The gluten-free diet (GFD) is a choice for some. But for many, it’s necessary. Those with celiac disease have an immune-mediated reaction to gluten leading to inflammation of the intestine. Choosing to combat this with a GFD can initially seem daunting.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. It has obvious sources, such as pastas and breads, but is also hidden in foods like candy and sauces. A GFD can reverse the effects of celiac disease, but the need for a GFD will be lifelong. Although there are certain genes related to our body’s immune function that can predispose to celiac disease, although many people carry these...
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"Mommy, the baby isn't moving."
Words no parenting class can prepare you for. As I rushed to my son’s aid, I would find him face down, unresponsive behind the couch. His skin cold to the touch, his eyes glazed over, drool dripping from his mouth. Alive, but my little boy was not there, he was not the same as he was just hours before.
You can learn CPR, the Heimlich maneuver, heck, you can even graduate medical school, but NOTHING can prepare you to find your own child face down, unresponsive and in a catatonic state after what was an apparent seizure.
We are in the midst of summer, and our children have been out of school for over a month now. It is time to start thinking about summer learning loss.
Summer learning loss refers to the amount of academic information children and adolescents forget over the course of summer break that puts them further behind in school. Research suggests that students can lose up to three months of reading skills and one month of math skills if they do not practice those skills over the summer. In fact, a student can fall behind one year in reading skills just from summer reading loss over several summers.
Children who are academically most...
No one starts the day off on the right foot unless they’ve had enough sleep! Sleep is essential; yet, according to the National Sleep Foundation, nearly 30 percent of children and 75 percent of teenagers are not getting the right amount of sleep. Below, I have answered a few important questions to help better understand the importance of sleep so you can help your child catch a few more Zs throughout the night.
How much sleep does a child need each night according to his or her age?
Sleep patterns and behaviors change in children, from birth to adulthood. There is a great deal...
School’s out for summer! With less time spent in the classroom and more time spent outside, children’s risk for injury increases tremendously. Amidst all of the summer fun, it’s important to keep safety in mind in order to prevent unexpected trips to the trauma center. Below is some useful information about common summer injuries, as well as a few tips to keep your active young one safe this summer.
Common trauma/injuries seen during the summer
Temperatures are on the rise and many of our kids flock to beaches, lakes and swimming pools as an escape from the heat. But water can be really dangerous without...