Whooping cough, also know as pertussis, has been a widespread problem in California this last year. The California Department of Health recommends that all children 10 years and older receive their pertussis (Tdap, also know as Adacel) booster. Assembly Bill 354 states that for the 2011-12 school year, all students entering 7th through 12th grades will need proof that they received the booster. This requirement: [Read more...]
By Valerie Rubin, M.D., F.A.A.P.,
September heralds a new school year – at least for those students who are on a more traditional school schedule. If your child is in a classroom this fall, you may receive notices from the school mentioning that “Strep throat” has been diagnosed in youngsters in your child’s classroom environment. [Read more...]
by Dr. Nicholas Levy
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects between 2 – 5 % of children to the extent that they have significant difficulty with educational activities and with social interactions. It can also interfere with other areas of a child’s life such as team sports and many of these children have below average hand-eye coordination which impacts athletic ability as well. The disorder is inheritable and is often present in one or other parent of a child who has been diagnosed with it. [Read more...]
Homework time can sometimes be stressful and aggravating for parents and students alike. Homework does teach skills such as organization, problem solving and responsibility. Here are a few tips about homework.
Be a parent “helper” not a “doer.” This can be a fine line to manage. It is tempting as a parent to get carried away and start doing your child’s homework. Your child must learn to succeed and manage the times when the job is not quite “perfect.” [Read more...]
In 2008, Consumers Reports conducted a survey to determine how much weight kids are carrying on their backs. In 2nd and 4th grades, it is about 5 pounds worth. But once they are 6th graders they may be carrying up to 18.4 pounds, [Read more...]