Many parents come into Dr. Yik‘s office asking what their child can do or eat to grow taller. What factors influence how tall your child will be? Scientists estimate that about 80% of your height is determined by the DNA sequence variants you inherited from your parents. For most individuals, height is controlled largely by genes, withContinue reading “Kids and teens: want to grow taller?”
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Got a stuffy nose? Tips for a better sleep.
Whether you’ve got a stuffy nose from a cold, flu or allergies, sleeping through the night can be a challenge with all that congestion. Read on for tips on how to sleep better when you are congested. Elevate your head. Congestion tends to be worse when you lie down because it is harder for the noseContinue reading “Got a stuffy nose? Tips for a better sleep.”
Top back-to-school concerns (and solutions)
It’s back-to-school season again, and with it come a variety of issues that parents and kids face. Here are a few of the most common concerns that arise at the beginning of the school year: 1. PRESSURE TO SUCCEED: Kids nowadays often feel pressured to get top grades, earn numerous awards and trophies as well asContinue reading “Top back-to-school concerns (and solutions)”
Can I take melatonin for jet lag or insomnia?
What is melatonin? Melatonin is a hormone that helps control our sleep-wake cycle. It is made by the pineal gland, a small gland in the brain. Normally, melatonin levels begin to rise during mid- to late evening, stay high for most of the night, and then decrease in the early morning. As we age, melatonin levelsContinue reading “Can I take melatonin for jet lag or insomnia?”
Three simple back-to-school reminders to boost immunity
As children return to school, parents want to ensure that they are healthy and energized. Following these three simple reminders will help you and your child get started on a great school year! 1) Having three main meals (plus one to two snacks) a day, including protein and colourful vegetables, helps prevent nutrient deficiencies andContinue reading “Three simple back-to-school reminders to boost immunity”
How’s your sleep? (part two)
Haven’t had enough sleep lately? Can’t fall asleep at night? Try some of these natural ways to cure insomnia: Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Establishing a regular routine will help your body learn when to wind down in the evening to prepare for sleep. Our bodies run onContinue reading “How’s your sleep? (part two)”
How’s your sleep? (part one)
Insufficient sleep can pose a problem to your health and safety. Studies have linked sleep deprivation to relationship problems, poor job performance, memory problems, mood disorders and car accidents. Some even suggest that sleep disorders may contribute to heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Are you getting a good night’s rest? Or do you suffer fromContinue reading “How’s your sleep? (part one)”