Parenting

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.

Unwrap the Gift of Toy Safety

Your challenge is to find toys that your children will enjoy and that you know are safe.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What Do You Know About Birth Defects?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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