How to Let Go of Growing Kids
Choosing how to feed your baby is an important decision that has life-long effects for your baby and for you.
Finding the Best Day Care for Your Child
Is it almost time to go back to work? The idea of leaving your baby with strangers might be hard to swallow. But finding good day care doesn’t have to be difficult, if you follow this advice.
Teens and Talk: What's a Parent to Do?
At the parent-teen communication gap, a simple parent-child conversation just isn't simple anymore. That's because when kids get to be teenagers they think differently than children.
Making the Most of Family Moments
The time you spend with your children each day doesn't have to be scripted or scheduled. In fact, if you set aside only specific times as "family time," it puts a lot of pressure on both you and your kids.
Home trampolines are popular and seem like lots of fun, but they’re also dangerous. They cause thousands of injuries every year in the U.S.
Urinary Incontinence in Children
Enuresis is the medical term for bedwetting, or accidental urination in children who should be able to control their bladder. Girls usually have bladder control before boys do. The diagnosis of enuresis is for girls older than 5 and for boys older than 6.
How to Bathe Your Baby
As a new parent, you may find "tub time" a bit scary. Here are some suggestions on how to make it less stressful.
When to Keep Your Child Home From School
Here are some tips for deciding what to do when a child awakens with a health complaint and you must determine whether the complaint is serious enough to warrant a sick day.
The Do's and Don’ts for Children's Meds
There are some simple rules for using over-the-counter (OTC) medicines for children. The first and most important: NEVER give any OTC medicine to children 2 years and under without a doctor's advice, says the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Helping Kids Get Over their Fears
Studies indicate that almost all children report having fears. Some of the most common fears are of bugs or ghosts, and studies have shown that kids are afraid of pretty much the same things no matter where they live in the world.
Parents-to-Be Must Communicate
few mothers- and fathers-to-be receive training for the much more challenging and long-term tasks: becoming good parents and remaining close and loving partners in the face of new stresses and strains as their family grows.
Kids' Headaches: The Diagnosis Is Difficult
Most headaches in kids are caused by tension, not disease. Your pediatrician can determine what kind of headache your child has.
Is Your Teen Abusing Drugs or Alcohol?
Besides having trouble with school and relationships, teenagers taking drugs may display emotional extremes with irritability, anger and changes in sleep patterns.
Raising Kids with Self-Esteem
Research shows that adolescents who grow up with high self-esteem are far less likely to abuse drugs or drink, compared with children who grow up without much sense of self-worth.
Talking about Sex with Your Teen
With studies showing that more than half of America's teenagers have experienced sexual intercourse by the age of 18, educating kids about sex is something all parents need to do.
A Safety Checklist for Parents
You can help keep your children safe by following these precautions.
Night Terrors Usually No Cause for Concern
Night terrors are sudden arousals from sleep often marked by a shriek, cry or some other sound just before awakening.
Independence Day: Granting Freedom to Kids
Some kids need plenty of time to warm up and become independent, and others would leave home if you let them.
Your Child’s Separation Anxiety
The prospect of new experiences away from parents or other loved ones can be quite frightening, especially for younger children. These worries are a normal part of development for all children.
Eye Protection Keeps Kids in the Game
The sports that cause the most injuries are basketball, baseball, pool sports and racket sports. But any sport that involves a projectile is considered hazardous to the eyes.
The Trouble with Bullies
Bullying comes in different forms. It is commonly thought of as an actual or threatened act of physical violence. But name calling, spreading rumors, unrelenting teasing, and deliberately excluding a child from an activity can be other forms of bullying. Racial slurs, mocking cultural traditions, and unwanted physical contact are bullying.
Easing a Child’s Fears and Anxieties About Medical Procedures
Before your child undergoes any medical treatment, it is critical for you to have a full understanding of the diagnosis, procedure and options available. This will help you manage the fears and anxieties your child may feel.
Reading to Kids Helps Their Development
Research shows that reading regularly to young children, especially those between ages 6 months and 5 years, is central to their overall growth and development.
Teaching Kids to Wash Their Hands
It's hard enough to get grownups to wash up. Only two-thirds of adults wash their hands after they use the restroom, studies show.
Why Children Get Carsick — and What to Do
Carsickness isn't really about the car. It's about the brain's ability to interpret a message based on what it senses.
Your Child: At 2 Years
Remember that "terrible twos" phase of a child's life also can be the "terrific twos." Watching your children grow and learn is an enriching experience.
How to Use a Pacifier
It seems everyone has an opinion about pacifiers. That’s because there are both advantages and disadvantages to using them. Get the full facts so you can make the right choice for your baby.
Air Bags and Kids
A car with an air bag is considered safer than a car without one. But for children under 12 years old, air bags can be dangerous.
When Your Child Refuses to Go to School
School avoidance syndrome, as described by doctors, is the most common cause of vague, unverifiable symptoms in school-age children and is triggered by stress, says a clinical professor of pediatrics.
A Primer for Preschooler Safety
Your little ones can learn a lot about safety if you take some time to teach them. Here's an ABC that you and your children can recite together.
Cool Tools to Keep Your Kids From Smoking
Many teenagers still think smoking is cool. Here are some tools to help parents stay diligent in keeping their kids from smoking.
Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome
While being a new Mom brings lots of joy, it also brings stress—something a crying baby can make worse. Better understanding why your baby cries can help you deal with this stress in a healthy way and help you avoid the most common form of child abuse: Shaken baby syndrome.
Taking Baby's Temperature
For a parent who needs to take an infant's or child's temperature, there are now three digital options.
Protect Kids From Lead Poisoning
Although lead poisoning is often associated with the paint of older homes, children may be exposed to lead if the soldering on water pipes is new. In fact, lead may be found in many parts of a home, including soil, food or even the air.
Weight Room No Longer Off-Limits to Kids
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Sports Medicine now say that strength training is fine for kids, as long as they are supervised and don't try to lift too much weight.
The 'Soft Teeth' Myth
Children who inherit the family trait of cavities don’t have “soft teeth,” as many people suspect. Instead, a mother’s dental history may be to blame. But with the right habits, you can help prevent cavities in your little one.
Treating Teen Acne
Just about every teen will find at least one blackhead or whitehead on his or her skin by age 17, and some teens will develop more severe acne, which can leave scarring if not treated.
Sports Eye Safety Is No Game
Sports is the leading cause of school-age children's eye injuries, but most of those injuries are preventable.
Street Hockey: Good Surface, Gear Are Critical
Street hockey is popular because it's cheaper than regular hockey and can be played anywhere there is a hard surface.
We Can Head Off Teen Tragedies
Preventing teen turmoil starts at birth. Parents set examples in the way they interact, express anger, and treat substance abuse.
What Do You Know About Birth Defects?
Safety Precautions for Kids in Cars
Motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of childhood death in the United States. But when properly installed and used, child safety seats reduce the risk of death by 70 percent for infants and 55 percent for toddlers.
Guidelines for Raising Smoke-Free Kids
The most important thing is to keep the lines of communication open -- the more you talk to your children, the better chance you have of staying close when things get tough or when important issues like smoking arise.
Helping Kids Cope with a Divorce
Anger, fear, separation anxiety, a sense of abandonment, self-blame, sadness and embarrassment are common reactions to divorce for most children.
Binge Drinking Dangers for Young People
Binge drinkers are most likely found on college campuses, where many students consider a big game or fraternity party an excuse to drink all weekend.
Many Youngsters Suck Their Thumbs
Young children often suck on their thumbs. It's perfectly normal, even though some parents fret about it.
How Old Is 'Old Enough' for Contacts?
A Child's First Dental Visit Fact Sheet
Your child should see a dentist six months after eruption of the first tooth, experts say. The dentist can provide or recommend preventative information regarding baby bottle tooth decay, infant feeding practices, mouth cleaning, teething, pacifier habits and finger-sucking habits.
Help Your Babysitter Prepare for Anything
When you're looking for a babysitter, give yourself enough time to be selective.
Kids Need Safety Gear for In-line Skating
Having your child wear the appropriate safety gear and use common sense when skating can help reduce the risk for injury.
Is It Time for Toilet Training?
Make a potty available, show your toddler how it works, then offer gentle encouragement.
Talk With Your Kids About These Issues
Talking with your child about drugs, alcohol and tobacco is tough. But you can't afford to ignore these topics. Children learn about these substances and feel pressure to use them at a very young age.
What You Can Do to Prevent Child Abuse
Child abuse can happen in any family and in any neighborhood. Studies have shown that child abuse crosses all boundaries of income, race, ethnic heritage and religious faith.
Is Your Child at Risk for Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is a highly contagious, sexually transmitted disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver, possibly causing lifelong liver infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer and death.
For Kids, Games Can Build Strong Minds
Citing the latest research on the brain, experts say chess, Scrabble, Monopoly -- even jigsaw puzzles or tic-tac-toe -- help children build analytical, organizational and creative skills.
Make Variety a Goal in Kids' Sports
Children should avoid specializing in a sport until they reach adolescence, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends. Reason: for every prodigy who becomes a successful athlete, thousands of youths suffer physically or psychologically from being pushed to compete at a young age.
Safety Checklist: How Does Your Family Rate?
Keeping your family safe and sound can be as easy as following simple safety rules consistently. Here's a checklist from the National Safety Council can help you maintain essential safety precautions.
Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
Symptoms of tonsillitis vary greatly depending on the cause of the infection, and can occur either suddenly or gradually.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15- to 24-year-olds. The strongest risk factors for attempted suicide in youth are depression, substance abuse, and aggressive or disruptive behaviors.
Detailed information on measles, including symptoms, complications, prevention, and treatment
Earlier is Better to Catch Hearing Loss
Many experts urge hearing tests before newborns leave the hospital. Every year, several thousand babies with hearing problems are born in the U.S.
Does Your Child Have a Make-Believe Friend?
Having a make-believe friend is a normal part of your child's growth and usually happens between ages 3 and 6.
11 Ways to Raise a Healthy Child
Now that you’ve brought your baby safely into the world, there are some important things you should know to help you keep your little one healthy, safe, and happy throughout the formative years.
When a Family Grieves
Learning about grief and how it affects your family can help you get through the difficult times together. It may even help your family grow stronger.
What Every Parent Should Know About Immunizations
Where can you as a parent turn to for the facts about vaccine safety? The first place to go is your child's doctor.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
SIDS stands for sudden infant death syndrome. It is a leading cause of infant death in the U.S. The causes of SIDS are unknown, but researchers have learned more about factors that can put your baby at risk. Learn which ones parents can prevent.
How to Keep Your Baby or Toddler Safe
Here are tips on the basics of child safety.
Make Sure Bunk Beds Meet Safety Rules
The bed should meet federal requirements to keep your kids safe. It's also important to set guidelines for your kids on how to use the bunk bed.
All Family Time Is Quality Time
Quality time should be woven into our lives. As our children get older and slip away, we need to stop worrying about the extraordinary and think more about the ordinary."
The Dangers of Binge Drinking
Too many young people are participating in a dangerous practice called binge drinking, or drinking to intoxication. It's defined as having five or more drinks in a row for men; for women, it’s four-plus drinks in a row.
The Facts About Recreational Marijuana
Knowing about marijuana can help you recognize its use in children and others and help a user seek treatment.
Unwrap the Gift of Toy Safety
Your challenge is to find toys that your children will enjoy and that you know are safe.
Primer: A Parent's Guide to Inhalant Abuse
Inhalants are breathable chemical vapors that produce mind-altering effects. Knowing the facts about inhalants can help you protect your children.
Glasses Can Help Even Young Children
Doctors who specialize in children's eye care say children usually become near- or farsighted between ages 6 and 12. But even infants can wear glasses if they need help to see well.
Keep Kids Safe from Bugs
Many products seek to prevent bug bites, but products containing DEET (usually listed on labels as N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are quite effective.
Major Depression in Adolescents
Depression is a mood disorder that involves a adolescent's body, mood, and thoughts. It can affect and disrupt eating, sleeping, or thinking patterns.
Healthy Diets Overview
Eating healthy is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and is something that should be taught to children at a young age.
Help for a Child with a Cold
You want to help a child with cold symptoms feel better, but choosing among countless over-the-counter (OTC) cold medicines can be daunting. Here are some guidelines that can help.
Put Peer Pressure in Its Place
Peer pressure can get the best of children and push them to do things that they don't really want to do. Parents can counter it, if they're ready to help.
Helping Your Children Cope With Death
Children deal with death in many different ways, and not necessarily in the same manner as adults.
Keep Kids Safe in the Car
All 50 states have a combination of laws that require drivers to restrain children in car seats, booster seats, and seats belts. Specifics vary by state, based on the child's age and size.
Protect Your Child from Medical Errors
A medical error can occur when something that was planned for medical care doesn't work, or when the wrong plan was used in the first place.
Appendicitis: Children and Teens
Appendicitis, an infection of the appendix, is the most common reason for a child to need emergency abdominal surgery.
Cough Medicine Abuse by Teens
A common ingredient in many cough and cold remedies has become a popular substance to abuse by teenagers searching for a cheap, easy high.
Your Child's Diabetes Care Team
Having a child with diabetes can be overwhelming. Fortunately, a team of experts can guide you now and in the years to come.
High Blood Pressure: Kids Can Have It, Too
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, isn't limited to those 18 and older.
Helping Teens Embrace Self-Care
By involving teens as full participants in their self-care, they're more likely to choose healthy behaviors throughout their lives.
How to Comfort a Crying Baby
Some babies cry for long stretches at 3 and 12 weeks of age during steps in development when their sleep is less settled.
Depressed Kids Need Help
Teen depression is a serious illness. The benefits of getting help, including taking medications if needed, far outweigh the potential risks.
Basics About Your Newborn’s Body
Even the best-prepared parents may be surprised by a few things that are quite normal in newborns.
Paging Dr. Mom
One of the many hats that parents wear is that of a “first responder.” When their child is sick, they are the first to assess the symptoms and treat the illness.
Primer: GHB, the Club Drug
On the street, GHB is used for is ability to produce a feeling of euphoria and hallucinations.
Short Height in Children
Some children grow more slowly than others. Height in the low normal range is still normal, doctors say.
Over-The-Counter Medicines for Infants and Children
OTC drugs have information on the bottle or box. Always read this information before using the medicine.
Toss Your Baby Walker, Pediatricians Say
Walkers can cause children to roll down stairs, causing head injuries and even death. This is the most common way children get hurt in walkers.
Female Teen Athletes: At Risk for Injury?
Teen girls who are athletes face unique obstacles when it comes to their bodies and how well they perform.
Babies Need 'Tummy Time'
Putting babies to sleep on their backs has dramatically reduced the incidence of SIDS. One unexpected side effect: Many infants now have a flattened head.
Keep Kids Safe During Yard Work
Power tools make yard work easier, from mowing the lawn to trimming the bushes. These tools, however, also pose a threat to children if precautions aren't taken.
These fits of rage—the stomping, screaming, and falling on the floor—are a normal part of childhood development. Temper tantrums often occur only with a parent. They are a way for the child to communicate his or her feelings.
Twins and Premature Birth
If you’re pregnant with twins, you’ll want to carefully consider this advice. It can help increase your chances for a full-term pregnancy.
Answers to Questions About Your Child's Mental Health
Although some behavior problems can be attributed to normal child development, some require professional help.
Concussions: Caution Is a No-Brainer
Although concussions range from mild to severe, they're all serious injuries that can harm the way the brain works.
Preventing Injuries--How You Can Help Your Child
You can help your child by being prepared and preventing injuries from occurring. It is important to take charge of your child's health and follow a program designed to help you and your family stay healthy and safe.
Sleep and Your Child
Without enough shut-eye, children are more likely to struggle with their school studies, do poorly on the playing field, and suffer depression.
Stop Dating Abuse Before It Starts
Although teen dating violence is worrisome, it's not inevitable. You and your teen can avoid potentially perilous situations and reduce the risk for problems.
What You Need to Know About Vomiting
Although nausea and vomiting can make you feel miserable, it's important to remember that these are not diseases, but rather symptoms of many illnesses.
Make Exercise a Family Affair
Like adults, children should be physically active most, if not all, days of the week.
All About Child Passenger Safety
Installing your child's car seat properly and using it every time your son or daughter rides in the car is one of the best ways to help keep him or her safe in case of an accident.
Buying a Bike for Your Child
Most youngsters learn the basics of pedaling, steering and braking on a tricycle or "big wheel" cycle, and around age 4 are ready to try a two-wheeler with training wheels.
Tinea Infections (Ringworm)
Detailed information on the most common types of ringworm, including diagnosis and treatment
A Chubby Baby Is Not a Sign of Obesity
With childhood obesity on the rise, should parents worry about the weight of their babies?
Understanding the Teen Brain
Parents need to realize the rational part of a teen’s brain isn’t fully developed and won’t be until he or she is 25 years old or so.
Detailed information on rotavirus, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention
Medications to Treat ADHD in Children
Children who have ADHD are often given medication as part of their treatment plan. The type of medication most often chosen is a psychostimulant.
5 Key Mistakes Parents Make With Car Seats
Safe Kids Worldwide estimates that three out of four children too small for seatbelts are incorrectly restrained in car seats or booster seats.
Treating Minor Childhood Injuries
Scrapes and sprains are a fact of life for most children, so it’s good to know what to do when they come home with a minor injury.
Babies and Toddlers Need Iron to Thrive
Is your new baby getting enough iron? It’s important to know. The mineral provides fuel for growth spurts, brain development and more. Find out the exact amount your new baby needs and good food sources of iron.
Help Your Children Chill Out
Kids must cope with all the issues, such as violence or global warming, that stress out adults. But they must also handle stresses added by their parents and the media.
Keep an Eye on Your Child's Vision
It's best to catch vision problems while a child is very young. Later, problems are harder to correct.
Child Health Emergencies
A good guideline to follow is that a medical emergency is any time your child has an injury or illness you believe threatens his or her health or may cause permanent harm.
When to Call the Doctor for Childhood Illnesses
Many childhood illnesses are mild enough to be treated at home. But what about when the symptoms are more severe?
Driving Defensively: Rules of the Road
No matter how good a driver you are, high speeds or impaired or careless driving by others can place you in danger.
Asthma: First Doctor Visit for Your Child
You may be wondering what questions the provider will ask or what tests and exams your child will need.
A Kids' Asthma Journal
Do you want to gain better control over your asthma? Put it in writing!
Teens and Prescription Drugs
Many young people take prescription drugs because they believe they are safer than street drugs, but they can be just as dangerous if taken improperly.
Watch That Backpack Load
Most children rely on backpacks to carry books and supplies to and from school and activities. But a backpack that’s too heavy or doesn’t fit right can cause harm.
Parents: Check Toys for Lead
If you have toys that have been recalled, don’t throw them out. Take them back to the store where they came from.
When Your Child Has a Chronic Health Condition
A chronic, or long-lasting, illness can be difficult for anyone to deal with. But for a young child diagnosed with a chronic health condition, there are challenges for both child and parent.
Bullies: Helping Your Child Cope
Bullying is intentional tormenting that can be physical, social, or psychological. Hitting, shoving, threatening, shunning, and spreading rumors can all be forms of bullying.
Kids who experience bullying can become depressed, develop low self-esteem, avoid school, feel physically ill, and even think about killing themselves.
When to Call Your Child's Health Care Provider
For parents of a newborn, first-time parents, or any anxious mom or dad, it may be hard to tell a true health threat that needs a doctor's attention from a frightening, yet simple, illness that doesn't require medical treatment. Most sniffles, sneezes, and stomachaches don't need medical attention. But how do you know when it's time to call the doctor?
How to Control Your Temper
At least some anger is necessary for survival. Frequent or intense episodes of anger, however, aren’t good for you or the people around you. If you find yourself boiling mad more often than not, try some of these tips to keep your temper in check.
Your Toddler: Moving from Crib to Bed
Moving your child from the crib to a first bed is a milestone event. But more than the bittersweet emotional concerns, your priorities will be safety and a healthy sleep routine.
Finding the Right Rehab Program for Substance Abuse
Drug addiction and alcohol addiction are chronic diseases that can be treated as successfully as many other chronic diseases, including high blood pressure, asthma, and diabetes.
Prevention of Heart Disease Starts in Childhood
You may think of heart disease as a problem for adults, not your young children. But diet and exercise habits started in childhood can begin a lifetime of heart health, or a lifetime of heart damage.
Sports and Music: Both Good for Kids
Organized sports for children offer obvious benefits such as physical fitness and sportsmanship, but did you know that a musical education program has many of the same benefits? Music education and participation in sports are both great ways to prepare your child for future success.
Teenagers and Summer Jobs
Keeping Bullying and Violence Out of Schools
Do Parents Influence Their Kids’ Health Behaviors?
Parents who take their child to the doctor frequently, let their child stay home from school, or pamper them with special attention when they are sick tend to produce kids who, as adults, go to the doctor frequently, stay home from work, and take longer to recover from illness.
Job Safety Critical for Teens
Farming seems to be the most dangerous job. Teens also get hurt in restaurants, supermarkets, retail stores, and other places where they find after-school and summer work.
Aerobic Exercises for Kids
Aerobic exercise is important for kids. It helps keep their heart, lungs, and blood vessels healthy. It can also help them keep or get to a healthy weight.
Exercise Goals for Kids
How much activity should your child get? What kinds of activity are important? Find out here.
Helping Your Child Choose a Sport
Before you look into a sports program, make sure your child is ready. A child’s readiness can depend on a number of factors.
Making Family Fitness Fun
Activity can help prevent heart disease, cancer, and stroke. It can also lessen feelings of depression, and boost confidence. As children get older, they often reduce their physical activity. Because of this, making activity a family priority is key.
Strengthening Exercises for Kids
. Stronger muscles can help prevent injury or make it easier to recover from injury. They can help a person keep a good level of body fat. Activities that build bone are especially important for children.
Concussion’s Effects Can Spread to the Classroom
Any blow to the head can cause a concussion. Some of the symptoms may fade quickly, but others can linger. Your child may have trouble sleeping or thinking.