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Child Health and Safety

US Lawmakers Vote to Grant Charlie Gard and Family Permanent Residency “to Fly to America for Treatment”

Jul 20 2017 - 12:00am
Charlie Gard Granted Permanent US Residence

Charlie Gard has had a busy week. In the latest development in his ongoing legal battle, US lawmakers have voted to grant Lawful Permanent Resident status to Charlie and his family to allow him “to fly to America for treatment”.

Granted Lawful Permanent Residency

New Study Reveals Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Increased Obesity, Diabetes

Jul 17 2017 - 12:52pm
Artificial Sweetener linked to obesity

Could the non-caloric sweetener you use to replace the sugar in your coffee each morning actually be making you fatter? According to a new study from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, the answer may be yes.

Artificial Sweetener linked to Obesity

5 Little Known Signs That Your Baby Has Indigestion

Jul 12 2017 - 11:07pm
Babies Indigestion Nutrition Natural Health

Everyone knows babies don’t come with instructions and sometimes this can make it difficult to figure out exactly what their needs are. Many a new mother, as well as an experienced mother, has had problems deciphering exactly what a baby needs and often figures this out by trial and error. That being said, babies have relatively basic needs that some new parents tend to complicate or attach their own experiences to. While this is only natural, pacing and pouncing a baby to sooth them, for example, might not be the best remedy to calm an ailing child. While you may feel better doing "something" to calm your child during an uncomfortable episode, little is being done to address the root cause. Instead this is a time to deal with the underlying problem, so that you can fix it.

As Vaccination Rates Continue to Fall, Measles Outbreak Claims 35th European Victim This Year

Jul 11 2017 - 9:20pm
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A six year-old boy in Italy is the latest to die of measles in the European outbreak. His death marks the 35th victim of this highly contagious viral disease on the continent this year. Once nearly eradicated in all developed nations, measles has been making a steady return, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine.

This boy had been suffering from leukemia, and reportedly contracted the virus from an older sibling that the parents had decided not to vaccinate, despite their younger son’s compromised immune sy

Moms Concerned With Their Children’s Gut Health Should Be Feeding More Of This Super Food

Jul 11 2017 - 7:08pm
Children gut health immune system cranberries

Probiotic supplementation is a popular trend among new parents, but feeding your children more cranberries is how to improve gut health naturally. Surprisingly, this "off the radar" superfood can be extremely beneficial for boosting your child's gut health and more.

More: Onions Fight Cancer According To Science

Cranberries Reach SuperFood Status

If Your Children Are Prone To Strep Throat You Want to Stop Giving Them Eggs Immediately

Jul 10 2017 - 5:18pm
Strep throat children natural treatment

The incredible edible egg has a dark secret -- it harbors bacteria, not just salmonella bacteria, but if that's any indication of the egg's harboring abilities, you won't be surprised to find out that eggs can actually boost bacterial strep infections in your child's body. Removing eggs from the diet and strengthening the immune system is an effective and natural strep throat home remedy that helps stop its progression and end bothersome symptoms for good.

It Is So Wrong When LGBT-Supportive Parents Use Kids To Advance Their Imagination

Jul 10 2017 - 8:17am
Parenting Issues

Today, as I was checking my Twitter, I saw a picture of two parents standing with their young son and holding posters that read "I love my gender creative son," and "My son wears dresses and makeup... get over it." It's sickening to see parents forcing their children to be gay and lesbian when they are not.

I found that picture accidentally when searching something else on Twitter. Actor James Woods tweeted it with a graphic message, making a point that this is wrong.

Probiotics Confirmed Useless For Babies in Daycare Because This Works Better

Jul 8 2017 - 6:32pm
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Can you give a baby probiotics? Sure, but it's likely they won't work. Probiotics are not necessary for babies in daycare, according to new research, especially for those who have the protective immunity of breast milk, despite other studies claiming the contrary.

BRAT diet: The Benefits and Risks When Treating Diarrhea

Jul 8 2017 - 2:03am
Sick child BRAT diet

"Mom, my tummy is sick." Every mom knows how those words can strike fear into the heart of even the most veteran parents. If your child has diarrhea or a stomach virus, your physician may recommend the BRAT diet until symptoms pass. Keep reading to learn more about this diet, why it works, what risks can be associated with its use, and other food alternatives that may also be beneficial in helping get your child's health back on track.

What is the BRAT diet?

The Case of Charlie Gard, and Why We Must Always Err on the Side of Compassion

Jul 6 2017 - 4:45pm
Charlie Gard Compassion

Charlie Gard, an 11-month old infant, has captured the attention of the world. He was born with an extremely rare degenerative genetic disease, and is currently unable to see, breathe, or move on his own. Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital—arguably one of the best pediatric centers in the world—have treated Charlie since his diagnosis with Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome when he was just one month old. But now, his doctors say that his disease has progressed to the point that there is no hope for future survival with any quality of life. The medical team brought in doctors from Barcelona, Spain, who came to the same conclusion.

However, Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Constance Yates, disagree with the doctor’s assessment. In December, desperate to help their child, they found a pediatric neurologist and hospital in the United States who were willing to allow Charlie to undergo an experimental treatment, called nucleoside bypass therapy, which they believe could slow the progression of the disease. His parents created a GoFundMe page to raise the money needed for transportation and medical costs, and as of this writing, have raised £1,322,320 ($1,715,000) for his care. All appeared to be going as planned, until the court denied Charlie’s parents the right to remove him from the hospital and transport him to the U.S. for care.

The timeline.

Breastfeeding: How Long Is Too Long for Little Ones?

Jul 1 2017 - 4:11pm
breastfeeding how long is too long

Moms recognize the best feeding for babies is breastfeeding, when it is possible to do so. But when it comes to breastfeeding, how long is too long? A recent study offers some insight.

Breastfeeding is known as the best feeding for babies for many reasons. It helps boost their immune systems and provide essential nutrients for optimum well-being in the future.

Mother of an ADHD Child: "I just feel like I want to cry"

Jul 1 2017 - 10:13am
Loving and concerned mother

This morning in one of the ADHD groups I read this message from a mother of an ADHD child, which was very emotional and she is looking for help on how to handle difficult mornings. For the respect of her privacy I will not disclose her name, but here is the message and it's so common with many parents who raise children with ADHD. What would you advise her?

"I just feel like I want to cry. We had 'one of those mornings.' My 6 year old focaline medicated son refused to eat before his medications. We give him his meds on a spoon mixed into sugar.

Top 5 Fitness Trackers for Kids

Jul 1 2017 - 2:48am
Fitness trackers for kids

As parents, we all know that getting our kids off of the couch and away from their screens can be a difficult task. It’s easy for our kids to get caught up in video games and television, but we know that it’s important for kids to be active in order to stay healthy and fit, and to build habits that will last a lifetime. As wearable technology becomes more affordable, many parents are turning to wearable fitness trackers for their kids. We have gathered the best of the best for you, here in one post, so keep reading to find our recommendations for the top fitness trackers for kids.

Top 5 Fitness Trackers for Kids

1. Garmin Vivofit JR.

What We Know and Don't Know About Zika Virus and How To Take Precautions

Jun 29 2017 - 7:38pm
Zika virus mosquito

Last year, the headlines were everywhere warning us of the dangers of Zika Virus. This “new” and terrifying mosquito-borne illness captured our attention, as we learned it is harmful to the most vulnerable amongst us—pregnant women and babies. Researchers have discovered some information about how this virus is transmitted, how it affects us, and what we still don’t know. Read on to learn how you can be informed and take precautions to avoid being infected during mosquito season.

What is Zika Virus, anyway?

How To Make Your Own Best Tasting Non-Dairy Milk

Jun 29 2017 - 6:38pm
Non dairy milk alternative, Dates Milk

If you're searching for an alternative to mass produced almond milk, rice, cashew or soy milk, look no further. Date milk is the best tasting non-dairy milk. It is both sweet and highly nourishing and can be used in recipes, smoothies and more.

Unless you’re making your own non-dairy nut and soy milks at home, you really don’t know what’s going into them.

5 Incredible Ways To Get Your Children To Eat More Natural Foods

Jun 28 2017 - 9:49pm
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If your children eat a diet of mostly processed foods from morning to night, their long-term health is at serious risk. According to the last statistics on the subject from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 60% of children did not eat enough fruit to meet daily recommendations and 93% of children didn’t eat enough vegetables.The good news is getting children to eat more vegetables and fruit no longer has to be a struggle. Once you make some small daily adjustments you should have your children eating healthier in no time.

6 Easy Ways To Improve Your Child’s Natural Health This Summer

Jun 26 2017 - 9:13pm
Children Natural Health Summer

Your children are your most important asset and your biggest concern is their health and well being, especially during the summer months. However, the longer days of summer don't have to be a challenge when it comes to improving the health of your children. When it comes to how to improve children's health adequate sunshine, diet, hydration, and exercise are some of the essentials that can help you improve the overall health of your child naturally, while instilling good habits in them that will last a lifetime.

Why Early Sports Specialization is Harming Our Kids

Jun 25 2017 - 12:02am
Youth sports

There has been a trend lately of college programs offering scholarships to younger and younger kids. The Charlotte Observer ran an article today documenting the story of two young boys, aged 9 and 10 years, who have both been offered college football scholarships this month. These boys are committing to a program a decade from now, but at what cost? At nine years old, is it possible for a child to make a decision about his future? Because he has not yet even hit puberty, how can anyone say with certainty that he will even have the physical size and strength to play at the college level? And what is the cost to this child in specializing so young in one single sport?

What’s going on with youth sports?

Cloth vs disposable diapers and why I chose to use cloth

Jun 23 2017 - 10:29am
Cloth diapers or disposable diapers

Modern cloth diapers are just as easy to change as a disposable and as easy to maintain as washing a load of laundry. And today I will tell you why I chose cloth diapers.

Cloth diapers are absolutely adorable, they come in cute prints and patterns, my kids have had diapers with tractors, cats, pandas, stripes, flames, birds and a rainbow of solid colors, and they ar

Signs of Dehydration From Breastfeeding And The Truth About Why Breastfeeding Moms Are Chronically Dehydrated

Jun 22 2017 - 11:52am
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Signs of dehydration from breastfeeding include, dry mouth, headaches, deficiencies, lethargy and typically lack of vibrancy in nursing mothers. While these signs of dehydration from breastfeeding may seem commonplace what's happening at a deeper level is far more serious, and may be affecting your milk supply and your baby's nutritional health. To gain a better understanding of why breastfeeding moms are chronically dehydrated you have to take an honest look at diet.

Why My Babies Wear Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces

Jun 20 2017 - 9:27am
Amber Anklet

Historically it is believe that when worn on the skin, body heat causes Baltic amber to release an oil containing succinic acid, which if absorbed into the skin, might act like a natural Ibuprofen, so do Baltic amber teething necklaces work or not? Are they just a placebo effects or are they actually helping?

In-short, all amber is fossilized tree resin. Baltic amber in particular, mined from near the Baltic Sea, additionally contains a substance called succinic acid.

Know What Food To Eat To Be Healthy With This Simple And Fun System

Jun 17 2017 - 9:37pm
Healthy food potatoe

With all the conflicting information about what to eat and not eat, are you overwhelmed with trying to figure out what is actually healthy? How do we really know where to start? Use these simple guidelines and this creative tool used by Dr. William Sears, the renounced pediatrician, to make it easier, more fun and doable to make simple changes with our busy lives toward eating healthy food. Here is a fun way to know what food to eat.

With all the conflicting information about what to eat and not eat, are you overwhelmed with trying to figure out what is actually healthy? How do we really know where to start?

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