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ADHD: The Ups & Downs

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As many parents know, raising a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be exhausting. One moment your child is playing with his or her toys, the next they’re flying around the house, unable to focus on a single game, activity or chore for more than a few minutes. In school and during homework and study time, concentration is impossible. These factors can be frustrating, but parenting a child with ADHD doesn’t have to be a chore! The first step is understanding just what ADHD is.

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Your Kids & Caffeine

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New reports have been popping up all over news sites and papers: staggering statistics showing that 3 out of every 4 children consume caffeine on a daily basis. They get it from sodas, energy drinks, chocolate… and although your child may not be knocking back cups of joe, they are getting that dose of caffeine most adults claim they cannot start their days without.

Why does this have medical professionals worried?

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Rain, Rain, Go Away…

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Rainy and snowy days seem to drag on and on, and when your kids start to get bored, having a library of creative ideas to kill time will help turn that buildup of energy into fun and productive playtime!

So what are some great ideas for keeping your little ones occupied on days when the skies are grey? Try out some of these time-killers the next time a rainy day rolls around–and don’t forget to put your own twist on them to keep the games fresh and exciting!

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5 Tips For Helping Your Child Fall Asleep

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Bedtime: it can either go by like a dream, or feel like a nightmare. Kids will be kids, and while sometimes they are out as soon as their heads hit the pillow, every parent can name plenty of nights spent trying to convince their child to just go to sleep!

When the time comes to put your child to bed, try some of these tricks to make bedtime a breeze!

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Playtime Meets Exercise

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Kids are balls of boundless energy–they were simply designed to run, jump and play! Making sure your child is getting plenty of playtime means that they are getting lots of exercise. With all the growing ahead of them, it’s important for kids to exercise to make sure they’re growing up healthy and strong.

In recent years, we have been facing an epidemic in childhood obesity. The popularity of unhealthy foods paired with the inactivity and sedentary lifestyle of the average child are to blame. The bright side? This problem is an easy fix–and it starts in your home!

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Top Articles 9/22 – 9/28

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Had a busy week? Well, here for your reading pleasure are the top articles for this past week. Catch up on all your health and medical community news!

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