Sleep Help for Children

Infants, children, and adolescents need significantly more sleep than adults to support their physical and mental development, and they are not immune to the sleep problems that can plague adults. Missing even 60 minutes of sleep can have an impact. This guide will introduce you to the types of sleep problems children can experience, offer sleep help for children, and suggest ways to support good sleep hygiene in the home.

SPIRIT WEEK

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

Each day, 42 families in the United States will receive the devastating news that their child or teen has cancer. Here at AHP, we show our support by having Childhood Cancer Awareness Spirit Week the last week of September. 

Here are photos from last year's spirit week!

 

Here is the schedule for this upcoming week's spirit week (2017):

  • Monday, September 25th: Fashion Disaster Day
    Crazy Hair….Crazy Outfit! This is the day you can be as tacky as you want to be!
  • Tuesday, September 26th: Fight like a Kid Day (Gold Day)
    Wear gold/yellow to show your support!
  • Wednesday, September 27th: Disney Day
    We know the patients will love to see everyone dressed in their favorite Disney character!
  • Thursday, September 28th: Super Hero Day
    We know that children/teens with cancer are superheroes! Show your support by sporting your favorite super hero shirt or even dressing as a super hero! 
  • Friday, September 29th: Flashback Friday (Decade Day)
    50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s?! Pick a decade and take us back in time!

 

We also want to show our support by donating to the Children’s Cancer Fund of NM http://www.ccfnm.org/ We will be selling raffle tickets during this week for $1, all proceeds will go to this amazing local charity. The drawing will be held Friday, September 29th. Stay tuned for more details!

We hope that you will join AHP as we rally together to support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

OUTRUN OBESITY!

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Obesity is on the rise for American kids. In fact, according to the CDC, there are almost three times as many obese kids age 6-19 as there were 30 years ago. An obese child or teen is at risk for health problems during their youth and as adults. They are more likely to develop heart disease and diabetes, two leading causes of death in the U.S. They are also more likely to develop asthma, liver degeneration and sleep apnea. Obesity is a leading cause of preventable death in America, second only to smoking according to the CDC. Additionally, obesity can force your child to face psychological and social problems. They can be teased or face discrimination which can cause low self-esteem, degraded schoolwork and social skills. These issues can last long past childhood, well into adulthood.

 

BlueCross BlueShield of New Mexico recommends 5-2-1-0 for better health!!

5 Servings of Fruits and Veggies every day!

2 Limit “Screen Time” to 2 hours or less per day (this includes TV, computer, video games, handheld games) Also, avoid putting TV’s or computers in your child’s bedroom. Encourage your child to be physically active before allowing screen time.

1 “Take an hour each day to go out and play!!” Get at least one hour of physical activity each day. Plan a family walk after dinner. Encourage your kids to join a school sports team, club or dance/fitness class.

0 Sweet drinks!  Skip the soda and hit the water! Avoid serving soft drinks or sweetened drinks to kids. Encourage water between meals, it helps kids feel full (sometimes hunger is one of the signs of dehydration) Add fruit like lemons, limes, oranges or cherries to flavor your water.

 

If your child has a weight problem, they need your support:

If your doctor tells you that your kids are overweight or obese, let them know they are loves, regardless of their weight. Now, more than ever, they need help from their parents. Start by letting kids know they are not alone, and help them to set a goal to make healthy eating choices and to be more active. (Remember, the best way to help someone is to Lead By Example!)

Find out more at

www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/children

LEFTOVER MEDICINE

Please don’t flush that leftover medicine down the toilet!

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Flushing unwanted and leftover medicine can cause contamination to our aquatic environment.  Wastewater treatment systems are not designed to remove many of these medications.

To help protect our environment, please follow these guidelines.

Keep in the original container.  This will help identify the contents if they are accidentally ingested.

For confidentiality purposes, mark out any personal information and the prescription number.

For pills, add some water or soda to dissolve them.  For liquids, add something absorbant like cat litter or dirt, sand or sugar.

Close the lid and secure with duct or packing tape.

Place medicine container inside another non see-through container like a detergent container.  Tape container closed.

Hide the container in the trash.  Do not put in the recycling bin.

DO NOT give medications to anyone else.

DO NOT flush medications down the toilet.

DO NOT put medications in the trash without disguising them.