children

EFAs aid behaviour, language skills

Taking a combination of high-EPA fish oil and evening primrose oil can improve the behaviour of rowdy kids and help language skills, say researchers from England. In a five-month trial, 65 children with behavioural problems were given the essential fatty acid (EFA) combination. They had a seven month delay in language skill development. “Children taking [...]

EFAs aid behaviour, language skills 2018-02-15T15:52:55+00:00

Probiotics improve eczema in kids

Eczema is a form of allergic dermatitis that causes the skin — usually on the face, elbows and back of knees — to thicken and become inflamed, scaly and itchy. This reaction may be due to synthetic materials, scented perfumes or soaps. Atopic dermatitis is a hereditary form of eczema that affects infants and young [...]

Probiotics improve eczema in kids 2015-09-09T13:49:26+00:00

Peppermint oil eases IBS, even in kids

After an independent review of several well-designed clinical trials, it is clear that peppermint oil (PO) is an excellent choice for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients with non-serious constipation or diarrhea. For these patients, PO can alleviate general symptoms and improve quality of life. Researchers at the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, University of Missouri-Columbia, gave [...]

Peppermint oil eases IBS, even in kids 2018-02-15T15:52:55+00:00

Herbs for Kids: Researchers review data on effectiveness of remedies for kids

A study in the March issue of The Journal of Pediatrics reviews the medical literature to provide information about the effectiveness of some of the most common herbal supplements for children. Researchers reviewed studies published from 1960-2003 that tested the effectiveness of common herbal supplements. While many popular herbal supplements have not been evaluated in [...]

Herbs for Kids: Researchers review data on effectiveness of remedies for kids 2015-09-09T13:49:29+00:00

Antioxidants improve kids’ asthma

According to the World Health Organization, Mexico City has some of the worst air quality in the world. So two local hospitals were motivated to research alternatives to help alleviate asthma symptoms in young children, focusing on how antioxidants may influence the inflammatory response to ozone, a pollutant found in smog. At the Hospital Infantil [...]

Antioxidants improve kids’ asthma 2015-09-09T13:49:30+00:00

Could iron supplements help ADHD?

Supplementing with iron may benefit children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), say researchers from the European Pediatric Hospital in Paris, who found a link between ADHD and iron deficiency. Iron is an essential mineral used to transport oxygen to all cells and tissues and is involved in the metabolism of brain chemicals, specifically the ones [...]

Could iron supplements help ADHD? 2018-02-15T15:53:04+00:00

Deficient Kids? Study finds most pre-schoolers low in key vitamins

Health-conscious parents who feed their young children the same low-fat diet they consume for better health may inadvertently deprive their children of vitamin E, an important nutrient for growing bodies, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln nutrition scientist warns. A study of preschool-age children living in Lincoln, Nebraska, found two-thirds of them deficient in vitamin E. Surprisingly, [...]

Deficient Kids? Study finds most pre-schoolers low in key vitamins 2018-02-15T15:53:07+00:00

Back to Nature for Pediatrics? Physician looks at safe remedies for kids

Looking for natural remedies to help children with nausea, constipation and similar gastrointestinal problems? They’re readily available and they’re safe, says Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, a pediatrics professor at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and the author of "The Holistic Pediatrician." Kemper recently wrote an article on the subject for Contemporary Pediatrics magazine. [...]

Back to Nature for Pediatrics? Physician looks at safe remedies for kids 2015-09-09T13:49:33+00:00

Mineral Medicine: Zinc helps kids recover from pneumonia

The addition of zinc to standard antimicrobial treatment may accelerate recovery from pneumonia, say researchers in this week's issue of the Lancet. Pneumonia is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in children less than five years old. Zinc is reported to prevent pneumonia, and to prevent and treat diarrhoea, and it may boost the [...]

Mineral Medicine: Zinc helps kids recover from pneumonia 2015-09-09T13:50:28+00:00

Food Additives and Hyperactivity: Study suggests “cleaning up” kids’ foods may help

Artificial food colourings and preservatives have a "significant" impact on hyperactivity levels in very young children, say researchers, and removal of these substances could be in the long-term interest of public health. The authors base their findings on over 1,800 three-year-old children, who were screened for hyperactivity and allergies. Almost 300 children, divided into four [...]

Food Additives and Hyperactivity: Study suggests “cleaning up” kids’ foods may help 2015-09-09T13:50:32+00:00

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