KIDS

End Dinnertime Drama for Picky Eaters

Many parents face a battle of wills around the dinner table. Fights over food are a common stress of raising children.

Kate Kelly, Managing Editor for American Baby Magazine, has said that 50 percent of parents report their children are picky eaters and worry that they're not getting balanced nutrition. However, the Mayo Clinic notes that, over the course of a week, even the pickiest of children likely gets a variety of nutrition in his or her diet and not to overly worry about what's being eaten.
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Recognizing the Symptoms of Autism in Children

Few child health issues have gotten more publicity in the 21st century than autism. A mental condition characterized by great difficulty forming relationships and communicating with other people, autism is present from early childhood.

For parents of young children or even expecting parents, the increased publicity of autism has left many wondering what they can do with respect to their own children. The Autism Society of America notes parents should be on the lookout for the following symptoms, and consult a physician should any of them begin to appear.
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Scoliosis Screening of Kids Still Important

Adults no doubt recall being tested for it in school. But unless they were diagnosed with it, adults probably recall little else about scoliosis.

Though not a terribly common disorder, the fact that many school districts still test children for scoliosis indicates it's not entirely innocuous either. In fact, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), 3 to 5 out of every 1,000 children will develop spinal curves considered large enough to warrant treatment.


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Tackling Childhood Obesity

Obesity is now among one of the most widespread medical problems for children and adolescents. The American Obesity Association reports that about 15 percent of adolescents (aged 12 to 19 years) and children (aged 6 to 11 years) are obese in the United States. Doctors say that obesity among children is one of the country's greatest health challenges.
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