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  • Napping Difficulties—Behavioral Issues in Child Care and Schools

    Many children have sleep or nap problems at some time. Depending on the situations in which they live, their child care, and/or situations they experience, sleeping or napping problems may last a while or be resolved quickly. The most common cause of nap inconsistencies is being overtired and overstimulated.

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  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder—Behavioral Issues in Child Care and Schools

    Children with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) perform repetitive patterns of compulsive behaviors in response to a strict internal rule or because they believe it will serve a purpose, such as protecting them. Compulsions decrease children’s distress level, or children believe that compulsions

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  • Physical Altercations—Behavioral Issues in Child Care and Schools

    A physical altercation is generally a confrontation, tussle, or display of physical aggression that may or may not result in injury. Physical altercations are distinguished from verbal altercations by the use of physical force or contact. Physical altercations may also be referred to as bullying or fighting.

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  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder—Behavioral Issues in Child Care and Schools

    Children with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are most easily identified if caregivers and child care and early education professionals are aware that they have experienced a significant trauma in their past, including a motor vehicle crash, significant medical procedure, house fire, natural disaster,

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  • Ratings: Making Healthy Media Choices

    Research has shown that children are influenced by what they see and hear, especially at very young ages. To help parents make informed choices about what their children see and hear, many entertainment companies use ratings systems. Ratings give parents more information about the content of television

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  • Responding to Children's Emotional Needs During Times of Crisis: Information for Parents

    Pediatricians are often the first responders for children and families suffering emotional and psychological reactions to terrorism and other disasters. As such, pediatricians have a unique opportunity to help parents and other caregivers communicate

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  • Responding to Tantrums—Behavioral Issues in Child Care and Schools

    Tantrums are common in young children, with as many as 70% of children between the ages of 18 and 24 months having tantrums and 75% of children aged 3 to 5 years displaying tantrum behaviors. It is not unusual for a child between 18 and 60 months of age to have a tantrum per day, lasting between 90 seconds

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  • Selective Mutism—Behavioral Issues in Child Care and Schools

    Selective mutism is identified when a child who is able to speak at home does not speak in public settings, especially child care or school. While some children are shy in new settings, the shyness generally decreases as they become accustomed to the new setting. Children with selective mutism will remain

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  • Self-stimulation—Behavioral Issues in Child Care and Schools

    Self-stimulating behaviors may appear as banging the head, rocking, thumb-sucking, teeth grinding (bruxism), nail-biting, masturbating, or pulling and twisting the hair.

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  • Separation Anxiety—Behavioral Issues in Child Care and Schools

    Separation anxiety is the distress that children show when being separated from their primary caregivers. It appears around 7 to 9 months of age in most children and can persist over time for children who tend to be shyer or less adaptable to new routines. In typical development, children can easily

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  • Sibling Relationships

    Almost 80% of children grow up with at least one brother or sister. Brothers and sisters teach each other how to get along with others. Even if they do not always get along with each other, siblings play very positive roles in each other's lives.

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  • Single Parenting

    Single-parent families are more and more common in today's society. While raising children alone isn't easy, children in single-parent homes can grow up just as happy as children in 2-parent homes. Read on to find out how single parents can better cope with the special challenges of raising children

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  • Sleep Disorders—Behavioral Issues in Child Care and Schools

    Approximately 25% of children younger than 5 years experience some type of sleep problem.

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  • Sleep Problems in Children

    Sleep problems are very common during the first few years of life. Problems may include waking up during the night, not wanting to go to sleep, nightmares, sleepwalking, and bedwetting. If frantic upset persists with no apparent cause, call your child's doctor.

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  • Sleep Problems: Your Child’s Sleep Diary

    Children differ in how much sleep they need, how long it takes them to fall asleep, and how easily they wake up. If you are concerned about your child’s sleep habits, talk with your child’s doctor. Your child’s doctor may ask you to keep a sleep diary to help track your child’s sleep habits.

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  • Smokeless Tobacco: What You Need to Know

    Chewing tobacco, snuff, snus, and dissolvable tobacco in the shape of sticks, pellets, and strips are all types of tobacco products that are not smoked but used in other ways. All types of smokeless tobacco contain nicotine and chemicals known to cause cancer (carcinogens).

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