How to Prevent Childhood Obesity
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, one in five children in the United States is overweight or obese. That's twice as many overweight children as 20 years ago.
How to Raise Healthy Eaters
Here are suggestions to help you help your children attain and maintain a healthy weight.
How to Reduce the Risk for SIDS
The number of cases for sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, is starting to decline. A lot has to do with proactive steps parents are taking to lower their babies’ risk. Here are nine every parent should know and follow.
How to Say No to Preteens
As children grow older, risks get more complex and restrictions harder to enforce.
How to Spot Drug Use in Kids
Although most adolescents who use drugs don't become drug abusers or drug addicts in adulthood, drug use in adolescence can put their mental, emotional and physical health at risk.
How to Stop 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 Talk About Drugs With Your Kids
The key is communication. Talking to your children is only half the answer. Listening is the other half.
How to Tell if Your Child Needs Braces
Orthodontic treatment most commonly begins between ages 9 and 14 because kids in this age range have at least some permanent teeth and are still growing.
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.
How Your Child Can Live Well with Asthma
With the right asthma action plan, most children with asthma can live full and active lives.
Hypertension: Children Can Have It, Too
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, isn't limited to those 18 and older.
If Your Child Needs Treatment for Weight Issues
If your doctor suggests a treatment program to help your child lose weight, look for one that involves both you and your child.
In Child Discipline, Spanking Is No Hit
Spanking in general teaches children what not to do and doesn't teach them what to do instead.
In Children: Corticosteroids for Asthma
Daily inhaled corticosteroids are a key part of the treatment for children with mild, moderate or severe persistent asthma. "The possible side effects of medication are far less important than the known effects of untreated asthma," says William E. Berger, M.D., president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
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.
Influenza Shots Urged for Young Children
Each fall you hear that the flu threatens senior citizens and folks with chronic ailments. But the rate of hospital stays is highest in another group—young children.
International Adoptions and Medical Needs
Understanding the medical, social and developmental issues unique to international adoption can help parents prepare for the special challenges and special needs of these children.
Is It Time for Toilet Training?
Make a potty available, show your toddler how it works, then offer gentle encouragement.
Is Your Child a Night Owl?
Here are tips for helping (not forcing) your grade-schooler to drift off to dreamland.
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 Child Too Sick for Day Care or School?
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association have guidelines that can help you make up your mind.
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.