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    Calming, Engaging, Rewarding: How music can help children’s mental health

    Candace Nelson
    If you’ve ever made a workout playlist or felt a wave of emotion when you heard a familiar song playing at the grocery store, you may already use music therapeutically. Hearing a song a parent loved might feel comforting while hearing a favorite song from your high school years might…
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    The eyes of a child

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    The retina is a thin layer of tissues, cells, and nerves that line the back wall inside the eye.  This layer has millions of light sensing cells that receive and organize visual information according to the Mayo Clinic. On this Ask the Mayo Mom edition of the Q&A podcast, host Dr.
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    Why won’t my toddler sleep?

    Nick Johnstone
    Toddlers need sleep. A lot of sleep. Isn’t it ironic, then, that it can be so hard to get them to fall asleep when you want them to? And why is it that the more tired they get, the more they seem to gain the energy to boldly resist the…
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    Peanut allergies

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    On this Ask the Mayo Mom edition of the Q&A podcast, host Dr. Angela Mattke is joined by Dr. Martha Hartz.  Dr. Hartz is a Pediatric Allergist-Immunologist at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center and is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics. Recently, new treatment options have become available to those living with severe …
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    Body image issues in children and teens

    Nick Johnstone
    Studies show that kids as young as age 3 have body image concerns. Those concerns tend to escalate sharply — year on year — peaking in adolescence but often cropping up over a lifetime. Jocelyn R. Lebow, Ph.D., L.P., a clinical psychologist at Mayo Clinic in…
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    Autism: Diagnosis before kindergarten has therapy benefits

    Nick Johnstone
    Jessica M. Davis, M.D., is often the first stop for parents of children under 5 who are suspected of having autism spectrum disorder. Deciding which kids to recommend for further assessment is a complex task. Autism is difficult to diagnose in anyone, and even more so in the very young.
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    Raising your kids to be healthy cooks

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    Watch expert tips for raising your kids to be healthy cooks Relevant reading Cook Smart, Eat Well Shop Now…
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    Vitamins, nutritional supplements and special diets for children

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    Commercials and advertisements often target parents, suggesting they should give their kids vitamins and supplements to help them grow strong and stay healthy. But is it true? The short answer is no.  “By and large, when kids are generally healthy, when they’re growing well, when there is no big concern,…
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    Taking a temperature when your baby, toddler or child has a fever

    If your child feels warm or seems sick, taking his or her temperature can help you tell if he or she has a fever. In very young infants — under 2 months — a fever is cause to see your child’s health care provider right away. This is because your…
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    A guide to starting your baby on solid food

    So when are babies ready for solid foods? It varies a bit, based on a child’s development. Signs that your baby might be ready include being able to sit in a high chair or booster chair, hold his or her head upright, show an interest in food and open his…
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    Navigating a new epilepsy diagnosis

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    Epilepsy is a neurologic central nervous system disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of awareness. Seizure symptoms can vary widely. Some people with epilepsy simply stare blankly for a few seconds during a seizure, while…
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    Quick guide to your infant’s first pediatrician visits

    Frequent checkups with a health care provider are an important part of your baby’s first few years. These checkups — often called well-child visits — are a way for you and your child’s health care provider to keep tabs on your child’s health and development, as well as spot any…

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