The effects of air pollution on children

toddler crouched on a rock outdoors, with a factory in the distance - air pollution

Air pollution doesn’t just cause respiratory problems. It can also put kids at risk for premature cellular aging and inflammatory disease.

Postpartum depression symptoms: When is it more than the “baby blues?”

depressed mother with infant in foreground

Postpartum depression symptoms overlap with symptoms of the “baby blues,” the mood swings that mothers experience in the first few days after childbirth. But when symptoms persist beyond two weeks — or take a more severe turn — it’s time to get screened for depression.

Boosting iron absorption: A guide to for the science-minded

foods rich in iron, like spinach, tofu, lentils, seeds, dried apricots, broccoli; also oranges for better absorption

Mothers and their young children are at elevated risk for iron deficiency. Can we solve the problem by eating lots of iron-rich foods? Yes, but success also depends on the bioavailability of dietary iron. Learn what influences iron absorption, and how you can improve your iron status by making smarter dietary choices.

Bedwetting in scientific perspective: Debunking destructive myths

child sleeping bed at night

© 2010 – 2021 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Myths about bedwetting? There are several, and they aren’t helpful. Ever heard the claim that kids wet the bed out of laziness? Or that kids require counseling — talking therapy — in order to break the “habit?” Or how about the idea that wetting the … Continue reading

Iron rich foods: How to improve children’s iron status through diet

assortment of iron rich foods, including fish, beans, seeds, nuts, vegetables

If your child has been diagnosed with an iron deficiency, it makes sense to examine his or her diet. But boosting iron levels isn’t just a matter of eating iron rich foods. Some foods contain iron, but they also contain compounds that decrease the body’s ability to absorb iron. For instance, many grains, legumes, and … Continue reading