Children's Health & Wellness Articles

A Starting Point

Can anyone help me? There is nothing more devastating to a parent than hearing that his or her child has a problem. With the prevalence of autism and the spectrum disorders hitting 1 in 150 children in the United States, the delivery of this...

A Biomechanical Approach

So frequently are behavioral and developmental disorders addressed through a variety of behavioral and chemical approaches that the significance of the biomechanical aspects of these conditions can be underestimated. This article introduces the...

What is Biomedical Treatment?

Childhood neurological disorders (NDs) are typically diagnosed by professionals with psychology and psychiatry backgrounds. Parents are often told that their child’s diagnosis is the result of genes and is psychological in nature. Typical...

Also labeled: Issue #21

Sacred Spark

Sacred Spark is the compelling, true story of a child affected by mercury poisoning, and his minister-mom’s decade-long battle to restore the light in her son’s eyes. It is also the inspiring story of Reverend Sykes’ work with the United...

How We Are Making Our Children Sick

The purpose of the immune system is to allow us to live in harmony with our environment. In fact, most of the trillions of foreign cells present within our body coexist peacefully, and in some cases even contribute to our health and well-being. In...

Getting Over Cold Medications

Very young children come down with colds. Agreement with this statement is universal among parents, pediatricians, drug makers, and even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But there is less agreement over whether or not medicine is helpful to...

Guided Imagery for Children Dealing with Stress

Similar to adults, children can experience stress at home or at school. Stress can manifest in the form of anxiety, illness, or unconstructive conduct. Guided imagery and visualization can be used to alleviate tension experienced by children and...

Baby Crawling: How Important It Really Is

There is nobody in the world as busy as a one-year-old baby, possibly the most productive year of his entire life. So numerous and so different are all his experiences; he goes up and down and touches, smells, feels, and tastes almost everything...

Children Who Feel Loved Are More Loving

Author Louise Hart wrote, “How many of you think your parents loved you as a child? Now, how many of you felt loved as a child?” When Hart speaks to parent groups she asks those two questions and consistently gets the same response. When she asks the...

Why Light Matters

Bone health is greatly dependent on quality light. We make vitamin D when our skin is exposed to optimal levels of sunlight. Vitamin D is the key to a proper quantity and balance of calcium and magnesium in the body, as well as a healthy balance of...

The Importance of Skin-to-Skin Contact

There are now a multitude of studies that show that mothers and babies should be together, skin-to-skin (baby naked, not wrapped in a blanket) immediately after birth, as well as later.

What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder resulting from the brain’s inability to integrate everyday sensory information received from the five senses: touch, vision, sound, smell, and taste. In addition to the...

Also labeled: Inspirational, Issue #19

Time Just to Be

The stories I hear from parents never cease to amaze me. Like the one from the mom who was feeling pressured to enroll her two-and-a-half-year-old in the local soccer program—the local, competitive soccer program! “Our town,” she said,...

To Empower! Not Control! A Holistic Approach to ADHD

Thousands of studies tell us what children with ADHD can’t do, but few tell us what they can do. This article presents holistic strategies for helping children with ADHD succeed at home and in school by building on their interests, learning styles,...

Will Play for Donuts

MeMe Roth, President, National Action Against Obesity The moment we signed up our kids for Fall Soccer, guess what happened first? Snacks. Snack schedules. Snack emails. Snack discussions. The same thing happened during flag football, field...

Pediatric Drug Testing and the Aware Parent

Harry Shirkey, a medical practitioner, coined the term “therapeutic orphans” more than 40 years ago to describe how children are overlooked in medical research; his observations remain true today. Despite the best efforts of the American Academy of...

Chiropractic Care for Children

Chiropractors have been caring for children for more than a 100 years. Many common childhood ailments will respond to this safe, natural form of health care. More and more parents— especially those who are already chiropractic patients t...

Yoga for Kids

Imagine you are up to bat, with two outs; it is the bottom of the ninth inning. Everyone you know is in the stands watching you. The pressure is unbearable. Will you hit the ball or strike out? This can be an overwhelming feeling for anyone,...

Playing is More Than Just Fun: Benefits of Proper Motion to Develop Healthy Minds and Bodies

Having fun with your child is important, but good play routines can last a lifetime. It is a parent’s responsibility to stimulate their child’s developing nervous system with every motion and activity. These motions are helpful in dev...

Why We Never Ask: “Is It Safe for Infants to Sleep Alone?”

Historical Origins of Scientific Bias in the Bed-sharing SIDS “Debate” “ Bad science sets out to make a point, looks neither to the left nor to the right but only straight ahead for evidence that supports the point it sets out to...