Category Archives: ADHD

Smoking, Lead Exposure and ADHD

Here’s an article worth reading if you want to know measures to decrease the risk of having children with ADHD.

Exposure To Tobacco And Lead Linked To ADHD In Children

Researchers in the US found that exposure to tobacco in the womb and to lead during childhood was linked to a particularly high risk for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, suggesting that while we tend to focus on treatment for ADHD, eliminating such exposures might prevent the condition in many hundreds of thousands of children.

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Children’s Health and the Environment

Every now and then, we read articles or research studies such as “Even Low Lead Exposure Linked To ADHD” and “Autism Risk Linked To Distance From Power Plants, Other Mercury-releasing Sources.” A number of organizations are working hard to remind us that we cannot separate health and environmental issues.

Mount Sinai’s Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) conducts research to discover the environmental causes of disease in children- asthma, learning disabilities, autism, obesity, and childhood cancer.

Toxins in our homes, at schools, in the air we breathe, and in the products we use every day have been implicated as causes of some of these diseases. And these diseases are on the rise.

  • Asthma rates have more than doubled in the past three decades. Asthma is now the leading cause of emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and school absenteeism.
  • One of every six American children has a developmental disorder such as ADHD, dyslexia, and mental retardation.
  • One in every 150 American children is now diagnosed with autism.
  • Primary brain cancer increased by nearly 40% and leukemia increased by over 60% among children 14 years and younger from 1975 to 2004.
  • Childhood obesity has quadrupled in the past ten years.
  • Type 2 diabetes, previously unknown among children, is becoming epidemic.

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All of us can make a difference. Feel free to share with us what you are doing to ensure a healthy environment.

Importance of Adequate Nighttime Sleep

If your child shows excessive daytime sleepiness such that it interferes with his/ her ability to pay attention, learn in school, and perform well in after-school activities, then he/ she may not be having adequate sleep at night. We can learn more about the importance of adequate sleep from The Sleep Well. Do Well. Star Sleeper Campaign which was launched by the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health in February 2001.The Campaign is co-sponsored by Paws, Inc., the creative studio behind Garfield the Cat. Garfield is the Campaign’s “spokescat.” Quoted below are sleep tips for your children.

  1. Set a regular time for bed each night and stick to it.
  2. Establish a relaxing bedtime routine, such as giving your child a warm bath or reading him or her a story.
  3. Make after-dinner playtime a relaxing time. Too much activity close to bedtime can keep children awake.
  4. Avoid feeding children big meals close to bedtime.
  5. Avoid giving children anything with caffeine less than six hours before bedtime.
  6. Set the bedroom temperature so that it’s comfortable – not too warm and not too cold.
  7. Make sure the bedroom is dark. If necessary, use a small nightlight.
  8. Keep the noise level low.

You may also let your children visit their special site for kids . They’ll surely enjoy learning a thing or two from Garfield.

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