Photograph of casino, a model for the "sometimes" rewards that can encourage whining kids
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Vending Machines vs. Casinos: How to Deal with Whining Kids

November 7, 2017

But at a casino, you don’t know what your reward will be, or even if you’ll get one. In fact, most of the time, you get nothing at all. But that kind of reinforcement, the “sometimes-surprise” schedule, reinforces the behavior even more effectively. Think about people pumping money into slot machines, only to get occasional, unpredictable rewards. […]

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Trick or Treat? Halloween Myths and Safety Tips

October 31, 2017

Now this is a real problem. Halloween is the #1 day of the year for pedestrian accidents among children, averaging 5.5 deaths per year in the US (that’s double the average for a typical day.) […]

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Vitamins—Are They Really “One Size Fits All?”

October 24, 2017

The idea of eating healthy seems to change as often as the seasons. Concerns over fats, sugars, undercooked red meat, carbohydrates, and many others have made news at one time or another. Vitamins have always remained a constant recommendation. But how do vitamins really benefit us, and are they a “one size fits all” dosage? […]

A young boy and girl watch media on a tablet
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Kids and Media Use: How Much is Too Much?

October 24, 2017

Excessive media use in early childhood is also associated with cognitive, language, and social delays. Some of these associations depend on exactly what’s being watched—switching from violent to pro-social content has been shown to improve preschool behavior, especially in boys. There’s also concern that excessive media use by parents can interfere with other family activities, and may model and reinforce media excess in their children. […]

young boy with a migraine headache
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Pediatric Migraines: Prevention and Treatment

October 17, 2017

Parents are sometimes surprised to find out that migraines are the most common cause of recurrent headaches in children. Yes, kids get migraines – and many adults who get them started getting them as children, even if they weren’t diagnosed correctly. […]

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Natural Remedies: Fact vs. Fiction Part II

October 11, 2017

Here’s the scoop, the insider secret you all have been waiting for: most concerns that most people bring to the doctor, most of the time, are things that will get better on their own. Your cough will get better, your fever will get better, your sprained ankle will get better. […]

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Can Vitamin D Supplements Help Prevent Colds?

October 3, 2017

We know that vitamin D, separate from its role in calcium metabolism, has an important part to play in our immune response to infections. It supports the production of built-in antiviral and antibacterial peptides, and helps immune cells make germ-destroying oxygen and nitrogen compounds. Population studies that have shown an increased susceptibility to colds among people who are immune deficient. […]

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