Overall brain health is about more than what kids eat. When they sleep, their activity level and how secure they feel are also key contributors to their overall well-being and brain health, experts say. So parents need to help their kids find the right balance of food, activity and sleep—and make sure kids feel secure—so those developing brains function better.
In the short term, having a parent who is addicted to drugs or alcohol can make a child lose his sense of self. He may be embarrassed to bring friends home. Long term, children with parents who suffer from addiction have an increased incidence of academic problems, mental illness, criminal behavior and early use — and abuse — of the same substances that bind and restrict their parents.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are over 300 children, nearly half under the age of 6, treated in emergency rooms each day as a result of poisoning injuries, typically from ingestion.
Most brain development in children happens before the age of 3. So parents are encouraged to actively engage in their child’s initial touching, talking, reading and playing experiences, which leads to successful parent-guided parent-child collaborations in the future. That’s right: The molding of good decision makers starts at infancy and grows from there.
PANDAS was first identified and labeled in the mid-1990s by investigators at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Basically, a bacterial infection such as strep prompts the immune system to produce antibodies.
Concussions are an alarmingly commonplace injury, particularly among kids. According to a recent study in Pediatrics, nearly two million kids suffer concussions each year, and one-third of those happen to kids younger than 12.