Your Child's Health Needs
Pediatric Well Visit

How to Make the Most of Your Child’s Well Visit

Back-to-school season often brings kids to the pediatrician for annual well visits. Whether your child is getting cleared for school, ensuring she’s in top shape to participate in sports or receiving necessary vaccinations, it’s important for parents and kids alike to make the most of the visit. Key Questions for …

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Maintaining a Safe Family Home
From Teens to Toddlers, Medication Safety Tips for Parents

From Toddlers to Teens: Medication Safety Tips for Parents

Whether you or a family member take medicine prescribed by a physician, or use over-the-counter (OTC) medication or vitamins to maintain your health, you could be putting your child at risk if you don’t keep those medicines secure and out of reach of children. “Prescription medications, when used as directed, …

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Raising Healthy Kids
7 Steps to Take On Childhood Obesity

7 Steps to Conquer Childhood Obesity

A few years ago, the medical community thought childhood obesity had peaked. Unfortunately, that’s not true. Today, one out of five children is obese, and the latest numbers indicate that rates of childhood obesity show no signs of waning. The stakes for obese kids are high. Beyond vanity and social …

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Cancer Prevention
The HPV Vaccine: Why Young Boys Should Get It Too

The HPV Vaccine: Why Boys Should Get It Too

HPV (short for human papillomavirus) is often misunderstood. Some think that HPV, which infects people through any physical, skin-to-skin contact and can lead to genital warts and cancer, is exceedingly rare. Others think that all strains of HPV cause cancer. In reality, HPV infections are very common, but cancer caused …

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The Challenge of Food Allergies

Keep Calm & Carry an EpiPen: How to Cope With Your Child’s Food Allergy

Childhood food allergies are commonplace, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy to manage. Identifying what your child is allergic to – and how to steer clear of it – can be extraordinarily difficult. What’s more, once a test uncovers a child could have an anaphylactic reaction to a food allergen, …

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Raising Healthy Kids
Bedwetting Basics

Bedwetting Basics: How to Help Your Child

“I wet my bed.” These distressing words, whether delivered in the dark of night or at daybreak are upsetting to parents and children alike. Nighttime bedwetting, what doctors call “nocturnal enuresis,” is very common. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an estimated 5 million to 7 million children …

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Parenting Advice

Stressed Out Teens: 4 Tips on How to Help

Today’s teens face more pressures than any generation before them. In addition to increasing academic demands, navigating physical changes and body image concerns, teenagers in the digital age are also expected to be “on” 24/7. In fact, many teens sleep with their smartphones right at their bedsides. That constant accessibility …

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Raising Healthy Kids
Essential Oils and Kids: Do They Mix?

Essential Oils and Kids: Do They Mix?

Essential oils are seeping into the spotlight — proponents claim they can boost immune function, improve sleep and even obliterate cold and flu symptoms. These highly-concentrated aromatic oils are produced by distilling oils from the roots, leaves, stems, flowers and bark of plants with steam or water. Essential oils are …

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Addiction & Teens
JUULing and teens

JUULing: The Vaping Trend Parents Need to Understand

Vaping — inhaling the aerosol vapor produced by an e-cigarette — isn’t a new activity among teenagers, but the products and packaging have become more camouflaged. A new type of vaping, called JUULing, features a flash drive-like design that can be easily tucked away in a closed fist, and the …

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Parenting an Adolescent
teen acne

Parents: Help Take the Trauma Out of Teen Acne

As if the teen years aren’t troubling enough, up to 90 percent of individuals in this age group also have to deal with skin eruptions and acne. While your own teenager’s skin issues may seem relatively minor to you, understand that even a small breakout can be a big blow …

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