school-age child

Asthma – questions answered

by Jacqueline Watts, B.S., P.A. student What is asthma? Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in children. It affects the airways leading to your lungs. Airways become sensitive to allergens and triggers which irritate the airways causing them to get tighter and become inflamed. Asthma is a very common reason for missed …

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When you live with the bear – ACEs

Some children present to me with complex problems or multiple problems that fail to resolve after the typical interventions. I recall a child with severe abdominal pain. He had tried numerous medicines and had had scopes and studies galore. It had reached the point where he was being scheduled for exploratory surgery to try and …

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The turkey hunt – sharing values and joy with children at Christmas

Christmas is nearly here and those who celebrate are dashing around with errands. There are gifts to be bought, cookies to be made, school plays to attend and more all demanding your time and attention. At the same time, it is a season where we can reflect on the values and traditions of Christmas – giving, togetherness, and …

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Temper tantrums and timeouts

Photo by Sweet Ice Cream Photography, Unsplash Temper-tantrums Children have tantrums for many reasons. Some are demands for attention, others are out of frustration, anger, or protest. Tantrums can increase in times of stress or change. Typically between tantrums children’s behavior should return to normal.   Signs of tantrums that may need attention are if …

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