Washing Hands Prevents Colds in Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Ok everyone, it is time to eat. Make sure to wash your hands before sitting down,” reminded the mother to her children. This is a common reminder many parents use prior to eating and it illustrates the importance parents place on hand washing. Washing hands is one of the best ways for children to prevent various diseases including the cold, flu, and RSV. It is so…

Changes in Adolescent Sleep Patterns

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The sun was shining bright and it lit up the house. The house was alive with activity with the exception of one lone family member who was coming down the stairs. It was 10am and the teenager was just woke up. The teenager’s parents were wondering what had happened over the past year to their daughter. She used to be up at the crack of…

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…

Teens Tech Use and Impact on Sleep

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

It was late at night and the room was dark except for the glow of the computer screen. The adolescent boy was hunched over the computer playing just a little more of World of Warcraft before heading to bed. Thirty minutes later, he logged off the game and laid down in bed. Despite feeling exhausted, he could not seem to fall asleep. It took nearly…

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