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  • 10 Ways to Keep Your Family Safe

    10 Ways to Keep Your Family Safe Recent world events may have you feeling especially concerned about your family's safety. The biggest threats to safety, though, are very close to home. According to ...

  • 11 Ways to Raise a Healthy Child

    11 Ways to Raise a Healthy Child As a parent, you are an important teacher of health care and health information for your child. Here are 11 recommendations to help you succeed at this important job....

  • 2-Year-Olds: Terrible or Terrific?

    The "Terrible Twos" You have to take your child to daycare and then get to work—and you're late. Your 2-year-old suddenly decides she doesn't want to go. The more you try to put her into her car seat...

  • 5 Key Mistakes Parents Make With Car Seats

    5 Key Mistakes Parents Make with Car Seats You wouldn't think of not having a car safety seat for your infant or toddler, but are you using it the right way? Safe Kids Worldwide estimates that three ...

  • A Checklist to Help You Spot Hearing Loss

    A Checklist to Help You Spot Hearing Loss Although most states now have mandatory requirements for hearing tests while a newborn is still in the hospital, some hearing-impaired children slip by the s...

  • A Child's First Dental Visit Fact Sheet

    A Child's First Dental Visit Fact Sheet When should your child first see a dentist? Experts at the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) say the ideal time is six months after the first tooth erupts. At...

  • A Chubby Baby Is Not a Sign of Obesity

    A Chubby Baby Is Not a Sign of Obesity With childhood obesity on the rise, should parents worry about the weight of their babies? Experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) say parents shoul...

  • A Few Tricks for Halloween Treats

    A Few Tricks for Halloween Treats Think back to the Halloweens of your childhood. What do you remember most? Sure, there were costumes and parties, but the most exciting part was peering into your ba...

  • A Guide to Jogging Strollers

    A Guide to Jogging Strollers Since jogging strollers were developed in 1983, their popularity among parents has increased dramatically. Today, jogging strollers come in a variety of shapes and sizes ...

  • A Holiday Help Guide for Stepfamilies

    A Holiday Help Guide for Stepfamilies Around the holidays, stepfamily life can become particularly stressful, especially for children who'll spend time at more than one household. Circumstances vary ...

  • A Kids' Asthma Journal

    A Kids' Asthma Journal Do you want to gain better control over your asthma? Put it in writing! By following the examples below, you can use a journal to track day-to-day changes in your asthma. This ...

  • A Parent’s Guide to Choosing Child Care

    A Parent’s Guide to Choosing Child Care As a parent of a young child, one of the most important decisions you'll make is choosing who will care for your child while you’re at work. Here’s how to get ...

  • A Primer for Preschooler Safety

    A Primer for Preschooler Safety Your little ones can learn a lot about safety if you take some time to teach them. Keep your lessons simple, say the experts, and even very young children can learn how...

  • A Safety Checklist for Parents

    A Safety Checklist for Parents You can help keep your children safe by following these precautions and using common sense. General steps Encourage your children to wash their hands frequently through...

  • After Delivery, Taking Care of Yourself

    After Delivery, Taking Care of Yourself Having a baby is a life-changing experience, and there's no way to know just how exhilarating and challenging the first few months can be. From the wealth of n...

  • Air Bags and Kids

    Air Bags: Not for Children A car with an air bag is considered safer than a car without one. But for children under 13 years old, air bags can be dangerous. In fact, no child younger than 13 or under...

  • Alcohol Use Among Teens Is Epidemic

    Alcohol Use Among Teens Is Epidemic The leading substance-abuse threat to children may be as close as your refrigerator. Millions of adolescents drink alcohol. Many binge drink, having five or more d...

  • All About Child Passenger Safety

    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/her safe in case of a...

  • All Family Time Is Quality Time

    All Family Time Is Quality Time Don't feel guilty about the amount of "quality time" you spend with your family. Some experts are beginning to shun the quality time movement for something much more b...

  • Appendicitis: Children and Teens

    Appendicitis: Children and Teens Appendicitis is an inflammation that can lead to infection of the appendix. It affects 7 percent of Americans and is the most common reason for a child to need emerge...

  • Asthma: First Doctor Visit for Your Child

    Asthma: First Doctor Visit for Your Child Your child has been coughing or wheezing, and you’re wondering whether it might be asthma. The first step toward finding out is scheduling a visit to your ch...

  • Avoid Soccer Injuries in Your Kids

    Avoid Soccer Injuries in Your Kids The school team. The town team. The travel team. If your young soccer player is on the field for several games or practices a week, it may be too much. Most injurie...

  • Babies and Toddlers Need Iron to Thrive

    Babies and Toddlers Need Iron to Thrive Iron-rich foods may not top your list of what to feed your baby or toddler. Yet this mineral is key to your young child's growing body and mind, experts say. I...

  • Babies Need 'Tummy Time'

    Babies Need 'Tummy Time' Nearly 15 years ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) first recommended that parents put their babies to sleep on their back. That simple piece of advice cut the deat...

  • Baby’s Emotional, Intellectual Development

    Aiding Baby’s Emotional, Intellectual Development You gaze lovingly into your newborn's eyes as you feed him. You speak gently to your daughter as you change her diaper. You sing to your child at bed...

  • Balancing Work and Home

    Balancing Work and Home Getting organized in your work, family, and personal lives can help you create balance in each of these important areas. To keep the scales of work and life balanced, you must...

  • Basics About Your Newborn’s Body

    Basics About Your Newborn’s Body For the past nine months, you’ve been getting ready for your baby’s arrival. But now that you’re bringing home your bundle of joy, you’re a little worried. How will y...

  • Basketball: Make Safety a Point

    Basketball: Make Safety a Point Basketball is an exciting sport, but it can also be tough on your body. College and professional basketball players must train to avoid injury--and so should your youn...

  • Beating an Eating Disorder

    Beating an Eating Disorder With eating disorders affecting girls at ever-younger ages, a surprisingly simple tactic might help: Dine as a family. Since society has so much influence on adolescents be...

  • Bed-Wetting: Help Your Child Stay Dry at Night

    Bed-Wetting: Help Your Child Stay Dry at Night Bed-wetting is a common event in young children. It is normal for a child up to age 6 to wet the bed once in a while. As children get older, they can co...

  • Being There: Advice for Expectant Dads

    Being There: Advice for Expectant Dads Remember scenes from old movies where the husband paces around the waiting room while his wife is in labor? As a father-to-be today, you know that you can parti...

  • Beware of Supplements for Kids

    Beware of Supplements for Kids Dietary supplements and herbal mixtures aimed at your children may be a waste of your money—and a threat to their health. Dietary supplement makers advertise herbs and ...

  • Binge Drinking Dangers for Young People

    Binge Drinking Dangers for Young People For millions of young adults in this country, the weekend will pass in an alcoholic blur. They'll toss down drink after drink as fast as they can, throw up, pa...

  • Blood Pressure Rising Among Children

    Blood Pressure Rising Among Children The next time you hear folks talking about their blood pressure, take a look. They may be kids. Yes, children can have high blood pressure, and experts say the nu...

  • Breastfeeding Helps Mothers and Children

    Breastfeeding Helps Mothers and Children There's nothing like breastfeeding to put kids on the path to good health. Breastfeeding has multiple benefits for babies, including lower risk for ear and re...

  • Bridge the Gap With Teen Grandkids

    Bridge the Gap with Teen Grandkids True or false: Grandparents hold a special place in their grandchildren's lives -- until the kids become teenagers. If you said "true," then let the experts on gran...

  • Building Bonds with Your Grandchildren

    Building Bonds with Your Grandchildren Of the more than 56 million grandparents in the U.S., about half live more than 200 miles from their grandchildren. This distance creates a challenge for famili...

  • Bullies Go High-Tech

    Bullies Go High-Tech You can now add bullying to the list of things made easier by technology. Teens today live much of their lives on the Internet. Online bullying, also called cyberbullying, can in...

  • Bullies: Helping Your Child Cope

    Bullies: Helping Your Child Cope Bullying can happen in school, on the playground—and now even on the Internet through social networking sites. Bullying is intentional tormenting that can be physical...

  • Buying a Bike for Your Child

    Buying a Bike for Your Child Is your child ready for her first bicycle? Most youngsters learn the basics of pedaling, steering and braking on a tricycle or "big wheel" cycle, and around age 4 are rea...

  • Caring for a Child With Type 1 Diabetes

    When Your Child Has Type 1 Diabetes If your child suddenly grows weak, tired, and nauseated, the youngster probably has the flu or some other virus. But the symptoms could also be warning signs of ty...

  • Caring for Tiny Teeth

    Caring for Tiny Teeth Before your infant goes off to sleep at the end of the day, you should do more than kiss the little one good night. Make sure your baby's developing teeth are not at risk from n...

  • Caring for Your Sick Child

    Caring for Your Sick Child Parents know they have choices when their child is sick. They can treat the child at home, make a doctor's appointment, go to the emergency room, or call 911. But at times,...

  • Cesarean Doesn't Mean Forever

    Cesarean Doesn't Mean Forever Many American women deliver their babies by cesarean birth, which means the baby is born through a surgical incision made in the mother's abdomen and uterus. At one time...

  • Child Health Emergencies

    Child Health Emergencies Having a very sick or severely injured child is a parent’s worst nightmare. If it happened to your child, would you know the best way to go about getting treatment? Knowing w...

  • Child Safety for All Ages

    Child Safety for All Ages Reducing the risk for SIDS Here are recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics on how to reduce the risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and sleep-relat...

  • Childhood Immunizations: Get the Facts

    Childhood Immunizations: Get the Facts If you are the parent of a young child, you may be confused about the safety of immunizations. You may have heard that vaccines cause life-threatening side effe...

  • Children and Cholesterol

    Children and Cholesterol If you, your parents, or your parents' siblings had a heart attack before age 55 and you have a child, this advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) might surpris...

  • Concussions: Caution Is a No-Brainer

    Concussions: Caution Is a No-Brainer It's better to miss a game than a whole season. That's the key message of a campaign by the CDC aimed at an underrated health threat: sports-related concussions. ...

  • Cool Tools to Keep Your Kids From Smoking

    Cool Tools to Keep Your Kids From Smoking Many teenagers think smoking is cool. This belief is supported in recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tobacco statistics. The CDC states ...

  • Cough Medicine Abuse by Teens

    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. Dextromethorphan (DXM), a coug...

  • Could Your Child Have a Drug Problem?

    Could Your Child Have a Drug Problem? Many parents blame themselves when faced with the possibility that their child may be using drugs. But most experts recommend that parents worry more about helpi...

  • Cross-Cultural Adoptions Raise Sensitive Issues

    Cross-Cultural Adoptions Raise Sensitive Issues Pimples. Braces. Dating. Finding your way through the teen years can be challenging, to say the least. When you're an adopted child of a different race...

  • Depressed Kids Need Help

    Despite Antidepressant Fear, Depressed Kids Need Help A new label on some antidepressants, a so-called black box warning, cautions that they may make kids feel more suicidal. But that warning shouldn...

  • Diet Drinks, Small Snacks Have Drawbacks

    Diet Drinks, Small Snacks Have Drawbacks Diet soft drinks and packaged minisnacks seem like painless ways to provide treats as you trim calories from your child’s diet. Sugar-free soft drinks may be ...

  • Does Your Child Have a Make-Believe Friend?

    Does Your Child Have a Make-Believe Friend? You're about to sit on the couch next to your 4-year-old. Suddenly, she yells, "Don't sit there! You'll crush Jennifer!" Oops. You should have known better...

  • Don't Sell a Short Kid Short

    Don't Sell a Short Kid Short Your child seems short next to other children of the same age. Should you worry? The short answer is, maybe. Some children grow more slowly than others. Height in the low...

  • Do's and Don'ts for Grandparents

    Do's and Don'ts for Grandparents Some tips for a successful relationship with your grandchildren: DO talk with your grandchild's parents before trying to start a relationship with the child. Talk abo...

  • Earlier Is Better to Catch Hearing Loss

    Earlier Is Better to Catch Hearing Loss When should your child's hearing be tested? Sooner than you think. Many experts urge hearing tests before newborns leave the hospital. Every year, about 1.5 to...

  • Eat Well, for Your Children's Sake

    Eat Well, for Your Children's Sake You can tell your children how to eat well, but experts say it's better to show them. Children learn by watching their parents. If your favorite restaurant is the "...

  • Eczema in Kids: Annoying, but Treatable

    Eczema in Kids: Annoying, but Treatable A scaly, red, itchy, dry rash can show up in the first weeks of life. It signals a vexing but treatable skin problem called atopic dermatitis (AD), often known...

  • Exercise Your Duty to Keep Kids Fit

    Exercise Your Duty To Keep Kids Fit Do you know how much exercise your kids get? If you take their word for it, you may not have the full story. Children overestimate their activity levels, according...

  • Eye Protection Keeps Kids in the Game

    Eye Protection Keeps Kids in the Game Protective eyewear can help prevent many of the 40,000 sports-related eye injuries that occur to children each year. The sports that cause most of these injuries...

  • Family Meals: More Than Good Nutrition

    Family Meals: More Than Good Nutrition If you don't have a family meal each day, it's time to get out the plates. Table time yields benefits that go far beyond food. Research shows that the more ofte...

  • Female Teen Athletes: At Risk for Injury?

    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. Teen girls have their teen growth spurt at an earl...

  • Find Nutrients for Children in Food, Not Pills

    Find Nutrients for Children in Food, Not Pills You want to make sure your child gets the right vitamins and minerals. Although that may seem as simple as choosing a multivitamin off the shelf, it's n...

  • Find Safe, Fun Ways to Keep Young Kids Active

    Find Safe, Fun Ways to Keep Young Kids Active In a world that hypes baby yoga and baby swimming classes, can baby football be far behind? Physical activity for the very young is vital, but avoid such...

  • Finding the Best Day Care for Your Child

    Finding the Best Day Care for Your Child Day care for your children is a fact of life if both parents work. But not all day-care options are good for your child. If you're just starting to look, firs...

  • Five Mealtime Survival Tips for Harried Parents

    Five Mealtime Survival Tips for Harried Parents You know that you and your kids need to eat right. But with your busy schedule, sometimes it may seem tough to make sure everyone has nutritious meals ...

  • Five Tips for Handling a Bad Report Card

    Five Tips for Handling a Bad Report Card By third grade, your child's warm and fuzzy progress report will likely give way to the cold, hard letter-grade report card. A disappointing grade can become ...

  • Focusing on Safety at School

    Focusing on Safety at School School should be a safe place for children, where neither parents nor children should have to worry about violence. Unfortunately, that's not always the case in today's w...

  • For Kids, Games Can Build Strong Minds

    For Kids, Games Can Build Strong Minds Here's a new reason to zap video games: Those electronic playthings keep kids from games that stimulate their minds in important ways. Citing the latest researc...

  • For More Babies, Birth Comes Too Soon

    For More Babies, Birth Comes Too Soon Full-term babies are born between 37 and 42 completed weeks of pregnancy. Babies born prior to 37 weeks gestation are considered premature. More than half a mill...

  • For Obese Teens, Surgery Is the Last Resort

    For Obese Teens, Surgery Is the Last Resort Extreme obesity plagues more than 5 million teens and young adults, experts estimate. These youths tend to be at least 100 pounds or 100 percent above thei...

  • For Parents: Treat at Home or Call the Doctor?

    For Parents: Treat at Home or Call the Doctor? When a child complains of a sore throat, stomachache, or a headache, a parent naturally worries. You want to do whatever you can to help your child feel...

  • For Seniors: Pass On Your Love of Music

    For Seniors: Pass On Your Love of Music If you love listening to music, why not share your passion with your grandchildren? “Music is a wonderful way to connect with grandchildren because it provides...

  • Get Serious About Playtime

    Get Serious About Playtime For kids, free time used to mean playtime. They'd come home from school, grab a snack and bolt out the door to run around with friends. In the summer, they'd play all day. ...

  • Get Your Kids to Log Off

    Get Your Kids to Log Off TV and video games have robbed children of outside play for years. Most U.S. homes now have a personal computer, too. About a third of kids ages 8 to 18 have a computer in th...

  • Getting a Start on Solid Foods

    Getting a Start on Solid Foods It's every first-time mother's worry as her infant approaches 4 to 6 months of age: When to start solid foods? Experts recommend going slowly and steadily as you help y...

  • Give Eating Right a Green Light

    Give Eating Right a Green Light The government's Dietary Guidelines for Americans says everyone age 2 and older should eat a variety from five basic food groups each day: fruits, vegetables, grains, ...

  • Give Young Athletes Plenty of Fluids

    Give Young Athletes Plenty of Fluids Odds are you wouldn't let your daughter play catcher in a baseball game without a facemask. You wouldn't send your son onto a football field without a helmet, eit...

  • Giving Your Baby the Best Nutrition

    Giving Your Baby the Best Nutrition As a new parent, you want the best for your child. And that includes the best nutrition. But the proper nutrition for kids can seem baffling, given the latest heal...

  • Glasses Can Help Even Young Children

    Glasses Can Help Even Young Children When should a child get his or her first pair of glasses? When he or she needs them -- and that may be as young as a few months of age. Doctors who specialize in ...

  • Grandparents, Keep Kids Safe in Toyland

    Grandparents, Keep Kids Safe in Toyland Buying toys for your grandchildren is one of the joys of grandparenting. Before you hit the stores this holiday season, though, remember that the best toys are...

  • Growing Up Short or Heavy Can Be Difficult

    Growing Up Short or Heavy Can Be Difficult Each of us is unique; we come in different shapes and sizes. But that's an adult's view of the world. If a child thinks they're different from the other kid...

  • Guard Your Baby from Rotavirus

    Guard Your Baby from Rotavirus A vaccine can protect babies from rotavirus, the most common cause of severe diarrhea in infants. Before the rotavirus vaccine, rotavirus accounted for up to 272,000 em...

  • Guidelines for Raising Smoke-Free Kids

    Guidelines for Raising Smoke-Free Kids Every day more than 4,000 U.S. teenagers try smoking, and 28 percent of them will become regular smokers. Parents can take practical steps to keep their childre...

  • Help for a Child with a Cold

    Help for a Child with a Cold It starts with a sneeze and a runny nose. From your child's symptoms, you suspect you're dealing with a cold. You want to help your child feel better, but choosing among ...

  • Help Girls Stay Active as Teens

    Help Girls Stay Active as Teens The teen years often bring a sharp drop in physical activity, especially for girls. But girls who trade tennis for television or volleyball for video games could face ...

  • Help Your Babysitter Prepare for Anything

    Help Your Babysitter Prepare for Anything Everyday activities keep many parents so busy that they can't take their children with them everywhere. That makes it crucial to find the right babysitter an...

  • Help Your Child Find the Meaning of Sports

    Help Your Child Find the Meaning of Sports Four seconds remain on the clock. Twelve-year-old Melissa steps up to the foul line and fires off a shot that could win the championship game. The ball arcs...

  • Help Your Children Breathe Easier

    Help Your Children Breathe Easier Here's something that can take your children's breath away: the air they breathe. Air pollution hurts infants and children more than adults, studies show. Kids' lung...

  • Help Your Children Chill Out

    Help Your Children Chill Out Overscheduling. Rushed families. High parental expectations. Goading from peers. Getting into the best college. Whew! Today's kids face enormous stress. Kids must cope wi...

  • Help Your Kids Quit Smoking

    Help Your Kids Quit Smoking Every day, about 4,000 U.S. teenagers start smoking, then around 1000 become regular smokers. If you're a parent of a young smoker, you can take steps to help the child qu...

  • Helping Children Conquer Fear

    Helping Children Conquer Fear Who's afraid of the big, bad wolf? When you were 4 or 5 years old, you probably were. If you have children this age, you can count on their exhibiting fears of wild anim...

  • Helping Kids Cope with a Divorce

    Helping Kids Cope with a Divorce Many American children are affected by divorce each year. Those youngsters often feel trapped in the middle as the family splits up. If mommy and daddy don't love eac...

  • Helping Kids to Avoid Cigarettes

    Helping Kids to Avoid Cigarettes Every day, nearly 6,000 teens and pre-teens try cigarettes for the first time, according to the American Lung Association (ALA). A third of these first-timers will en...

  • Helping Picky Eaters Expand Their Palates

    Helping Picky Eaters Expand Their Palates So you think you have a picky eater? Consider the child who would eat just one food: a certain fast-food brand of fried chicken nuggets, only in the original...

  • Helping Teens Embrace Self-Care

    Helping Teens Embrace Self-Care Before teens leave home, parents need to teach them to make their own health care decisions. One way is to provide information and involve them in their own self-care ...

  • Helping Your Children Cope With Death

    Helping Your Children Cope With Death The death of a loved one is difficult for anyone. But for children, such a loss can be devastating. Many parents wait until a death occurs to work with their chi...

  • How Is Your Child's Backpack?

    How Is Your Child's Backpack? Of all the physical burdens schoolchildren must shoulder, their backpacks are probably the heaviest. Crammed with everything from lunches to laptops, bags can cause stif...

  • How Old Is 'Old Enough' for Contacts?

    How Old Is 'Old Enough' for Contacts? Is your child ready for contact lens wear? How old is "old enough"? These are among the most frequently asked questions when it comes to contact lenses, says the...

  • How Safe Is the School Bus?

    How Safe Is the School Bus? When you get in your car, you buckle up for safety, and if you're a parent, you make sure your children are buckled up, as well. But if you're a parent, do you wonder abou...

  • How to Bathe Your Baby

    How to Bathe Your Baby You've learned how to hold your beautiful baby, you've learned how to feed her, but now you're facing a new challenge: Baby needs a bath. Some new parents find tub time a bit s...

  • How to Control Your Temper

    How to Control Your Temper We’ve all been angry at times. Whether it’s a fight with a friend, an annoyance at work, or something else altogether, it’s never a pleasant experience. But it’s comforting...

  • How to Find Good Child Care

    How to Find Good Child Care A lot of firsts in your child's life will make you smile: first laugh, first step, first word. One first that isn't as appealing is the first day you have to leave your ch...

  • How to Help an Overweight or Obese Child

    How to Help an Overweight or Obese Child Ask a parent to name the greatest health threat to children and you'll hear about drinking or drugs. Rarely will anyone cite obesity, even though it can lead ...

  • How to Help Teenagers With Addicted Parents

    How to Help Teenagers with Addicted Parents Growing up can be a tough challenge for most adolescents, but when their parents are abusing alcohol or drugs, the obstacles can seem overwhelming. Nearly ...

  • How to Keep Your Baby or Toddler Safe

    How to Keep Your Baby or Toddler Safe Keeping your baby safe isn't difficult, but you do have to pay careful attention at all times. The following tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission rev...

  • How to Let Go of Growing Kids

    How to Let Go of Growing Kids Making a healthy transition from adolescence to adulthood is essential for your kids--and for you. As you let go of maturing children, you must forge a new, adult relati...

  • How to Make the Move from Crib to Bed

    How to Make the Move 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 healt...

  • How to Prevent Childhood Obesity

    How to Prevent Childhood Obesity Baby fat is something children are supposed to outgrow, not grow in to. According to the National Center for Health Statistics 2009-2010, the percentage of young peop...

  • How to Raise Healthy Eaters

    How to Raise Healthy Eaters Parents of overweight and obese children often put their youngsters on diets. But according to health and nutrition experts, doing so rarely works and may even be harmful....

  • How to Reduce the Risk for SIDS

    How to Reduce the Risk for SIDS For more than a decade, pediatricians have urged parents to put babies to sleep on their back. The goal: Reducing sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). That strategy se...

  • How to Say No to Preteens

    How to Say No to Preteens When kids are young, it's easy to set limits on conduct that may put their health or safety at risk. If the seat belt is unbuckled, the car doesn't start. If the helmet isn'...

  • How to Spot Drug Use in Kids

    How to Spot Drug Use in Kids Most adolescents who use drugs do not become drug abusers or drug addicts in adulthood. But drug use in adolescence can put their mental, emotional, and physical health a...

  • How to Stop a Crying Baby

    How to Stop a Crying Baby You've fed, burped, changed, and rocked your baby, but he or she is still crying. And crying. Your nerves are frayed, your sleep is wrecked, and you're losing confidence as ...

  • How to Talk About Drugs With Your Kids

    How to Talk About Drugs With Your Kids It's frightening how susceptible young children are to the world of substance abuse. From the time they enter school, children risk exposure to the temptations ...

  • How to Tell if Your Child Needs Braces

    How to Tell if Your Child Needs Braces Q: So many children have braces. How can I tell if my child is heading toward needing braces? A: Children should have a checkup with an orthodontist no later th...

  • How to Use a Pacifier

    How to Use a Pacifier Pacifiers help parents and infants get through periods of crying when the infant is either not hungry or too full to eat but still needs the comfort that sucking provides. Pros ...

  • How Your Child Can Live Well with Asthma

    How Your Child Can Live Well with Asthma If you have a child with asthma, you know how frightening wheezing, coughing, and other asthma symptoms can be. Some children eventually outgrow asthma, but i...

  • Hypertension: Children Can Have It, Too

    Hypertension: Children Can Have It, Too Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects almost one in three adults in the United States. But this serious health condition isn't limited to those ages 18...

  • If Your Child Needs Treatment for Weight Issues

    If Your Child Needs Treatment for Weight Issues For overweight children, the most successful treatment combines healthy lifestyle changes—improved diet and exercise—with a focus on changing such beha...

  • In Child Discipline, Spanking Is No Hit

    In Child Discipline, Spanking Is No Hit How long has it been since Mom or Dad swatted your bottom for getting into trouble? Probably decades, back when setting kids straight often involved spanking. ...

  • In Children: Corticosteroids for Asthma

    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 National Asthma Education and ...

  • In Language, Two Is Better Than One

    In Language, Two Is Better Than One Your baby's first words are exciting -- but did you know your child could learn and use those words in more than one language? Studies show children from birth to ...

  • Independence Day: Granting Freedom to Kids

    Independence Day: Granting Freedom to Kids Letting go is something all parents try to prepare for—letting go when your child goes off to college, gets married, or joins the Army. About the only way y...

  • Influenza Shots Urged for Young Children

    Influenza Shots Urged for Young Children Each fall, you hear that influenza threatens older adults and folks with chronic ailments. Most years, it's true that the death rate from the flu peaks in tho...

  • International Adoptions and Medical Needs

    International Adoptions and Medical Needs In recent years, more and more people are extending their families through international adoption. Understanding the medical, social and developmental issues...

  • Is It Time for Toilet Training?

    Is It Time for Toilet Training? When is the best time to teach your child to use the toilet? There is no right time to start toilet training. Guidelines recommend that parents assess readiness by loo...

  • Is Your Child a Night Owl?

    Is Your Child a Night Owl? It's 11 p.m. on a school night. You're standing in the doorway of your 8-year-old's bedroom delivering a warning. "If you don't get to sleep right now, I'm going to..." Wha...

  • Is Your Child at Risk for Hepatitis B?

    Is Your Child at Risk for Hepatitis B? The preteen years are a time when young people experiment with new things and begin to exert their independence. For these reasons, it is very important for you...

  • Is Your Child Too Sick for Day Care or School?

    Is Your Child Too Sick for Day Care or School? Your 3-year-old is playing listlessly with her oatmeal. "My tummy hurts, Mommy," she says. There's no fever, no vomiting and no diarrhea, but she's not ...

  • Is Your Teen Abusing Drugs or Alcohol?

    Is Your Teen Abusing Drugs or Alcohol? Suddenly, your teenager is having trouble in school. Relationships with teachers, friends, siblings—and you—are falling apart. Your child has a new set of frien...

  • Keep an Eye on Your Child's Vision

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  • Keep Kids Safe During Yard Work

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