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Some children are more likely than others to wet the bed-- watch this video to learn if your child is at risk for bedwetting.
Transcript: If you're wondering why YOUR child is wetting the bed when your best friend's child isn't, you might...
If you're wondering why YOUR child is wetting the bed when your best friend's child isn't, you might be surprised to know that the reasons for bedwetting are closer to home than you may think. Family history plays a big part: A child is 45 percent more likely to wet the bed if one parent did as well. The risk jumps to 80 percent if BOTH parents were bedwetters. On the other hand, when neither parents have such a history, there's only a 15 percent chance their children will be bedwetters. If your child is a boy, he's also at increased risk for bedwetting. The Mayo Clinic reports boys are TWICE as likely to wet the bed as girls. Family stress-such as divorce, abuse, the arrival of a new sibling or moving, can also be a trigger for bedwetting-particularly if your child has been staying dry for at least 6 months and then begins to wet the bed again. This is called secondary enuresis. Bed wetting is also a common problem for children with attention deficit-hyperactive disorder because they have trouble processing or responding to signals for urination. The five C's-carbonated drinks, caffeine, chocolate, citrus and vitamin C-increase urine production. And for young kids with immature bladder control systems, they can make it extra hard to stay dry. For more information about childhood bed wetting, check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-09-12 | Tags »
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Your child stays dry all day , but at night, bye, bye bladder control.. Take this survey to tell us how you're helping your bedwetter get through this stage!
Last Modified: 2014-02-24 | Tags »
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Your little girl isn't so little anymore-- it's time to talk to her about periods. Watch this for a guide to the conversation!
Transcript: To help your daughter understand what it means to get her period, you want to talk to her about menstruation...
To help your daughter understand what it means to get her period, you want to talk to her about menstruation BEFORE it starts. The best time is when you see her experiencing the FIRST signs of puberty, which include increased body fat, growing breasts, pubic hair and growth spurts. These changes can happen when she is as young as 8 years old, but more often occur between the ages of 10 and 13. When it's time to explain the BIOLOGY behind her period, you should give your daughter a basic explanation in your OWN words and SUPPLEMENT your talk with diagrams, books and websites. Feel free to go into as much or as little detail as you want. You can say something like this: about every month, one of your ovaries will RELEASE an egg. Around the same time, the uterus PREPARES for a fertilized egg by building up its lining. If the egg ISN'T fertilized by sperm-which comes from a man during sex-- pregnancy DOESN'T occur. The lining will be shed in the form of your period, which is when you'll notice some blood coming from your vagina. Remind her that this is perfectly normal, and that the bleeding will not hurt at all - it's how her body works. And tell her she'll probably get her period almost every month until she's around 50 to 60 years old. Next, discuss the practicalities. Just in case you're not with her when her period comes, you should show her how to use pads. Explain that she should always have some in her backpack or purse in case her period arrives unexpectedly, which can happen for the first couple YEARS of menstruation. Her period WILL vary greatly each month. One month she may have 3 days of heavy bleeding with cramps and bloating, and the next she may have 5 days of light bleeding with little to no symptoms. DON'T treat menstruation as if it's a burden. Make sure she knows that she's still able to participate in all her hobbies. Tampons can help make athletics easier, and she can relieve cramps with heating pads, baths, exercise and over-the-counter painkillers. Finally, make sure to ANSWER any questions and CLEAR UP any misconceptions she has. You are her best GUIDE through this potentially confusing time.More »
Last Modified: 2012-10-18 | Tags »
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When you have a crying kid and a mound of wet laundry on your hands, you may feel frustrated and exhausted. But there are several strategies you can try that could help your child through the process - take this survey and see what you can do!
Last Modified: 2014-03-27 | Tags »
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Like lots of other conditions, public perception of ADHD is riddled with myths. Check out this video learn the difference between myths and facts about ADHD.
Transcript: Like many mental conditions, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is HIGHLY misunderstood. Let's...
Like many mental conditions, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is HIGHLY misunderstood. Let's put some of the myths to rest. This disorder is caused by irregularities in brain structure and chemicals. Contrary to some misconceptions, these brain differences are NOT triggered by bad parenting, video games, television or white sugar. They ACTUALLY occur because of a person's genes-a family history of the condition predisposes you to ADHD - and some environmental trigger or triggers. For example, we know that ADHD may develop if a fetus is exposed to tobacco smoke or drugs-or both. Combined, these two risk factors make a child 3 to 9 times more likely to have ADHD. We also know that ADHD is NOT the child's fault. Kids can't control their hyperactivity, inability to focus, or their impulsive actions. All too often, the disease is casually used to describe a disobedient child's behavior -this is inaccurate. Children with ADHD have more severe symptoms than a kid who simply doesn't do as he's told. ADHD doesn't mean that a child is less intelligent than his peers. There is no clear research to support the belief that kids with ADHD are either brighter or less intelligent. And one more myth...all kids outgrow ADHD. In reality, 30 to 50 percent of children with ADHD have to deal with it as adults. Fortunately, ADHD can be effectively treated with medication and therapy so that children and adults can function successfully in school and in the workplace. There's a lot more to know about ADHD - watch other videos in this series to learn about causes, symptoms and treatment.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-11 | Tags »
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Can you really feed a cold but starve a fever? Find out the truth about this old wives' tale.
Transcript: Welcome to another old wives' tale with no basis in reality. Anyone who has a cold and/or fever NEEDS...
Welcome to another old wives' tale with no basis in reality. Anyone who has a cold and/or fever NEEDS a certain amount of nutrients and fluids to get better. Without them, the body has a more difficult time fighting off the sickness. It's one of the most well-known medical bromides around: starve a cold, feed a fever. But scientists have found little evidence to support this. How these claims came about is unclear. One popular but unproven theory is that fasting during a fever helps lower body temperature, while lots of food helps raise it, thus helping to fight off a cold. But most doctors, and years of research on cold and flu sufferers, say there's only one tried-and-true treatment: PLENTY of rest and fluids. It may help to know that once someone has contracted a cold or the flu, it'll run its course in 5 to 10 days. So don't starve.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-06 | Tags »
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How likely is it that you'll catch a cold directly from cold weather? We've all heard that this is possible, but is it really? Watch this video for more information.
Transcript: No. Being cold does not directly give you a cold, but it CAN weaken your immune system. Also, when it's...
No. Being cold does not directly give you a cold, but it CAN weaken your immune system. Also, when it's cold OUTSIDE, people tend to stay INSIDE, where air circulation is sub-optimal. You come into closer contact with the people aound you-which CAN increase the likelihood that you will catch a cold. Colds are caused by viruses, and you can get the virus through inhaling infected air droplets sneezed or coughed by an infected person, or by touching something that an infected person has touched and then transferring the germs to your mouth or nose. With over 200 different types of cold viruses in any given season, you can potentially catch many different variants of the cold. BUT, you don''t get it from cold air, slush, wind, or other wintry conditions. So what's the best way to ward off this miserable virus? Wash your hands often.More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-13 | Tags »
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Dental Fluorosis can start from an early age. The initial signs are quite minimal, but they may result in white speckled teeth. Find out more about this here.
Transcript: Nobody likes yellow, stained teeth. But imagine obvious white specks on your teeth that can NEVER be...
Nobody likes yellow, stained teeth. But imagine obvious white specks on your teeth that can NEVER be brushed away.Those specks may be a condition called FLUOROSIS, where fluoride mineralizes on the outer layer of your teeth, damaging the enamel surface. In mild cases, it's nothing more than a whitish spot making the rest of the tooth look yellower in comparison. In more severe cases, mottling of the enamel leads to black and brown stains, and cracking and pitting of the teeth, making them MORE susceptible overall to cavities and tooth decay. Fluorosis FIRST develops in CHILDREN, between the ages of 1 and 4. -- BEFORE permanent teeth come in. Fluoride exposure is MOST critical at this time because permanent teeth are still developing. While the amount of fluoride that's added to water by city municipalities IS NOT a problem, some communities have higher concentrations of naturally occurring fluoride, that CAN cause MILD to moderate cases of fluorosis. The fluoride in toothpastes IS NOT an issue if not swallowed in large amounts. Plus, most children's toothpastes are fluoride- free. Past the age of 8, however, additional fluorosis is not USUALLY a risk. The EFFECTS of fluorosis are IRREVERSIBLE and preventive measures would have to be taken when the child was very young. If you want to get rid of those pesky specks, though, you've got options. Bleaching or even abrasion can take care of mild cases. Abrasion finely sands off the outer layer of stained enamel, leaving you speck-free. If your case is more severe, abrasion will take off too much enamel, which is why composite bonding and porcelain veneers may be a better bet. In composite bonding, the enamel is treated or etched with a mild acid so a composite resin can be bonded on to the tooth surface. With veneers, a ceramic SHELL is placed over the front of the tooth. Both look good initially, but while bonding is less EXPENSIVE than veneers, it tends to discolor over time and is considered less permanent.For more ways to make your smile look amazing, check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-29 | Tags »
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Antibacterial soap: is it better? Find out by watching our video!
Transcript: Like surface-to-air missiles, antibacterial soap just SOUNDS more destructive than old-fashioned soap....
Like surface-to-air missiles, antibacterial soap just SOUNDS more destructive than old-fashioned soap. Thing is, the germs don't know the difference. Consumer-grade antibacterial soaps are no better at removing more bacteria or preventing infection symptoms-like coughing, sneezing, diarrhea-than plain soap. And the trouble is, it can also breed "super bugs" that our bodies-and antibiotics-can't fight. Furthermore, the soaps, most of which contain the antimicrobial triclosan, produced worrisome antibiotic cross-resistance among different species of bacteria, according to a study published recently in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The conclusion? Stick to plain, old soap and water. If you want to commit germicide with regular soap, take your TIME. The CDC recommends scrubbing for AT LEAST 15 seconds. And pay particular attention to the area under and around your fingernails as this is where most bacteria tend to reside. So heed the call, and lather, rinse, repeat, to get YOUR hands as bacteria-free as possible!More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-13 | Tags »
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Diagnosing ADHD is a complex procedure. If you think your child has ADHD, see what steps your doctor will take for diagnosis.
Transcript: Your normally bright child suddenly has problems staying focused in the classroom. At home, he can't...
Your normally bright child suddenly has problems staying focused in the classroom. At home, he can't remember the details of his homework, and it's a real chore to get him to sit still long enough to try it. You're worried-could it be AD/HD? Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or AD/HD, include impatience, fidgeting and an inability to focus. Children with AD/HD are often intelligent and extremely creative-they simply have less control over their impulses than other children of the same age. It's important to have a qualified medical professional make a diagnosis of AD/HD. In some cases, a boisterous, energetic child is exactly that, and has no disorder at all. Diagnosing AD/HD is tricky. No blood test, MRI or other medical procedure can determine if someone has the disorder. Diagnosis depends entirely on a doctor's interpretation of the symptoms, through his own observations and those of others who know the patient well. In fact, AD/HD is much more frequently diagnosed in the U.S.A. than in other countries. This is in part because of differing attitudes towards the disorder, in the U.S.A. AD/HD is treated more as a medical condition, whereas other countries are more narrow with their definition of the disease. To ensure accuracy, look for a pediatrician or child psychologist who has some experience with AD/HD. Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend a comprehensive assessment for AD/HD. Throughout the process, the doctor must consider if the symptoms have persisted for six months or longer, are interfering with the patient's ability to function, and are indeed more severe than the behavior exhibited by other children of the same age. Expect at least two doctor's visits before a diagnosis is made. First, the doctor will take a detailed medical history of your child and of your entire family, including allergies, illnesses and medications used. Doctors believe that AD/HD has a strong genetic component. To rule out other medical causes for your child's symptoms, a physical examination will be performed, including hearing and vision tests. It is difficult to diagnose ADHD in children 5 years of age and younger. This is because many preschool children have some ADHD symptoms in various situations. In addition, children change very rapidly during the preschool years. It is also difficult to diagnose ADHD once a child becomes a teenager due to adolescent hormonal fluctuations. There is no single test for ADHD. The process requires several steps and involves gathering a lot of information from multiple sources. You, your child, your child's school, and other caregivers should be involved in assessing your child's behavior. Questions may be asked about classroom performance, relationships with others and independence, among other topics. This part of the assessment may be coordinated with the psychologist at your child's school. Do not attempt to diagnose AD/HD without speaking to a physician. Effective treatment, including behavior management and medication, starts with the proper diagnosis from your doctor. To learn more about the basics of AD/HD, and how it can be treated, be sure to check out the other videos available in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2014-01-20 | Tags »
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Coffee Stunts Children's Growth: Myth or Fact? Get the truth about how coffee does and doesn't effect children in this health video.
Transcript: Besides the jitteriness and the insomnia, children have another reason not to drink coffee: it stunts...
Besides the jitteriness and the insomnia, children have another reason not to drink coffee: it stunts their growth. Or so was once thought, according to an old wives' tale. But after decades of research on the physiological results of coffee consumption, there's no evidence that it has ANY effect on height. The genesis of this myth is unclear. Caffeine consumption was thought to be a factor in osteoporosis, which stemmed from early studies associating high intake of caffeinated beverages with reduced bone mass. Much of the research, however, that linked caffeine and osteoporosis, was conducted in populations that ALSO had low calcium intakes, a DEFINITE culprit of reduced bone health. The minor effect that caffeine MAY have on calcium absorption is easily mitigated by adding a few tablespoons of milk into your coffee. If coffee doesn't stunt children's growth, should you still limit their consumption? Perhaps, if you don't want caffeine-induced mania driving you mildly insane!More »
Last Modified: 2014-01-17 | Tags »
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To put a stop to picky eaters you will have to demonstrate a lot of skill and patience. Watch this to learn how.
Transcript: So your little one is boycotting any dinner that isn't hotdogs? Picky eaters are natural. In fact, research...
So your little one is boycotting any dinner that isn't hotdogs? Picky eaters are natural. In fact, research shows that children need to be exposed to new foods ten to fifteen times before developing a taste for them! But that doesn't mean you have to put up with a Twinkie-only diet. Put a stop to picky eaters by letting them see grown-ups enjoying the food in question. When your child asks what you're eating, you can casually ask "Want a bite?" It's also important not to make a separate meal for a picky eater. If he or she doesn't want to eat what everyone else is having, that's okay, but don't offer other options. Children can miss a meal or two, and-trust us!-they get hungry eventually. Follow through with these simple suggestions and picky eaters will soon be feasting happily with the rest of the family!More »
Last Modified: 2013-10-02 | Tags »
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