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Pediatric Tuina Massage for Cough

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There are five basic tuina massage techniques you can use to treat your child’s cough, no matter what kind they have: wet, dry, hacking, barking, whooping or tickley.  Pediatric tuina massage is 100% safe to use in newborns, infants, toddlers and children up to age 12, although it is most effective in children 5 and under.  In addition to massage for cough, I recommend reviewing our post 7 Ways to Treat a Cough Your Pediatrician Won't Tell You About. Before you get started,...

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Can Staying Warm Keep Your Kids Healthy?

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Those are words of wisdom, but can staying warm in the winter really keep you healthy?  Since I don’t have any double-blind research studies to give you a definitive answer, let's look at why staying warm  on a blustery winter day will stack the odds in your favor. Catching a Cold or a Wind Cold? In Western traditions we speak colloquially of ‘catching a cold’ when we talk about getting sick with any number of viruses that cause the common cold.  In...

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Lip Licker's Dermatitis: Rash Around the Lips

 

Early Stage Lip Licker's Dermatitis. Catch it early and it's easier to treat.[/caption] Now that the holidays are here and it’s time for the kids to smile for the camera you notice that unsightly rash around or under their lip.  This rash is commonly known as lip licker’s dermatitis.  Fall weather is cool and dry making children and some adults prone to developing dry skin, especially around the lips.  Once the skin around the lips becomes dry, kids tend to...

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6 Ways to Stay Healthy this Fall

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Fall is here and it is a wonderful time of year that marks a transition in not only the seasons but in our lives. As the leaves change color to hues of golden orange and begin to fall, it marks a new season of school and a regular schedule of meals and bed times. For some it can also mean the beginning of fall allergies, asthma attacks, colds and flus. The best way to treat an illness is to prevent it from happening in the first place. According to Chinese Medicine theory, the shifting of...

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Easing Back into School

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My kids started school today.  Unlike last year, I started preparing for back to school a couple of weeks ago.  The first step was getting to the boys to bed earlier.  It's so hard to do in August when it is hot and the sun doesn't go down until late (it's unnatural to start school before labor day as far as I'm concerned).  So, I started giving my boys a melatonin spray under the tongue about 30 - 60 minutes before bed to help counteract their exposure to light before...

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