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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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 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...
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...
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.
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?
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
According to the experts, when it comes to car seat safety, it's what you don't know that can put children at risk. That's why it's important to increase your car seat IQ, whether you're...
Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20. How many times do we wish we could go back and change a situation to avoid an accident involving our child? The great news is that with a little foresight most childhood...
Yippee! Your son made the pee-wee football team. Woo hoo! Your daughter is the basketball captain. But along with the fun of sports camaraderie and important physical exercise comes the fear of injuries.Being...
When our newborn is lying peacefully in her bassinet, it's hard to imagine that we, or their babysitters.
Does your family have a safety plan? How do you communicate that to your babysitter, nanny, or au pair? This re-useable, just-in-case checklist for babysitters and nannies will help your family keep track of emergency contacts, procedures, and health concerns when your children are under the watchful eye of your favorite caregivers.
Recently, a friend in Toronto shared an alarming tale: her two young children (ages 8 and 6 years at the time) were approached by a man who tried to lure them into his car with the promise of candy...
It's now a familiar sight: The two year old who can navigate an iPhone better than some adults.  My own three year old knows how to turn my phone on, scroll through the screens until he gets to the...
As a parent, you can never be too prepared. You've already got the extra pack of tissues and travel hand sanitizer at the ready for everyday messes. You've got a full change of clothes for your kids in...
Fun summer memories are often filled with days swimming in pools, but those long, lazy days mean parents have to ramp up their vigilance about pool safety for kids. In one split second, kids can find...
Longer days, lighter nights and more worrying. Yup, it's summer. And before your kids race out the door, you're doing all you can to protect them from sun, bugs, head injuries, etc.There's...
You just got home from a long day, and dinner is so far from being on the table, you may as well have left it at work. You need to invest at least some time in the kitchen to get everyone fed, but instead...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
"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...
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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