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Learn to Listen

In order to be happy in life, we have to care about others. All relationships are based on understanding and commitment. We need to learn how to identify and understand the feelings, the situations and the motives of others. We all need empathy— loads of it. The next time a friend or a loved one wants you to listen, don’t talk. Squelch your impulse to interrupt when they are confiding in you. Most people don’t want answers or advice; they just need to be heard.

Down Syndrome Awareness

There are many congenital anomalies known to affect humans and one of them is Down syndrome, also known as Trisomy 21. In medical parlance, Down syndrome is defined as a congenital state characterized by mental retardation ranging from moderate to severe; the presence of anatomical features such as a wide short skull, slanting eyes and broad hands with stubby fingers; and a trisomy (having a triploid chromosome set in a setting when a diploid set is considered normal) of the chromosome numbered 21. This aberration causes the affected individual to be born with a total of 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46.

Eat Your Breakfast for Better Learning

This year’s mantra for National School Breakfast Week, March 7 – 11, is “Wake Up to School Breakfast” and is strikingly appropriate. Eating a nutritious breakfast is an essential component of academic success as it gives the body the jump start it needs to get going and the nutrition it needs to keep going. In addition, a healthy breakfast keeps away the hunger pangs that cause students to lose focus on their lessons because they are more concerned about meeting the first level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of need—food.

Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is a very common medical condition that affects between 20 and 40 million people in the United States. Although allergic rhinitis is not a life–threatening condition, complications can occur and can significantly affect quality of life. In children, allergic rhinitis has a prevalence of up to 40%, making it the most common chronic disease during childhood. It has been noted in the last 30 years that its frequency has been steadily increasing. Of the children who suffer from this condition, approximately 40% are diagnosed by age six.

Magnesium Deficincy

Magnesium is utilized to facilitate the movement of messages and nerve signals throughout the body. It also assists in the relaxation of the mind and body and calming of the nervous system, an important function in those suffering from hyperactivity disorders. Children with hyperactivity disorder tend to behave calmly if their bodies are calm and relaxed. When the levels are optimal, thinking is clear and concentration is better. When magnesium levels are low, a person may experience muscle twitches and spasms.

School Starts Soon: Is Your Child Fully Vaccinated?

No matter what grade your child is about to enter, there’s the yearly back-to-school checklist of to-dos like shopping for school supplies, filling out permission forms and, of course, scheduling your child’s pediatric visit at Care Resource. The back-to-school season is a convenient time for putting the appointment on your family’s schedule to make sure that your school-age children, from preschoolers to college students, receive their vaccines.

Understanding the Modern Child

All living things know what to do with their young—except the parents of today, it seems. The old tradition of raising children, which came from an autocratic society, is no longer working in our democratic setting today. It seems that we have to learn new forms of dealing with each other because our relationships have changed. The adult/child relationships in the past were ones of dominance and submission. Today, equality is the only basis on which we’ll ever be able to effectively solve discipline problems. We are witnessing a rebellion of all those who previously were dominated in an autocratic society and who are no longer blindly accepting the dictates of authorities.

The Path to Obesity Starts in Kindergarten

Childhood weight plays a major role in future obesity, according to a study of more than 7,700 kindergartners. Researchers measured the height and weight of a cohort of children seven times during the course of nine years and found that those who were overweight in kindergarten were four times as likely as normal-weight peers to become obese by age 14. In fact, nearly half of all cases of obesity observed between kindergarten and eighth grade occurred in children who were overweight at age five. This major study suggests that efforts to curb childhood obesity need to start before children enter school.

College Health and Safety for Parents

Do you have a college-bound student in your household? You’re not alone. College attendance has spiked, with 20.2 million students planning to attend colleges and universities in the U.S. during the fall of 2015. That’s up five million from five years ago, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.