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 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...
"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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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