Coordinated Care Through ‘Medical Home’ Best for Chronically Ill Kids

Children suffering from complex chronic illnesses can receive effective and less expensive care from a “medical home” or clinic of easy-to-access health care professionals, according to a new study published in the Dec. 24/31 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The children who received treatment at an enhanced medical home clinic at the University of Texas in Houston were less likely to need hospitalization compared to those who received their usual care outside the clinic.

Learn more about the study’s findings on Health Day.

“Baby Santa and the Gift of Giving” Receives Gold Award

award-logoBaby Santa and the Gift of Giving received the Gold award from the Mom’s Choice Awards for Children’s Picture Books: Seasonal, Holidays & Festivals.

The awards focus on honoring excellence and family values when selecting the best products for children and their families.

To learn more about the Mom’s Choice Awards, visit the December 2014 winners page.


Signs of a Spoiled Child – Podcast

As parents we want our children to be happy. In our efforts to please our young kids, we often overindulge them or give in to their constant demands.

How do you know if your behavior is spoiling your child, and how can this behavior affect them throughout their lives?

Parents Savers talks with child development and behavior specialist Nancy Cohen on how to recognize when you are spoiling your children and what you can do to correct their behavior.

Listen to the podcast: Signs of a Spoiled Child

Diabetes Management in Childcare Settings

According to the 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report, published by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), approximately 208,000 people in the United States under the age of 20 have been diagnosed with diabetes.

Daily management of diabetes is complex, especially for children in school and other childcare settings. Diabetes management requires attention to eating, activity, and monitoring insulin delivery and glucose levels.

Learn more about tackling the challenges of diabetes management in childcare settings.

Children Benefit from Full-Day Preschool Experience

Children who attended preschool for a full day were better prepared for kindergarten than children who only attended the same program for a half day according to a new study from the University of Minnesota.

The study followed 1,000 children in 11 public schools in Chicago. “We found that if you increase learning and instruction time within a high-quality program, you can dramatically increase school readiness,” says study co-author Arthur Reynolds.

Learn more about the study and its findings.