Tropical Storm Erika has dissipated 

Tropical Storm Erika has fallen apart Saturday morning and the National Hurricane Center has issued their final advisory on the storm.

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The remnants of what was Tropical Storm Erika are north of the northern coast of Cuba.  The trough of low pressure is moving W/NW at about 20-25 MPH.  That motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours.  Southern and Central Florida could get heavy rainfall from the remnants beginning on Sunday.  Rainfall amounts could top four inches. Flash flooding is expected for much of the Florida penisula.

There is a 40% chance of re-development of the system in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.  The impacts are expected to stay mostly the east of our viewing area for the duration, but we will continue to closely monitor the situation.

 

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HEALTH: Researchers say TV may not be best way to calm down toddlers

Updated: Thursday, April 17 2014, 06:37 PM CDT
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Some rely on a favorite DVD to calm the child down.
But researchers say that may not be the best solution.
Fussy toddlers tend to watch more television and videos than kids who are less irritable, according to a new study in the Journal Pediatrics. 

Researchers found that two year olds who had more trouble calming down, soothing themselves, going to sleep, or waiting for food or toys watched about 9 minutes more tv a day than other little ones.  This age group watched about 2.3 hours of media a day. 

The study authors don't know whether children watched more TV because they were fussy and their parents used media as a distraction, or if too much viewing time got in the way of a child's ability to learn how to soothe him or herself and settle down when fussy. 

And though this added 9 minutes is a small increase, researchers say watching too much television can lead to problems down the road.  Other studies have shown that excessive media watching before age 2 or 3 is linked to language and learning delays and problems in school.  Young children learn best when interacting and playing with others, say experts. 

In moderation, however, watching educational programing with your young child may offer parents some needed relief from the stresses of family life, researchers say.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under age 2 avoid screen time all together.

For more health related news just log onto weartv.com and click on the Health tab.

HEALTH: Researchers say TV may not be best way to calm down toddlers

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