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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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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How Much Is Too Much TV?

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How much is too much TV for your child? Well, if you think your child is watching too much TV, then it probably is too much. That’s one good way to tell. Secondly, are you using the television as a babysitter? Is the TV something which is on all the time, even when nothing else is going on? It’s kind of a background noise. What is on the television? Is it adult programming? Is it Dr. Phil? Is it news? Or are we talking about child appropriate shows? These are things you need to be aware of. You can’t trust the networks like you once did. They put virtually anything on the air.

 

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Alcohol Education for Younger Children

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There is a report from the University of Pittsburgh which suggested that students should be exposed to knowledge of the dangers of alcohol as early as fourth grade. There are several reasons for this. First, kids watch TV and ads marketing alcohol. Those ads are more prominent than ever. Then there is the information from a review of state and national surveys which found that among typical fourth-graders, 10% had already had more than a sip of alcohol and 7% had a drink in the past year. The percent of children who have used alcohol increases with age and doubles between 4th and 6th grades.

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What is the Key to Staying Young?

What is the Key to Staying Young?

Do you want to stay young? If you want to stay young, you don’t have to use special facial creams or start the latest fad diet. Believe it or not, you just need to use common sense and care for yourself. The most important step is eating a balanced diet; plenty of fruits, vegetables, and those types of things. You want to try to cut back on sugar and pre-processed foods. The other concept to get down is you don’t have to be perfect. You can have a piece of cake or pie and stop at a fast-food restaurant every now and then. Just limit the high-risk exposure. The other major step is exercise. Once again, you don’t need to be an Olympic athlete. Just get out there and participate. Make it fun. If you have fun, you will continue to play, and that is the key. The best way to achieve success with your diet or exercise is have a reasonable plan and to stick with it.

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