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How Too Many Halloween Treats Can Affect Your Children

It’s fun to go around shouting “trick or treat,” but managing your children’s post-Halloween treats can be rather tricky. Mass consumptions of candy are not exactly the healthiest option for anyone, let alone your growing children. 

This isn’t to say that your kids can’t enjoy their Halloween plunder. A couple treats here or there are fine, but regular amounts of sugary substances can be harmful, especially when there’s a bunch of tempting sweets hanging around in a trick or treat bag. Here are three ways candy can mess with your body.

Image of Halloween candy. Learn about the health effects of too much candy.

Consequences of Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is a major challenge in our country. The Centers for Disease Control reports that around 12.7 million children between the ages of 2 and 19 were affected by obesity over the past decade.

The issue has grown over the past few decades, leading to some serious health problems for both children and adults. 

Image of child eating a hamburger. Childhood obesity can lead to several health risks for kids. Learn more about the health risks associated with childhood obesity here.

Resources to Help Get Your Kids Moving

Watching what you eat is very important, but staying active can go a long way toward maintaining a healthy lifestyle, especially for the nation’s youth. Childhood obesity is a growing problem in this country, with one in three kids being listed as overweight or obese according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Children should do 60 minutes of physical activity a day, and there are plenty of ways that kids can attain that goal. Here are some fun activities that your children can do to help fight against the threat of obesity.

Image of children running. Staying active can help your kids stay fit and prevent obesity. Learn how to keep your children active and healthy.

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September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Childhood obesity is a growing problem in our country Rates for the issue have more than doubled since 1980, and one in three children are now either overweight or obese.

Fortunately, childhood obesity can be prevented and you can help raise awareness about how to make a difference for today’s youth. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, so we’ve compiled some ways that you can help spread the word and encourage children to live a healthy lifestyle.

Image of boy with head in hands. Learn more about childhood obesity with these tips from Westshore.

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Back to School Immunizations: Are Your Kids Prepared?

It’s back to school season, which means you’re shopping for new notebooks and getting final appointments in before the first bell. Of course, you want to make sure that the only thing your children bring back from school is homework. 

Back to school shots will not only help your children stay healthy, but also their classmates and other members of your community. 

Dr. Chantal Dalencour explains the benefits of getting your children their immunization shots before heading back to school. Talk to a physician at Westshore to see if your child is up to date for his back to school shots. Image of smiling children sitting at desks.

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Health Effects of Underage Drinking

Underage drinking is a growing issue for American youths. Not only is the act of drinking before the age of 21 illegal, it can also affect a teen’s health in both short-term and long-term ways.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, so we thought it appropriate to shine a light on the dangers of underage drinking.

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Photo Credit: "Pints of Beer" by Simon Cocks is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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LEAP Study Offers Strong Support for Early Introduction of Peanut Products

Results from the Learning Early About Peanut (LEAP) study have been published in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine  offer strong support that early introduction of peanut products may offer protection from the development of peanut allergies.

The prevalence of peanut allergy has doubled over the past 10 years in the U.S. and other countries that have advocated avoidance of peanuts during pregnancy, lactation, and infancy. The LEAP study was based on a hypothesis that regular eating of peanut-containing products, when started in the first year of life, will elicit a protective immune response instead of an allergic immune reaction.

Study shows that early introduction of peanuts can curb peanut allergy

Symptoms of Childhood ADHD

It’s natural for parents to worry about their children. They want to see their son or daughter grow up from a happy, healthy kid into a happy, healthy adult. That means parents are always on the lookout for warning signs for various conditions or illnesses so that they can afford them the best care possible. 

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (more commonly known as ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental conditions and one that is typically diagnosed during childhood. According to the Center for Disease Control, roughly 11 percent of children ages 5 to 17 had been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011.

Is your child showing signs of ADHD?

How Do I Know if My Child Has ADHD?

It’s not uncommon for kids to be inattentive now and again, but there are signs that may indicate that your child may have ADHD.

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