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ADHD RESOURCES

by drnieman on September 26, 2016

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ADHD is a huge topic and there are many resources to choose from if one wants to learn more. A psychiatrist recently shared this resource with me and I found it very useful—it deals with both adults and children. I trust you will also find this resource helpful. All ADHD Related Posts By the way, […]

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GRAND PARENTS AS PARENTS

by drnieman June 7, 2016 Weekly

One of the pleasures of being a pediatrician is to be inspired by the way some parents raise their children. But what happens when there are no parents to raise children? The portrait of the North American family is changing dramatically and skip-generation families are becoming increasingly common. A skip-generation family is one where grandparents […]

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ANTIBIOTICS and GUT FLORA

by drnieman August 6, 2015 Weekly

Around 1983 some North American doctors scoffed at their peers in Holland, who at that time did not treat all childhood middle ear infections with antibiotics. I specifically remember attending an Infectious Disease meeting where a well-respected professor from Dallas painted a grim picture of what can happen when ear infections are left untreated. In […]

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ECZEMA

by drnieman December 14, 2014 Weekly

ECZEMA As the days shrink, the dry winds blow and furnaces work overtime at night, many families experience sleepless nights, because a crying child with an itchy, dry, inflamed skin keeps the family awake. November is eczema month and one can see why—there is a shift in the environment that is unfriendly to the skins […]

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Nutrition Matters

by drnieman January 13, 2014 Weekly

Not so long ago I read a story about Jim Fixx a runner who died of a heart attack at age 52, in 1984. Jim Fixx used to be overweight and he smoked. His family history was positive for heart attacks. However he decided to exercise hard and ten years later lost 70 lbs. He […]

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Mosquito Bites

by drnieman June 17, 2013 Weekly

Every summer mosquitos seem to become a challenge to families. Over the years I have seen some badly infected bites. Prevention is always better than cure and here is what experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics suggest: Safe use of insect repellents can minimize itching, scratching Summer is back, and so are mosquitoes. Before […]

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Why children resent their hovering helicopter mums: Pushy mothers create negative feelings in their children

by jybanez February 21, 2013 Weekly

Bossy mothers risk stifling children’s creativity Mothers urged to allow toddlers to have fun By Fiona Macrae Their children may be fluent in Mandarin and accomplished violinists, but pushy mums can expect little thanks. A study found that ‘helicopter mothers’ who hover over and control their children’s lives are resented. And the bossier they are, […]

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School Shootings

by drnieman December 17, 2012 Weekly

I was honored to do an interview with the Globe and Mail recently. The topic was what to tell young children after the brutal massacre of innocent school kids (The School shootings in Newtown just before Christmas) These tragic events stir up plenty of emotions. It is a test of our resillience. I am sure today […]

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AVOID SMOTHERING CHILDREN

by drnieman November 29, 2012 Weekly

  There are times when other bloggers contact me and ask me to share their resources. Here is a great example of a blog which was popular and relevant to parents who often wonder about the topic of “smothering” a child The link to the blog is: http://www.gonannies.com/blog/2012/how-to-protect-your-child-without-smothering-her/ Here is the start of the blog, […]

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Dishonesty when Vitamins are Promoted?

by drnieman November 12, 2012 Weekly

I am often astonished at how vitamins are promoted as “good” , when in fact there is often a story behind the story. Dr Mirkin, a respected and experienced doctor, skilled in communicating well and a former radio show hosts wrote this piece below (I could not have said it better!) The bottom line re vitamins? […]

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