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.
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.
Almost every major life transition requires passing some sort of test before journeying on to the next phase. We cannot drive a car without passing a test; we cannot hold a job without first going through an interview; we cannot get into college without good SAT or ACT scores; we cannot get married without applying for a license and so forth. However, when it comes to having children, there is no test of parental capability and, needless to say, children are not born with a “how-to” handbook.
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 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.
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Youth of all ages, but especially younger children, often find it hard to recognize and discuss what’s bothering them. As is often the case, just like with adults, changes in behavior may provide the cues that they’re overwhelmed. Common behavior changes in children and teens can include acting irritable or moody, withdrawing from activities that they usually enjoy, routinely expressing worry about a situation, complaining (more than usual) about school, getting tearful or fearful more easily than usual, or eating and sleeping more or less than they usually do. With teens, spending more time with their friends is normal and healthy. Be attuned to some more overt changes though – like significant parental avoidance, increased isolation, abandoning long-time friendships for new peer groups or expressing hostility towards basic family rules or towards certain family members. While resistance, striving for autonomy, seeking more independence and some of the normal “acting out” we often see with teens is to be expected, negative and sustained changes in behavior is almost always a clear indication that something is wrong.