Lilac City Peds News

Single-Sex Lunches Prove Beneficial to School Children

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Mar• 11•11

I just throw this out for discussion, but I know most schools won’t consider this as it is too outside the box…

“Single-sex lunches are being introduced into schools as a way to improve eating habits. Not only have schools reported that kids are actually eating and also finishing their lunches, but they have also found that separating the girls from the boys has resulted in a reduction of misbehavior.

In Wichita, Kansas, three middle schools have implemented the single-sex lunches with positive results. The students are between the ages of 11 and 14 — just the age where teasing, rough-housing, and flirting all become prominent behaviors. By separating the lunch periods by sex, there has been drastic reduction of those behaviors at all three schools.”

Single-Sex Lunches Prove Beneficial to School Children

Obamas decry bullying to help vulnerable children

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Mar• 11•11

Bullying has been a problem for many years, and we all need to work together to help these children…

“No child should be afraid to go to school in this country, he said. “We all share a responsibility … to teach all children the Golden Rule: We should treat others the way we want to be treated.”

Parents should “make a real effort to be engaged in our children’s lives, to listen to them and be there for them when they need us,” said Mrs. Obama.”

Obamas decry bullying to help vulnerable children

Popular Baby Media May Not Actually Advance Learning

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Mar• 10•11

Don’t run out and spend too much on baby einstein videos….

“Parents who want to provide their babies a learning advantage these days often turn to what’s been nicknamed “baby media” — videos specifically designed to stimulate very young minds.
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But researchers and pediatricians have begun to question whether babies actually are learning anything from these videos. And new studies are finding that the videos are successful at keeping infants entertained but do little to help them pick up words and concepts.

In fact, some researchers have found that kids who start watching baby media at an earlier age are apt to show less ability with language than kids who never were exposed to the videos or started watching later.”

Popular Baby Media May Not Actually Advance Learning

Air travelers may have been exposed to measles

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Mar• 08•11

This woman walked through 4 airports exposing people to measles. Another clear example of how you could get exposed anywhere and why you need immunizations!!

“Authorities said Saturday that a New Mexico woman later confirmed to have measles arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport late in the afternoon of Feb. 20. Two days later, the measles-infected traveler departed from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport near Baltimore on an evening flight to Denver, Colo., and then on to Albuquerque, N.M.

The traveler became sick and was subsequently diagnosed with measles in New Mexico, said Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ”

Air travelers may have been exposed to measles

Not getting enough sleep? Turn off the technology

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Mar• 07•11

Time to improve your “sleep hygiene” – turn those devices off!

A survey by the National Sleep Foundation found that about 95% of respondents reported using electronic devices, such as TV and laptops, one hour before going to sleep, and about two-thirds said they don’t get enough sleep during the week. People ages 46 to 64 were most likely to watch TV before bedtime, while more than one-third of those ages 13 to 18 and 28% of those ages 19 to 29 played video games before going to sleep, researchers found.

Not getting enough sleep? Turn off the technology

AAP Recommendations on Limiting Sun Exposure in Children and Supporting Legislation to Prohibit Salon Tanning by Minors

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Mar• 01•11

This is not a popular position with many teenage girls, but this tanning craze is going to lead to an avalanche of skin cancer 10 to 30 years from now…

“Numerous public health campaigns encourage people to protect themselves from the risk of developing skin cancer, but people of all ages continue to overexpose themselves to harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun. Teenagers and young adults are also exposed to UVR in tanning salons. Rates of skin cancer – including melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer – continue to rise, even in young people.”

AAP Recommendations on Limiting Sun Exposure in Children and Supporting Legislation to Prohibit Salon Tanning by Minors

Farm-raised kids are less prone to asthma. Who gets the credit? Germs, researchers say.

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Feb• 25•11

Get them out and get them dirty!! “Children raised on farms don’t suffer from asthma as much as their city- and suburb-dwelling counterparts, according to a paper published online Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. But it’s not necessarily because of the fresh air, full sun and hard work, researchers say — it’s because of the germs.

Scientists had known that many of the things associated with farm life — unpasteurized milk, exposure to animals such as cows and pigs, and hay — helped kids grow up with stronger constitutions, perhaps because they were being exposed to harmless, even beneficial, bacteria along the way. To test this hypothesis, the researchers analyzed samples of house dust to look at the microbes within.

They showed that children on farms, where the bacteria population is far more diverse, were 30% to 50% less likely to have asthma than children who didn’t live on farms. The wider the range of microbes in the houses, the less likely it was that the children would suffer from asthma.”

Farm-raised kids are less prone to asthma. Who gets the credit? Germs, researchers say.

21,000 had whooping cough last year, CDC says

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Feb• 24•11

In another article that makes you want to make sure your child is fully immunized: The CDC reported Wednesday that whooping cough hit more than 21,000 people, many of whom are children and teens, in 2010 — a record high since 2005 and one of the worst years in more than five decades. CDC officials said California appeared to be the most affected state, with more than 8,300 whooping cough cases, including the deaths of 10 babies.

21,000 had whooping cough last year, CDC says

Boston Officials Work to Contain Possible Measles Outbreak

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Feb• 24•11

Call us if you are not sure if your child is fully immunized against measles!

“BOSTON – Health officials in Boston are working to contain a potential measles outbreak after a worker at the French consulate tested positive for the highly contagious illness, MyFoxBoston.com reported.

About 80 employees in the Park Square building, located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, were vaccinated on Wednesday. Nearly 2,000 people work in the building, and city officials are now vaccinating any worker who has not had the recommended two shots to protect them against the infection.

The worker who tested positive last month is a woman in her 20s, according to the report. So far, she is the only person to become ill.”

Boston Officials Work to Contain Possible Measles Outbreak

Nutritional Needs for Young Athletes

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Feb• 22•11

“Even in middle childhood some youngsters participating in competitive sports are looking for an edge that might make them run a little faster or throw a lit­tle harder. Often they will turn to nutrition for help.

However, there is no magical food or supplement that can transform an av­erage athlete into a superstar. No matter what the age of your youngster, opti­mal performance depends more on a balanced diet, sufficient nutrients to meet the demands of physical activity, and adequate rest. ”

Nutritional Needs for Young Athletes