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Anabolic Steroids

What Parents Need to Know About Anabolic Steroids

The headlines currently being made about the anabolic steroid drug use of Jonny Spelman, drew attention to the many negative impacts that steroids could have, particularly on children. Jonny Spelman is the son of cabinet minister Caroline Spelman, which in fact has catapulted this story into the headlines. Jonny Spelman’s story Jonny wants to be the […]

Identifying Seasonal Allergies in Your Child

It can be difficult for a parent to identify a seasonal allergy in their child. This is because the symptomsof an allergy can be much the same as a common cold. This is confusing for the parents who may well wonder what it is that their child has. Signs of a seasonal allergy According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents can look […]

It can be difficult for a parent to identify a seasonal allergy in their child. This is because the symptoms of an allergy can be much the same as a common cold. This is confusing for the parents who may well wonder what it is that their child has. Signs of a seasonal allergy According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents can look out for some of these signs of a seasonal allergy in their child: Seasonal Allergies in Your ChildIf a child already has a skin condition like eczema he or she is more likely to have seasonal allergies or hay fever. Common symptoms of a seasonal allergy include a runny nose, sneezing etc. Also look out for symptoms such as watery eyes, reddening of the eyes (sometime also called allergic conjunctivitis). There is also a tingling or tickling feeling in the nose and the throat that could keep irritating the child. Certain types of skin rashes, particularly a red, scaly rash in the region of the wrists and/or ankles could also be the sign of seasonal allergies. Many children also have coughing, and this can sometimes progress to asthma like symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath. How to differentiate between common cold and seasonal allergy One of the main points of difference between a cold and a seasonal allergy is that colds are self-limiting and will disappear in a few days. However an allergy will seem to continue for weeks and will continue to trouble the child for a far longer duration. Also unlike a cold, hay fever is usually triggered by certain seasons. Some allergies are triggered during late spring or early because of the increased levels of certain pollen. Others are triggered during the autumn months. The allergic symptoms tend to last so long as the allergens (pollen, dust, mites, mold, fungus) are of a high level which is why they are seasonal. The timing of the allergic reactions can differ as per the weather and vegetation of the place where you live. So if your child seems to have the sniffles during a particular season each year, it more likely that it is an allergy. Seasonal allergies can start early in childhood, but very often children may show the first symptoms of the allergy at about age 10. Often these symptoms peak around the age of 20 and then may taper off of their own accord.

Identifying Seasonal Allergies in Your Child

It can be difficult for a parent to identify a seasonal allergy in their child. This is because the symptoms of an allergy can be much the same as a common cold. This is confusing for the parents who may well wonder what it is that their child has. Signs of a seasonal allergy According to the […]

Learning How to Start Potty Training with Your Child

Learning How to Start Potty Training with Your Child

It’s important to get started with potty training rather early because you do not want your child to be wearing diapers forever. Some children will continue to wear diapers as long as it is allowed, so you need to make sure that you take some lessons in how to start potty training right away. You […]

Common Mental Disorders in Children

Common Mental Disorders in Children

There a lot of different things to worry about when you are raising your own children, but mental disorders in children are something that people do not think about very often. Everyone thinks about some kind of physical accident happening to their child, but not many people want to think about possible mental problems that […]

Hoping and Helping Children Cope with Divorce

Hoping and Helping Children Cope with Divorce

There are a lot of different things that you can do when it comes to helping children cope with divorce, so you should not think that these kinds of matters are out of your hands. The best thing you can do to make sure that there are no ill effects on a child is to […]

The Daydreamer Child – Is That Such a Bad Thing?

The Daydreamer Child – Is That Such a Bad Thing?

The Psychology Today blog recent touched on something that many parents encounter and react to with anger or frustration – their child daydreaming instead of doing what they are supposed to. The post speaks of a mother who wants to get her child dressed each morning and always finds her son lost in his thoughts lying on […]

Some Basic Rules for Teenage Parenting

Some Basic Rules for Teenage Parenting

Any parent will tell you that the hardest time period for raising a child is when that child turns into a teenager. Teenagers are very hard to deal with at times, and that is why many parents end up needing help when it comes to teenage parenting. There is nothing to be embarrassed about if […]

Hoping and Helping Children Cope with Divorce

There are a lot of different things that you can do when it comes to helping children cope with divorce, so you should not think that these kinds of matters are out of your hands. The best thing you can do to make sure that there are no ill effects on a child is to stop the […]

The Main Problem with Children in Foster Care

The Main Problem with Children in Foster Care

If you are thinking about allowing your children in foster care then you really need to think deeply about that decision. Foster care is something that should be avoided at all costs because children really need to be raised by their own parents. A child that is not raised by their own parents is going […]