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Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children

While many people have heard of autism, not everyone completely understands exact how autism spectrum disorder (ASD) works. Part of this may be because, as the Centers for Disease Control reports, scientists don’t know the exact causes of ASD, and there are many different conditions that fall under ASD. Read on to get a quick rundown on ASD, potential risk factors, and signs to watch for in your children.

Image of a child with autsim spectrum disorder.

Health Effects of Childhood Obesity

Obesity affects more than just adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of childhood obesity has more than doubled in children in the past three decades. This trend is troubling because childhood obesity can cause health issues beyond just weight gain. Here are some of the health effects childhood obesity can have on your kids.

Image of a child eating fast food. Learn about the health effects of childhood obesity.

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. 

Childhood obesity can lead to several health risks for kids.

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.

Staying active can help your kids stay fit and prevent obesity.

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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.

Help raise awareness 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. 

Talk to a physician at Westshore to see if your child is up to date for his back to school shots.

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How Technology Can Affect Your Children’s Sleep

Sleep is good. Not only does it keep you refreshed, it can also help you stay healthy.

Not sleeping enough can lead to a lack in judgment, a poor mood, and even various health issues like obesity and diabetes. High quality, uninterrupted sleep is especially important for children as they continue to develop, but technology can make it harder for kids to get a proper good night’s rest.

Contact Westshore today if you think your children’s sleep cycles have been thrown off by technology.

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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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