What You Need to Know About Casts

What You Need to Know About Casts

There’s more to casts than just having each of your friends sign it. Find out all you need to know about casts because you never know when your child might get one.What is a cast?A cast keeps a bone from moving so it can repair. A cast has two layers – a soft cotton layer that covers the skin, and a hard outer cover that keeps the bone from moving.Different kids of castsPlaster of paris – it is a white powder that turns into paste when mixed with water, and which hardens very quickly. Casts made…

Growing Pains

Growing Pains

If your kid wakes up in the middle night, crying and complaining of a throbbing pain in his legs, chances are he is experiencing growing pains.  It may seem a little scary, but it’s actually quite common. Growing pains occur in about 25-40 percent of children. They generally occur during two periods: early childhood (among 3-5 year olds), and later on during pre-puberty (8-12 year olds).Growing pains causesThere is no concrete evidence that shows just what causes growing pains. The most possible…

What Is Head Lice?

What Is Head Lice?

Having lice is really uncomfortable. It is itchy and irritating. Know what to do if you ever find yourself infected with head lice.Lice feed on your scalpWhen you have a lice infection, that persistent itch is caused by the tiny parasites feeding on your scalp. Laura C. Harrington, medical entomologist at Cornell University, explains “A typical head louse will want to feed several times a day on the host. It needs blood for energy and for its metabolic functions. In addition, the female needs th…

What You Need To Know About Chickenpox

What You Need To Know About Chickenpox

In 1995, the chickenpox vaccine was introduced which lead to a decline of chickenpox cases nationwide by over 80 percent. The Chickenpox virusChickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus which belongs to the herpesviruses, a family of common infections. A common trait of herpesviruses is that once they’ve infected a person, they hole up in the host’s peripheral nerve and live there for life. With the varicella virus, usually they will remain dormant and not resurface after the outbreak. Ho…

New Study Gives Clues to Why Autism More Common in Boys

New Study Gives Clues to Why Autism More Common in Boys

A recent U.S. study has identified a new gene variant may increase the risk of autism especially among boys.  Researchers at David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, have analyzed the DNA of over 1,000 people whose families have at least two sons affected by autism. Studies show that a variant of the gene CACNA1G, located on chromosome 17, is consistently associated with autism.  This variant of the gene, which helps move calcium between cells, has been found…

Bullying in Childhood

Bullying in Childhood

According to the American Psychological Association, 90% of 4th graders through 8th graders report being bullied. Bullying is a serious matter. It not only results in physical pain, but emotional pain as well. Many victims of childhood bullying become violent or socially withdrawn later in their lives. Definition of bullyingBullying is an aggressive behavior intended to cause distress or harm, which occurs again and again over time in a relationship characterized by an imbalance of strength or p…

5 Current Autism Treatments

5 Current Autism Treatments

No single treatment is best for autism. Treatment is usually based on the child’s specific needs and every professional has his or her own practices and philosophies in caring for children with autism. Here are five of the current interventions in autism:LovaasLovaas is a form of autism intervention guided by applied behavior analysis. It is also known as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Intensive Behavior Intervention (IBI), and Discrete Trial (DT). The primary goal of this treatment is to teac…

Educating Children with Autism

Educating Children with Autism

Education is a crucial means to treat children with autism. In today’s world of individualized learning plans and Internet-based learning, the biggest concern now is more on accommodating students with special needs. As more and more children with autism are included into regular classrooms, educators are challenged to meet their specific needs while also creating an inclusive and sound learning environment for all.There are many alternative strategies that can help educators serve a diverse set…

What is Autism?

What is Autism?

Autism is a developmental disorder affecting the way a person relates to and communicates with the people around him or her. In addition to impaired communication and social interaction, this brain development disorder is characterized by repetitive and restricted behavior. Also known as Autistic Spectrum Disorder, autism occurs in 1 out of 1,000 children and is four times more prevalent in boys than in girls. Autism is a disorder that falls under the Pervasive Developmental Disorder as cited in…

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral developmental disorder affecting around 8% to 10% of children in the United States. Initially manifesting in childhood, the disorder is characterized by inattention, impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity. 30% to 50% of people diagnosed to have ADHD in childhood continue to develop symptoms into their adult lives.Causes of ADHD?The specific causes of ADHD have not been completely defined. However, there are several factors (genetic …