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From Early Signs to Treatment: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Autism

by Lisa Nalven, M.D., Director, Developmental Pediatrics, The Valley Hospital Kireker Center for Child Development

Posted on April 4, 2017

Autism spectrum disorders are being diagnosed in ever increasing numbers. Nationally, there are about 1 in 68 children identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. However, the ADDM estimates that the number is even higher in New Jersey, with 1 in 45 children being diagnosed with an ASD. 
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Tags: autism, children

How Can I Help My Child to Fall Asleep and Stay Asleep?

by Stephanie Zandieh, M.D., Director, Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center

Posted on December 20, 2016

Overall, studies indicate that 15 to 20 percent of one to three year olds continue to have nightwakings. Inappropriate sleep associations are the primary cause of frequent nightwakings. Sleep associations are those conditions that are habitually present at the time of sleep onset and in the presence of which the infant or child has learned to fall asleep. These same conditions are then required in order for the infant or child to fall back to sleep following periodic normal nighttime arousals. 
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Tips for Dealing with Candy Overload

by Sherry Sakowitz-Sukkar, M.D., Director, Center for Pediatric Wellness and Weight Management, Valley Medical Group

Posted on October 30, 2016

While many kids wait all year for Halloween to come, their parents dread the annual sugar overload! But there are ways to let your kids enjoy their trick-or-treating loot without overindulging.
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Back to School Lunches: A Key Part of Your Child’s Health and Education

by Sherry Sakowitz-Sukkar, M.D., Pediatric Wellness & Weight Management

Posted on August 30, 2016

Getting the kids ready to go back to school often involves shopping for school supplies, new clothes and attempting to get everyone back into a normal sleep routine. However, another key part of ensuring that your kids are prepared to tackle the new school year is sending them to school with a healthy lunch. And, fortunately, packing a healthy lunch is easier and faster than you might think!
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The Importance of Sleep in Children and Teens

by Stephanie Zandieh, M.D., Director, Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center

Posted on August 16, 2016

Are your children getting enough sleep? According to the National Sleep Foundation, the recommended amount of sleep for children can vary quite a bit depending on the age of the child.
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The Truth about Children and Gluten-Free Diets

by Katherine Orellana, DO, Childrens Services, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Diana Volpert, MD, Childrens Services, Pediatric Gastroenterology

Posted on July 5, 2016

The popularity of a gluten-free diet, or GFD, has increased dramatically over the past 10 years. “While in some cases, going gluten free is a health necessity, in most cases it’s not. For people who don’t have celiac disease or a wheat allergy, children especially, there is no data supporting the presumed health benefits of a GFD. In fact, the opposite may be true in certain cases, particularly when the diet is followed without the guidance of an experienced registered dietitian or physician” explains Katherine Orellana, D.O., Pediatric Gastroenterology, Valley Medical Group.
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From Early Signs to Treatment: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Autism

by Lisa Nalven, M.D., Director, Developmental Pediatrics, The Valley Hospital Kireker Center for Child Development

Posted on April 12, 2016

Autism spectrum disorders are being diagnosed in ever increasing numbers. Nationally, there are about 1 in 68 children identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. However, the ADDM estimates that the number is even higher in New Jersey, with 1 in 45 children being diagnosed with an ASD. 
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Tags: autism, children

Tips for Dealing with Candy Overload this Halloween

by Sherry Sakowitz-Sukkar, M.D., Director, Healthy Lifeways: The Center for Pediatric Wellness and Weight Management, Valley Medical Group

Posted on October 30, 2015

While many kids look forward all year to the arrival of Halloween, their parents dread the annual sugar overload! But there are ways to let your kids enjoy their trick-or-treating loot without overindulging.
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Getting Your Children Ready to Go Back to School? Be Sure to Make Sleep a Priority

by Tracy Carbone, M.D., Director of The Valley Hospital Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center

Posted on August 14, 2014

As you prepare your children for the start of a new school year, make sure you put “get enough sleep” on their back-to-school lists. 
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Leave Fireworks to the Pros

by Peter Lee, M.D., Director, Pediatric Emergency Room

Posted on June 25, 2014

With the July 4th holiday right around the corner, we want to remind the community that in the hands of untrained consumers and children, fireworks can cause fires, injuries, and even death.  Injuries can include severe burns, scars and disfigurement that can last a lifetime. Even fireworks mistakenly thought to be safe, like sparklers – which can reach temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit – can burn users and bystanders.
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