Section: Kids - posted in 2017

  • Therapy for ADHD

    Therapy for ADHD What Is Therapy for ADHD? Therapy is part of the treatment for most kids who have ADHD. If you go to therapy, you will have regular meetings with a therapist to help with the problems that ADHD can cause. Most kids with ADHD take medicine. ADHD medicine boosts the brain's ability to focus, slow down, and wait. Therapy teaches kids how to use these abilities so they can listen and behave better. ...
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  • Mindfulness Exercises

    Mindfulness Exercises Being mindful helps people do better in just about every part of life, like focusing on homework or feeling less stressed out. Practicing mindfulness a little bit every day helps you to build this valuable skill. These exercises help you practice mindfulness in four different ways. Try doing all of them. As you do each exercise, you will probably find that your mind wanders after a minute or two. ...
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  • Mindfulness

    Mindfulness What Is Mindfulness? Mindfulness means paying full attention to something. It means slowing down to really notice what you're doing. Being mindful is the opposite of rushing or multitasking. When you're mindful, you're taking your time. You're focusing in a relaxed, easy way. Mindfulness happens naturally sometimes. Let's say you're getting ready to take a foul shot in basketball. You carefully ...
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  • Incentive Spirometer

    Incentive Spirometer What Is an Incentive Spirometer? An incentive spirometer is a hand-held device that helps people to take slow, deep breaths. It's like exercise equipment for the lungs to keep them strong and working well. Why Do Kids Need an Incentive Spirometer? Breathing deeply helps get enough air into your lungs so they inflate as much as possible. Breathing slowly helps get air into all parts of your lungs, ...
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  • What's Earwax?

    What's Earwax? It's sticky. It's shiny. But what is earwax, anyway — and where does it come from? Earwax is made in the outer ear canal. This is the area between the fleshy part of the ear on the outside of your head (the part you can see) and the middle ear. The skin in the outer ear canal has special glands that produce earwax. The fancy name for this waxy stuff is cerumen (say: suh-ROO-mun). After the ...
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  • Why Do Feet Stink?

    Why Do Feet Stink? They're your tootsies, your dogs, your piggies. Whatever you call them, feet are an important part of you. Without them, you couldn't stand up, walk around, or run a race. In fact, your feet work so hard for you that sometimes they get sweaty. And stinky. Think of a hot, summer day when you've been walking around an amusement park all afternoon. Oooh, boy — your feet have been in those ...
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  • What's Sweat?

    What's Sweat? You're biking up a hill, pedaling as hard as you can. You're almost there and — what's this? Your back is all wet and so is your face. Don't sweat it — it's only sweat! Your body works best when its temperature is about 98.6ºF (37ºC). When your body gets hotter than that, your brain doesn't like it — it wants your body to stay cool and comfortable. So the part of your ...
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  • What's Spit?

    What's Spit? Pull a lollipop out of your mouth and you'll see it. Wake up after drooling on your pillow and you'll feel it. That's right, it's spit, also known as saliva (say: suh-LIE-vuh). Saliva is a clear liquid that's made in your mouth 24 hours a day, every day. It's made up mostly of water, with a few other chemicals. The slippery stuff is produced by the salivary (say: SAL-uh-vair-ee) glands. These ...
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  • What's a Fart?

    What's a Fart? P.U.! What's that smell? How can your body make something so stinky? Farts — also called flatus (say: FLAY-tuss) or intestinal (say: in-TESS-tuh-null) gas — are made of, well, gas! When you eat, you don't swallow just your food. You also swallow air, which contains gases like nitrogen (say: NY-truh-jen) and oxygen (say: AHK-suh-jen). Small amounts of these gases travel through your ...
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  • What's Puke?

    What's Puke? Jordan didn't know what was going on in his stomach. But after eating lunch and going to recess, he stopped wanting to run around after a soccer ball. Was it something he ate? Did he gobble his lunch too fast? Was he coming down with the " stomach flu "? Jordan was just about to ask his best friend, Nate, for some advice, when Jordan felt like something moved inside his belly. Before he could take ...
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