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What do I need to know about autism?

March 29th, 2017

What do I need to know about autism?

By uclahealth uclahealth

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) describes a wide range of neurodevelopmental disorders that can cause significant social, behavioral and communication challenges. Diagnosis Autism spectrum disorder, which affects roughly 1.5 percent of children, is often characterized by repetitive motions, limited social and emotional interaction, and delayed speech and language skills. “Symptoms can vary greatly from one child […]

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Tags: Anxiety, ASD, autism, autism spectrum disorders, children’s health, depression, Dr Amanda Gulsrud, health tips, health tips for parents, healthy living


Talk to teens about pot use

February 28th, 2017

Talk to teens about pot use

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

As more states legalize marijuana use, there’s a growing perception that pot is benign. But that’s not necessarily the case – especially in young people. There is still much to be learned about the effects of sporadic and occasional marijuana use on adolescent brains, said Dr. Thomas Strouse, medical director of the Stewart and Lynda […]

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Tags: addiction, American Academy of Pediatrics, depression, Dr Thomas Strouse, marijuana, marijuana use in teens, mental health, mental illness, psychosis


How to prevent peanut allergy in infants

February 27th, 2017

How to prevent peanut allergy in infants

By uclahealth uclahealth

Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies in the United States. Between 1 and 2 percent of children and adolescents are allergic to peanuts — and that number has doubled in Western nations over the past decade. Prevention Peanut allergy, a severe and potentially fatal immune response to certain peanut proteins, develops […]

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Tags: Dr Maria Garcia-Lloret, health tips, health tips for parents, infant allergy, peanut allergy


Anesthesia in young children: Know the risks

February 22nd, 2017

Anesthesia in young children: Know the risks

By uclahealth uclahealth

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a new warning about the use of anesthesia and sedation drugs in young children and pregnant women. If you’re planning to schedule surgery or another procedure that requires sedation, it’s smart to understand the basics and any risks you or your child may face. Here’s a breakdown […]

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Tags: anesthesia, behavior, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, general anesthetic, infants, medications, pediatric anesthesiology, pregnant women, sedation, sedation drugs, surgery, third trimester, toddlers, young children


Concussion care: Helping your child heal

February 21st, 2017

Concussion care: Helping your child heal

By uclahealth uclahealth

When it comes to youth sports, concussions have not always been taken seriously. That’s changing rapidly, however, as athletes, coaches and parents are becoming much more aware of the seriousness of these brain injuries. That’s a positive development, because concussions can cause long-term problems with brain function – especially for athletes who resume playing before […]

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Tags: athletes, brain injuries, coaches, concentration, concussions, contact sports, DrChristopher Giza, memory, mood, parents, pediatric neurologist, physical activities, schoolwork, sleep, UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, walking, youth sports


Parents and their children learn to reduce conflict, boost social skills

February 16th, 2017

Parents and their children learn to reduce conflict, boost social skills

By uclahealth uclahealth

More than 2,000 families have passed through the doors of the UCLA Parenting and Children’s Friendship Program since it was founded almost 35 years ago. While each of those families faced unique challenges, they were all working toward the same goal: finding better ways to interact. The program helps families accomplish that with small-group parenting courses […]

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Tags: adolescent psychiatry, adolescents, bedtime routines, best friend, caregivers, child psychiatry, depression, Dr Shilpa Baweja, families, family, friends, friendship, parent-assisted social skills group, parenting courses, parents, Psychiatry, self-esteem, social anxiety, social status


Dental care for children and adolescents

January 27th, 2017

Dental care for children and adolescents

By uclahealth uclahealth

To prevent dental caries, also known as cavities, children 12 months and older should see their dentist twice a year, brush their teeth twice a day and avoid, or eat in moderation, foods that can damage teeth. Dental caries (cavities) When children do not brush regularly, oral bacteria begin to convert food and drink remnants […]

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Tags: brushing your teeth, cavities, Children's Health, daniela silva dds, dental care, dental caries, dentist, dentistry, oral carem dental x-rays, pediatric dentistry, UCLA Pediatric Dental Residency Program


Seven weight-loss strategies for children

January 20th, 2017

Seven weight-loss strategies for children

By uclahealth uclahealth

If you are concerned about your child’s weight, you’re not alone. Childhood obesity has risen dramatically in the last three decades, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). By 2014, about 17 percent of children and adolescents – 12.7 million – were overweight or obese. And it’s not just a cosmetic […]

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Tags: adolescents, asthma, balanced meals, BMI, body mass index, childhood obesity, children, Diabetes, exercise habits, healthy food, healthy meals, healthy snacks, Healthy weight, Heart Disease, Nutrition, nutrition labels, obesity, overweight, physical activity, type 2 diabetes, weight loss


Cancer protection for boys and girls: The HPV vaccine

January 18th, 2017

Cancer protection for boys and girls: The HPV vaccine

By uclahealth uclahealth

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which protects against the most common sexually-transmitted infection in the United States, is often referred to as the cervical cancer vaccine. It’s true that HPV causes most cervical cancers, but it’s also true that the vaccine is effective against other types of cancer in both men and women, which is […]

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Tags: adolescence, Cancer, cervical cancer vaccine, cevical cancer, genital warts, HPV, HPV vaccine, human papillomavirus vaccine, mouth cancer, oral sex, teenagers, vaccine


How to prevent and treat nosebleeds

December 21st, 2016

How to prevent and treat nosebleeds

By uclahealth uclahealth

Up to 60 percent of people experience at least one nosebleed at some point in their lives. Most cases occur in children 2 to 10 years old. Source of nosebleeds Most children report that they can sense the onset of a nosebleed before it occurs. Ninety percent of nosebleeds in children start from “Kiesselbach’s plexus,” […]

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Tags: Children's Health, head and neck surgery, health tips, health tips for parents, intranasal steroids, nasal dryness, nasal irritation, nose, nosebleeds, Pediatric Airway Center at UCLA, Pediatrics, sinus infection, small blood vessel break, treating nosebleeds, Dr Alisha West