Managing Aggressive Behavior

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Children will exhibit aggressive behavior at different points in their lives, and that’s normal. However, if the aggressive behavior becomes overwhelming…if the child begins to be domineering, this is when you have to talk to them and try to find out what is going on with the aggression. Make sure that the aggressive behavior is minimized to the extent that the child is kind to others and understands that when they are with other people, they don’t need to overpower them.  That aggressive behavior is really not the best idea.

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Dealing with Night Terrors in Children

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They are called night terrors. Night terrors are problems where a child will actually wake up screaming, not even knowing that they are screaming. What happens is, they’re dreaming and they’re in a state of sleep where they actually are not responsive. The more you try to wake your child or get your child out of a night terror, the worse it gets. What you need to do in these situations is to protect your child so they don’t harm themselves, but otherwise, let them get through it. It could take twenty to thirty minutes for a night terror to end.

 

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Weight in Teens May Be Affected by Sleep

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Definitely, there is no doubt that sleep is very important for us. It pays to get your sleep. At least, that’s what a report in the journal Pediatrics says. They say that sleeping longer may help teens keep the weight off. Researchers followed adolescents from age 14 to 18. More sleep was associated with a reduction in the average BMI. Increasing sleep from 7-1/2 to 10 hours a day at age 18 could lead to a 4% reduction in teens who are overweight. This study supports previous research linking adolescent obesity with lack of sleep. And if you think it only happens in teens, don’t kid yourself. All of us need sleep and I think it’s very important that we respect the fact that it is an essential part of our lives.

 

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Benefits of Exercise in Children

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It’s never too early to start an exercise program if you’re a young girl. A German study supports the claim. As you probably know, we’re fighting an obesity problem among boys and girls in this country. Experts are searching far and wide to see how diet and exercise issues are dealt with in children. The new report finds that regular exercise in a young girl can actually lower blood pressure by as much as ten to fifteen points as young as age five. Nursery school children in area schools were given 45 minute workouts, and it made a big difference.

 

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Brain Injury Risk in Children

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Brain injuries can occur at any age, but we worry about them a lot in children.  The reason why we worry about them in children and young adults is because kids tend to be a little more aggressive and a little more active.  As a result, they find themselves in situations where they can put themselves at risk for brain injury.  It’s very important that when we’re dealing with young adults and teenagers, we understand that they have to be very careful and have to be told the importance of using proper judgment when they are exercising and not being a little too risky.

 

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Appropriate Medications for Children

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You may have heard the statement, children are just little adults. Well that is true, but it’s also not true when it comes to medicine. You just can’t give the same drugs to children that you give to adults, and you can’t give half the dose, or anything like that. Many medications cannot be processed by children. Many medications given to children can cause problems in bone development, teeth development. All of these things have to be checked into. So if you have a medication at home that you think worked for you, just don’t give it to your child. Check with your doctor, and find out if they need their own prescription, or their own dose.

 

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Toilet Training…The Battle For Independence

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It is a source of constant problems for parents. Should they toilet train their baby? Are they affected by the toilet training? Are they doing a good job? Many parents get upset about it. The bottom line is your child will learn to use the toilet. Don’t put so much pressure on your child that your child actually feels that they have to deal with the toilet training under a gun. The bottom line is this…this is one of the first times your child can exhibit independence and it will be a battle. It’s not done easily.

 

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