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An Age by Age Guide

Part II: Kindergarten and Elementary Years

Since the publication of Part I of this series, the American Academy of Pediatrics has revised their position on “screen time”.  While they will be making official revisions in 2016,  the upshot is that we should not to focus on the AMOUNT of time, but to look more at the CONTENT. In addition, they advise moderation and caution.  For example, while many apps call themselves “educational”, not all are, and they advise that parents research fully the apps that say they are educational.  AAP recommends looking up apps on common sense media.  Despite the modification in their original stance, they still recommend that engagement between parent and child is critical to their development.

kindergartener using ipad

Whether or not you have seen the Steven Spielberg classic film, “E.T.”, we are all aware of the trick Eli performs to persuade his mother he is too sick to go to school because he has a “fever”.  With the help from a heating pad on his face and a thermometer placed on the light by his bed, Eli convinces his mother to let him stay home.  Assuming your child is not pulling the same trick, it can be alarming when you suspect that they might have a fever. The PAL team has put together a few honest facts to ease your mind and let you know your best next steps.

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Children and Electronic Devices: How Much is Too Much?

An Age by Age Guide

Part I---Infants, Toddlers, & Preschool Ages

toddler with cell phone 

Since the technology explosion, which has led to easy access of multiple technical gadgets in most households and/or schools, parents have been struggling to determine the balance between introducing their child to technology and limiting their access.  It certainly is a fine line! Therefore, the following guidelines are submitted as “food for thought” to assist each family in determining what is right for their child(ren). 

Is a New School Schedule Affecting Your Sleep? tired child

Are you back in the swing of things for school, or is your family having a hard time adjusting your sleep schedules? We’ve put together some tips that may help you and your child(ren) ease into his or her school-time sleep schedule and also maintain healthy sleep habits throughout the entire year:

How to get rid of head lice

For some, it’s a nightmare. For most, it’s just a fact of life. Did you know that 6- 12 million kids within the United States get head lice each year? That means you’ll most likely have to deal with your child getting head lice. In the moment you find out that you child has the telling sign of a seriously itchy scalp, try not to panic. We have a few over the counter and at home options that you can try immediately.

If/when these options don’t solve your head scratching, call 770-277-6725 to make an appointment with PAL Pediatric Associates of Lawrenceville so that we can help you decide the best treatment option for your family.

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