RadioMD: Healthy Children

RadioMD: Healthy Children

  • A Message to Parents of Teen Drivers: Teaching Safe Driving!

    Apr 09, 2014 | 10 min
    Cars and kids have been a potentially deadly duo for decades. Parents can play an important role in reducing the number of fatalities and keeping their teens alive.Cars and kids have been a potentially deadly duo for decades. More than 5,500 young people die every year in car crashes and thousands more are injured. Making motor vehicle crashes the leading cause of death for 16- to 20-year-olds. Despite the fact that teenage drivers account for only 6 percent of the driving public, they are involved in a staggering 14 percent of all fatal car crashes. Two-thirds of the teenagers killed are male. Those numbers have also remained remarkably stable, even allowing for population increases, and ar...
  • Seasonal Allergies in Children

    Apr 09, 2014 | 10 min
    We are offering some common clues that could lead you to suspect your child may have an allergy.Some allergies are easy to identify by the pattern of symptoms that follows exposure to a particular substance. But others are subtler, and may masquerade as other conditions. Here are some common clues that could lead you to suspect your child may have an allergy.Repeated or chronic cold-like symptoms that last more than a week or two, or that develop at about the same time every year. These could include:Runny noseNasal stuffinessSneezingThroat clearingNose rubbingSnifflingSnortingSneezingItchy, runny eyesItching or tingling sensations in the mouth and throat. Itchiness is not usually a complain...
  • Common Sense Media For Your Kids

    Apr 09, 2014 | 10 min
    How do you go about choosing media for your children. Our nation's children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school.How do you go about choosing media for your children.Do you know how to determine when your child is ready for a particular movie or even a book.Superheroes and Star Wars are very popular with even young kids, but when is it ok to show them these films?Should parents see the movie first?Would parents go to a website where they can vet a film for violence?One such website is Common Sense Media. Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, an...
  • Backyard Dangers: Fertilizers and Pesticides

    Apr 09, 2014 | 10 min
    Can the beautiful spring lawn you are creating be a real hazard to your kids?Can the beautiful spring lawn you are creating be a real hazard to your kids?You want to make your yard a place of peace and fun for the family.But while you are doing that you are putting harsh chemicals on your lawn and garden that if the kiddos run around on, and the touch their eyes, or their mouth can be very harmful.Listen as our pediatrician gives you her best advice on the proper way to make a beautiful yard and keep the kids safe and happy so they may play on that lawn for many happy months to come.
  • Can E-Cigs Poison Your Children?

    Apr 09, 2014 | 10 min
    Can E-Cigarettes poison your children. A new CDC study says poisoning from them is on the rise.New CDC study finds dramatic increase in e-cigarette-related calls to poison centersThe number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014, according to a CDC study published in today's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The number of calls per month involving conventional cigarettes did not show a similar increase during the same time period.More than half (51.1 percent) of the calls to poison centers due to e-cigarettes involved young children under age 5, and about 42 percent of the p...
  • Our Tips for the Best Educational Web Sites for Kids

    Mar 19, 2014 | 10 min
    Do you worry about what internet sites your children are visiting? Are they safe? Might they see things that you don't want them to see?Even pediatricians agree that a little bit of screen time each day is okay for kids.According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children over 2 should be limited to 2 hours of recreational screen time per day.On Healthy Children we are offering our best educational web sites for kids.Interactive sites that every parent can feel good about letting their kids watch.
  • Having a Dog Can Help AND Hurt Your Child. Are You Pro Dog?

    Mar 19, 2014 | 10 min
    Having a dog when you are a baby can actually protect you from developing asthma and allergies later in life. But man's best friend isn't always baby's best friend.Having a dog when you are a baby can actually protect you from developing asthma and allergies later in life. New research is helping us understand why. But man's best friend isn't always baby's best friend. Your baby's risk of injury from a dog is actually higher than his risk of injury from walkers, cribs, and many recalled products. Are the benefits of having a dog worth the risks to your child?
  • Stressed and Depressed– 8 Ways Teens are Hurting Themselves On Purpose

    Mar 19, 2014 | 10 min
    American teens are stressed and depressed. It is sad to say that our teens are now more stressed out than adults.American teens are stressed and depressed. Between the suicide attempts, the overdoses, there are many new methods that teens are finding to intentionally hurt themselves—to somehow dull the pain.It's getting worse. According to recent results from the Stress in America Study, teens are now more stressed out than adults.40% feel irritable or angry36% feel nervous or anxious31% felt overwhelmed due to stress in the past month36% feel fatigued or tired, andAlmost 30% feel depressed or sadOur teens can't manage stress and depression without us. The Stress in America study found that ...
  • Measles and Whooping Cough: Yikes, Outbreaks and Your Child

    Mar 19, 2014 | 10 min
    Listen to the only REAL credible source of information on vaccines, and just how much evidence there is that vaccines are very safe, and a necessity for the lasting health of our communities!Measles is caused by a virus that can spread easily through the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs and someone nearby inhales the infected droplets. It can also be transmitted by direct contact with fluids from the nose or mouth of an infected person.Healthy lungs are crucial to your child's well-being. The lungs can get infections that, when serious, can cause chronic and sometimes life-threatening illnesses.The Pertussis, or whooping cough vaccine has made most children immune. However not a...
  • Is Your Smart Phone Use Giving Your Children Bad Habits

    Mar 12, 2014 | 10 min
    Are you using your smart phone around your children? Is your behavior with your device having an effect on your children?Many a parent has turned to a smartphone or tablet during a restaurant outing with children. How does this mobile device use affect parent-child interactions? Researchers recently sought to describe patterns of how caregivers and children use mobile devices around each other. In the study, Patterns of Mobile Device Use by Caregivers and Children During Meals in Fast Food Restaurants, published in the April 2014 Pediatrics (published online March 10), researchers observed 55 caregivers eating with 1 or more young children in fast food restaurants. The researchers wrote deta...
  • Meningitis: Campus Outbreaks on the Rise

    Mar 12, 2014 | 10 min
    Is Meningitis on the rise? Why might this be? Should Parents be worried or will the vaccine be the answer?Princeton University is experiencing a prolonged outbreak of serogroup B meningococcal disease, with eight cases reported. The CDC, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), Princeton University officials, and local health authorities have been working closely together since the first case of meningococcal disease associated with Princeton University was reported in March 2013. The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is experiencing an outbreak of serogroup B meningococcal disease, with four confirmed cases reported during November 2013.Why are we seeing more outbreaks of t...
  • Could Use of Antibiotics Cause a Nasty Diarrhea Infection?

    Mar 12, 2014 | 10 min
    Do you ask your doctor to give your child antibiotics for every ear infection, sore throat and cold? Well think again..It could cause a nasty infection..with diarrhea!C. difficile, which causes at least 250,000 infections in hospitalized patients and 14,000 deaths every year among children and adults, remains at all-time high levels. It is a bacterial infection that can cause severe diarrhea and is potentially life threatening,According to preliminary CDC data, an estimated 17,000 children aged 1 through 17 years get C. difficile infections every year. This infection can occur among children in the general community who recently took antibiotics prescribed in doctor's offices for other condi...
  • Can Infant Sleep Machines Be Hazardous to Babies Ears?

    Mar 12, 2014 | 10 min
    Can devices that soothe infants to sleep be so loud that they can damage their hearing?Infant sleep machines can be used to mask environmental noises in busy households or to provide ambient noise to soothe an infant during sleep, but they can also contribute to babies' hearing loss. In an April 2014 Pediatrics study, Infant Sleep Machines and Hazardous Sound Pressure Levels, published online March 3, the maximum noise levels of 65 sounds in 14 different infant sleep machines were tested at three distances. All 14 machines exceeded 50 dBA, the current recommended noise limit for infants in hospital nurseries, and all but one exceeded the recommended noise limit even from 200 centimeters away...
  • AAP Advises Against Using Retail Based Clinics

    Mar 12, 2014 | 10 min
    Did you realize that retail based medical clinics don't even have your childs medical history? How can they know how to help your child with out any prior knowledge of your child?Families may decide to use a retail-based health clinic because they believe it is convenient and less expensive, but according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, these clinics do not provide children with the high-quality, regular preventive health care children need.In an updated policy statement published in the March 2014 Pediatrics, the AAP emphasizes that retail-based clinics are an inappropriate source of primary care for children because they fragment children's health care and do not support the medical...
  • Poison Prevention and Treatment Tips: National Poison Prevention Week

    Mar 05, 2014 | 10 min
    Most poisonings occur when parents are not paying close attention. While you are busy doing other things, your child may be exploring closets or under bathroom sinks, where dangerous household items are often stored.Each year, approximately 2.4 million people – more than half under age 6 – swallow or have contact with a poisonous substance. Most poisonings occur when parents or caregivers are home but not paying attention. The most dangerous potential poisons are medicines, cleaning products, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, pesticides, furniture polish, gasoline, kerosene and lamp oil. Be especially vigilant when there is a change in routine. Holidays, visits to and from grandparents' ho...
  • Spring Break Safety Tips

    Mar 05, 2014 | 10 min
    Spring break is a great time for the family to get away from the cold, dark days of winter and have some fun in the sun.Spring break is a great time for the family to get away from the cold, dark days of winter and have some fun in the sun.However, there are a few things to think about as you prepare for your trip.Teens especially should pay special heed to these tips as they tend to forget about sunscreen and fry their bodies.Keep your family safe while on your trip by following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
  • Vaccines: The Real Story and Why You Should Vaccinate Your Children

    Mar 05, 2014 | 10 min
    Worried about the safety of vaccines? We have the answers to your questions about immunizations for your children.Today, most children in the United States lead much healthier lives and parents live with much less anxiety and worry over infections during childhood. Immunizations are one of the success stories of modern medicine.Measles, mumps, and rubella are serious diseases. Most children who get their MMR shots will not get these diseases and many more children would get them if we stopped vaccinating.Listen as Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, aka Mama Doc, gives us the real story on vaccines and the issues and worries parents have when immunizing their children.
  • A Spoonful of Bacteria for Baby?

    Mar 05, 2014 | 10 min
    Do probiotics provide benefits for children? It just might mean that kids should eat a little dirt!A report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) finds that probiotics, the good bacteria that colonize in your gut, may help improve digestion, immune defense and even metabolism. They can have certain health benefits in some children. Or none at all.Probiotics are found in yogurt and yogurt drinks. Children consume them in all sorts of colors and flavors.You might not think twice about giving foods laced with "good" bacteria to your youngsters.But do probiotics really provide any benefits for children?Listen as Seattle Mama Doc, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson helps you decide if giving probiotics ...
  • Balancing Life and Work: The Superwomen Syndrome

    Mar 05, 2014 | 10 min
    Do you often feel overwhelmed by the hectic life of work, children, spouses, aging parents, well..just everything in life? You are not alone!Do you often feel overwhelmed by the hectic life of work, children, spouses, aging parents, well..just everything in life?You are not alone!We are so busy these days with so many things that we sometimes feel as if the entire weight of the world is on our shoulders alone.If you feel this way, and which of us mothers do not fee lthis way, then we have help for you.Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, author of Mama Doc Medicine: Finding Calm and Confidence in Parenting, Child Health, and Work-Life Balance is here to guide us through the delicate balance of life an...
  • Brushing: Advice for Keeping Your Baby's and Child's Teeth Healthy

    Feb 26, 2014 | 10 min
    February is National Children's Dental Health Month. There are multiple campaigns across the country to encourage children to brush, brush, brush. But sometimes it's not that easy.February is National Children's Dental Health Month. There are multiple campaigns across the country to encourage children to brush, brush, brush. But sometimes it's not that easy. The following are tips for when to start brushing your infant's teeth, how to teach your little one to brush and some ideas to try with those not-so-happy brushers.
  • Blocked Tear Ducts - Proper Preventative Care

    Feb 26, 2014 | 10 min
    Clogged tear ducts, a.k.a. nasolacrimal duct stenosis, is a fairly common problem among newborns. Listen for worry free advice on dealing with this newborn condition.Clogged tear ducts, a.k.a. nasolacrimal duct stenosis, is a fairly common problem among newborns. The tear duct's opening is located on the inner portion of the lower eyelid. The duct runs from the eyelid to the inside of the nose where it drains into the nasal cavity. For a small percentage of children, the inferior portion of the duct remains closed after birth and does not allow tears to properly drain from the eye into the nasal cavity. For these children, tears flow over the lower lid and down the cheeks.Learning and using ...
  • Is Diet The Secret to Helping Kids with ADHD?

    Feb 26, 2014 | 10 min
    Is there something to the theories that fish oil, food coloring and elimination diets can possibly help children with ADHD? We discuss the very real possibility that you can help your child by adjusting their diet.Almost all children have times when their attention or behavior veers out of control. However, for some children, these types of behaviors are more than an occasional problem. Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have behavior problems that are so frequent and severe that they interfere with their ability to function adequately on a daily basis.To date no convincing evidence has shown that a poor diet causes ADHD, or that dietary supplements can be used to ...
  • Computer Feedback Can Help Students with ADHD "Train Their Brains"

    Feb 26, 2014 | 10 min
    Neurofeedback, a type of training using a computer program for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), can contribute to lasting improvements for children with ADHD. Can this type of "training" help your ADHD child. Listen and find out!Neurofeedback, a type of training using a computer program for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), can contribute to lasting improvements for these children, according to a study in the March 2014 issue of Pediatrics.Neurofeedback consists of giving immediate feedback (both heard and seen) to individuals regarding their attention as they practice focusing. Neurofeedback trains users to monitor and change their ...
  • Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth & Young Adults

    Feb 19, 2014 | 10 min
    We have made progress in reducing tobacco use among youth; however, far too many young people are still getting hooked.We have made progress in reducing tobacco use among youth; however, far too many young people are still using tobacco. Today, more than 600,000 middle school students and 3 million high school students smoke cigarettes. Rates of decline for cigarette smoking have slowed in the last decade and rates of decline for smokeless tobacco use have stalled completely.Tobacco use by youth and young adults causes both immediate and long-term damage. One of the most serious health effects is nicotine addiction, which prolongs tobacco use and can lead to severe health consequences. The y...
  • Gun Safety: Keeping Children Safe

    Feb 19, 2014 | 10 min
    A gun in the home is forty-three times more likely to be used to kill a friend or family member than a burglar or other criminal.More than 44 million Americans own firearms. Of the 192 million firearms owned in the United States, 65 million are handguns. Research shows guns in homes are a serious risk to families. Your home is safer without a handgun, but if you choose to have a handgun, make sure it is stored unloaded and locked up.Suicide is one of the three leading causes of death for 13- to 19-year-olds in the United States.Keeping guns away from your teen can help increase their chances for survival if they attempt suicide.A gun in the home is forty-three times more likely to be used to...
  • Choosing Your Child's Summer Camp

    Feb 19, 2014 | 10 min
    Is it really time to look at summer camps? In the midst of all this cold?Is it really time to look at summer camps? In the midst of all this cold? Yes,indeed.​Attending camp can be an unforgettable experience for young children, and it can have a positive effect on their psychological development, self esteem and independence. Here are ways to choose a camp for your children and make sure they are prepared.Alison Tothy, MD, FAAP, comes on the Healthy Children radio show to discuss how to gauge when your child is ready for overnight camp or day camp, and what features to consider when choosing a camp.
  • Valentine’s Tips for Parents – Ways to Show Love to Your Child

    Feb 12, 2014 | 10 min
    Do you know how to express love to your children? If our children see our expressions of love, they will make better parents.Do you know how to express love to your children?Not just for valentines day but all year round.Don't forget to say, "I love you" to children of all ages!Use plenty of positive words with your child. Try to avoid using sarcasm. Children often don't understand it, and if they do, it creates a negative interaction.Respond promptly and lovingly to your child's physical and emotional needs and banish put-downs from your parenting vocabulary. Be available to listen to your child when he/she want to talk with you even if it's an inconvenient time.Make an extra effort to set ...
  • How Do You Find a Really Good Babysitter?

    Feb 12, 2014 | 10 min
    How do you find a good babysitter? Does your teen want to start babysitting? It might just be that time!In the middle years, many children learn babysitting skills by being taken care of by an older sister or brother, or by helping their parents care for younger siblings. At some point, they may express an interest in becoming a sitter, and by the age of 13, they may be ready to do so.Schools and organizations (YMCA, local hospitals) often provide courses in babysitting. However, nothing can compare to experience, preferably under the observation of an adult. Emergencies can happen when you leave your child alone with a babysitter. Listen for our best advice on training your child to be a th...
  • What is Sustainable Support? Can You Help Those Less Fortunate?

    Feb 12, 2014 | 10 min
    You see people on TV helping out at disaster sites. You think to yourself..I wish I could help out like that. Here's what you CAN do to help out your fellow man.You see people on TV helping out at disaster sites.You think to yourself..I wish I could help out like that.Maybe you can't go to the area in need, but you want to help out in your own way.What is the best way for people in the U.S. (or other developed nations) to help in disaster situations? So many good hearted people send money or are part of a project that just gives something to the people. Those efforts are great, but they may not necessarily last. How can Americans critically review charities they are considering supporting an...
  • Weather Related Emergencies: Plan Ahead

    Feb 12, 2014 | 6 min
    Have you ever been stranded in your car for hours during the cold weather or a storm? What if your children were in the car? Would you be ready?Have you ever been stranded in your car for hours during the cold weather or a storm?What if your children were in the car?What do parents need to keep in their cars for emergencies?What do you need to have in your home in case of disaster or rough weather?Do you need to keep anything extra in your home or car to be prepared for extreme weather?Our weather seems to becoming more unpredictable, no matter where you live.Listen as we discuss disaster preparedness whether you are in your car or in your home or out and about!
  • Is Your Teen on Steroids?

    Feb 12, 2014 | 7 min
    Are gay and bisexual youth more likely to use steroids? Are your teens using steroids? It could affect their long term health.A new study in Pediatrics finds gay and bisexual adolescents are more than 5 times more likely to misuse anabolic-androgenic steroids than their heterosexual counterparts, putting them at risk of cardiovascular, endocrine and psychiatric complications. The study, Sexual Orientation and Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids in U.S. Adolescent Boys, will be published in the March 2014 Pediatrics and released online Feb. 4. Researchers analyzed questionnaires from 17,250 adolescents, of whom 635 were classified as sexual minorities. They found that 21 percent of gay and bisexual ...
  • GERD in Children: Can You Prevent This Uncomfortable Condition?

    Feb 05, 2014 | 10 min
    Does your baby or child have GERD? It can lead to more serious conditions. Learn about the best ways to treat and even prevent GERD in your children.Spitting up in babies can be associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) which is usually a temporary mechanical hitch.It can be worse for parents than it is for baby.In older children, it can be very uncomfortable and need medical attention. In a baby, if their stomach is full or his position is changed abruptly, especially after a feeding, the stomach contents—food mixed with stomach acid—press against the valve at the top of the stomach called the lower esophageal sphincter. This ring of muscle normally relaxes to let food pass fro...
  • Celiac Disease & Children: Hope on the Horizon

    Feb 05, 2014 | 8 min
    Does your child have Celiac Disease? You don't want to miss this show with one of our best experts in childhood Celiac Disease.Celiac disease is a chronic condition that occurs in about 1 in 100 people and results in damage to the lining of the small intestines.It affects those individuals who have the genetic potential for the condition and the disease is triggered by the ingestion of products that contain wheat, barley or rye, collectively known as gluten.A number of genes have been identified that are related to celiac disease and it seems there is no one specific gene that causes the disease to become active but rather a combination of genes is involved.The major trigger factor that lead...
  • Hockey Injuries in Your Little Player

    Feb 05, 2014 | 10 min
    There are many ways a hockey player can get injured. It can be a fast and dangerous sport. However, there are some things you can do to help prevent injuries in your little hockey player.There are many ways a hockey player can get injured. It can be a fast and dangerous sport. However, there are some things you can do to help prevent injuries in your little hockey player.Listen as Dr.Kody Moffatt, MD, Pediatrics & Pediatric Sports Medicine gives you the ways to prevent injuries in your hockey players so they can get the most out of this fast, fun and wild winter sport.
  • When The Coach is a Bully

    Feb 05, 2014 | 10 min
    Have you noticed that your childs coach may be a bully? When do you, as a parent, intervene?"Most coaches treat their athletes with respect, but bullying is clearly a problem," says Dr. Kody Moffatt, a pediatrician in Omaha who is on the executive committee of the Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness for the American Academy of Pediatrics. "But it happens more at the elite levels of the game."When and how should parents intervene? Dr. Moffatt talks about the warning signs your child's coach may be too aggressive, and what steps parents can take. For parents who coach children's sports teams, Dr. Moffatt will offer guidance on how to encourage and inspire young athletes.
  • Nightmares? Are Your Children Afraid?

    Jan 29, 2014 | 10 min
    Do your children have nightmares or night terrors? They might be more scary for you! Listen for soothing advice on dealing with things that go bump in the night.Do your children have nightmares or night terrors? They might be more scary for you! Our children often find it difficult to fall asleep.How do you calm them down?How do you allay their fears?Listen for soothing advice on dealing with things that go bump in the night.
  • Cold and Flu Myths Busted!

    Jan 29, 2014 | 10 min
    Feed a cold, starve a fever? Starve a cold, feed a fever? We are clearing up many old cold and flu myths once and for all.Feed a cold, starve a fever? Starve a cold, feed a fever?You have heard so many myths of colds and flu over the years.Are any of them true?If your child goes out in the cold with out enough layers on, will they catch a cold?Does green mucus mean they have an infection?Melanie Cole, MS, and Dr. David Hill are your cold and flu myth busters for the day! Listen in!
  • What IS That Rash and Other Skin Ickies on Our Kids

    Jan 29, 2014 | 10 min
    Warts, Rashes and other skin ickies show up all the time on our kids. When should you be really concerned?Kids have so many skin issues.Warts, rashes and other skin ickies show up all the time.What are some of those things that show up on your kids?When should you be concerned and take your child to a dermatologist?When might it be an allergic reaction to something?Your laundry detergent, the food they ate or the soap they used?How do you get rid of warts?These and so many other nagging skin issues that pediatricians deal with every day will be discussed on Healthy Children with Melanie Cole, MS.
  • Using Liquid Medicines Safely for Your Children

    Jan 29, 2014 | 5 min
    Many children's medicines come in liquid form. Liquid medicines are easier to swallow than pills and they taste better. But they must be used the right way.Many children's medicines come in liquid form. Liquid medicines are easier to swallow than pills, and they taste better.But they must be used the right way.There are many ways that parents and caregivers can get it wrong where liquid meds are concerned.Some examples are infant drops.Infant drops are stronger than syrup for toddlers. Parents may make the mistake of giving higher doses of infant drops to a toddler, thinking the drops are not as strong. Be sure the medicine you give your child is right for his or her weight and age.These and...
  • Is Your Family Prepared for a Fire?

    Jan 22, 2014 | 10 min
    Home fires are not uncommon and can spread shockingly quickly. Planning safety drills can save your whole family.What is the best way to keep my family safe from a home fire?Protecting your home against fire involves planning and there are precautions you can take that can help you protect you and your family.One of the most important steps you can take is to install smoke alarms and keep them in good working order. You can buy smoke alarms at most home and hardware stores, and they often cost $10 or less. Check with your fire department to see if they give out and install free smoke alarms.Listen for the best advice on planning and implementing safety drills with your family. It may just be...
  • Good Touch/Bad Touch: How to Talk To Your Kids

    Jan 22, 2014 | 10 min
    Millions of children are victims of sexual abuse. Having the talk about good touch/bad touch can make or break your child's sexual safety.Millions of children are victims of sexual abuse. Most of this victimization occurs between eight and twelve years of age.Sexual abuse is a difficult subject for most people to discuss. But as frighten­ing as the topic may be, sexual abuse is a serious and, unfortu­nately, not infrequent problem. Literally millions of children are victims of this form of abuse. According to studies, 25 percent of adult women and 10 percent of adult men can remember being sexually abused as children or adolescents. Most of this victimization occurs between eight and twelve ...
  • Medications for Depression in Teens

    Jan 22, 2014 | 10 min
    Is your child on prescription meds for depression? We will list them here and discuss benefits and possible side effects.As many as one in thirteen adolescents experience symptoms of depression at some time, although these symptoms may be hard for parents to recognize. When normal sadness turns into despair and persists for weeks and even months, then it becomes a worrisome emotional disorder called depression. Depression is a syndrome in which an individual feels discouraged, hopeless, miserable, and despondent and it can occur at any age.When a child has depression, there are things parents can do to help. These include encouraging healthy habits, considering the environment, educating the...
  • Is Hookah Safer Than Cigarettes for Your Teen?

    Jan 22, 2014 | 10 min
    Has your teen tried smoking from a hookah pipe? You should listen here for our best advice on the dangers of hookah smoking.​Children are especially susceptible to smoking experimentation and initiation, with more than 3,800 children smoking their first cigarette between the ages of 12 and 17.A new type of smoking that has been gaining popularity is hookah smoking.This is showing up at parties, in restaurants and teens are finding it an attractive alternative to cigarettes.However, studies show it can be just as dangerous and addictive as cigarettes.Listen as we discuss the ways to keep your teen from smoking a hookah and keep them on the path to healthy habits.
  • Common Mistakes Parents Make with Car Seats

    Jan 15, 2014 | 8 min
    Do you know how to install a car seat properly? We're here to show the best way to keep your little riders safe.Each year, more than 130,000 children younger than 13 are treated in U.S. emergency departments after motor-vehicle collision-related injuries.There are many mistakes that parents make when it comes to car seats? A new study showed that the race of the parents can be a significant predictor of whether a child is placed in the right safety seat for his or her age, even after adjusting for parental education, family income and information sources, says lead author Michelle L. Macy, M.D., M.S., an emergency medicine physician at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospit...
  • Does Your Child Suffer from Eczema?

    Jan 15, 2014 | 10 min
    Eczema can be both annoying and very uncomfortable for your child. We are here to offer you the best ways to deal with this condition.Eczema is a general term used to describe a number of different skin conditions. It usually appears as reddened skin that is dry and peeling or may start oozing, occasionally resulting in small, fluid-filled bumps. When eczema becomes chronic (persists for a long time), the skin tends to thicken, dry out, and become scaly with coarse lines. Your pediatrician can recommend measures to help clear up the rash and itching of eczema. Antihistamine medication may be prescribed to relieve the itching and help break the itch-scratch cycle (which leads to more itching,...
  • Winter Safety Tips for Your Little Snowman

    Jan 15, 2014 | 10 min
    Whether winter brings severe storms, light dustings or just cold temperatures, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some valuable tips on how to keep your children safe and warm.Whether winter brings severe storms, light dustings or just cold temperatures, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some valuable tips on how to keep your children safe and warm. In the winter, kids often forget to wear a hat, something to keep their ears warm and how quickly you can develop frostbite or hypothermia.It is our responsibility as parents to make sure they keep hydrated, even in the winter and how dry their skin can become.Listen as Melanie Cole, MS and Dr. David Hill discuss winter safet...
  • New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

    Dec 18, 2013 | 10 min
    You make New Years resolutions, but do your children? Learn how you can help them make healthy, smart and attainable goals for the new year.Every year you make resolutions to quit smoking, lose weight, get more exercise, etc., etc.But do you ever think about your kids making resolutions as well?It may seem like more of an adult mentality, but children can make resolutions that will give them something to shoot and strive for.Healthy and attainable goals are something that kids can utilize to make positive changes in their lives.Whether the child is a toddler or a teen, they can look to the future and say to themselves, "I can do it!"For instance, "I can go to bed better, study harder, stop t...
  • RSV: Why It's More Than Just a Cold

    Dec 18, 2013 | 6 min
    Is it a cold or could it be something more serious like RSV?It looks and sounds like a cold, but respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can become something more and those at high risk could develop bronchiolitis or pneumonia. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the most common cause of lower respiratory tract infections in children. The virus causes fever or cough and is highly contagious.RSV is the leading cause of infant hospitalizations for bronchiolitis in the United States. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infects almost all children at least once before they are 2 years old. There are important steps you can take to prevent exposure to RSV and other viruses, especially in the first few m...
  • When Your Child is in the Hospital

    Dec 18, 2013 | 10 min
    Having a child in the hospital can be the single most difficult thing for any parent. How you handle it may really help your child.If your child has to be in the hospital for any length of time, this can be the single most difficult time for parents.What do you do with yourself while your child is being cared for by doctors and nurses?Some parents fear that asking to participate in the care of their baby will get in the way of the nurse. Rest assured that most nurses are eager to help you become the expert in your little one's care.The fear and anxiety that come with having a child in the hospital can be debilitating. We offer our best advice for parents dealing with a child in the hospital,...
  • Bestselling Author Sandra Boynton: Making Reading Fun!

    Dec 11, 2013 | 10 min
    Bestselling, award winning author, Sandra Boynton, shares how to give your children a love of reading that will last a lifetime.Does your child like to read?Reading with your children can be one of the most rewarding experiences a parent can have.And making it fun is easy when you read Horns to Toes and in Between! or The Going to Bed Book.Its even more fun when you read Moo Ba La La La!Even better? Reading to your children can be a truly wonderful experience... when you're hearing it directly from bestselling author, Sandra Boynton.Boynton, children's book author, cartoonist, humorist, and creator or greeting cards, beloved children's books, adorable plush toys, award-winning music, shares ...
  • School Stress: Taking a Toll on Your Teen?

    Dec 11, 2013 | 10 min
    Is too much stress from school taking a physical toll on your teenager?Parents are often worried about stress and their children's health; and they have every right to be.School can cause so much stress on a teen that they begin to suffer physical health complications, such as headaches, muscle aches and even more serious health-related issues.Yes, a little stress can be a good thing. It can motivate students to be organized. But too much stress can really take a toll on a teen's mental and physical health.Dr. David Hill shares how to help your teenager weather the stress from school and come out on the healthy, positive end.
  • Growing Pains: The Unexplained Phenomenon

    Dec 11, 2013 | 10 min
    Growing pains are normal for kids and teens. But is there a time when you should become concerned?Some kids and teens complain of muscle aches around bedtime or wake up with pains in their legs and arms after sleeping for an hour or two. These aches are sometimes called "growing pains."Although no one knows for sure what's behind the pain, growth is not the cause. Even at the peak of an adolescent growth spurt, a child's rate of growth is too gradual to be painful.​Still, these pains are normal in 25 to 40 percent of children. While you may not be able to prevent growing pains, you can help your child lessen the aches. They are best treated with massage, a heating pad or ibuprofen.Special gu...
  • Coughs & Colds: When To Keep Kids Home

    Dec 11, 2013 | 1 min
    Knowing when to keep your child home from school is one of the hardest things for parents to decide... for many reasons.Your child will likely have more colds, or upper respiratory infections, than any other illness.Some infections—especially an ear infection, strep throat, bronchitis, and sinusitis—may necessitate the administration of medication for a week after your child is well enough to return to school.So... the questions remain.When do you send them back to school?When is a cough what keeps them home?What about the sniffles, sneezing or a sore throat?It's a fact: knowing when to keep your child home from school is one of the hardest things for parents to decide.Fortunately, Dr. David...
  • Are Risky Behaviors in Movies Influencing Your Kids?

    Dec 11, 2013 | 6 min
    Are your kids subject to violent behaviors because of what they saw in a movie? The threat might be greater than you think.According to a study in the January 2014 issue of Pediatrics, violent characters in movies often are portrayed engaging in multiple risky behaviors, an example that could influence susceptible youth to take similar risks. The study was entitled "Violent Film Characters' Portrayal of Alcohol, Sex, and Tobacco-Related Behaviors."Researchers analyzed and rated content of top-grossing movies from 1985 through 2010. Three-quarters of the movies involved a violent main character engaging in at least one other risk behavior—most often related to alcohol and/or sex. Movies rated...
  • Is Your Child Struggling in School? When Do You Get Involved?

    Dec 04, 2013 | 10 min
    If your child is complaining about school, a particular teacher or class, do you get involved or let them figure it out on their own?If your child is complaining about school, a particular teacher or class, do you get involved or let them figure it out on their own.When a child struggles with a subject or teacher, it can often be dealt with successfully by working one-on-one with your child.Sometimes you might have to go through the school channels to deal with it however. You might even have to be involved in a a three-way interaction involving you, your child, and her teacher.When to get involved and when to watch and wait are the key questions. Those and more are answered right here by th...
  • Could a Relatives' House Be Dangerous This Holiday?

    Dec 04, 2013 | 10 min
    The holidays can be joyful and fun, but they can also be a time of danger for kids. Safety first..fun after.The holidays are an exciting time of year for kids, and it is important to help ensure they have a safe holiday season.If you are having people over for a holiday party, or if you are going over to a relatives house, a few simple precautions will keep your children safe.Purses lying around, half full drinks, and medications of relatives can all pose hazards that children can easily get into if left unattended.Here are a few tips to make this holiday safe and fun for all.
  • Gifts More Important Than the Holiday?

    Dec 04, 2013 | 10 min
    Does your child look forward to the gifts they will receive for the holidays all year long?Does your child look forward to the gifts they will receive for the holidays all year long?Are the gifts the only part of the holiday that they look forward to?With the holidays approaching, how do you keep kids focused on what is important rather than how many presents they will receive?Listen as Dr. Lisa Asta, MD and Melanie Cole, MS discuss how to keep our children focused on the important part of the holidays: family, friends, loved ones and giving back to their community.
  • Winter Cold Woes: Raw Noses, Chapped Lips & More

    Dec 04, 2013 | 10 min
    Bloody noses, chapped lips, dry skin and much more are just some of the lovely conditions that come with winter colds.Bloody noses, chapped lips, dry skin and much more are just some of the lovely conditions that come with winter colds.Your child probably will have more colds, or upper respiratory infections, than any other illness. In the first two years of life alone, most youngsters have eight to ten colds. And if your child is in child care, or if there are older school-age children in your house, she may have even more, since colds spread easily among children who are in close contact with one another. That's the bad news, but there is some good news, too.Most colds go away by themselve...
  • Disordered Eating in Children & Teens

    Nov 20, 2013 | 10 min
    The drive to be thin can start very young. Don't let your child become a disordered eating statistic.Concerns about being overweight begin as early as preschool age, and the drive for thinness intensifies with age. The results can have both physical and psychological repercussions, including potentially serious disordered eating. Because adolescents with eating disorders rarely seek help on their own, it is important that parents act on their suspicions quickly and not retreat behind a wall of denial. If you raise the issue with your teenager, you should expect a heated denial of any problem. But it's essential that you not back down.Melanie Cole, MS and Dr. Linda Reid-Chassiakos, MD, discus...
  • Kids Suffer Too: Anxiety, Depression & Suicide Prevention

    Nov 20, 2013 | 10 min
    Depression, anxiety and even suicide are dangers that can threaten children and teens. Might your child be at risk?As many as one in 13 adolescents experience symptoms of depression at some time; however, these symptoms may be hard for parents to recognize.Teen depression can have many causes, and symptoms of serious depression may include loss of interest in activities, changes in appetite or acting out recklessly.Teens are also particularly prone to anxiety, which can be triggered by stress in relationships, peer pressure, or body image.When your child is struggling with depression or anxiety, there are things you can do to help. Specific tactics include encouraging healthy habits, conside...
  • American Academy Of Pediatrics Advises Cautious Use of Antibiotics

    Nov 20, 2013 | 10 min
    As many as 10 million antibiotic prescriptions are written each year for infections they are unlikely to help.A clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offers updated guidance on treating respiratory tract infections in children, with the goal of reducing unnecessary antibiotics prescriptions.The clinical report, Principles of Judicious Antibiotic Prescribing for Bacterial Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in Pediatrics, published in the December 2013 Pediatrics and released online Nov. 18, advises physicians to use stringent diagnostic criteria to distinguish between viral and bacterial infections....
  • Identifying the Signs of Autism Earlier

    Nov 20, 2013 | 10 min
    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends screening children at 18 months, but research suggests subtle warning signs may be apparent even earlier.How early can you diagnose autism? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends screening children beginning at 18 months, but research suggests subtle warning signs may be apparent even earlier.The early social, communication, and behavioral differences of autism spectrum disorders are apparent if you know what to look for.The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages doctors to be aware of the signs of ASD, and to be on the lookout for these signs during every well child visit.Listen here for the early warning signs and sy...
  • Do You Have a Shy Child?

    Nov 20, 2013 | 10 min
    Although childhood shyness is commonplace, it concerns many parents, and it doesn't have to.Although childhood shyness is commonplace, it concerns many parents, especially those who place great value on sociability. Parents can help children overcome shyness and develop successful peer interactions.For some middle-years children, social situations and interactions can be terrifying. When they come in contact with new children, they rarely feel at ease. Some children become shy because of harsh life experiences, but most are born that way. Typically, they are unwilling or unable to make the first move, preferring to abandon a potential friendship rather than reach out to the unfamiliar. A few...
  • Instilling Gratitude in Children

    Nov 13, 2013 | 10 min
    How do you teach your children to be grateful for the good things they have?Whether it's sneaking a snack before dinner, refusing to finish up a video game, or whining all the way to the mall, misbehaving is an inevitable part of childhood.It's no secret that effective parenting involves knowing how to respond when kids act up and steering clear of meltdown situations.It also means setting limits so kids know when they are crossing the line between acceptable and unacceptable behavior.All of this is great advice, but how do you instill good values in your child so that they appreciate all of those other things?With the holidays upon us, it may be time to teach your children the value of all ...
  • Traveling with Kids: Will You All Survive?

    Nov 13, 2013 | 10 min
    Travel with children in tow may sound like torture, but it doesn't have to be as challenging as you think.Traveling with children can be a delight and a challenge. If you have to travel any distance with your children this holiday season, you might be dreading it.It doesn't have to be torture for all involved if you follow a few simple tips to make the travel more enjoyable for the whole family.The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers these tips for safe and stress-free family travel.
  • Breast Milk From The Internet? It Might Be Unsafe

    Nov 13, 2013 | 10 min
    Websites selling human milk for infant consumption are gaining in popularity. But they can be bacteria filled and very dangerous to feed your baby.Websites selling human milk for infant consumption are gaining in popularity. In the study, Microbial Contamination of Human Milk Purchased via the Internet, published in the November 2013 issue of Pediatrics (published online Oct. 21), researchers purchased 102 cross-sectional samples of human milk through a popular U.S. milk-sharing website. The milk samples were sent to a rented mail box in Ohio, and later compared with samples of unpasteurized, donated milk obtained through a milk bank. Seventy-four percent of the Internet milk samples were co...
  • Disciplining Your Teenager: Is It Possible?

    Nov 06, 2013 | 10 min
    Disciplining a teenager can be infuriating at best. However, you and your teen can both benefit from good, consistent boundaries.The role of disciplinarian doesn't come naturally to everyone. Maintaining boundaries and following through on consequences takes on added importance when permissive parents attempt to become more authoritative.In the heat of the moment, you may say something you'll regret later or you may set too harsh a restriction.Getting teenagers to express themselves—at least to their parents—can sometimes seem like an exercise in futility.Listen with us as we discuss how to navigate the tumultuous teens with practical advice from our experts at the AAP .We are here to help y...
  • Disciplining Your Toddler: The Frustrations & Rewards

    Nov 06, 2013 | 10 min
    Disciplining a toddler can be challenging. But rewarding for all if you get the strategies down.What is the best way to discipline your child?As a parent, one of your jobs is to teach your child to behave. While this can take time, try not to get frustrated when your child does not behave. The family instructs children and gives guidance about personal values and social behavior. It instills discipline and helps them learn and internalize codes of conduct that will serve them for the rest of their lives. It also helps them develop positive interpersonal relationships, and it provides an environment that encourages learning both in the home and at school.Listen and learn effective ways to dis...
  • Healthy School Lunches: What to Pack That They Will Love!

    Nov 06, 2013 | 10 min
    Is the healthy food you pack for your kids lunch coming home uneaten? Learn how to pack foods they will love and not want to trade away.Feeding kids can be challenging because kids can be very picky eaters.Especially when it comes to packing their lunches.Every food group is important to providing essential nutrients and energy that can support normal growth and good health.Choosing foods that have a high content of nutrients (protein, vitamins, and minerals) compared with the amount of calories, fat, and sodium content can be challenging when packing your kids lunches.Listen for the best advice from the AAP on how to pack in the nutrients while packing lunches that your kids won't want to t...
  • Your Tweens & Over-the-Counter Medicine Safety

    Nov 06, 2013 | 10 min
    Is your preteen starting to want to control their own medications? We're here to help you teach them safe OTC medication use.The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), together with Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children's publishing, education and media company, are continuing their commitment to help educate tweens on the safe use of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines with their expanded OTC Literacy classroom program.Research shows that tweens begin to self-administer medicine around 11 years old, or around 5th or 6th grade. With cold and flu season in full swing, it is a good time for parents and guardians of tweens to teach their children about OTC medicine safety...
  • Returning to Learning Post-Concussion

    Oct 30, 2013 | 10 min
    A concussion should not only take a student athlete off the playing field – it may also require a break from the classroom.A concussion should not only take a student athlete off the playing field – it may also require a break from the classroom, according to a new clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).In the clinical report, Returning to Learning Following a Concussion, released Sunday, Oct. 27 at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, the AAP offers guidance to pediatricians caring for children and adolescents after suffering a concussion."Students appear physically normal after a concussion, so it may be difficult for teachers and administrators to un...
  • Encouraging Sibling Bonds: A Guide for Parents

    Oct 30, 2013 | 8 min
    Do your kids constantly fight with each other? Learn how you can keep the calm in your house by encouraging sibling bonds.Nearly every parent with more than one child has experienced the frustration of sibling rivalry.Despite your best attempts to keep harmony in the family, brothers and sisters will fight over toys, tattle on one another, argue, tease, criticize or become physically abusive. You may ask yourself, "What have I done wrong? Why can't our household be peaceful?"As annoying and upsetting as this rivalry can be, it is quite normal. Some jealousy and friction between siblings is a part of growing up, although it can be worse in some families than in others.There are some things yo...
  • Creating a Family Media Use Plan

    Oct 30, 2013 | 10 min
    Could your family's media use be damaging to their health? Get them back on track with a media use plan.Excessive media use in children has been associated with obesity, lack of sleep, school problems, aggression and other behavior issues.A recent study shows that the average 8- to 10-year-old spends nearly eight hours a day with various media outlets, and older children and teens spend more than 11 hours per day. Kids who have a TV in their bedroom spend more time with media, for obvious reasons. Approximately 75 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds have cell phones, and nearly all teenagers use text messaging.The concern over this excessive media use is two-fold: the amount of time spent with sc...
  • Managing Your Children's Media Use

    Oct 30, 2013 | 10 min
    From TV to smart phones, "24/7 media exposure" dominates the lives of U.S. children and families. What can you do to change the trend?From TV to smart phones and social media, the lives of U.S. children and families are dominated by 24/7 media exposure. Despite this, few children and teens actually have rules around their media use. While media by itself is not the leading cause of any health problem in the U.S., it can contribute to numerous health risks. At the same time, kids can learn many positive things from pro-social media.For nearly three decades, the AAP has expressed concerns about the amount of time that children and teenagers spend with media, as well as about the content they a...
  • Food Faux Pas of Adolescence

    Oct 23, 2013 | 10 min
    What can you do as a parent to ensure a healthy start to the day for your child?In a Gallup poll of more than four hundred boys and girls aged nine to fifteen, fully half claimed to skip breakfast on school mornings. Many youngsters just aren't hungry at that hour, but the major obstacle to a sound morning meal seems to be a lack of time. By the time they finally sit down to lunch in the school cafeteria, they may have gone twelve, fourteen hours or more without eating.In doing so, they're depriving their brains of essential nutrients needed for concentration, short-term memory, problem solving and processing information. Missing any of the three traditional square meals also reduces by one ...
  • A New Parent’s Guide to Heading Out with Baby

    Oct 23, 2013 | 10 min
    Ready to go out with your new baby? We offer you a few things to ease your outing and make baby more comfortable.Technically speaking there aren't many items that we consider a must-have before taking your baby out of the house, especially if you're not planning on strolling far from home. There are, however, definitely some useful items we've found best to have on hand, and others that we feel have earned their characterization as modern-day conveniences. Here are a few thoughts and suggestions for when you're ready to get on the go again with your newborn.
  • Babies Skin Care Basics

    Oct 23, 2013 | 10 min
    Babies skin is so beautiful, but it requires care just as ours does...Maybe even more. Stay tuned.Babies skin is so sensitive and soft.Its one of the best things to feel on the planet.However, caring for your infants skin can be challenging as the dry winter months and various chemicals in our everyday life can dry out babies skin.We are here to help you with the best of infant skin care – tips on bathing, lotions, soaps, rash, cradle cap, eczema, other infant skin issues, Contrary to popular belief, babies do not need to be bathed every day—especially as newborns. Listen for advice and information to help you keep your baby soft and sweet before they are able to get really messy!
  • A Parents Guide To Teen Parties

    Oct 23, 2013 | 10 min
    Having a party for your teen? Want to be the "cool " parent? Safety first will make you the cool parent.As a parent, you know the importance of your teen's social life and that parties are a way to socialize and relax. But an unsupervised or poorly planned party can result in unwanted or even tragic consequences. However, parental responsibility is the key to a fun and safe party.Listen for important information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about teen parties.
  • What Are Your Goals For Your ADHD Child?

    Oct 23, 2013 | 10 min
    Are you trying to figure out the best treatment options for your ADHD child? We'll help you make sense of your optionsDetermining parents' preferences and goals for ADHD treatment is an important part of treatment decision-making. A study in the October 2013 Pediatrics, Parental Preferences and Goals Regarding ADHD Treatment, (published online Sept. 2) found that parents whose goal was to improve their child's academic achievement often initiated a medication-based treatment. Parents whose goal was improving their child's behavior and interpersonal relationships were more likely to choose behavior therapy. Listen for information that helps you decide that when seeking out ADHD treatment opti...
  • Medical Issues For Your College Kid

    Oct 16, 2013 | 10 min
    Parenting college age kids has its own special set of guidelines. Medical care on campus being one of them.Parenting college age kids has its own special set of guidelines.There are medical issues relevant to college students that parents should be keenly aware of.These can include mental health, medical care on campus, eating disorders, sexual health and so many more.Listen as we discuss how you as a parent can help your child, nee young adult, navigate their medical care on campus and what to look for, what to watch out for and how to stay healthy while they are in this very exciting time.
  • Parenting College Age Kids

    Oct 16, 2013 | 10 min
    Parenting college-aged kids may not be easy, but as they grow into the adults they will become, it can be rewarding and challenging at the same time.Do you have a kid in college? Parenting college-aged kids may not be easy, but it is a rewarding experience to see them grow into the adults they will become. Pediatrician Yolanda (Linda) Reid Chassiakos, MD, FAAP, director of a university student health center, joins the Healthy Children show to offer advice so parents can start relating to a college student as an adult. What is "too much" parenting, and how do you know if your child is staying healthy while at college?
  • Pertussis Vaccine: How to Protect Your Family

    Oct 16, 2013 | 10 min
    Have questions about the Whooping Cough Vaccine? New studies may just answer those questions for you.In 2010, 9,120 cases of pertussis – or whooping cough – were reported in California, the most since 1947. Several causes of the outbreak have been documented, including waning immunity of the acellular pertussis vaccine. A new study in the October 2013 Pediatrics examines the role of clusters of individuals who refused the vaccine. The study, Non-medical Vaccine Exemptions and Pertussis in California, 2010, published online Sept. 30, analyzes non-medical exemptions for children entering kindergarten from 2005 through 2010, and pertussis cases that were diagnosed in 2010 in California. Researc...
  • How Much Vitamin D Do Kids Really Need?

    Oct 16, 2013 | 10 min
    If you think your child is getting enough vitamin D by just drinking milk, you're probably wrong.If you think your child is getting enough vitamin D by just drinking milk, you're probably wrong. Recent studies show that most children aren't getting enough of this essential vitamin. In October 2008, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) responded by doubling the amount of vitamin D it recommends for babies and children to 400 International Units (IU) per day.Listen as Dr. Steven Abrams, MD and Melanie Cole, MS discuss how much Vitamin D your child really needs and how best to get them enough of this essential, sun filled vitamin.
  • From Formula to First Foods

    Oct 16, 2013 | 10 min
    Are you planning to feed your baby formula? There are a few basic things to know to sift through the many types out there.Just as pregnancy taught most of you to think in weeks instead of months, bottle-feeding your baby will require you to think in ounces and adopt it as your standard unit of measurement. To prepare you accordingly, we'll first clarify the basic measures you'll need for formula success.Infant formulas generally come as ready-to-feed liquid, concentrated liquid, and powder. Which type is going to work best for you is likely to depend on how much formula you plan to use, where you plan to use it (ready-to-feed is definitely very convenient when you're out and about), and how ...
  • Does Your Child Hate School?

    Oct 09, 2013 | 10 min
    Does your child say they hate school? We can help you get them, if not to love it, then at least to like it a little!Does your child hate school?Do they try at every turn to get out of going to school with everything from faking sick to playing hookie?Do they fight about their homework and you can't get them to read a book?Dr. Corinn Cross, MD and Melanie Cole, MS discuss how to deal with a child that says they hate school. Help find the reasons they may not like it and the ways in which parents can get their kids to like school just a bit more.
  • Happy Halloween Safety Tips From The AAP

    Oct 09, 2013 | 10 min
    Most children love Halloween. Halloween is also a time when more children than usual end up in the emergency room. Keep your children safe with these safety tips.Whether dressing up in costumes, trick-or-treating, or having parties with their friends, most children love Halloween! But did you know that Halloween is also a time when more children than usual end up in the emergency room due to falls, traffic collisions, and other injuries? All the sweets in the house (and at school) can also wreak havoc on a child's teeth and healthy diet.Some knowledge and planning can help ensure that your child's Halloween is both safe and healthy!Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (...
  • How The Government Shutdown Will Affect Your Kids

    Oct 09, 2013 | 8 min
    The Government shutdown is a very scary thing for families that depend on government services to survive. The Chair of the AAP Committee on Federal Government Affairs offers help and hope in these tumultuous times.The Government shutdown is a very scary thing for families that depend on government services to survive.Important programs like WIC, food stamps and Head Start are at serious risk for reducing their output to families.Are you scared that a program that helps your family will stop?What can you even do about it?What does this mean for vulnerable families and how they are being impacted by the shutdown. Can your pediatrician help you advocate for these programs and help you navigate ...
  • Do Professional Athletes Influence Your Childs Nutrition?

    Oct 09, 2013 | 10 min
    Are your children's role models influencing their nutrition? For better or worse?Current and former professional athletes frequently endorse particular brands and products, and they are often viewed as credible sources of knowledge on living a healthy life. Previous studies have found that parents are more likely to purchase food products marketed by a professional athlete because they are perceived as being healthier. In a study in the November 2013 Pediatrics, Athlete Endorsements in Food Marketing, (published online Oct. 7), information was collected from 100 professional athletes ranked by their popularity and endorsement value. LeBron James, Peyton Manning, and Serena Williams had more ...
  • Is Your Teen Abusing Cough Medicine?

    Oct 09, 2013 | 10 min
    Your teen might be looking for ways to get high you hadn't even thought of? It might just be in your medicine cabinet.Is your teenager looking for ways to get high that you hadn't even thought of?It might just be in your medicine cabinet.Teen abuse of cough medicine has prompted pharmacys to put certain cough medications behind the counter.However, if you keep those medicines in your medicine cabinet, your teen could be getting into them without you even knowing it.Listen for ways to keep those and other medicines away from your teen and away from temptation.
  • Your Child & Advertisements: A Dangerous Combination

    Oct 02, 2013 | 9 min
    Don't let your children be subject to ads that may endanger their health.Do you often hear your children say, "Mommy I want that!"... because they saw it on TV or elsewhere in an advertisement?Are you worried that ads for cigarettes might have that same effect?You should be.A study in the October 2013 journal Pediatrics, researchers worked one-on-one with more than 2,400 5- and 6-year-olds in Brazil, China, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Russia, asking them to match logos with pictures of products. Eight cigarette brand logos were included. Overall, 68 percent of the children could identify at least one cigarette brand logo.This is becoming a very real, very scary problem.Special guest, Dr. Di...
  • Top 5 Tips for Parents of Special Needs Children

    Oct 02, 2013 | 10 min
    Do you have a child with special health care needs? Are you getting the best care you can?Do you have a child with special health care needs? If so, you know it's not an easy road when it comes to all aspects of life. However it may raise some concerns specifically when it comes to the medical care of your child.Are your child's needs actually being met by your doctor and other health care professionals? What do you need to think about when navigating the health care system and keeping track of various specialists, test results and treatment options?When is it appropriate to involve your child in his or her own health care decision-making?Dr. Jennifer Lail joins Melanie Cole, MS, to help ans...
  • Your Child's Medical Home: What You Need to Know

    Oct 02, 2013 | 10 min
    Are you part of a medical home? It can be the best health care you and your family have ever received.The care provided by a medical home is the kind of care we all want and deserve.It is the way your child's pediatric health care team approaches providing care for your child. A medical home means that: your pediatric team knows your child's health history, they listen to your concerns and needs, as well as the needs of your child.This team also works in partnership with you to make sure that the medical and non-medical needs of your child and family are met... and so much more.Just as you make regular home improvements, you can make improvements to your child's medical home as well by worki...
  • Are Your Kids Over-Scheduled?

    Sep 25, 2013 | 3 min
    Do you feel like you're always running from ballet lessons, to violin lessons, to soccer practice? Maybe your kids are over-scheduled.Do you feel like you are always running from ballet lessons, to violin lessons, to soccer practice, only to get home and have to feed your kids and get them to do their homework?It can seem like a constant struggle, and you may find yourself asking questions like, "Are kids today doing too much?" Or, should they have some downtime... and even time to hang around and watch TV?"So, who is at the root of this "over-scheduling" problem? Are you doing it for them or for YOU?Special guest, Dr. David Hill, MD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss if today's children ar...
  • Should You Feed Your Children Organic Food?

    Sep 25, 2013 | 10 min
    Do you have to feed your family organic foods? Is the expense worth it?The nutritional choices you make for your children are crucial, setting the stage for good health and good habits for years to come. So if you've heard about the benefits of organic food, you may be wondering if it's worth the extra expense, especially if you're on a budget. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recently weighed in on the subject of organic food for the first time, what's most important is that children eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy products, whether those are conventionally or organically grown. Organic foods do have lower lev...
  • AAP Offers Advice For Parents Concerned About Arsenic in Food

    Sep 25, 2013 | 10 min
    Are you worried about dangerous chemicals in the food you feed your children?Have you heard about dangerous chemicals in the food you feed your children?In response to an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration into the arsenic content of rice and rice products, the American Academy of Pediatrics is offering guidance to families concerned about the impact of such exposure to their children's health.The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that parents offer their children a wide variety of foods, including other grains such as oats, wheat and barley, which will decrease their child's exposure to arsenic from rice.Parents commonly feed infants rice cereal as a first food, but othe...
  • Sneezing and Wheezing? It Could Be Fall Allergies

    Sep 18, 2013 | 6 min
    Every fall,many children develop a runny nose, itchy, puffy eyes, and attacks of sneezing. Could they be suffering from fall allergies?Every fall,many children develop a runny nose, itchy, puffy eyes, and attacks of sneezing. Allergies and asthma often start in childhood and continue throughout life. Although neither can be cured, with proper care they can usually be kept under control. Allergies are caused by the body's reaction to substances called allergens, which trigger the immune system to react to harmless substances as though they were attacking the body.When do you to suspect it is an allergy?Some allergies are easy to identify by the pattern of symptoms that follows exposure to a p...
  • How Can You Tell If Your Child is Being Bullied

    Sep 18, 2013 | 10 min
    Bullying Happens. Is your child being bullied? Or are they the bully? Listen and find out.Bullying Happens.At school—in the halls, at lunch, or in the bathroom, when teachers are not there to see what is going on.When adults are not watching—going to and from school, on the playground, or in the neighborhood.Through e-mail or instant messaging—rumors are spread or nasty notes are sent. Bullying is when one child picks on another child again and again. Usually children who are being bullied are either weaker or smaller, are shy, and generally feel helpless.Some interesting facts About Bullying are: Both girls and boys can be bullies;Bullies target children who cry, get mad, or easily give in ...
  • Reading To Your Kids: One of Lifes' Greatest Pleasures

    Sep 18, 2013 | 10 min
    Do you spend enough time reading with your kids? It could be the most productive time you spend together.The days are busy.They get so hectic, that you sometimes forget to spend that quality time with your kids.What better way to do that to than to read to and with them.When they're babies, reading to them helps them to learn speech and it also is very soothing.When they are toddlers, reading to them helps them to learn words and feel cuddled by mommy or daddy.You soon realize as a parent that reading time becomes soothing for you as well.Its a time to forget everything on the to do list, and listen to a good story.
  • Raising Twins: Keeping to the Schedule

    Sep 18, 2013 | 10 min
    How do you keep twins on a schedule? Dr Shelly Flais has important information only a pediatrician with twins herself can offer.Even with years working as a pediatrician, Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD, FAAP, was nervous about what lay ahead when she was told she was pregnant with twins.Now, several years into parenting her twin boys, Dr Flais is sharing her wisdom and experience as a mom and her expertise as a doctor to help other parents prepare for and raise multiples with confidence.With insightful stories from her own experiences coupled with important information only a pediatrician can offer, Raising Twins will help you. You should care for your healthy multiples just like any other infants....
  • Pediatrician’s Top Tips for Raising Twins

    Sep 18, 2013 | 10 min
    We just found out we're having twins! What do we do now?We just found out we're having twins! What do we do now?Having twins (or other multiples, such as triplets) means much more than simply having two babies at once, and this challenge goes beyond having twice or three times the work or pleasure. Twins and other multiples quite frequently are born early and therefore tend to be smaller than the average newborn, so you may need to consult your pediatrician even more frequently than you would with a single baby. Feeding twins, whether by breast or bottle, also requires some special strategies, and the doctor can provide advice and support. There may be added financial pressures upon the fami...
  • BMI Tracking: Fat Letters Sent Home from School?

    Sep 11, 2013 | 10 min
    You may have gotten letters from your child's school regarding grades or activities. But what if you got a letter saying your child was fat?It's well known that childhood obesity is an epidemic in this country.You probably have seen kids that are overweight and thought to yourself, "That's so sad. Why can't parents feed their kids healthier foods?"But what if you received a letter from your child's school saying your child is overweight? What would your reaction be?It's a new trend in schools to monitor kids' weight. BMI tracking lets parents know if their child is on the edge of obesity.These "fat letters" can be very unnerving.But, they can also spark communities into action to tackle this...
  • A Family Guide to CPR: What Every Parent Needs to Know

    Sep 11, 2013 | 9 min
    If an emergency arose, would you know how to do CPR on your child? Or perform other life-saving measures?If the situation ever arose, would you know how to do CPR on your child?Would you know how to help a choking child?What if you weren't around... would your babysitter or teenage child know how to help a younger child?In the event of emergencies such as these, knowledge and know-how are your two best friends. But there are many questions surrounding these procedures, especially when it comes to kids. For instance, at what age should your kids learn this very important life-saving information? What sort of emergency education programs are available in your area?Dr. Deborah Mulligan, MD, sha...
  • Is Your Family Ready for a Public Emergency?

    Sep 11, 2013 | 10 min
    Are you and your family prepared if ever the unthinkable happens? In the event of a disaster, could you save lives?Are you and your family prepared if ever the unthinkable happens?Do you know where you would go, what you would do, or what to keep on hand if there is a state of emergency declared?Guest expert from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Deborah Mulligan, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to guide you through what families should have in their disaster kit at home, what to keep in your car, how to talk to your children about planning, and what medical records to have on hand.Do not miss this very important show. This disaster preparedness advice could just save lives.
  • Managing Food Alleriges at School

    Sep 04, 2013 | 10 min
    It can be very scary to hear that your child has food allergies. If your child has been diagnosed with a food allergy, what do you need to do to prepare them for school? Tune in for the best advice on getting your food allergic child prepared for school.It can be very scary to hear that your child has food allergies.If your child has been diagnosed with a food allergy, what do you need to do to prepare them for school?What kind of information do you need to share with the school, and what questions should you ask about the school's and teacher's ability to handle any problems. Although you may be nervous, we can help guide you through what types of policies should you ask about regarding foo...
  • E Cigarettes: Are They Dangerous For Your Children?

    Sep 04, 2013 | 10 min
    Do the flavors in E Cigarettes make them more attractive to kids? Are they easier for kids to buy than regular cigarettes? As a parent, you have the right to know about the possible dangers to your children regarding E Cigarettes.Do the flavors in E Cigarettes make them more attractive to kids? Are they easier for kids to buy than regular cigarettes?As a parent, you have the right to know about the possible dangers to your children regarding E Cigarettes.They are marketed as being a safer alternative to regular cigarettes. Is that true?What do we know about the other chemicals that are in the devices? Do you have concerns about children and adolescents around e-cigarettes? Well if you do, th...
  • The New Flu Vaccine: Up To Date Information for Your Family

    Sep 04, 2013 | 10 min
    Have you gotten your flu shot yet for this year? Do you have concerns about the vaccine for your children? Listen for the most comprehensive advice and information regarding this years flu vaccine.Have you gotten your flu shot yet for this year?Do you have concerns about the vaccine for your children?We're here to help guide you through what parents need to know about the flu vaccine this year. Why get vaccinated? That's the question many parents have.They also want to know why there are different kinds of flu vaccine, and who is eligible for which ones? What does it mean to give your child a live virus?Is this dangerous?These and many other questions are answered on Healthy Children with Me...
  • HPV Vaccine As a Cancer-Prevention Vaccine

    Sep 04, 2013 | 10 min
    Every year in the United States, 14 million people, mostly young adults, become infected with HPV, leading to 26,000 HPV-related cancers. Listen as we help guide parents when its time to get their child the very important HPV Vaccine that can actually prevent cancer!Every year in the United States, 14 million people, mostly young adults, become infected with HPV, leading to 26,000 HPV-related cancers. There are more than 8,000 HPV-related cancers in men and 17,000 HPV-related cancers in women; of these, 4,000 women will die from cervical cancer.While HPV itself may be widespread, knowledge of the disease and understanding of the need for vaccination is not. Listen as Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, M...
  • When To Keep Your Child Home From School

    Aug 28, 2013 | 10 min
    Now that they are back in school, kids will get all sorts of colds, ailments and even lice. The big question is when do you give in and keep them home from school.Now that they are back in school, kids will get all sorts of colds, ailments and even lice.The big question is when do you give in and keep them home from school.It can cause a hassle at work, juggling schedules around.But if your child is really sick, then you have to have a back up game plan.Both for taking them to the doctor if necessary, and staying home with them to care for them.Or even to possibly keep them from playing video games all day.What is a parent to do?Dr. Anita Chandra, MD and Melanie Cole, MS offer you the signs,...
  • Summer Days to School Days: Making the Transition

    Aug 28, 2013 | 10 min
    It is that time again. When we send our children back to school. Yea! However, the transition for our children is not so easy.It is that time again.When we send our children back to school.Yea! However, the transition for our children is not so easy.They have had down time, video game time, just lazy time and now they have to rev back up into the routine.Now they have activities, sports, lessons and homework!Listen as Dr. Anita Chandra, MD and Melanie Cole, MS discuss the best ways to get your children back into the school thing and help them focus on learning and their real job!
  • Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know

    Aug 28, 2013 | 10 min
    From infants and toddlers to school-aged kids and teens, sleep problems can affect everyone in the family.Sooner or later, most parents face challenges at bedtime. From infants and toddlers to school-aged kids and teens, sleep problems can affect everyone in the family."Almost every day in my clinical practice, at least one of my parents brings up a question about sleep," writes Dr. Moon. "Many are unhappy or frustrated because their child isn't sleeping how, when, or where the parents want. What I usually find is that the sleep problem is often one that could have been avoided.From understanding what is normal and typical for a child's age and stage of development, to establishing bedtime r...
  • The Affordable Care Act: What You Need to Know

    Aug 28, 2013 | 10 min
    Where we are with health reform roll out? Listen closely for the best information about the upcoming open enrollment period, and what it means for parents and children.Since it took effect in 2010, the health reform law, otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act or ACA, has made important changes to the way health care coverage works for children and families. Starting October 1, 2013, you can compare insurance options to find the right plan for you and your family.Dr Anne Edwards,MD joins Melanie Cole,MS to share with you a comprehensive list to explain some key things you should know.
  • Can Your Laundry Detergent Kill Your Kids?

    Aug 21, 2013 | 10 min
    How long has it been since you went through your house looking for poisons that your toddler could get into? Have you even thought about the laundry room? Those pretty little packets that you buy now for convenience could be a real source of poison in your home.How long has it been since you went through your house looking for poisons that your toddler could get into?Have you even thought about the laundry room?Those pretty little packets that you buy now for convenience could be a real source of poison in your home.Kids light think they look pretty, even like candy..but they can kill just as easily as if your child drank cleaning solution.Listen in for safety advice for those and other hidd...
  • 5 Ways to Reconnect as a Family

    Aug 21, 2013 | 10 min
    After a long day of work, running errands and shopping and all the other things parents do, it is hard to reconnect with you your family. The time slips away and the children get bigger. There are a few ways to do this and we're here to offer you the best ways to have true family time that will bring love and satisfaction to your busy family.After a long day of work, running errands and shopping and all the other things parents do, it is hard to reconnect with you your family. The time slips away and the children get bigger. They seem to have so many of their own activities and plans that they too, have time issues. But at the end of the day, you need to find a way to reconnect and get to kn...
  • Latino Children Are At Risk Of Delayed ASD Diagnosis

    Aug 21, 2013 | 8 min
    Are Latino children less likely to be diagnosed with autism at an early age? We now know, early diagnosis is important to get kids into effective interventions as soon as possible. Are you experiencing obstacles in screening and diagnosis for your children. Listen and find out how you can get the best care for your children.Are Latino children less likely to be diagnosed with autism at an early age? We now know, early diagnosis is important to get kids into effective interventions as soon as possible. Have similar issues have been found with other minority populations?This difficulty in early diagnosis may have to do with promoting language-appropriate screening, distributing culturally appr...
  • Phthalates, Are They Dangerous for Your Kids?

    Aug 21, 2013 | 10 min
    What are Phthalates? You may have heard the term. But are they scary additives in the containers of the food we feed our children?Listen as Dr. Leonardo Transande, MD joins Melanie Cole, MS to fill you in on the Phthalates in your home and how they might be hurting your childs health.What are Phthalates?You may have heard the term. But are they scary additives in the containers of the food we feed our children?In some groups of adolescents, the appearance of environmental chemicals called phthalates can be associated with insulin resistance.Could the products we feed our kids cause Insulin resistance that has been linked with diabetes and cardiovascular disease?What products contain Phthalat...
  • Hassle Free Healthy Breakfasts for Your Kids

    Aug 14, 2013 | 1 min
    With the school year ramping up, the mornings can become very hectic for parents. But if your chiild is skipping breakfast, it could mean a bad start to their day.With the school year ramping up, the mornings can become very hectic for parents.But if your chiild is skipping breakfast, it could mean a bad start to their day.Listen as Melanie Cole, MS and Dr. Corinn Cross, MD help you get your children off to a great start to their school day with hassle free, healthy breakfasts that will give your child the energy to think clearly and have energy to burn!
  • Is Your Child The New Kid? Helping Your Child Adjust

    Aug 14, 2013 | 10 min
    Have you just recently moved? Is your child getting ready to start at a new school? Here are our terrific tips to help you help your child adjust to being the new kid at school!Have you just recently moved? Is your child getting ready to start at a new school? It can be a very difficult time for children of all ages to adjust to a new environment.Making new friends be hard and feeling out of the circle can be the norm.Here are our terrific tips to help you help your child adjust to being the new kid at school!
  • Back to School Tips From the AAP

    Aug 14, 2013 | 10 min
    It's that time again. Your kids are headed back to school! Get the first days of school off to a great start with our tips that will help ensure your child heads off to school this fall with the best possible foundation.It's that time again. Your kids are headed back to school!Get the first days of school off to a great startIt should come as no surprise that success — or failure — at school starts at home. Studies have linked poor academic performance to factors such as a lack of sleep, poor nutrition, obesity, and a lack of parental support.How can you ensure your child heads off to school this fall with the best possible foundation? Follow these tips from the experts at the AAP.Melanie Co...
  • Heat Stress in Children? Keep Em Cool This Summer

    Jul 31, 2013 | 10 min
    What are the precautions you need to take if your kids are playing outside on a very hot day? If they are in summer sports training camp, should you as a parent be worried about their safety in the heat? Listen as we give you the best advice for heat stress in your children.What are the precautions you need to take if your kids are playing outside on a very hot day? If your child/teen has sports practice outside in hot weather, what are the recommendations for hydration, rest, emergency service availability, and rapid cool down?Does the coach know these procedures and as a parent, will you be called obnoxious if you ask the coach if they are aware of the special risks associated with kids an...
  • Vaccinations: What You Need To Know Before They Head Back To School

    Jul 31, 2013 | 10 min
    Are your children ready for the upcoming school year? Have you checked off your list vaccines? Make sure your children are up to date before the school rush at the pediatricians office!Before a new school year starts, be sure your child is up to date with their vaccinations.Required vaccinations for school vary depending on your location.However, some schools will not let your child in with out the proper vaccinations.Even college age kids need to be updated in their vaccines.Make sure your children are up to date before the school rush at the pediatricians office!

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