Little Athletes Just Need Water

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A little five year old boy comes running into the house after playing outside. Face all flush with his exertions and panting, the boy says, “I am so thirsty!” His father reaches into the refrigerator and gets a big blue sports drink and hands it to the boy. This situation is becoming more common in many households as children rehydrate after playing sports and being…

Treating Kid’s Scrapes and Cuts

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The boy shouted over to his mother, “Hey Mom! Watch me do this trick.” The boy proceeds to attempt to jump the curb on his skateboard. However, the edge of the skateboard catches the curb and the boy is propelled onto the sidewalk, landing on his knees. When he stands up, his scraped knees are starting to bleed. The mother rushes over quickly to help…

Giving the Gift of Attention

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Ms. Smith said that we were going to have an exciting day tomorrow,” the five year old reported to her mother, “and she said we are going to paint and then see a movie and then play on the computer!” The mother nodded as the child spoke as she focused on a TV show she had been watching. Her daughter eventually stopped and said, “Mom!…

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