Winter Weather Safety Tip #3: Wear hat and gloves also to prevent body heat loss. Most of the body’s heat escapes through the head.
Winter Weather Safety Tip #2: Dress in layers to prevent body heat loss.
There are lots of fun winter activities for families this time of year. Over the next several posts we will take a look at winter weather safety tips to keep your children safe this winter season.
Winter Weather Safety Tip #1: Always wear a helmet while skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and playing other fast-paced slippery winter activities.
Up to half of the people with tuberous sclerosis develop autism and the hope is that any treatment that works well against tuberous sclerosis might also benefit others on the autism spectrum. Tuberous sclerosis is caused by one of several mutations in genes that regulate cell growth and strikes about 1 in 6,000 newborns. People with it commonly develop tumors, autism, and/or epilepsy. The hope is that studying this disease may provide new insights into autism.
Depression in children and teens is a major problem that is hardly discussed. People are often too embarrassed to talk about it and sometimes in denial. If depression in children and teens is left untreated, it can lead to long-term educational issues, relationship problems, substance abuse and suicide.
Elementary age children need 10 – 11 hours of sleep per night and teens need 8.5 – 9.25 hours to optimize learning. Lack of sleep can affect your child’s ability to process, learn and retrieve information.
Chemicals released during exercise help improve concentration, motivation and learning.
Some research suggests foods like blueberries, tomatoes, broccoli, kale, whole grains, walnuts, flaxseed and pumpkin seeds may enhance your child’s brainpower.
Overloaded school backpacks cause more than 20,000 back injuries per year. Make sure the backpack weighs no more than 10-15% of the child’s total body weight when in use. Have wide padded shoulder straps and a hip strap to distribute weight. Make sure the backpack does not hang below the student’s hip line. Also keep the heaviest books closest to the back.
The second leading cause of death among adolescents in the United States according to a 2012 study is suicide. Nearly 16% of adolescents in the United States reported seriously considering suicide in a 2011 study. Suicidal thinking is a symptom of depression. If you suspect your child may be suffering from depression, seek out help right away.