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19 Most Prescribed Pediatric Medications and What They Do

by Carissa Andrews  -  December 17th, 2018

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Drugs used in pediatric care can have a long delay from the time the medication is originally approved—to the time trials are completed for use with children. An audit done by Boston’s Children’s Hospital found only one-third of mandatory trials on children’s efficacy and usage were completed in a seven-year timespan after a new drug hits the market. This can often leave a gaping hole in treatment areas—or worse yet, leave a doctor or pharmacist left to guess at whether or not it can safely treat kids.

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Mental Health Challenges for the Adopted Child - What Are They? How to Handle Them

by Natasha Tracy  -  June 25th, 2018

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Adoption is usually thought of as a blissful time for both adoptees and parents, but for many, there are mental health challenges that come with adoption, particularly for the child adoptee. While focusing on the amazing bond that adoption can deliver is important, so is recognizing any mental health challenges in the adopted child. These can include issues around prior neglect, prior inconsistent care and other traumas. Mental health challenges may be even greater for those who have been traumatized and adopted from overseas. And while the mental health of the adopted child can be impaired, there are many ways to deal with these issues.

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Gluten-Free Meal Planning that Won’t Break the Family Budget

by Carissa Andrews  -  May 7th, 2018

Photo Credit: by Carissa Andrews
Photo Credit: by Carissa Andrews

When you have a big family, meal planning on its own can be an adventurous endeavor. From making sure there are enough plates to cover everyone, all the way down to keeping everyone’s individual tastes happy, you need to be prepared. This is especially true when you have kids, or people with specific food allergies.

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How Smartphone Use Affects Teens’ Mental Health

by Carissa Andrews  -  January 8th, 2018

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Did you know the average age for a child to get their first smartphone is just ten-years-old? While ages for acquiring personal technology are dropping, rates of teen depression and suicide are rising. New studies are showing a direct correlation between smartphone usage and teen depression. It’s important to take note of these links and make changes, or take action, before it’s too late. Young minds are still developing and highly susceptible to the addiction of cellphone and internet use.

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Fidget Spinner Health Safety Every Family Should Know

by   -  July 11th, 2017

I first heard about fidget spinners from my eleven-year-old son about six months ago. Shocking, right? I’m pretty sure that’s how most adults learned about these unique, albeit parental sensory overloading toys. Within milliseconds (or so it seems), they were the talk of the town and a huge trending toy amongst kids.

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Autism’s Gut-Brain Connection & How to Tame it in Kids

by   -  March 28th, 2017

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It’s believed nearly 70 million adults and children worldwide land somewhere on the Autistic Spectrum. This is a huge number and one where the trends keep rising. In recent years, an interesting trend has been uncovered.

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Back-to-School Backpack Safety

by Liubov Edwards  -  March 27th, 2017

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According to the latest research, trolleys are more beneficial than backpacks for schoolchildren, as they are less damaging for their backs. Most of schoolchildren are carrying a load above what is recommended.

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Exercise Can Help the Mental Health of Kids

by Natasha Tracy  -  October 17th, 2016

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Most people know that adults need to work to maintain their mental health but few realize mental health is important in kids, too. While some think that childhood is entirely a feel-good time, it’s actually the case that about one in five children have a mental health challenge. In fact, millions of American children struggle with depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome and many other mental health concerns.

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What Colors Are On Your Child’s Plate? A Rainbow Can Prevent Cancer

by   -  September 19th, 2016

by amarosy
by amarosy

Unfortunately, no one is immune to being diagnosed with cancer. It can strike anyone, at any time in their lives, and for myriad reasons. From genetics, to environmental factors, to even the foods that we eat (or don’t eat!). When it comes to taking control of our health, and reducing our personal risks of cancer, diet and lifestyle changes are essential. As we have children, this awareness extends beyond our own health to the health of the entire family unit.

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Are Back to School Blues Really a Thing?

by   -  August 29th, 2016

by Wavebreakmedia
by Wavebreakmedia

Summer is wrapping up and fall is just around the corner. For many, this can be a fun, welcome change of pace. For others, it can be a stressful, anxiety-filled season. Did you know most kids suffer some form of anxiety or depression when heading back to school?

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The Key To Successful Parenting

by Liubov Edwards  -  August 24th, 2016

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Children are so adorable so it makes it very easy to spoil them. But the latest study tells us that when it comes to spoiling, your children should not be your top priority.

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One Question Identifies Teens at High Risk of Alcohol Abuse

by   -  July 18th, 2016

Teens Alcohol Abuse Risk preview

Teenagers and alcohol is a dangerous combination but professionals are working hard to develop assessment questions that can identify teens at risk of abusing alcohol.

A new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health in the United States, has found that a single question can assess whether a teen likely has a drinking problem.

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What Happens to a Child’s Brain When Exposed to Lead?

by   -  February 8th, 2016

by Kasza
by Kasza
Over the past few months, news has been trickling in about the Flint, Michigan water disaster. For 18 months, citizens of Flint have been slowly poisoned by the lead contaminated water the city had been claiming was perfectly safe.

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Is Dad Responsible for Your Weight?

by   -  January 18th, 2016

by everett225
by everett225

Studies have been around for a long time following the myriad ways that a mother’s health and habits can affect her unborn child. For example, drinking alcoholic beverages, smoking or doing drugs, vs. working out, eating right, etc.

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Kids and Dogs: The Perfect Combo

by   -  January 4th, 2016

by @CarissaAndrews
by @CarissaAndrews
I’m a big believer that kids and dogs make a great match. There are many benefits kids inherent from dog ownership that would be hard to deny when you really look into it. In fact, according to NBC News, a recent study has found kids who grow up with dogs to have less anxiety, less allergies (including dog allergies), and even a reduced rate of asthma.

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Postpartum Depression Can Be a Family Affair

by   -  November 9th, 2015

by Jim_Filim
by Jim_Filim
Most parents, new or otherwise, have at least heard the term postpartum depression (PPD) in passing. It’s a pretty common term these days. Recently, Hayden Panettiere of the television show “Nashville" took the spotlight by taking leave from the popular show to focus on her PPD.

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Bipolar Disorder and Teens: What You Need To Know

by   -  November 2nd, 2015

by Aleutie
by Aleutie
The teenage years are already defined by some pretty intense mood swings. While this is a fact of life, there are cases when parents should take note and even take action. For families with a history of Bipolar Disorder, children are 9x more likely to also develop it; typically becoming symptomatic between the later teenage years and into early adulthood.

There are several factors that can contribute to Bipolar Disorder. Some of them include genetics, abnormal brain structure and brain function, and even other anxiety disorders.

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Now’s the Best Time To Talk To Your Kids About Abduction

by   -  October 5th, 2015

by Haywiremedia
by Haywiremedia
This September, the unimaginable happened in a small town in Alberta. A 2 year old and her father faced the unthinkable. The father, Terry Blanchette, 27 was found dead in his home by a family member – which led to an Amber alert spanning three provinces and one US State. Unfortunately, the hunt for the missing girl, Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette didn’t end well. Her remains were confirmed September 15th and a local man is in custody for their murders.

This scenario is a parent’s worst nightmare, for sure. But how many of us have sat down to have an honest conversation with our kids about the dangers of going with strangers? What about giving them the tools and actionable items to feel empowered and safe?

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Disciplining Someone Else’s Kid: Yay or Nay?

by   -  September 30th, 2015

by DesignPicsInc
by DesignPicsInc
On September 11th, 2015, Yahoo posted an interesting article about whether or not it’s acceptable to discipline someone else’s child. For some it’s taboo- for others, it’s humiliation at it’s best. I know if my kids were to get disciplined while I was standing there (and evidently doing nothing), I’d be a bit mortified. Not so much for my kid – but hey, watch yourself kiddo; you shouldn’t need to be disciplined by a stranger – instead more for myself as a parent. I mean, c’mon, who would feel great about their kid getting corrected by someone else? I know I sure wouldn’t.

In a way, it’s a subtle (or maybe not so subtle) way of saying, “Gee lady, your kids need to be taught some stuff by you. Wanna get on that?" I know some people wouldn’t care, in fact, they’d welcome the help.

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The Dad Bod Sleight of Hand

by   -  June 22nd, 2015

by acidburn
by acidburn
There seems to be something amuck with our trends these days. I recently wrote an article about beauty standards for women by teaching our daughters when they’re young. Everywhere I look, it seems like women are berating themselves and trying to find a way to justify their looks or at least reconcile them with society’s views. Meanwhile, enter the “Dad Bod" social media frenzy. In a split second, 500 words written by a college sophomore declaring “girls are all about the dad bod" went completely viral, giving men with a plump appearance a self-esteem boost. For those of you unfamiliar, Mackenzie Pearson claims the “dad bod" to be a look of, ‘I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time.’ Still confused? The Washington Post can help you work out whether or not you have a dad bod by clicking here.

Some feminists claim this trend is unfair because it gives pudgy men a free pass, while the “mom bods" out there are still considered unflattering.

Hold up a moment while I pick my jaw off the table.

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The Twisted Story of Snow White

by Liubov Edwards   -  June 3rd, 2015

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Not only parents but also brothers and sisters play they roles in shaping our personality. For example according to a recent study having lots brothers and sisters helps boost creativity as they try to be different from each other. Another study asserted that each additional brother or sister correlates with 14% reduction in obesity.

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Would You Buy Breast Milk Online?

by   -  May 28th, 2015

by dml5050
by dml5050
In centuries past, it wasn’t so unusual to acquire breast milk from someone else for your infant’s needs. Wet nurses have long been available for babies whose mothers could not produce enough milk. With the rise of baby formula, however, this practice went to the wayside in the United States and many other countries. Only recently has it become more open for discussion again.

New trends in the Internet make it possible to not only purchase breast milk for your infant online, but also make some extra cash if you’re open to selling it yourself. Stranger yet, there are even new health trends happening as male bodybuilders are buying breast milk as part of their regimen. Despite all of this, the question remains: Would you buy breast milk online?

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Beauty Really Is For The Young

by   -  May 18th, 2015

by prometeus
by prometeus
Now before you get upset with me, it’s not what you think. Dove recently launched another campaign calling for women to accept themselves as beautiful. People are taking sides; and I’m not just talking about the “average" vs. “beautiful" either. While some take the ad campaign at face value to be another encouraging ad geared towards feminism; others view it as a deceptive ploy.

Regardless of your stance, you have to admit it’s got people talking about what it takes for women to consider ourselves beautiful in today’s society. When I think of the statistic that only 3% of women consider themselves to be beautiful (regardless of whether or not Dove’s statistics could be slanted), I think less about convincing women my own age, and more about encouraging young girls before the disillusionment sets in.

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The Hardest Part of Being A Mommy

by   -  May 10th, 2015

This is a special Mother’s Day edition from the Canadian Pharmacy King as we celebrate Mother’s Day together with all of you.

No one ever said being a mother was easy. It certainly isn’t for the faint of heart. I’m sure there are mom’s out there who coast through, easily navigating the waters of parenthood, but I’d wager the majority of us are not so lucky. For me, being a mommy is sticky business. It’s messy and heart wrenching; it’s slobbery kisses and soft whimpers; it’s sleepless nights, restless nights, and endless nights as you tirelessly care, worry, and wait for your children. Best of all, it’s the lights in their eyes, the trust they endow, the giggles, and hugs as they tug your heartstrings and body close.

Motherhood is often complicated, not by our children, but by our own minds as we strive to be better; do more; be more. We want our children to have the best of everything – while still being humble and appreciative, too. Some of the goals we set out to measure our successes are unattainable goalposts, and then we wonder why we often feel we are failing.

Yahoo recently posed the interesting question: What’s the hardest part about being a mom?

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What is Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia?

by   -  April 9th, 2015

Childhood-onset schizophrenia is rare. The onset of schizophrenia is usually between the late teens and mid-30s with men experiencing a first psychotic episode, on average, in their early to middle 20s while women experience their first episode a little later, typically in their late 20s. Total numbers of people with schizophrenia reaches about 1% of the population.

That being said, a small percentage of people with schizophrenia have childhood-onset schizophrenia.

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Encouraging Our Kids to Kick Butts this March

by   -  March 9th, 2015

by goceristeski
by goceristeski

No, we’re not talking preparing kids for the inevitable Walking Dead apocalypse, but it is something equally deadly and not at all fictitious. National Kick Butts Day is March 18th, 2015 – and is a way to help teach kids about the deadly consequences of tobacco use. Every day, over 3,500 kids try tobacco for the first time and of those 1,000 will become repeat customers. That’s a frightening statistic when you consider nearly 500,000 people die each year from a tobacco related death.

When I was a kid, I grew up in a household of smokers. While you’d think that it would have been easy for me to take up the habit, their obsessive use actually had the opposite effect on me. I hated it. I hated being around when my parents smoked, or when they had guests over that would make our home smell like the bottom of an ashtray. My eyes would water, and my sinuses burn. I lived during a time when smoking in restaurants was acceptable, and as a child, you couldn’t escape it. To this day, I’ve never once tried a single puff.

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Back in the Sack: Birth Control Options After Baby

by   -  March 2nd, 2015

by creatista
by creatista
If you’ve been following some of the other articles I’ve written, you probably already know that I’ve recently given birth. With Valentine’s Day recently over (not to mention my anniversary!), I’ve been giving some thought to the type of birth control we should get started on. My husband and I have enough on our plates with six beautiful kids, so for obvious reasons, we’d like to prevent any accidental miracles – at least for now. But which option is the best one for a nursing mom? I thought I’d share some of the interesting details I’ve found out so far. Consider this a quick sex-ed refresher, in case it’s been a while. I know it has been for me!

Since my last baby 5 years ago, there seems to be a lot of new research out there that states any estrogen related contraceptives should be skipped until after your baby is weaned. This is because it can impede quantity and quality of your milk supply.

Here are a few methods that involve very little cost (if any), and can be implemented as soon as baby arrives.

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When Motherhood Takes a Turn

by   -  January 19th, 2015

This is a true story contributed by Carissa Andrews to bless her dear baby boy and all parents with cleft lip newborns.

My husband and I recently had our first baby together. We’re old pros, mind you, with six kiddos now between us – but at 19 weeks pregnant, we knew this little boy was going to be a bit more of a challenge. We were told that they suspected a unilateral cleft lip and/or palate and possible two-vessel cord. Within a couple of weeks, we were being referred to specialists at another hospital that has a specialized team to deal with these sorts of things.

It’s a bit surreal when you’re told that your child could have this sort of abnormality. The first thought is that it can’t be true. My husband and I were prepared for this little one. I had been taking prenatal vitamins for nearly a year before I got pregnant, I have never smoked, and rarely drank alcohol. In fact, I hadn’t had a drink for months before I got pregnant. Additionally, I was in shape – in fact, the day I found out I was pregnant, I had just run a 5K for my fun workout of the day. So surely, the ultrasound results had to be wrong. Right? This sort of thing only happens in third-world countries, or with people who didn’t take care of themselves. Not me.

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Why We Explain this Remembrance Day to Our Kids

by   -  November 10th, 2014

Remembrance Day (Veteran’s Day in the United States) is an important holiday to discuss with our children. However, it is also one that we may have to work at to hold their attention, particularly for the younger ones. There isn’t the prospect of candy or presents, and it entails having to explain some of the harsher realities of human nature. War, death, freedom, and valor are each as challenging as they are important to teach. But how do we get our kids to show some interest and even retain what it means to celebrate Remembrance Day or Veterans Day?

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Tips on Helping Your Child Stay Healthy and Enterovirus FREE

by   -  September 15th, 2014

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When news of the recent outbreak scare of enterovirus 68 hit the news this past weekend, as a parent, I was obviously concerned. Ten states so far have contacted the CDC for assistance in investigating clusters of enterovirus -- Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Kentucky. Living in Minnesota, having two neighboring states with outbreaks is a bit unnerving. According to the latest reports - I'm not the only one unnerved.

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Parenting is Hard Enough

by   -  June 4th, 2014

Attachment parenting, Helicopter mom, Free-Range kids, Tiger mums. Meh. I’ve never been a fan of labels. Especially not ones that pigeonhole people into believing they fit into some magical one-size-fits-all scenario. It’s like high-school all over again. I didn’t conform to those rules then and I doubt I’ll ever adhere to others that take their place.

Throughout my career as a parent (because oh yeah, it’s work!), I’ve found myself to be many things, not just one. I’ve gone through stages where one could consider me an attachment mother; I co-slept and breastfed both of my children. I had body slings and Baby Bjorn’s to keep them close to me. I also ensured there were covers on electrical switches and gates on my stairway. I did my best to prevent injury when I saw the likelihood occurring.

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Mom's Guide to Medical Emergencies

by CanadianPharmacyKing  -  June 2nd, 2014

When an accident or injury occurs, your primary concern is your child's health and safety. Most cases of childhood illness are not serious, and can be handled with treatment at home or with the advice and treatment of your pediatrician. Timely treatment can help alleviate symptoms and reduce the chances of an illness becoming more serious over time.

Emergencies most often occur when there is a sudden injury from a fall, bicycle or car crash, an incident with a firearm, nonfatal drowning, electrical shock, burns or smoke inhalation. Some basic rules to follow in any injury emergency include:

. Remain calm.

. Call 9-1-1.

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Ignore your Mom: 10 Summer Myths Debunked

by   -  May 28th, 2014

Every kid across the globe has heard a few summer myths slip out of their parent’s mouths – some with the intent of scaring the pants off of you. In fact, I’m certain we’ve all grown up with a few doozies. To start your summer off on a lighthearted foot – we’re going to debunk a few of those myths and give you some we deserved clarity.

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Teaching Kids Safety with Medications

by   -  May 12th, 2014

A recent study conducted by Pediatrics concluded a scary fact that we parents already fear: kids get into their parents' medicines. Did you know approximately 60,000 children under the age of 5 in America are treated in the emergency room because they got into medicines (or vitamins) when their caregiver wasn't looking?

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Can Medications Make You a Better Mom?

by Liubov Edwards  -  May 9th, 2014

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Sadness, anxiety, pessimism, insomnia, irritability, fatigue are range of unpleasant but normal maternal emotions. But for some moms the only way to "fight" them is taking psychiatric medications. Then the world seems a less terrifying place to raise children, stress becomes more manageable, but...

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Easter Candy: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

by   -  April 16th, 2014

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by iofoto
Easter is right around the corner, and who among us doesn't love indulging on a Cadbury Crème Egg or a Peep or two (or four)? The candy industry gets a huge boon this time of year, in fact a 2 .1 billion dollar one. Yes, that's spelled with a B.

No one is really sure where the tradition of hot cross buns morphed into another commercialized frenzy for confectionary, but one thing's for sure; overindulging in this tradition can hit more than just in your wallet. What I'm about to tell you isn't as sexy as satisfying that sweet tooth, but a little food for thought never hurt anybody.

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