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Gluten Free Recipe:

Pizza Muffins 

Servings: 12
 
Ingredients:
 
cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
  • ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce, plus ¼ cup for topping
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, plus ½ cup for topping
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, plus ½ cup for topping
  • 2 ounces pepperoni, plus 2 ounces for topping
Instructions:
  1. In a food processor, combine almond flour, salt, and baking soda
  2. Pulse in eggs and sauce until combined
  3. Pulse in cheeses and pepperoni
  4. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners
  5. Scoop a heaping ¼ cup of batter into each cup
  6. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes
  7. Remove from oven; place 1 teaspoon sauce on top of each muffin
  8. Sprinkle cheese over sauce
  9. Sprinkle pepperoni over cheese
  10. Place back in oven and bake for 15 more minutes
  11. Cool for 1 hour
  12. Serve
Less Than 2 Hours of Screen Time Recommended For Your Child
PlayAttention.com
May 2, 2019 
Research results recently reviewed in The Sun, looked at the effects of screen time and how it related specifically to an increase of ADHD in children. It seems as technology usage increases, so do associated negative effects. The published research confirms this view. 
The study reports that children who spend more than two hours a day in front of a screen are almost eight times more likely to be severely hyperactive. This study interviewed over 2,400 parents regarding their five-year-old's behavior as it related to the use of mobile phones, TVs, computers, and tablets. It was found that children spent an average of 1 hour and 24 minutes on screen time daily.  13.7% of these children exceeded two hours of screen time per day. The study found that the children who had more than 2 hours of screen time were 7.7 times more likely to have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Dr. Piush Mandhane, from the University of Alberta, study leader added; “We found that children with more than two hours of screen time per day had significantly more behavior problems at five years of age. Interestingly, the more time children spent doing organized sports, the less likely they were to exhibit behavioral problems. Taken together, our results support an active beginning for children with screen time replaced by more organized sports.”
Critics warn that it is still not possible to tell if the screen time caused ADHD, or if children with ADHD are more likely to hyperfocus on technology. 
All screen time is not created equal.  It is important to review the apps and videos your children are watching in order to better decide what is appropriate.
 
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Why Your Child Should Have More Play Time
 PlayAttention.com
May 2, 2019 
Many parents want to know if they can prevent their children from developing ADHD or are they born with a predisposal to the diagnosis. Researchers have not found a concrete answer but more evidence has become available which tells us how we might be able to prevent or curb ADHD symptoms.
 
A new study from the University of Alberta states that too much screen time before the age of 5 may cause ADHD. They found that children who had more than 2 hours of screen time per day were seven times more likely to meet the criteria for ADHD. Children who had 30 minutes or less screen time each day had better attention and fewer behavior issues. The research team admits that they need to take a closer look at the quality of screen time and whether the time of day changes the outcome. They also found that children who had more structured physical activity each week were less likely to develop mental health issues. Organized sports had the most profound effect on behavioral outcomes. 
The World Health Organization (WHO) just released exercise and screen time guidelines this past week for children under 5 years old. Click here to review an overview for the varied age groups. The consensus is that physical activity should be a priority to help childhood development. There should be at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous play time each day. The guidelines were based on an overview of scientific evidence on the benefits of physical activity, the effects of screen time, and inadequate sleep.

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Sleep Disorders Affect Children Too: What You Can Do

Help your children get the rest they need

Cleveland Clinic
March 27, 2019
Many sleep disorders that keep adults up at night and dragging during the day can have the same effect on children and teens.
Pediatric sleep expert Sally Ibrahim, MD, says these sleep disorders can affect your children’s health — and yours, since you care for them. She offers facts on some common childhood sleep disorders and the steps you can take to overcome them.

Insomnia

Insomnia affects children in much the same way it affects adults — except that it’s usually the parent who notices and reports it. Like adults, children may have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
 
Acute cases can be brought on by stress or illness, but if insomnia lasts longer than a few months, it may be chronic. For milder cases, help your children practice good sleep hygiene. Follow these tips:
  • Set limits, and be firm about bedtime and expectations.
  • Have a regular bedtime routine, and stick to it the best you can. This may result in some pushback from kids — but it will be worth it when it results in better sleep for everyone in your household!
  • Avoid caffeine and reduce sugar intake.
  • Keep electronics out of the bedroom, especially for adolescents and children who cannot regulate their use.
  • Keep the bedroom quiet, cool and dark.
  • For younger kids, give rewards to reinforce desired behaviors.
For difficult cases, talk with your pediatrician. For some children, a consult with a sleep doctor may help. Sometimes a behavioral sleep psychologist is available to help guide insomnia with cognitive behavioral therapy.

Delayed sleep phase syndrome

As if puberty didn’t bring enough worries, it also may throw off a teenager’s sleep-wake cycle. When they have delayed sleep phase syndrome (a circadian rhythm disorder), their biological clock makes them have a tendency to become typical “night owls” — late to bed and late to rise.
This is often mistaken as insomnia at first, but can lead to insomnia if it becomes chronic — or habitual. Here’s what you can do:
  • Teach your teen good sleep hygiene habits.
  • Make sure they avoid caffeine.
  • Limit daytime napping
  • Limit use of electronics at night, especially the use of light.
  • Light can further delay the biological clock and light exposure at night should be avoided. Conversely, having light in the morning helps regulate the clock to wake up, and helps keep the biological rhythm in check. Sometimes using a light box can help.
  • Melatonin at low dosages (less than 1 mg) can also be used to regulate sleep patterns, but talk with your child’s pediatrician about it before having your teen take melatonin. The goal is to readjust your teen’s clock back to a schedule that’s in sync with school and society so they can get to sleep sooner and wake easier.

Sleep apnea

Snoring, disturbed sleep, pauses in breathing while asleep — these symptoms of sleep apnea strike children too. Listen for nasal congestion and heavy breathing when your child sleeps.
On top of the typical adult consequences of sleep apnea, such as mood changes, daytime fatigue and high blood pressure, Dr. Ibrahim says children with sleep apnea may wet the bed. And they may have similar daytime issues to children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), such as trouble concentrating, poor grades and behavioral issues.
 
If you suspect sleep apnea, your pediatrician can refer you for a sleep study. The gold standard for diagnosing sleep apnea and knowing how severe it is with a sleep study. 
 
If your child has sleep apnea, the first line therapy is removing the tonsils and adenoids, but there may be other considerations for your child. CPAP, a machine that helps with nighttime breathing, is typically reserved for those who already had their tonsils and adenoids removed or those who don’t have any other surgical options.
 
The important thing, Dr. Ibrahim says, is to address sleep issues as early as you can for your child. This will help to ensure that they stay healthy and develop positive sleep habits for life.   
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