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MARIJUANA AND BREASTFEEDING

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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LITTLE ADULTS

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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MIGRAINE HEADACHES

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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THE WEED EXPERIMENT

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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NONPHARMACOLOGIC TREATMENT FOR ATTENTION-DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER

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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NEW INFORMATION ON ALLERGIES

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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NUTRITION AND EARLY BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

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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LEG AND FEET ISSUES

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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SHY CHILDREN

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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VEGAN DIETS ARE SAFE FOR CHILDREN

by drnieman May 9, 2017 Monthly

The exact percentage of children who are raised on a vegan diet is uncertain. Some estimates claim as many as one in 40 adults are vegan. This means that they are very likely, but not absolutely certain, to use a vegan diet in their homes to feed all family members. The interest in going vegan […]

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