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Helping Your Child Through Common Fears + Resources for Talking about School Shootings or Other Tragic Events in the News

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! If you have children who are 4 – 5 years old, you can count on them being fearful of wild animals, monsters, and the dark—it’s a normal part of their development. Children need the experience of mastering their fear to be a competent adult. If you think of sports success as being the result of practice, then it's...

Child Development

Helping Your Child Through Common Fears + Resources for Talking about School Shootings or Other Tragic Events in the News

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! If you have children who are 4 – 5 years old, you can count on them being fearful of wild animals, monsters, and the dark—it’s a normal part of their development. Children need the experience of mastering their fear to be a competent adult. If you think of sports success as being the result of practice, then it's...

Childhood Weight Management

Does Lack of Sleep Increase a Child’s Risk of Obesity?

Yes! In an analysis of more than 50 studies involving about 100,000 patients, a link has been found between children who get shorter amounts of sleep and an increased risk of becoming overweight or obese. This review was conducted by Valley Medical Center family medicine physicians, Zeva (Daniela) Herzog, MD of Cascade Primary Care and Kristin Thai...

Children’s Therapy

Shake, Rattle and Roll, Build, Pretend and Explore—Toy and Gift Ideas for the Holidays to Encourage Your Child’s Development

By Madeleine McBroom, OTR/L, MSOT, Occupational Therapist, Children's Therapy at Valley Medical Center InfantsIn the first year of a child’s life, they are exploring their environment with their senses, developing motor skills and learning about the world. Try to find toys that have different textures, bright colors and make noise. Play at this sta...

Infant/Toddler

Helping Your Child Through Common Fears + Resources for Talking about School Shootings or Other Tragic Events in the News

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! If you have children who are 4 – 5 years old, you can count on them being fearful of wild animals, monsters, and the dark—it’s a normal part of their development. Children need the experience of mastering their fear to be a competent adult. If you think of sports success as being the result of practice, then it's...

Pediatric Sleep

Sleep Resources for a Better Night’s Rest from Sleep Expert Wynne Chen, MD

“The best part of my job as a sleep physician is having the opportunity to meet interesting people every day and educate them about a vital part of their daily lives that is often overlooked–their sleep.” Wynne Chen, MD, Pulmonary & Sleep Disorder Clinic “We now know that common sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) sp...

Safety

Helping Your Child Through Common Fears + Resources for Talking about School Shootings or Other Tragic Events in the News

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! If you have children who are 4 – 5 years old, you can count on them being fearful of wild animals, monsters, and the dark—it’s a normal part of their development. Children need the experience of mastering their fear to be a competent adult. If you think of sports success as being the result of practice, then it's...

Teen

As More Children and Teens Struggle with Emotional Stressors, Adults Need to Watch for Serious Signs and Know How to Respond

Adapted from an announcement by the Washington State Department of HealthNew data from the Washington State Department of Health’s behavioral health group shows that more young people are seeking medical help for emotional distress. DOH urges families, educators, mentors and youth advocates to know the warning signs that signal when a child or teen...