If you have an anxious child, you are not alone. Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in children and adolescents, affecting 1 in 8 kids. And while it can be tough to watch your child struggle, there are things you can do to help.
In this article, we’ve addressed some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to helping children with anxiety – from understanding the condition to finding the right treatment (such as implementing dietary changes or speaking with a naturopath to develop a treatment plan that’s right for your child). By taking action, you can help your child feel better and get back to enjoying life.
What are some of the signs of childhood anxiety?
If you’re wondering whether your child may be anxious, look for these common signs and symptoms:
- Excessive worry or fearfulness
- Avoidance of activities or situations that cause
Travel is an enriching experience. It educates, builds character and gives the traveller a greater sense of their place in the larger world. Once bitten by the travel bug, it can be hard to shake, prompting many to continue their globetrotting after becoming parents. A long flight, however, is a daunting obstacle to overcome with a baby or a toddler in tow.
The Nightmare of Flying With Kids
Anyone who has flown knows that air travel can be unpleasant. Hundreds of people, packed together like sardines in a can, sit with cramping legs and squished behinds, watching hours of ludicrous romantic comedies and inane family-friendly movies about talking dogs.
The unpleasantness is only compounded when there is a screaming child on board. It is every parent’s travel nightmare: that theirs will be the screaming child, that the annoyed glares of the other passengers will be directed their way.
It is …
It can be difficult for parents of young children to figure out how the songs, games, and stories their children enjoy at preschool can be preparing the youngsters for future academics. While it may look as though the children are “just playing,” the play is carefully designed to teach content standards.
According to Early Learning Content Standards for Ohio, three important content areas in English Language Arts are Phonological and Phonemic Awareness, Word Recognition, and Fluency.
Phonological and Phonemic Awareness in Preschool
Activities are designed to help children learn to identify matching sounds, recognize rhymes, hear sounds by isolating syllables in words, and differentiate between sounds that are the same and different.
Childrens’ literature with rollicking rhymes makes little ones laugh, but these stories also teach the concept of rhyming. Learning to identify matching sounds takes lots of practice. Children often take quite a while to understand the difference between …
First, back in the “old days” (ie., before fast food, when people ate at home) the term “brain food” referred to nourishment that was thought to boost the grey matter’s power. Fish, primarily, as well as legumes, eggs and other lean protein sources were considered fuel for the Einstein-wannabe. Then along came the onslaught of artificial flavors and colors, preservatives, and empty calories. The idea that any group of food contained special nutrients that were able to improve cerebral well-being was scoffed at by the media, marketing firms, food manufacturers and even many physicians. Soon the general public, too, bought into that notion. Aritificial was in–brain food was out.
Now the wheel of nutritional opinion has circled back where it belongs, and hopefully, it stays this time. The medical world has recognized the immense value of the omega-3 fatty acids, proteins and other great nutrients in certain foods such as …
Children need a healthy and safe environment for their growth. Child psychologists and pediatricians the world over advise parents to avoid smoking and drinking in the presence of their kids to prevent its ill effects on their physical well-being and mental make-up and to maintain a congenial home environment for their healthy development.
Smoking Habit in Parents
In the Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, (vol 9),A. Hawamdeh, F.A. Kasasbeh and M.A. Ahmad presented a detailed review on, “The Effects of Passive Smoking on Children’s Health.” This study indicates that the amount of nicotine received by children whose parents smoke is equivalent to their active smoking between 60 and 150 cigarettes in a year.
Smoking habits of parents or adults at home can lead to several health ailments in children like asthma, respiratory illness, coronary heart disease, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and ear, nose and throat ENT problems.
Smoking during …
In our daily lives we are inundated with information – so much so that lots of it gets chucked out the window, right? I often hear from parents that they can not find the time to get credible, easily understandable directions to help their children, who have been labelled ADD/ADHD. They have questions that their doctors often answer with medications, with big medical degree words, leaving parents more confused than before they walked into the office. And many parents do not want to medicate their children, a mind-view I am totally behind. Please understand, medical doctors are great for ‘sick care’; by this, I mean that no one is better to see if you are injured, have a disease, or are just plain ol’ sick. But brain care…that’s a different story. And when we’re talking about ADD/ADHD, we’re talking about brain care. And our brains – yes, even our children’s …
Toddlers are still in the process of developing their intellectual capabilities. No matter how potent a child’s mind may seem, it cannot thrive speedily on its own, and somewhat needs assistance. One of the traits that is present in many toddlers is the ability to absorb new knowledge and stimuli like a sponge. The speed of growth during this stage is quite fast; in fact, sometimes keeping up with it is difficult, at which point depositing good habits into a child at this time is an ideal goal.
As a parent or a guardian, helping a child by assisting her growth in the area of intellectual development is a must and not just an option. Although there are many ways of attaining that goal, the following are a few of the easy ways to assist a toddler’s brain development effectively.
Reading to the child
Reading aloud to a child can …
Does your child start each first day of school with a tummy ache? Does he feel fine on the last day of summer and suddenly wake up with “the worst headache in the world” the next day? If you’re like most and your child doesn’t jump out of bed full of smiles on his first day of school, here are ten tips you can use to ease the back-to-school jitters.
- Ease in: Before school begins, form a new “back-to-school” routine. “In mid-August we have an end of summer fun day with friends,” says Sherry Balzano, high school guidance counselor and mother of two. “Once that day has happened, the alarm clocks get set again, school supplies are purchased and bedtime moves back half an hour. This really helps to ease the transition,” she adds.
- Basic needs: Make sure your child is eating properly, exercising, getting enough rest, and is up-to-date
For many people, the word stroke conjures images of middle-aged smokers, prime rib devotees, or other people who routinely ignore the risk factors commonly associated with this potentially life threatening condition. However, strokes also occur in children.
According to the Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association, CHASA, strokes occur at the highest rate among infants one month of age or younger and are fatal in 20% to 40% of cases.
Childhood Stroke Risk Factors
Over 100 childhood stroke risk factors have been identified, such as sickle cell disease, infections (including chicken pox) and metabolic disorders. However, in one third of infants and one tenth of children, no cause is ever found.
The Symptoms of Childhood Stroke
The symptoms of childhood stroke may include:
- delay in reaching expected developmental milestones such as sitting up, rolling over, crawling, or smiling
- difficulty with fine motor tasks like writing
- stiffness and weakness in muscles on
In this day and age there are many factors that affect the development of America’s youth, many of which were not present as recent as fifty years ago. Perhaps the most prevalent of these factors in today’s society are music and television. Although music has been around for centuries and television for the past sixty or so years, the post modern era has seen a dramatic change in pop culture which has made many Americans, including children, dependant on these two entities. Although the original intent of both music and television was the spread of culture and information, today’s media and pop culture can be very detrimental to the development of children. Despite the fact that musicians such as Beethoven and Bach are seen as geniuses, the music of today can be said to be destroying the foundation which it was built upon. Television, once a source of information and …