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.
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.
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.
How to Keep Your Baby or Toddler Safe
Here are tips on the basics of child safety.
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.
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.
Choosing how to feed your baby is an important decision that has life-long effects for your baby and for you.
Is It Time for Toilet Training?
Make a potty available, show your toddler how it works, then offer gentle encouragement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make Exercise a Family Affair
Like adults, children should be physically active most, if not all, days of the week.
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.
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.
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.
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.