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Help! My Sleepless Toddler Is Breaking Me!

There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep. – Ralph Waldo EmersonI thought I had it down. Both my babies had been such perfect textbook sleepers, Harvey Karp would have been proud. Swaddle and soothe worked like a charm, as if Sleeping Beauty herself watched over their dreams.But now its payback. My children have become insomniac toddlers. Relentless. Or as my pediatrician calls it …

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Art Therapy for Abused Children

While most children find creating art therapeutic, the practice of art therapy has specific reverberations for a child who has experienced a personal trauma such as abuse. Art therapists employ strategies that encourage children to use nonverbal as well as verbal forms of communication. Effective art therapy helps children move beyond cognitive barriers and emotional challenges so they can heal wounds caused by problems in their past.

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Nervous Tics in Children

Tics are unvoluntary, repetitive contractions of muscles. They can also be verbal. Tics can sometimes be suppressed, which is why they are called “unvoluntary” instead of “involuntary,” according to WebMD. However, suppressing a tic is difficult and very uncomfortable, especially for children. Tics often become more apparent and frequent when a child is nervous, which is why they are sometimes called “nervous” tics.

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Cervical Disk Surgery Complications

Cervical disc surgery normally involves removing the disc that is pressing on your spinal column or pinching your nerve, causing you pain or muscle spasm. After the doctor removes the disc, you may be able to choose to put in an artificial disc or have cervical fusion. An artificial disc is metal and can give you greater range of motion than cervical fusion can, which is placing a bone graft between your vertebrae that eventually fuses together.