Musical Training Linked to Enhanced Brain Maturation

Patients who come to see child psychiatrists like Dr. Jim Hudziak at the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families may leave with a prescription, but it often is not for a medication.  As part of a model he developed called The Vermont Family Based Approach (VFBA), there is increased emphasis on incorporating wellness and […]

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Omega-3s Founds to Improve Child Aggression

 The benefits of Omega-3 supplementation has been touted for a wide range of therapeutic and health promotion uses.  While there is emerging data for problems such as ADHD, the literature has still suffered from issues such as small sample sizes, lack of randomization, short duration, and lingering questions about optimal dose.  This recent study sought […]

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Behavior Problems and Screen Time: What Causes What?

There have been many studies that have demonstrated links between excessive childhood screen time and negative outcomes including attention problems and aggression. Most of them imply causation but generally can’t prove it because the studies don’t measure child behavior before the screen time occurs.  Yes playing Minecraft for 6 hours per day might cause problems, […]

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AAP Releases New Child Media Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently published an updated policy statement paper on recommended limits for media usage in kids.  The new report is designed to incorporate the increase of “new media” devices such as mobile phones and computers that are making up an increasingly larger portion of the total time. The trends necessitate […]

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Parent Training Rated as First Line Treatment for Preschool ADHD

Recent practice guideline from the American Academy of Pediatrics now include a recommendation for assessment and intervention for ADHD before they begin elementary school, but many clinicians are unsure about exactly what treatment to recommend.  A recent paper sponsored by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and published in the the journal JAMA […]

Age 5 Behavior Linked to Maternal and Child Nutrition

Many studies have found associations between specific nutrition deficiency states or gross malnutrition and child behavior, but lacking are more global studies that examine the link between more typical diets in general and behavioral outcomes. The Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study is a prospective study that recruited mothers when they were pregnant and followed […]

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Parental Bed Sharing with Infants More Popular

Parents co-sleeping with their infants is a common and accepted practice worldwide.  In response to data linking co-sleeping with an increased rate of sudden infant death syndrome, however, the American Academy of Pediatrics since 1992 has recommended that infants share a room but not a bed with their infants.    This recent study from the […]

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Sibling Conflict Not Just Kid Stuff

Brother and sisters fighting with each other is exceedingly common, but these behaviors often get chalked up to typical sibling interactions, or even a rite of passage that can toughen kids up.  A new study from the journal Pediatrics, however, finds evidence that there may be real mental health consequences to these intense conflicts. The […]

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Texting While Driving Remains Common Among Teens Despite Laws

Anyone driving today has likely encountered distracted drivers with their hands busily working their phone texting or emailing rather than being on the wheel.  While these behavior are a safety concern for all, they may be particularly problematic for teens who are relatively new to driving (and also known to be quite fond of text […]

Mental Health of Fathers Also Matter to Their Children

With Father’s Day coming this Sunday, it seems appropriate to mention a recent article that likely confirms something most of us believe yet hasn’t been documented as much as one might expect.  To date, the vast majority of data linking parental mental health to child mental health comes from the study of mothers.  Fathers are […]

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