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Children Eat Healthier When Parents Set Food Rules
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Kids become better at controlling their own eating when parents set a few rules. They whine less, too. Read more >


More Children Are Harmed by Fetal Alcohol Exposure Than Previously Thought
Esther Entin, M.D.

When pregnant women drink alcohol, their babies drink with them. Read more >


When It Comes to Parent-Child Communication, More Channels Can Help
Annie Sofield Reed

When kids move out, parents often struggle to find the right way to communicate. Read more >


Young Pitchers' Overuse Injuries Can Interfere with Shoulder Development
Esther Entin, M.D. and Charlotte LoBuono

Too many pitches can permanently injure young shoulders, causing ongoing rotator cuff problems. Read more >


Minimizing Your Risk of Gestational Diabetes
Esther Entin, M.D.

Four lifestyle changes can reduce women's risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy by 80%. Read more >


Preventing Racial Disparities in Health Status and Access to Health Care
Ruqaiijah Yearby, J.D., M.P.H.

African-American patients find it easier to deal with physicians whose racism is obvious. At least then they know where they stand. Read more >


Family Intervention Helps Prevent Psychosis in Vulnerable Youth
Esther Entin, M.D.

When family communication and dynamics improve, psychosis can be nipped in the bud. Read more >


Children‘s Lunch Boxes Fail Nutrition Test
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Tips for sendings kids to school with healthy lunches they'll enjoy. Read more >


The Childhood Obesity Crisis: Who Is in Denial?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Kids can have inaccurate ideas about their own weight. Parents, too. What helps. Read more >


Outdoor Time Breeds Fitness in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Time outside translates into more physical exercise. That brings better health. Read more >


Unstructured Time Helps Develop Children's “Executive” Skills
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children learn the “executive” skills that will help them run their lives best when they have unstructured time. Read more >


An Obsession with Popularity Can Handicap Teens' Social Development
Esther Entin, M.D.

Kids obsessed with who's cool may be less popular later in life. They don't know how to make friends. Read more >


A Steep Rise in Diabetes Seen in Children and Teens in the U.S.
Esther Entin, M.D.

Kids are eating more and exercising less. The upshot is a huge increase in diabetes -- and medical costs. Read more >


Weight Gain During and After Pregnancy Signals Serious Health Problems
Esther Entin, M.D.

It's not a problem to gain weight when you are pregnant, but you need to lose it after the baby arrives. Read more >


Parents' Over-Feeding Can Encourage Infants' Overeating
Esther Entin, M.D.

Overfeeding babies sets the stage for lifelong weight problems. It's easy to avoid the pitfalls. Read more >


Acetaminophen Use in Pregnancy May Raise Risk of Hyperactivity
Esther Entin, M.D.

Acetaminophen has some bad effects on unborn babies and may be behind the rising rates of ADHD. Read more >


Weight in Kindergarten Predicts Obesity Later in Life
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

If your child is overweight, he or she needs your help. The weight isn't going to come off naturally. Read more >


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Diagnoses on The Rise
Esther Entin, M.D.

More and more children are being diagnosed and treated for attention deficits. Is this a good thing? Read more >


Too Few Doctors Talk to Teen Patients About Sex
Charlotte LoBuono

Doctors tend not to discuss sex with their teenaged patients. What a wasted opportunity. Read more >


FDA Begins Inquiry into The Effects of Antibacterial Soaps
Esther Entin, M.D.

The active ingredient has been found in breast milk. FDA investigates. Read more >


For Teens, Sleep Is a Family Affair
Esther Entin, M.D.

Puberty wreaks havoc on teens' sleep cycles; so do teens' family and social relationships. Read more >


SIDS Appears Linked to Brain Abnormalities
Alice G. Walton

Babies who die of SIDS may have brain abnormalities that make them miss signals to breathe again. Read more >


Parents Need to Step Up And Limit Screen Time
Esther Entin, M.D.

How many hours a day does you child spend in front of a screen? You can bring it under control. Read more >


Too Much of a Good Thing: Antibiotics Overprescribed For Sore Throats
Charlotte LoBuono

Your throat is sore. Sure, it's terrible; but if you're an adult, it is unlikely you need an antibiotic. Read more >


Young Children Behave Better When They Have a Consistent Bedtime
Esther Entin, M.D.

Young children need to go to bed at a regular, consistent time. Think of it as a miracle cure for bad behavior. Read more >


Brain Changes Are Seen in More Ex-Football Players
Alice G. Walton

Former football players may have "pronounced" brain abnormalities, even if they do not have dementia. Read more >


A Parental Wake-Up Call: Yelling Doesn't Help
Esther Entin, M.D.

No parent starts out wanting to yell at his or her child. But somewhere along the line, usually in adolescence, most of us do. Read more >


Severe Obesity On the Rise Among Kids and Teens
Charlotte LoBuono

The fattest kids are getting fatter. Parents and doctors need to step in to help. Read more >


Antipsychotic Use in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children taking certain antipsychotics for behavioral problems are far more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Read more >


Soda Consumption and Bad Behavior
Esther Entin, M.D.

It's not clear what it is in soda that brings on aggression and hostility, but the link is there. Read more >


Preventing Drop-Outs: Keeping Kids Engaged in School
Esther Entin, M.D.

Keeping kids engaged in school is perhaps the most important thing you can do to foster success. Read more >


When Bullying Hits Home: Sibling Rivalry or Dangerous Victimization?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Siblings will fight, but bullying happens at home, too. And the emotional impact is just as serious as when it happens at school. Read more >


Pediatricians and LGBTQ Teens
Esther Entin, M.D.

Whether a teenager's sexual orientation is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning, his or her doctor is an important ally. Read more >


Soda Bans Appear to Find Their Target
Alice G. Walton

So-called “soda bans” may actually help those who need it most. Read more >


Identifying Motor Delays in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Baby still not crawling? The AAP helps you figure out when delays matter. Read more >


Breast Milk and Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Esther Entin, M.D.

A breast milk appears to protect against a serious gastrointestinal problem facing babies. Read more >


Amusement Ride Injuries Rise in Summer Months
Charlotte LoBuono

Summertime means vacation and trips to the amusement park. But before you strap yourself and your kids in, consider the safety issues. Read more >


Just One Sugary Drink A Day Increases Diabetes Risk Significantly
Alice G. Walton

Oh come on! How much can one little sugary drink a day up your risk for diabetes? Pretty significantly. Read more >


New Guidelines to Help Prevent Food Allergy in Children
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

New guidelines recommend babies be gradually exposed to allergenic foods early to avoid wheat, egg, and other allergies. Read more >


Helicopter Parents: When Mothering Is Smothering
Neil Wagner

College kids whose parents haven't learned to let go are prone to anxiety and depression. Support autonomy. Read more >


Obese and Overweight Children Face Serious Health Risks
Esther Entin, M.D.

You wouldn't let your child play near the street unsupervised; don't let him or her eat unsupervised either. Read more >


Finding the Sweet Spot: Milk Intake, Vitamin D and Iron
Esther Entin, M.D.

Cow's milk offers vitamin D but also contributes to low iron. New research offers a guideline. Read more >


Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents
Esther Entin, M.D.

Moodiness is not uncommon in kids, so how do you know if your child or teen is suffering from mood swings related to this disorder? Read more >


Health Tips to Carry Forward into 2013
Leslie Carr

New years are for fresh starts and self improvement. Here are some findings to take with you into 2013. Read more >


Pediatricians Come Out in Favor of Emergency Contraception for Teens
Esther Entin, M.D.

The AAP says girls need to know emergency contraception is an option when birth control fails. Read more >


The Emotional Lives of Parents
Alice G. Walton

Some studies suggest parenting is linked to happiness, while others claim the opposite. A new one gets closer to the truth. Read more >


Endocrine Disruptor Compounds: What We Know; What We Suspect
Esther Entin, M.D.

You can't see, smell or taste these environmental toxins. But even lose doses can cause cancer. Read more >


A Ball by Any Other Name: How Dogs Process Language
Alice G. Walton

When your dog hears a human word, he processes it his own way. This could be helpful for training. Read more >


The Impact of Eating Out on Children's and Adolescents' Nutrition
Esther Entin, M.D.

Kids eat out a lot. And when they do, they consume extra salt, fat, sugar, and of course, calories. Read more >


Safety Seats? It Depends on How You Use Them
Neil Wagner

Strap your kid in and they're safe, right? Wrong. And for kids aged 4 to 8, seatbelts alone won't do it. Read more >


Enlisting Exergames in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity
Esther Entin, M.D.

"Exergames," video games controlled by players' motion, offer a new way to raise children's activity levels. Read more >


The Effects of Social Violence in Children's TV Shows
Esther Entin, M.D.

All the gossip, rejection, teasing and excluding that goes on on shows sets the wrong tone. Read more >


Newborn Screening
Esther Entin, M.D.

Screening newborns for a variety of conditions saves lives. But finding care can be difficult. Read more >


Medical Decision-Making on Behalf of Children and Adolescents
Jessie Hill, J.D.

Can a child or teen seek medical treatment without parental consent? Maybe. It pays to know the issues. Read more >


Lazy Eye (Amblyopia): Causes, Treatment and Outcomes
Courtney L. Kraus, M.D., and Susan M. Culican, M.D., Ph.D.

Amblyopia is a disorder of brain development. The sooner a child is treated, the better. Read more >


Cytomegalovirus, A Serious Health Risk Hiding in Plain Sight
Esther Entin, M.D.

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is responsible for roughly 20% of the hearing loss in newborns. Read more >


Managing Major Depression During Pregnancy: To Treat or Not to Treat?
Jennifer L. Payne, M.D.

Taking antidepressants while pregnant can mean choosing between a woman's mental health and potential risks to the fetus. Read more >


Helping Kids Lose Weight
Alice G. Walton

Helping your child lose weight is tricky. You may want to start by changing your own behavior. Read more >


Recess: A Learning Opportunity
Esther Entin, M.D.

Recess can be an arena for bullies or a lab for learning the social skills needed to get past conflict. Read more >


Pediatric Acute Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome, PANS
Esther Entin, M.D.

Infection can sometimes bring on sudden bizarre obsessions and compulsions in children. Knowing the signs can help. Read more >


Breastfeeding as a Public Health - and Family – Issue
Esther Entin, M.D.

Breastfeeding has so many health benefits, it's like a miracle drug. But work and family can be obstacles. Read more >


Little League Safety: Protecting Future All Stars
Esther Entin, M.D.

Tips to keep Little Leaguers injury-free. Learn the rules and risks and stay out of the ER. Read more >


Figuring The Cost-Benefit Ratio of Vaccines
Alice G. Walton

Parents in some communities have decided that the risks of vaccines are greater than the benefits. Not true. Read more >


Having Trouble with Parenthood? You Are Not Alone
Alice G. Walton

Having kids interrupts your sleep, destabilizes your relationship, and costs lots of money and time. So what's the upside? Read more >


The Power of Play
Esther Entin, M.D.

The time kids spend just playing is declining. Well-meaning parents are partly to blame. Read more >


Bringing Home Baby: Doctors and Parents Offer Advice on the Big Decisions
Alice G. Walton

What would new moms do differently the next time around? Reconsidering circumcision and breastfeeding are high on the list. Read more >


How to Mess up Your Kids
Alice G. Walton

Twelve things parents do that can damage their children. How to avoid such mistakes. Read more >


The Causes Of Autism: So Many Theories. So Few Answers.
Esther Entin, M.D.

What causes autism? What can parents do to avoid it? Early environments matter. Read more >


ADHD and The Risk of Substance Abuse
Esther Entin, M.D.

Why are kids and adolescents with ADHD prone to substance use? Read more >


Sports and Energy Drinks: Not Kids Stuff
Esther Entin, M.D.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has come out with a warning about sports and energy drinks. Why? Read more >


More Reasons to Get Your Zzzzs
Alice G. Walton

Sleep can help you lose weight, make better decisions, and improve your sex life. Read more >


Children and Environmental Chemicals: A Call for Better Regulation
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children are small and low to the ground, leaving them more exposed to environmental toxins. Read more >


Family Meals Help Cut Childhood Obesity
Alice G. Walton

Just having kids cut their fat intake does not help them lose weight. So what does work? Read more >


Dangerous Exposures: Sun and Skin
Esther Entin, M.D.

Sun exposure in childhood and adolescence than can set the stage for skin cancers and problems later. Read more >


Simple Febrile Seizures: Revised Practice Guidelines and Advice for Parents
Esther Entin, M.D.

Seizures that occur when a child has a fever are scary, but are they dangerous? Sometimes. Read more >


Nature and Nurture: Social Environments Influence Genetic Blueprints
Esther Entin, M.D.

A study of children two and under shows just how much being poor restricts kids' genetic potential. Read more >


The Best of 2010: Health Tips to Take With Us Into 2011
Alice G. Walton

Planning for a healthier 2011? We pull together some of the top health news stories of this past year. Read more >


Stages of Puberty and the Risk of Violent Teens
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teen violence can de-rail young lives. A new study links it to a teen's stage of sexual development, not age. Read more >


The Teenager Sleep Schedule vs. the School Bell
Esther Entin, M.D.

Starting the school day just a half hour later helps teens get the sleep they need, raising motivation. Read more >


Cutting: Teens Who Hurt Themselves
Esther Entin, M.D.

The medical community calls it "non-suicidal self-injury" (NSSI); the kids call it "cutting." Read more >


Alcohol and Adolescents: The Need to Teach our Children Well
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teen drinking is not like on TV. There are real risks, like auto accidents and impaired brain development. Read more >


Kids and Screens: Media and Health
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teens' screen time offers risks and rewards. How to minimize the risks. Read more >


TVs, DVDs, and Babies
Esther Entin, M.D.

Research shows that educational DVDs don't improve learning in children under two. Babies need interaction to learn. Read more >


Controversial Autism-MMR Vaccine Study Retracted by Journal: Why Did This Happen - and Can We Forget?
Alice G. Walton

Retractions don't happen often in science, but they are part of the process. Changing the public's perceptions is another matter. Read more >


Psychiatric Drugs During Pregnancy: Benefits, Risks, Alternatives
Esther Entin, M.D.

Timing makes a difference when it comes to taking antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs while pregnant. Read more >


Prescribing Medication Safely for Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Warnings about the effects of prescription drugs on children are often not reported accurately... Read more >


Breast Milk: The Best Food Money Can't Buy
Esther Entin, M.D.

For most babies, breast milk is the best milk, but it is important to supplement with vitamin D. Read more >


Kids and Cholesterol: To Screen Or Not To Screen?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children are starting to show dangerously high cholesterol, triglycerides and lipid levels. How to prevent life-long damage to young hearts. Read more >


From Silent to Serious: Chlamydia Infections in Teens and Young Adults
Esther Entin, M.D.

The STD chlamydia can be diagnosed with a urine specimen and does not require a pelvic examination or vaginal or urethral culture. Read more >


Vaccines: Protecting Individuals, Communities and the World
Esther Entin, M.D.

Always check with your child's physician before delaying an immunization. Read more >


ADHD: Treatment With Stimulants Safer than Expected
Esther Entin, M.D.

Do the stimulants used to treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) put them at risk for future drug abuse? Read more >


Sports-Related Concussions: Risks and Recovery
Jordana Bieze Foster

Concussions can be difficult to spot, especially when young athletes hide their symptoms to keep playing. Read more >


Vitamin D Deficiency in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Pediatricians have begun to look harder at Vitamin D levels in children because this vitamin, once thought to be primarily involved in calcium absorption, is now being shown to have significant implications for a variety of health conditions which manifest in later life. Read more >


Getting the Lead Out - The News About an Old Problem
Sassan Farjami, M.D., Ogleh Nesheiwat, M.D., Carol Karmen, M.D., and Robert G. Lerner, M.D.

Sleep disturbances, restlessness, lethargy, memory loss and irritability can be signs of lead poisoning. Read more >


Burns: From Treatment to Prevention
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

Water heaters should be set below 120oF (49oC) to avoid scald injuries. Read more >


Genetics and Mental Retardation
V. Reid Sutton, M.D.



A Body to Die For: The ABC's of Eating Disorders
Kathryn J. Zerbe, M.D.

Recovering bulimics should protect their teeth by NOT brushing vigorously. Read more >


Drowning and Near-Drowning: Prevention and Treatment
Dipak Chandy, M.D.

If swimming or boating, avoid all drugs and alcohol. Read more >


Bottle Feeding And Ear Infections: A Formula For Disaster?
Craig Brown, M.D.






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