Angelica Higgins, M.D.

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Help for ADD and ADHD Starts at Home

Posted by Angelica Higgins, M.D. on Mar 21, 2015 10:30:00 AM

So your child has been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD).  While I'm sure there have been some frustrating times, understanding the diagnosis can be helpful.  A thorough knowledge of the disorder can help you start the process to help your child work through it.  Medication is only a part of helping a child with attention deficit disorder.  There are steps you may take to help your child at home to provide a foundation for working through their obstacles in a way that medication cannot.

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Topics: ADHD, ADD, attention deficit

How Parents Can Help Obese Kids Slim Down

Posted by Angelica Higgins, M.D. on Jan 31, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Sadly, today we are seeing that obesity is definitely a growing epidemic among children. I find that a large percentage of my pediatric patients are obese because of poor diet and lack of exercise.

I’ve observed that many of my patients who are overweight eat a lot of processed meats, starchy foods and sugary drinks while consuming few fresh fruits and vegetables.  

Another big factor contributing to obesity is children simply don’t get enough exercise. Too many schools have made PE optional.

Obesity can lead to detrimental health effects such as hypertension, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, fatty liver, heart disease and early death. But there is good news. Obesity can be reversed by implementing a healthier lifestyle.  I know this because I’ve done it myself.

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Topics: overweight kids, childhood obesity, weight loss tips for kids, obesity

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