When a Reward for Kids Becomes a Bribe
A reward usually doesn't need to be extra large to modify a child's behavior, says a Vermont professor of psychiatry. An extravagant promise, however, "suggests that there's a struggle between parent and child."
How to Let Go of Growing Kids
Getting a Start on Solid Foods
As a child approaches 4 to 6 months of age, most mothers begin to worry about when to start solid foods.
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.
Most nutrition experts and dietitians say that children of any age -- even infants -- can safely follow a vegetarian diet, according to the Nemours Foundation. But some planning is involved to ensure that children receive the proper nutrients, especially if their diet does not include eggs and dairy products.
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.
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 to heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes.
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.
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. A third of these first-timers will end up becoming smokers.
Trampolines are popular. Thousands of children are rocketing skyward, and trampoline injuries are also on the rise.
What Kids Drink Is Important, Too
Just what should kids be drinking? "I think good old H2O,'' says the director of the Nutrition Information Center in New York. But you can add pizzazz: Buy flavored water or make your own with lemon or lime.
Bed-Wetting: Help Your Child Stay Dry at Night
Do not become angry if your child can't stay dry during the night. Never punish or tease your child for bed-wetting. Support and patience are the keys in helping your child.
When Your Child Says, 'I'm Sick'
Do you keep her home or send her off to school?
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.
Caring for Tiny Teeth
Make sure your baby's developing teeth are not at risk from nursing or bottle tooth decay.
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.
Kids in the Kitchen: Let Them in on the Fun
Here are recipes that fit the bill for teaching some baking basics and setting some good nutrition patterns early. All you'll need are some simple tools and tolerance for a few spills. These recipes are safe for a child to make (with adult help) and are practically foolproof.
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 Children Conquer Fear
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.
Letting Kids Grow Up…At Their Own Pace
As much as parents might want to hurry their little ones to the next stage of development, most children follow the same general growth and development pattern that can't be changed much.
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.
Women with Asthma Can Have Healthy Babies
Pregnant women with asthma are just as likely to have healthy, normal babies as women without asthma -- as long as their disease is kept under control.
Kids' Healthy Eating Not Just About Food
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases offers suggestions to help your child develop and maintain good eating habits and to prevent chaotic mealtimes in your home.
Help Your Child Find the Meaning of Sports
Win or lose, experts say, it's far more important for young people to take away from sports some lessons about self-esteem, motivation, discipline and getting along with others.
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.
Teens and the Self-Esteem Shield
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.
How to Help Teenagers With Addicted Parents
Growing up is a tough challenge for most adolescents, but when their parents are abusing alcohol or drugs, the obstacles can seem overwhelming.
Is Your Child a Night Owl?
Here are tips for helping (not forcing) your grade-schooler to drift off to dreamland.
Talking 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.
Making This School Year Your Child's Best Ever
The amount of planning help a student wants differs by education level. An elementary-schooler needs plenty of help, a middle-schooler expects more freedom. But parents should find ways to stay involved.
Why the Family Meal Is Important
When a family sits down together, it helps them handle the stresses of daily life and the hassles of day-to-day existence.
Obese Parents Influence Children's Weight
Children whose parents are overweight or obese are at higher risk for becoming obese themselves, studies have shown. One study, in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that for a child under 10, having an obese parent more than doubled the child's risk for becoming an obese adult.
Preparing Your Child for Sleep-Away Camp
Before making a decision on a camp, though, you should consider what kind of camping experience will benefit both your child and family.
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.
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.
When Grandparents Raise Grandkids
More than 3 million American children currently live with grandparents or other relatives. In nearly one-third of these households, grandparents are the primary caregivers.
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.
Nuts: Snack Causes Problems for Some Kids
If your child is allergic to peanuts or tree nuts, such as walnuts, almonds or pecans, it's important that you teach him or her to ask about any treat offered at school or day care before eating it.
Teach the Joy of Gift Giving
Here are some ideas: Adopt a family in need for the holidays. Encourage your child to pass on toys he or she has outgrown.
What to Do When the Family Feels Claustrophobic
There comes a time when even the closest families find themselves too close together.
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.
Solving Battles at Mealtime
Pediatricians say there are easy and effective ways to get your kids to eat well other than playing the food enforcer. Parents need to avoid the bickering and control games that make meals tense and unappetizing.
New Parents...Sore Backs
When it comes to parenting, back injury is an occupational hazard. New mothers, whose backs have just endured the stresses of pregnancy and birth, are particularly vulnerable. So are taller fathers and mothers who must bend farther than others to scoop up tots from playpens.
Protect Your Kids From Internet Crime
Youngsters spend time online messaging, chatting, searching and surfing. Although most of these Internet experiences are likely positive, parents need to be aware of the dangers to better protect their children.
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.
Growing Up Short or Heavy Can Be Difficult
When children believe they are different in some way, they feel bad. Whether because of their height or some other characteristic, they are going to be aware of differences.
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.
Kids' Health Concerns Ease with Age
When children are young, it's normal for them to have a variety of childhood illnesses and problems. Most go away as the child gets older.
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.
Peanut Butter Is Still a Healthy Choice for Kids
Peanut butter has a lot of benefits for your kids: It's versatile, delicious, and high in protein and fiber.
Teaching Your Child to Ride a Bike
You may have learned to ride a bike with your mom or dad running alongside to keep you from falling. That method still works, but there's an alterative that separates learning to balance from the other skills needed to ride.
Your Child's Imaginary Friend…What It Means
If your child starts hanging around with an imaginary friend, enjoy the company. It's often part of a child's development and usually happens between ages 3 and 6.
When Children Say 'No' to New Foods
When it comes time to eat vegetables, do your children do the Brussels-sprout pout? Well, don't give up. It can take eight to 10 tries before children accept a new food, experts say.
2-Year-Olds: Terrible or Terrific?
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.
Making Rules for Children Reinforces Love
Here are several specific areas where a parent can use limits to show respect for a child's feelings and at the same time enhance the child's health.
Keeping Kids Safe at Home
Children have fun exploring, and you can keep them safe by controlling the household terrain.
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 You Think Your Child Is Faking an Illness
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.
Picking Snacks for Picky Eaters
Nutrition experts agree that a wide assortment of nutritionally balanced snacks served in moderation can be a healthy, essential part of a child's diet.
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.
Cesarean Doesn't Mean Forever
Many women who have had cesarean births can attempt to deliver vaginally if no risk factors are present.
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.
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.
How Safe Is the School Bus?
During the school year, 23.5 million elementary and secondary school children ride a bus to and from school each day. Add in extracurricular activities, and school bus system becomes the single largest public transit system in our country.
Do's and Don'ts for Grandparents
Tips for getting the most from your relationship with your grandchildren.
Giving Your Baby the Best Nutrition
How do you know your infant or toddler is getting what he needs in the food department?
Persuading Kids to Eat Nutritious Meals
It's not always easy to get your children to eat enough fruits and vegetables.
TV vs. Activity: Key Choice for Kids
New studies show that a sedentary child will likely become a sedentary adult, and a sedentary life leads to a host of health problems, from obesity to heart disease.
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.
Keeping Little Shoppers Safe
The number one rule when shopping with your children is to remember you're shopping with your children. Keep an eye on them at all times.
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.
Vaccine Offers Hope for Children’s Earaches
Earaches are common during childhood, but a vaccine can ease the pain for thousands of kids.
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.
Beware of Diarrhea Dehydration in Infants, Toddlers
Poopy diapers are bad enough, but who wants to deal with baby’s diarrhea? Unfortunately the condition isn’t just a smelly mess, it’s also a health concern, because it can lead to dangerous dehydration.
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.
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 participate throughout your partner's pregnancy.
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.
What You Can Do For Baby's Teething
Teething occurs when baby teeth start coming through the child's gums, usually between ages 6 months and 3 years.
Help Your Babysitter Prepare for Anything
When you're looking for a babysitter, give yourself enough time to be selective.
School Lunches: Going Beyond Peanut Butter
Some kids don't want to try new things in their lunch. But a variety of foods gives children a variety of nutrients and expands their palates.
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.
Baby’s Emotional, Intellectual Development
Because most brain development takes place after birth, parents have many opportunities to contribute to the brain's healthy development.
How Is Your Child's Backpack?
The Consumer Product Safety Commission found that in one year, more than 10,000 children ages 5 to 14 see doctors with backpack-related complaints.
Basketball: Make Safety a Point
Experts say players can avoid injury by strengthening muscles through a supervised weight-training program before the season. That helps prevent injuries to knees and ankles, the most common court injuries.
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.
In Language, Two Is Better Than One
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.
Beware of Supplements for Kids
Firms are advertising herbs and supplements as remedies for everything from colds and asthma to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, but dietary supplements and herbal mixtures aimed at children may be a waste of money -- and a threat to their health.
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.
Child Safety for All Ages
Some safety hazards apply to all children. But many problems are especially dangerous for children at a particular age or stage of development. Keep these precautions in mind as your children grow.
What to Do if Your Child Needs Surgery
If having surgery makes you nervous, imagine how it can seem for a child. By helping the youngster anticipate and face those fears, you can ease the trauma and smooth the way for a quicker, easier recovery.
When a Child’s Tonsils Need to Come Out
While it doesn't take long -- about 20 to 30 minutes -- for an ear, nose and throat specialist to remove a child's tonsils, a tonsillectomy should be recommended only after careful consideration.
Teen Suicide: Learning to Recognize the Warning Signs
More than 70 percent of teens who attempt or commit suicide do so in a state of crisis, responding to some acute conflict with peers, parents, or other authorities.
Why Measles Remains a Threat
Children still need immunization because measles remains a significant threat abroad. Worldwide, more than 800,000 children die each year from measles.
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 Vaccinations
Where can you as a parent turn to for the facts about vaccine safety? The first place to go is your child's doctor.
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 Keep Your Baby or Toddler Safe
Here are tips on the basics of child safety.
Caring for a Child With Type 1 Diabetes
If your child suddenly develops a fever and grows weak, tired and nauseated, the youngster probably has the flu or some other virus. But the symptoms could also be warning signs of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes.
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."
Peanut Allergies Require Planning, Communication
If your child is allergic to peanuts, this common food can fill you with dread. Peanuts are the top cause of severe allergic reactions to food, says the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN).
Avoid Soccer Injuries in Your Kids
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.
Road Rules: Teaching Your Teen to Be a Good Driver
Teen drivers have the highest accident and fatality rates of any age group. If you're the parent of a young driver, you can help protect your child by learning about the problem and taking steps to decrease your child's risk of dying in a car crash.
A Guide to Jogging Strollers
Jogging strollers come in a variety of shapes and sizes to match almost anyone's needs, including parents with twins or children with physical disabilities.
Exercise Your Duty to Keep Kids Fit
It's important for parents to be aware of how much exercise their kids are getting so they can make adjustments.
Breastfeeding Helps Mothers and Children
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 Marijuana
Knowing about marijuana can help you recognize its use in children and others and help a user seek treatment.
Could Your Child Have a Drug Problem?
Before assuming your child is taking drugs, find out if something else may be causing him or her to behave unusually.
Unwrap the Gift of Toy Safety
Your challenge is to find toys that your children will enjoy and that you know are safe.
A Holiday Help Guide for Stepfamilies
No one is fond of change, and big changes during the holidays can be particularly difficult to cope with for everyone involved.
Put Off-Road Vehicles Off-Limits for Kids
If your young child begs for an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), doctors say you should resist, because these off-road vehicles can kill.
Children and Cholesterol
If you, your parents or your parents' siblings had a heart attack before age 55, you should have your child's cholesterol tested.
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.
A Few Tricks for Halloween Treats
It's important to encourage good eating habits, while allowing kids to enjoy the fun of the holiday.
The Road to Table Food
At the beginning of your baby’s life, milk was the only thing she needed to grow. Now she’s grown by leaps and bounds and even has teeth! You may be wondering how to introduce her to solid foods. Here’s a guide to how and when to introduce her to new foods.
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.
Help Your Kids Quit Smoking
Every day, about 3,000 U.S. teenagers start smoking. If you're a parent of a young smoker, you can take steps to help the child quit. But first, it helps to understand why teens light up.
Teach Your Children Safety, Awareness
You want to keep your children safe, yet not make them virtual prisoners in their own home.
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.
Understanding Teenage Depression
The medical community once thought depression affected only adults. The risk for the condition begins in the early teens, however, and increases steadily through the mid-20s.
Give Young Athletes Plenty of Fluids
During hot weather, if young athletes don't get enough water to replace what is lost through perspiration, they face the risk of dehydration.
Let Your Children Raise Their Kids
So who's in charge, the parent or grandparent? Experts say it's the parent's job to parent unless grandparents are told otherwise.
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.
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 as eczema. Most children outgrow AD, but in some cases, it may recur in the teenage years or in adulthood.
When Kids Want to Buy, Buy, Buy
Don't argue about cost. Do talk with your children about money management and media messages.
Whole Grains in the Teen Diet
Better health for your teen could be as close as your breadbox. The more whole grains teenagers eat, the leaner they are and the less likely they are to develop diabetes.
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.
10 Ways to Keep Your Family Safe
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.
Want to Get Pregnant? Follow the 90-Day Guide
At least 90 days before starting to try to conceive, both men and women should take steps to improve their diet and exercise routines, as well as fine-tune any medications they may be taking.
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 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.
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.
Five Mealtime Survival Tips for Harried Parents
You and your kids need to eat right. But with your busy schedule, it's tough to make sure everyone has nutritious meals and snacks. Check out these timesaving tips for preparing nutritious meals for the whole family.
Know How Your Preemie Will Grow
Premature babies may grow at a slower rate than full-term babies, but usually catch up in height and weight by 2 years of age. But premature babies are more likely to have trouble with speech, motor skills, hearing or vision.
Find Nutrients for Children in Food, Not Pills
While you want to make sure your child gets the right vitamins and minerals, it's best for kids to get all the nutrients they need from food. But there are some children who may need a supplement.
Spare Your Baby From Diaper Rash
The top cause of diaper rash is moisture, made worse by chafing or rubbing. That's why it's important to check your baby's diaper often and change it.
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.
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 must learn from their parents and caregivers to value themselves, eat nutritiously, and get proper exercise and rest.
Alcohol Use Among Teens Is Epidemic
The leading substance-abuse threat to children may be as close as your refrigerator. About 10 million adolescents drink alcohol. In fact, minors drink 19 percent of the alcohol consumed in the United States.
Helping Your Children Cope With Death
Children deal with death in many different ways, and not necessarily in the same manner as adults.
What Tests Does Your Newborn Baby Need?
You may think your child's first test will come in school, but it will actually happen before leaving the hospital's newborn unit. Early screening tests for babies can find problems before symptoms arise, prompting early treatment.
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.
The Metabolic Syndrome Puts Teens at Risk
Doctors think teens who have the metabolic syndrome face a high risk for the early onset of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
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 child with someone else.
Ways for Working Parents to Tame Stress
As a working parent, do you need some relief from the stress of managing a career and a family?
Bridge the Gap With Teen Grandkids
If you want to develop a closer relationship with teen grandchildren, the key is arranging for one-on-one time, without parents in the picture.
Making the Grade on School Tests
Parents can do a lot to ease test anxiety, both in their children and themselves. Start by focusing on the learning and not the scoring.
Find Safe, Fun Ways to Keep Young Kids Active
Kids need to move to build cognitive and motor skills and to learn that physical activity is fun.
The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers
Taking small steps each week in the right direction in terms of what you buy and cook can improve your family's eating habits.
Make Healthy Eating a Habit
The earlier you teach children such sound habits, the more likely they are to maintain a healthy weight.
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.
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.
Hypertension: Children Can Have It, Too
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, isn't limited to those 18 and older.
Make a Scrapbook for Your Grandkids
If a grandchild is special to you, put your heart into showing it by creating a scrapbook.
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 Say No to Preteens
As children grow older, risks get more complex and restrictions harder to enforce.
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.
Beating an Eating Disorder
Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia have risen steadily to affect nearly 10 million women (and 1 million men).
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.
Blood Pressure Rising Among Children
High blood pressure has joined type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol on a list of ailments that once struck only adults but now afflict children.
Help Girls Stay Active as Teens
The teen years often bring a sharp drop in physical activity, especially for girls.
Plastic Surgery Is Up Among Youths
Plastic surgery is not for every youth. For some procedures, the child must reach milestones in age, growth and physical maturity.
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.
Childhood Immunizations: Get the Facts
If you are the parent of a young child, you may be confused about the safety of immunizations.
Primer: GHB, the Club Drug
On the street, GHB is used for is ability to produce a feeling of euphoria and hallucinations.
Caring for Your Sick Child
You should always call a doctor if you have any doubts or questions about how to take care of your sick child at home.
A Parent’s Guide to Choosing Child Care
As a parent of a young child, one of the most important decisions you will make is choosing who will care for your child while you’re at work.
Take a 'Back in the Day' Tour
Grandchildren really do like learning about how life used to be, even if they don't directly say so.
Leave No Children on Their Behinds
As concern grows over children's harmful weight, physical education gets less and less emphasis in many schools.
A Checklist to Help You Spot Hearing Loss
Parents and pediatricians should know how to detect hearing problems at various stages during a child's first three years of life.
Don't Sell a Short Kid Short
Some children grow more slowly than others. Height in the low normal range is still normal, doctors say.
Survive Your Little One's First Flight
Parents need to be prepared to focus their energy on soothing, distracting or comforting their child during the flight.
Give Eating Right a Green Light
Trust that when kids are hungry enough, they'll eat the healthy options you serve.
What Is Rotavirus?
Rotavirus is a viral infection that causes severe diarrhea in children. A vaccine is now available to help protect youngsters against this illness.
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.
For Obese Teens, Surgery Is the Last Resort
Extreme obesity plagues more than a million teens and young adults, experts estimate. What's a parent to do?
Bullies Go High-Tech
You can now add bullying to the list of things made easier by technology. Bullies use e-mail, instant messaging, and text messaging on cell phones to reach victims.
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.
Get Serious About Playtime
Since the late 1970s, children's playtime has fallen 25 percent and their outdoor activities have dropped 50 percent.
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.
Techniques for Taming Tantrums
Preventing a tantrum is much easier than stopping one. Here are ideas on how to do that.
How to Raise Healthy Eaters
Here are suggestions to help you help your children attain and maintain a healthy weight.
Keeping Your Cool When Parenting Teens
As difficult as it is being a teenager, being a parent of one is even harder.
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.
Help Your Children Breathe Easier
Air pollution hurts infants and children more than adults, studies show. Kids' lungs are still developing, they breathe faster and they spend more time outdoors.
Get Your Kids to Log Off
Rising "screen time" can cost kids the exercise they need to keep fit.
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.
Save Your Child From Injuries
Every day, injuries send 25,000 children to emergency rooms. Simple precautions could head off most of those trips.
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.
Take a Hard Line Against Soft Drinks
Kids who drink soda tend to eat fewer fruits and vegetables, and get less calcium, protein and vitamins A and D, because they are drinking less milk. They also take in more calories.
Movie Watching: Something to Share
Movie watching rates two thumbs up as an occasional activity that is easy, affordable and fun for every generation.
Working Mom? Aim for Less Stress
In the United States, 78 percent of all mothers with kids ages 6 to 17 work in paid jobs. Most—including married working moms—also are responsible for child care and housework.
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.
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.
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.
What Is Scalp Ringworm?
Scalp ringworm isn’t caused by a worm. The infection is the result of a fungus, the same one that leads to athlete’s foot.
When Your Child Has Type 1 Diabetes
With knowledge, practice and a supportive health care team, you can take care of your child without diabetes taking over your lives.
What About Energy Drinks for Kids?
As some schools ban colas from vending machines, ads are hyping a source of even more caffeine: energy drinks.
A Chubby Baby Is Not a Sign of Obesity
With childhood obesity on the rise, should parents worry about the weight of their babies?
Sound Advice for MP3 Users
Experts say today's small music players pose a big risk of hearing loss. One reason: The "earbuds" used with iPods and other MP3 players fit into the ears, not over them.
Phys Ed: What's Up at Your Child's School?
The new PE focuses on total wellness and developing lifelong health habits rather than just teaching students sports.
Five Tips for Handling a Bad Report Card
A disappointing grade can become an emotional tripwire for parent and child alike.
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.
Grandparents Can Provide a Critical Need: Attention
Being a cheerleader for your grandchildren doesn't require any special training. All you need to invest is some time and energy to become their biggest fan.
Cross-Cultural Adoptions Raise Sensitive Issues
As the parent of an adopted biracial/bicultural child, it's important to acknowledge that your child is different. The goal is to help your child feel a sense of pride about his or her culture and race so it becomes a positive part of his or her identity.
Guard Your Baby from Rotavirus
A vaccine can protect babies from rotavirus, the most common cause of severe diarrhea in infants.
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.
Safe Summer Play
May through August is the most dangerous time of year for children, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. In a recent report, Safe Kids found nearly half of all injury-related childhood deaths occur during the summer.
Treat Kids' Headaches Seriously
Youngsters' most common head pain is a tension headache—a dull ache that feels like pressure around the head.
The Supermarket as Classroom
Walking the aisles, you can talk about making wholesome food choices, show how ads drive purchases, and expose your child to new fruits and vegetables.
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.
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.
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.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Children with ODD may refuse to follow commands or requests made by parents, teachers, or other adults.
For More Babies, Birth Comes Too Soon
One in eight U.S. babies is preterm, says the Institute of Medicine. That's a rise of 30 percent in recent decades.
Treasure Playtime with the Grandkids
Making yourself available to your grandchildren builds strong bonds that are long remembered.
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.
Grandparents, Keep Kids Safe in Toyland
Before you hit the stores this holiday season, remember that the best toys are not just fun but also safe.
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?
Balancing Work and Home
To keep the scales of work and life balanced, you must be organized. This means you must not only organize your stuff, but also your time.
Set Limits to Keep Your Teen Driver Safe
There are no magic words to make a teen drive like an adult. But by setting rules, parents can make a dramatic difference in preventing crashes.
Video Games: More Losers than Winners
Video games can take up too much of your kids' time. They may keep your kids from schoolwork and isolate them from family and friends. They can fuel obesity by limiting physical activity.
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.
Kids Need Their Nutrients
Learning a bit more about vitamins and minerals can help ensure your kids are on the right nutritional track.
For Seniors: Pass On Your Love of Music
Introducing some of your cherished tunes to a grandchild may provide a great catalyst for imparting information about your past.
Watch that Backpack Load
When your child acts as if she’s carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders, maybe you should check her backpack.
Knock Down the Hurdles to Breastfeeding
Ideally, you should breast-feed exclusively for the first six months, with a goal of continuing breast milk for at least the first year.
Helping Picky Eaters Expand Their Palates
Although a lot of young children are finicky about food, they need help when they won’t eat the amount or variety required to keep up their nutritional status.
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.
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism spectrum disorders, which include autistic disorder, affect children in different ways. Some children have mild symptoms, others have severe limitations.
Diet Drinks, Small Snacks Have Drawbacks
Although sugar-free soft drinks don’t add calories, they don’t provide nutrients either. And one study found that students who had been primed to think about their diets actually ate more when given small bags of potato chips than students who were given large bags.
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.
For Parents: Treat at Home or Call the Doctor?
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.
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 healthy sleep routine.
How Your Child Can Live Well with Asthma
With the right asthma action plan, most children with asthma can live full and active lives.
Kids and ID Theft: Helping Your Child Stay Safe on the Computer
With its range of educational sites and informative encyclopedias, the Internet can be a useful learning tool for kids of all ages. But it can also pose a serious risk: identity theft.
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.
Your Child's Social and Emotional Development
Knowing when to expect social and emotional milestones, and alerting your pediatrician if you suspect a delay, is the best way to prevent future problems and help your child reach his or her full potential.
Teaching Children Good Sportsmanship
Good sportsmanship is one of the life lessons that children can learn from sports. Its hallmarks include being able to win without gloating, respecting one’s opponents, and being able to lose gracefully.
Building Bonds with Your Grandchildren
Grandparents can play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren. In some families, they are the caregivers; in others, they help make lasting memories through special visits.
Teenagers and Summer Jobs
Focusing on Safety at School
Teenagers and After-School Jobs
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.