Nutrition and Kids
When Your Kid Wants to Go Vegan

When Your Kid Wants To Go Vegan

When your kid says, “Mom, I want to be a vegan,” alarm bells might sound in your head. What if he’s not getting enough protein for his activities? Will she get enough iron to support her growing body? Since a vegan diet excludes all animal products, including meat, fish, poultry, …

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Autism Spectrum Disorder
How Can Speech Therapy Help Kids with Autism

How Can Speech Therapy Help Kids with Autism?

“Use your words!” This is a phrase parents often tell their children. But for children with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, “using words” may not be possible. In fact, difficulty with communication is a defining characteristic of autism. “Most children with autism do have deficits in speech and language,” says …

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Kids and Internet Safety
Internet Safety and Kids

Internet Safety: Should Parents Worry About the Momo Challenge?

While some claim it’s an internet hoax, the “Momo challenge” is scaring parents and compelling school districts to send letters home across metro Detroit. The Momo challenge allegedly entices children to text a number to WhatsApp, a messaging and social media app, and they are then lured to complete tasks …

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Parenting Advice

Positive Discipline: 10 Alternatives To Spanking

Several decades ago, spanking was widely considered an acceptable parental response to poor behavior. But years of research show that laying a hand on a child is not only ineffective, it could also cause long-term damage. In fact, last December, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a statement explaining …

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Raising Healthy Kids
How to Keep Your Kids Active During Cold Weather

How to Keep Your Kids Active During Cold Weather

Across the state, below freezing temperatures are predicted for the next few days. With the expected wind chill, many schools have already canceled classes so kids, parents and teachers won’t have to brave the cold. When you’ve got your children in the house all day long, it can be a …

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Keeping Your Family Healthy
Antibiotic Use in Kids

Antibiotics in Kids: Your Questions Answered

When your child gets sick, it’s natural to want to act fast to stop the suffering and halt the spread of the illness through the family. The obvious solution for most situations: Antibiotics. But not all illnesses require antibiotics. In fact, antibiotics are useless against two of the most common …

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Parenting a Child with Special Needs
Vaccinating Kids with Special Needs

Vaccinating Kids with Special Needs

Shielding children from potentially life-threatening illnesses is obviously critically important, and vaccines have helped eradicate or nearly eradicate lethal diseases that plagued the population earlier in our history. While doctors recommend vaccines for all children, it is especially important for children with special needs to be current on their shots. …

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Raising Healthy Kids
A Prescription for Play

A Prescription to Play

Studies consistently show that play is critical to healthy physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. Play helps children learn how to interact with others appropriately and builds relationships. Play is so important, in fact, that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) now encourages all pediatricians to write prescriptions for play …

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Raising Healthy Kids
The Pros and Cons of Screen Time: How to Manage Your Child's Screen Use

The Pros & Cons of Screen Time: How to Manage Your Child’s Use

Screen use among kids has exploded over the past decade — not only outside of school, but also as an (often required) educational tool. Between homework, social media, video games and YouTube videos, many kids rack up six or seven hours of screen time daily. Living in a virtual world …

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New Health Research
Every Put Your Baby's Pacifier in Your Mouth?

Ever Put Your Baby’s Pacifier in Your Mouth? It May Help Their Health

Many parents probably think nothing of sucking on their baby’s pacifier to clean it after it falls to the ground. Turns out, doing so may benefit their child’s health. A new Henry Ford Health System study found that babies whose parents sucked on their pacifier to clean it had a …

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