Kids' Health

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Information on sick kids, allergies, mental health, weight concerns, child development and safety and medical emergencies.
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When my daughter developed a cough that seemed to last forever, my husband and I were baffled. Was it a remnant of her most recent cold, or was she developing an allergy to dust mites hiding in her bedroom?
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Stress is more prevalent than ever in American families, and no one is feeling it more than our kids, according to recent "Stress in America" survey findings by the American Psychological Association....
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It's an age-old battle: Moms want kids to eat more veggies.  Kids want to eat, well, anything else.  "Don't give up!  Keep offering veggies," says Jeanne Muchnick, mom to two girls and...
Advice for Dealing with Sick Kids
It comes with little warning. One minute your child is romping around and the next, he's stuffy, coughing and whiny with the oh-so-common cold. With more than 200 viruses floating around, it's no wonder...
With germs hopping all over classrooms, day cares and playgroups, parents and nannies need to stay in tip-top shape. It's inevitable your household will come down with either a cold or flu, and when...
Cold and flu season may bring body aches and fever, but there are precautions you can take to keep illness at bay. Dr. Gregory DeMuri, a pediatrician at American Family Children's Hospital in Madison,...
Your little one has a cough and fever, but is it as serious as pneumonia? Learning the signs and symptoms of pneumonia in children can help you learn when you can treat your kid at home and when it's...
Lately, you've noticed your child is unusually short of breath after his soccer game and has had a pesky cough. How can you tell the difference between a lingering cough and a more serious issue like...
If you're like most adults, you probably remember an influx of itchy bumps that plagued you -- and kept you out of school for a week or more -- at some point during your childhood. Before the vaccine...
Your child's hoarse hacking sounds awful and stops you in your tracks every time. There must be some way to soothe your little one's horrible cough. But keep in mind that the best cough remedies...
Knowing the early signs and symptoms of diabetes not only helps you get the treatment your child needs, but it could save a life. There are two separate types of diabetes. Diabetes in children has increased...
Your tot's skin is red, bumpy and itchy -- is it a simple rash or could it be something more? Sometimes your child's rash is actually a skin condition like eczema. Eczema in children is a very...
That number on the thermometer keeps climbing. Your child's a wreck -- you even more so. Do you give him more Tylenol? A cool bath? Or is it time to call the doctor?Take a deep breath, says pediatrician...
Your child gets a ball to the nose, the house air is dry or an errant finger goes up a nostril. Before you know it, you've got a kid with a bloody nose. Nosebleeds in children happen -- in fact, they...
There are few things worse than seeing your little one not feeling his best. Headaches in children can be especially hard to deal with because there are so many different causes and types of aches. Where...
Your spouse is out of town, your office is short-staffed and your toddler woke up with a sore throat and runny nose -- uh oh! Many households today rely on two working parents and depend on child care...
When your toddler gets a bout of diarrhea, sometimes it's scary not knowing what to do. Should you just keep an eye on the situation at home or seek medical attention fast? Here's what you need...
You saw the bee land on your child and before you could brush it off, your child got stung. Now what? How do you treat a bee sting? Most people don't give the question much thought until the sting (common,...
"I can still remember the first night Jake had croup," says Massachusetts mom *Grace Spanow. "I heard a sound coming from his room, but I didn't think it was human. It was so frightening."...
When everyone in Ann Week's Belguim-based household started itching last year, she realized something was up. And when lice showed up on both her and her two children, she was at a loss of what to do next....
When his young daughter's scooter flipped up and banged her on the head, even renowned concussion expert Michael Collins knew all he could do was watch her carefully for any signs of trouble. Kids...
Childhood fevers are scary, especially when they climb high. The good news, however, is that even a really high fever isn't inherently bad or harmful. We asked Dr. Anita Chandra-Puri, spokesperson...
With three active sons, Raleigh, N.C. mom Michelle Morton has seen her share of rashes. There was that sunscreen sensitivity that didn't itch, but was very red and irritated and the raised, red and...
Summit, N.J. mom Eileen Zyko Wolter came to know the signs of her son's ear infections pretty well. He had, after all, come down with 13 of them before he turned two. "It was definitely the kind...
The flu. Words that cause any parent to shudder. When your child has influenza, your world can stop spinning as you try to provide care and comfort. But often people use the term "the flu"...
Richmond, Va., mom Michele Schwartz only had to look at her daughter's slightly pink eye and listen to her complaints of eyelash crustiness before she realized conjunctivitis was in the house. "When...
There's nothing better than knowing that your children are outside enjoying themselves during the warm weather. But with activities like camping, hiking and even backyard playtime comes a risk of Lyme...
Discovering a rash on your kids can be stressful for new parents and caregivers. You put a healthy child to bed for the night only to come face to face with itchy red bumps the next morning! Not sure which...
You notice your child scratching at a spot excessively and freak out when you discover a scaly ring pattern on her skin. Ringworm in kids is a condition that creeps parents out, but it's actually common,...
Seeing your child holding her belly in pain is distressing to parents and also tricky to know how to handle. Is it a little constipation or could it be food poisoning? Should you make your child comfortable...
A sore throat, fever, headache -- could it be strep throat? When your kid is feeling under the weather, it's hard to know what the right course of action is.Here's how to tell if your kid might have strep,...
Your kids are at school, clubs, sports and other activities throughout the day, so it's hard to know exactly how much water they're drinking. Should you be on the lookout for signs of dehydration in children?...
Insect bites are just as much a mainstay of summer as the family barbecue -- but much less enjoyable! Luckily, most bug bites are only annoying and not life threatening. According to Dr. Khalilah Babino,...
Your child wakes up with vomiting or diarrhea and maybe even a high fever. Not sure what to do? It sounds like your little one may have the symptoms of the stomach bug. But what can parents or nannies...
Allergies
Sniffling, coughing, watery eyes. These symptoms sound familiar? They're common allergy complaints. Whether you’re a professional housekeeper who serves clients with allergies, or you're...
Your child has just been diagnosed with a tree nut allergy, and you feel like there's a boogeyman lurking around every corner. You're living in a world where everyday items suddenly seem to be...
Your toddler just broke out in a rash, and you wonder whether he could be allergic to the melon he had for lunch or if he's reacting to pollen in the air today. How can you tell the difference between...
Children who have severe allergies will need extra-special attention. Make sure you hire a sitter who is mature enough to monitor your child's activities, and his meals. An inexperienced sitter, for example, might not know that some chili powders and mixes can contain peanut products or how to best avoid bee stings...
Allergy season can put a damper on summer fun, no matter your age. Children can begin to suffer from allergy symptoms as early as a year old, although many children do not show symptoms until they are...
Every year, the weather pundits predict that the worst allergy season ever known to man has arrived. Questions like, "Can allergies cause a fever or a cough?" can be heard at pharmacy counters...
Most children, mine included, eagerly anticipate Halloween, carefully choosing costumes and rushing through dinner so they can go trick-or-treating. Even though I love Halloween too, I have to prepare myself mentally for the peanut butter cups that will be in my food-allergic child's bag at the evening's end.
Hives in children are no fun for anyone. Your little one is itchy, uncomfortable and irritable, and you're worried the rash will spread. Not sure what's going on? Here's the lowdown on hives,...
Have seasonal allergy symptoms such as sneezing, an itchy nose and coughing got your child down? Have you ever thought of using honey for allergies? If your kids have seasonal allergies, you're probably...
When my daughter developed a cough that seemed to last forever, my husband and I were baffled. Was it a remnant of her most recent cold, or was she developing an allergy to dust mites hiding in her bedroom?
Your baby is fussy, even after you've ruled out dirty diapers and hunger. He doesn't ever seem to sleep more than 20 minutes at a time, sometimes he screams and arches as if in pain and his diaper...
When my baby was born six years after his brother, I was amazed at all of the changes in the baby-related world, from strollers to the pediatrician's office. In the past few decades, by recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control...
Having a child with food allergies is a scary, often overwhelming experience, especially when those allergies are life-threatening. It can also be very isolating.  Just ask the parents of an Edgewater,...
When Heidi Dross of Gaithersburg, Md. woke her son Eli up for his preschool field trip to the National Gallery of Art, her mind was on making the bus.  Instead, she got a fright. The four-year-old's...
Safety Tips
Kids seem to get into everything, and the state of their clothing proves it. There are many commercial cleaners on the market that claim to make fabrics as good as new, but what about a homemade stain...
You know that strapping your children in for every car ride is important for their safety and statistics back that up. For infants and toddlers, child restraints reduce fatal injuries by up to 71 percent,...
You're a parent, so you've probably heard the buzz about making sure to use BPA-free products to ensure your child's health and safety. But what does BPA-free mean? BPA stands for Bisphenol-A,...
How to Raise Healthy Kids
There are many reasons kids should play outside, from expressing creativity to running freely to making messes without worrying about dirtying the house. In addition to these fun reasons, there are also...
For mom Jennifer Schwartz of Granger, Indiana, the road to developing healthy eating habits for her two daughters, 9 and 10, involves small but steady steps. She's trying to lead the way and model...
If you're having trouble getting your family to wind down in the evening, maybe it's time to try some yoga poses. You don't have to leave the house to go to a class (although that might be...
Making hygiene for kids a part of your toddler's daily routine can be ... well, a little messy, especially when cleanliness and germs are the last thing on his mind. But introducing hygiene to your...
A few years ago, Leslie Marinelli went through a phase where she ground her own wheat and baked homemade bread...That didn't last long. A busy mom of three, The Bearded Iris blogger doesn't have...
Your child is growing by leaps and bounds, but you aren't quite sure if that's a good thing. With all the talk about BMI for kids, child obesity and overweight children in the media, you may wonder if...
Stress is more prevalent than ever in American families, and no one is feeling it more than our kids, according to recent "Stress in America" survey findings by the American Psychological Association....
From apple slices in Happy Meals to a buffed-up Tony the Tiger, efforts to improve kids' health are multiplying. And who better to lead the charge than Michelle Obama (and her fabulous biceps!)? The...
You're trying to coax your son out the door to get to school for an important test, but he just won't go. Your daughter was invited to stay at a friend's house for a sleepover, but she wants...
Many children have trouble with sleep at some point -- difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, being tired or even falling asleep during the day. So how do you know if your child is having typical (and...
Exercise for kids is just as important as exercise for adults -- it gets the heart beating, keeps up stamina, works muscles and burns calories. But if your child doesn't play sports, exercise may not come...
While cavities in children occur regularly, you may feel a bit surprised -- even guilty -- when one is found in your child. Fear not, there are some steps you can take to help cut down on cavities and...
The numbers tell a frightening story: More than 25 percent of 2- to 5-year-old children are already overweight or obese in the United States, and obesity rates for these pre-schoolers have doubled in the...
If you have young children, you may wonder if it's worth your effort trying to get them to wash their hands every time they get dirty -- which is constantly! Medical experts say the answer is actually...
Plenty of websites offer meal ideas and recipes that prioritize healthy eating for kids. After all, ensuring your kids get all the nutrients they need without adopting unhealthy habits is an essential...
Sneaky Chef Missy Lapine is famous for her commitment to healthy eating, but the self-diagnosed health nut has a shocking confession - she lets her kids have Twinkies! Here, Lapine reveals her belief...
Are you needing to check for monsters under the bed or feeling helpless when your child wakes from night terrors and seems inconsolable? Unidentified shadows, unexpected noises or a closet door that's...
When it comes to health, Rebecca Gallagher walks the walk. She buys all organic, follows a vegan diet, and avoids fast food. The result? Healthy kids who follow her lead. Well, almost. She's still...
Do you have a stressed-out, anxious, wiggly or angry child? Then meditation for kids might be exactly what you need to calm your little one (and maybe you'll reap some calming benefits, too!). You...
If you could wave a magic wand and help your child lose weight and learn healthy habits so the weight stays off, you would. If the time for hoping things will get better is over -- perhaps your child...
You've heard the statistics -- nearly one in three U.S. children today is overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And many children who aren't...
Shaina Olmanson is never the only cook in the kitchen. The mom behind the delectable blog Food for My Family typically has four little sous-chefs selecting ingredients, chopping up vegetables, and indulging...
Jill Krause doesn't like to get complicated when it comes to health. You won't find this busy mom planning vegan menus or toting her little ones to kiddie pilates. The Krause family prefers a...
If you find yourself asking other moms how many naps their kids take and for how long, don't worry. You're not the only one losing sleep over sleep! Figuring out if your baby's nap time is...
While most of us struggle to conquer our junk food cravings, Hallee Bridgeman and her family seem to be on the other side of the spectrum. The Hallee the Homemaker blogger chooses to feed her family a...
Like dealing with stuffy noses and loose teeth, removing splinters is a skill every parent must master. Children are especially susceptible to splinters since they spend so much time playing outdoors,...
For mom blogger Robin O'Bryant, teaching her kids healthy habits just seems to come naturally. What's her secret? Lose the rules. Instead of forcing her kids to stick to a fitness regimen or counting...
Is it snoring or is it sleep apnea? If your child isn't getting a good night's sleep, it can disrupt your whole household. Those "cute" snores may not be so cute -- especially if sleep...
You've wrapped up for the evening and are settling in to watch a movie with your husband when your son wanders into the room. He went to bed a few hours ago, and when you ask him what's wrong,...
"But my hands are clean, Mommy," your 4-year-old insists, after he sneezes right into them. "Look at them -- I don't see any germs on them."How do you explain the concept of germs for kids to understand?...
To cut or not to cut -- that is the decision that many moms of newborn boys face today. Welcome to the latest "choice" that's stoking the fire of the Mommy Wars. If you thought bottle or...
No matter how well your sleep training approach worked with your infant, you may be floundering now that you have an opinionated toddler on your hands. A tired toddler is an unhappy toddler. But don't...
Your child's wet the bed again. Is this normal? Should you be worried? You might be too embarrassed to ask anyone else about it, but you also need to know if it's going to stop.Good news: It will....
Good nutrition for kids involves not only keeping up with your child's appetite but making sure you're meeting his nutritional needs, too. It means feeding your child "a variety of foods from all the food...
From earthy-crunchy diets to corn dogs for dinner, Jen has been just about everywhere on the healthy eating scale. Finally, The Martha Project blogger has settled into moderation land, but she still justifies...
Care Stages
When researching our piece on "Taking Care of a Newborn," source Jennifer Walker, an Atlanta area RN BSN and co-founder of Moms on Call, shared these ten tips every parent should know - or prepare...
Ah, the "between" years. This age group -- which usually describes those 8 to 12 -- is better known as the 'tween years. From shyness to independence, from baby fat to puberty, this can be a wildly exciting and tumultuous time of life for you and...
Our kids are always changing. Physically, intellectually and emotionally, we're constantly looking out for our youngsters and making sure they reach certain milestones as they grow...
The teen years are full of discovery -- about bodies, about emerging personalities and about life. Whether your teenager is athletic, musical, shy, confident, or comprises a mix of many characteristics...
Caring for toddlers can be both wildly gratifying and joyful, then unbelievably frustrating at times. During this period, toddlers form strong emotional attachments yet also seek independence...
Preschoolers and kindergarteners truly feel like little citizens of the world. They mature physically by becoming little beanpoles, and also become more independent and more complex in the skills they develop.
Your little one calls you into his room in the middle of the night complaining of leg pain, but it's mysteriously gone by morning. Sound familiar? Your child might be experiencing growing pains. According...
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