Category Archives: health

Video game addiction

An old problem has a new label: the World Health organization (WHO) is recognizing video game addiction as an official mental health condition.

Video game addiction is basically playing games for an unhealthy length of time, resulting in the feeling that you can’t stop.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) describes internet gaming disorder as similar to a gambling addiction.

However video game addiction is described or defined, prevention is best, especially for our kids.

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Relax your brain

After coloring books for adults, can bedtime stories for adults be far behind?

Evidently not, as it’s now emerging as a trend under the wellness umbrella.

Natural sleep aids, including peace-filled playlists and white noise machines, have been around forever. But stories for sleep-deprived moms and dads might be on the horizon. Just watch…

Hug me to sleep?

Do the demands of parenting melt away when your child wraps his arms around you?

Researchers tell us that touch stimulation can be relaxing. That’s the reason weighted blankets are emerging as a “trend you can use” during cold winter nights.

Weighted blankets might not hug sleep-deprived parents to dreamland, but wrapping that conforms to our bodies is soothing.

As we become increasingly aware of mental health issues that impact parents, natural sleep aids, including blankets that distribute pressure around the body, might be something to consider.

Head start on health?

Finding the elusive life balance has always been one of the most stressful aspects of parenting, but there’s good news:

Moms and dads are starting to prioritize their personal mental health.

To maintain and improve mental wellness, activities range from charting emotions, to learning about mindfulness and even escaping online. Although “stroller moms” have, by definition, been accompanied by children, more parents are involving older kids in the various activities. As a result, learning about mood boosting and wellness actions is happening at an earlier age, perhaps giving the next generation of parents a head start on healthy living.

That’s a hopeful thought for the beginning of a new year.

Healthy moves

If you’re headed south for the holidays, don’t bother searching store shelves for a “low-protection” sunscreen.

Some stores, including CVS, have stopped selling sunscreens with a SPF lower than 15. The Food and Drug Administration says oils at such levels don’t prevent cancer.

Other stores appeal to health conscious families by moving candy from the high impulse check out lane or placing snacks on high shelves, above the reach of children.

Stores can move the junk food, but wherever the chips go, kids (and some parents!) will find it.

False positive?

High tech baby monitors are advertising as offering “peace of mind,” but for some parents, constant monitoring and falsse positives trigger worry.

Because the newest devices (wireless electronics in socks or onesies, motion sensors and light-shining pulse probes that measure blood-oxygen levels, etc.) aren’t defined as medical equipment, their accuracy and effectiveness is not regulated.

Before buying any vital signs monitor, get a recommendation from your pediatrician.

Lead transparency?

Lead contamination in school drinking water continues to cause headaches for administrators this summer.

Although an increasing number of districts have done lead testing and starting remediation, some parents still aren’t been notified about progress in dealing with the problem.

In some schools, lack of routine testing means lead in water often isn’t discovered, or only discovered by chance.

Where’s the transparency?