allergies 

New Research Offers Hope for Peanut Allergies

Studies suggest that it may be possible to cure peanut allergies -- but parents should not try this at home. Having a child who is allergic to peanuts has got to be difficult. It's hard enough making sure kids don't eat rocks and sand, small toys...

Playing Outside Makes Kids Smarter

Schools are cutting recess -- that's a shame -- but parents also need to make an effort to get kids out of the house and into the yard. In the race to help kids get ahead academically, American schools seem to take a spaghetti at the wall...

Eating Dirt Good for the Kids?

Is eating dirt good for you? Perhaps so. I've heard that in the course of a lifetime we consume and inordinate amount of dirt, and other things too, but is that something that perhaps we're supposed to be doing? Mud pies aside, it may be...

Peanut Allergies - Have We Gone Too Far?

A Massachusetts school bus driver recently evacuated a bus full of children to protect them from danger ... a stray peanut that had fallen on the floor. If that seems like overkill to you, you aren't alone. Though peanut allergies have increased...

Breastfeeding and Allergies - Did You Have to Change Your Diet?

My cousin and I sat together at a restaurant recently, drooling over the chocolate cake our family was passing around. "I can't have it because I gave up chocolate," I said. "I can't have it because my newborn is allergic to it," she replied. ...

Do you let your baby be an adventurous eater?

A friend emailed me a study today, one that found that when babies under nine months are fed fish, they're less likely to develop eczema. Because she's never been a mom to an infant, she wondered, "Would you have fed one of your girls fish at such a...

Babies in daycare less likely to deveop asthma

Asthma is the result of an overactive immune system. When a benign substance, such as pollen, is inhaled by an asthmatic, their body reacts defensively, which creates inflammation and wheezing. Researchers have long thought that this over-response is...

Teen arrested for serving her mom salt

I remember once when I was about twelve years old I got mad at my mother and kicked her. Right in the shin. The regret set in the moment my foot made contact with her leg. I don't remember my punishment, but the guilt I felt over assaulting the woman...

Owning a dog may prevent childhood allergies

When it comes to avoiding allergies, my kids weren't dealt a good genetic hand. I have asthma, and my husband has fairly severe seasonal and year-round allergies. Needless to say, we're hyper alert when watching for signs that they're developing...

Assault with a deadly peanut

Sure, you could argue that it's all just fun and games, but sometimes someone can end up getting seriously hurt. Someone almost did get very seriously hurt in Lexington, Kentucky. An eighth-grade student at Morton Middle School thought it would be...

Allergies affect schoolwork

Though nasal allergies may not seem like a major health issue, they can have a big impact on your child's quality of life. In fact, a recent survey of 1,000 families found that allergies affected everything from children's sleep to school attendance...

Injection-free treatment for milk and peanut allergies?

By ingesting small, doctor-monitored quantities of peanuts and nuts, kids can be immunized against potentially deadly peanut allergies, according to a new study. By taking medically supervised doses of nuts, doctors hope that they can safely...

High sugar diet may increase asthma risk in children

Because I have asthma and my husband has allergies, we know our kids have a higher risk of developing either condition. Though neither has developed any chronic symptoms, I'm always on the lookout for articles about preventing asthma in the first...

Lawmaker calls for scent-free schools

When I walk in the doors at Ellie's school, I am immediately assaulted by that peculiar elementary school smell. It's a mixture of feet, farts and food. As bad as that combination is, it can't be as bad as what an upper grade school building smells...

Dairy alternatives

Like many kids, my son is allergic to cow's milk. It's been a fact of his life from the time he was weaned from breast milk when he was a year old; I noticed that it gave him stomach aches and diahhrea, and I quickly switched him to water, watered...

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