by drnieman on October 13, 2018

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Doctors, midwifes, psychologists, and nurses will have to carefully consider the advice they will offer to pregnant and lactating mothers who have chosen to use marijuana in whatever form or for whatever reason. According to a landmark study from San Diego by Kerri Bertrand and her colleagues, published in last month’s journal Pediatrics, marijuana is […]

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by drnieman September 13, 2018 Monthly

“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” These are the introductory words of a book, The Disappearance of Childhood, a classic bestseller I frequently review when I observe how our culture continuously trends toward rushing childhood. The author, the late Neil Postman, who was the Chair of the […]

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by drnieman August 7, 2018 Monthly

A recent headline in one of the pediatric journals I subscribe to caught my eyes: “Kids with Migraine Not Receiving Optimal Treatment.” Migraine is indeed one of the most common reasons for referrals to a pediatric neurology clinic. World-wide the prevalence is 7.7 %. Approximately 10% of school-aged children suffer from migraine and boys are […]

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by drnieman July 5, 2018 Monthly

CANADA’S CHILDREN AND YOUTH EXPERIENCE ABOUT TO START Since the current Canadian government informed the nation that they intend to legalize marijuana, much has been written on this extremely controversial and at times confusing topic. Some of the writing dealt with facts; some failed miserably to hide biases–both sides being guilty of dishonesty and subjectivity. […]

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by drnieman June 27, 2018 Monthly

Many options other than the use of pharmaceutical products exist for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The most common medications used in the treatment are by far psychostimulants. Alternative medications to psychostimulants are the so-called non-stimulant products—a class of medications which is becoming increasingly popular, most likely because side effects impacting appetite and sleep […]

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by drnieman May 14, 2018 Monthly

Introducing Allergenic Foods I have always maintained that there is a common theme when it comes to discussing politics, religion and food: consensus is virtually impossible, but compromise is an option. The current guidelines by Health Canada, the Canadian Pediatric Society and allergists on the matter of when to introduce foods which are known to […]

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by drnieman April 5, 2018 Uncategorized

In the development of health and disease there are key moments where future trajectories are established. This early programming sets the stage for long-term health and also the prevention of future diseases. These so called critical windows were originally known as the “Baker Hypothesis” Baker identified an association between fetal malnutrition and hypertension later in […]

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by drnieman February 2, 2018 Monthly

THE FIRST 1,000 DAYS A few years ago I found myself in a huge ballroom of a hotel just outside Chicago. It was at a special meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that I discovered the AAP’s agenda of prioritizing early brain development. The discussions centered on toxic stress (bathing the fetal brain, […]

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by drnieman January 10, 2018 Monthly

Childhood development can be a time of both excitement and stress. On the one hand it is exciting for parents to document their baby’s progress. Who will forget that first smile or who will delete the video taken when a child took his or her first step? But what if the folks notice that the […]

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by drnieman January 5, 2018 Monthly

Not so long ago I had the opportunity to do a talk at a local high school. They asked me to talk about resilience, and although the main theme revolved around stressed teens, at some point during the question and answer part, the issue of children’s temperaments came up. One of the experts in the […]

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