Coping with Kids: Boogie Mist Nasal spray available in grape scent

| Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Do your children have the common cold, or do their respiratory symptoms come from allergies? With Boogie Mist — a nonmedicated saline nasal spray for all ages — it doesn't matter which ailment it is, because the spray works on both types of symptoms, the manufacturer says.

The mist moisturizes and clears nasal passages, and comes in fresh and grape scents, and unscented. Prices average $4.99 per bottle.


Introverted kids can learn proper responses

Psychologist and author Christine Fonseca says that introverted children, whom others may perceive as shy or antisocial, can be targets of bullying.

Her new book — “Quiet Kids: Help Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World,” from Prufrock Press — explores introversion in children, and explains the difference between that and shyness. The book gives tips to parents who want to help their introverted kids respond to stressful social situations and stand up for themselves. The list price is $16.95.


Take stand against bullying with custom T-shirt

CustomInk, an online T-shirt design company, has created a series of anti-bullying shirts for its annual “Be Good to Each Other” campaign.

CustomInk partnered with the PACER Center's National Bullying Prevention Center and celebrity supporters for the campaign, which encourages students around the country to design custom T-shirts and wear them, to help to take a stand against bullying, which happens to about 30 percent of schoolchildren.

Participants can design their shirts, or buy one of the designs a celebrity created — such as actress Janel Parrish's “Love is Stronger” shirt.


Sign language helps with communication

A new board book, “Sammy Signs … Basic Words,” aims to help young children and babies learn sign language, to help them communicate their needs and wants other than verbally. Melanie Corrado, a teacher and mom, wrote the book, which comes with a Sammi doll, after discovering the benefits of teaching basic sign language to toddlers and babies. The set is $24.99.


Poverty, parenting linked to child brain development

Children who grow up in poor families may have smaller brains than their more well-off peers, says a new study reported by Reuters. But, good parenting may help overcome that disadvantage. Researchers found that kids who grew up poor tended to have smaller hippocampus and amygdala volumes — areas of the brain partly responsible for regulating memory and emotions.

Pediatricians call for limits on kids' screen time

Families should make a “media-use plan” and set clear rules about TV, cellphones and other devices, pediatricians said in a Reuters Health report. That includes limiting kids' screen time to one or two hours per day. Parents should also keep children's rooms free of TV and Internet access, according to a policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media.

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