and heavy media …

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Books That Kids Will Love: Advice for Parents from Award-Winners

by Randy Kambic While kids may list movies, video games, music downloads and other media featuring their favorite athlete, actor or music star as priority holiday gifts, books will expand their thoughts, curiosity and dreams by exposing them to a different set of role models and aspirations. Reading takes kids …

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School Om Work Kids Calm Themselves with Meditation

by April Thompson Schoolchildren are learning the calming effect of tuning into their minds and bodies through a pioneering program in Baltimore, Maryland, that’s replacing time outs and school detentions with mindful moments. Trained staff—including many former students—teach yoga, mindfulness practices, meditation, centering and breath work that empower kids to …

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Making Halloween Less Scary for Kids with Food Allergies

by Sarah Stout Halloween can be fun and exciting for everyone. With the increase in food allergies in recent years, there is growing awareness of those that require special dietary accommodations. Although family members are generally supportive, they often try to show their love by handing out delicious treats that …

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Nature’s Classroom: Outdoor Learning Engages the Whole Child

by Meredith Mongtomery Nature-based schools provide a child-centered, guided discovery approach to early learning that appeals to kids, parents and teachers and offers far-ranging benefits. For youngsters at Tiny Trees Preschool, in Seattle, nature is their classroom—rain or shine; tuition even includes a rain suit and insulated rubber boots. At …

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