- Podcast: Better Students Excel for Mom and Dad
Kids in their early teens typically rebel against their parents, choosing friends over family. Those who don’t pull away and want to please their parents usually do better at school.
- Podcast: Children Can Suffer ACL Injuries, Too
Parents of young athletes may expect the occasional bruise, scrape, or pulled muscle. But an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) may seem a more likely concern for a professional running back or a slam-dunking hoop star.
- Podcast: Diagnosis of Autism Varies Widely Across U.S.
Researchers have found that health care providers at different autism centers are inconsistent in determining whether a child should be diagnosed with autistic disorder or a subtype, such as Asperger syndrome.
- Podcast: Energy Drinks: Not a Good Choice for Children
They're labeled with compelling names, such as Monster Energy and Rockstar. X-Game athletes sport their brands on jackets and hats. Energy drinks exude an ethos that attracts many children and young adults. Although these beverages may be considered
- Podcast: Family Focus: Less Sodium for All
Your child probably loves pizza. And how about hot dogs, lunch meat, or cheese? In addition to being many children's favorites, these foods are high in sodium. They contribute to a startling fact: Many children eat as much sodium as adults in the U.S
- Podcast: FDA Bans Chemical from Infant Bottles and Cups
The FDA has officially banned bisphenol A (BPA) from baby bottles and sippy cups, which should help ease parents’ worries about the controversial chemical.
- Podcast: Flame Retardants May Affect Kids' Development
The family's well-worn couch. Grandpa's favorite old chair. Of all the things parents may worry about, these items probably don’t make the list. But according to a new study, maybe they should, particularly if they contain flame retardants.
- Podcast: Give Your Child an Academic Boost—Exercise!
Keeping your child active may not always be easy. Children may be more interested in video games, YouTube videos, or the latest episode of American Idol.
- Podcast: Home Birth Riskier for the Child
A small but growing number of moms-to-be are choosing to deliver their babies at home. But a new study finds that babies born at home are at higher risk for complications, including low Apgar scores and seizures.
- Podcast: Lasting Effects of Parents' Squabbles
Kindergarteners whose parents fight with each other frequently and harshly are more likely to struggle with depression, anxiety, and behavior issues by middle school, a new study says.
- Podcast: Obesity Trend in Teens Now 15 Years Old
Researchers have pinpointed when U.S. children and teens began tipping the scales toward obesity. The epidemic began in the late 1990s, but experts will don’t know the exact cause.
- Podcast: Open Windows Fatal to Many Kids
More than 5,000 children each year fall from an open window and are seriously injured or killed. And it’s not just urban kids who are at risk.
- Podcast: Pertussis Vaccine’s Effectiveness May Be Short Lived
Young children who are immunized against whooping cough are well protected against this illness, but a new study finds that the vaccine’s effectiveness declines sharply after just three years.
- Podcast: Playtime Better Than Tube Time for Youngsters
In a new policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that unstructured play best nurtures brain development in infants and toddlers. The AAP discourages TV and even educational videos for this age group.
- Podcast: Preemie's Nervous System May Raise Risk for SIDS
Premature infants are at higher risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) than full-term babies. The reason may be that their nervous system is underdeveloped.
- Podcast: Preventing Teen Dating Abuse
The teen years can be an exciting and anxious time for your child – and you. One of the more nerve-wracking moments may be your child’s dating. It’s natural for a parent to worry. You want to keep your child safe.
- Podcast: Scars of Bullying Can Be Long-Lasting
Bullying is not a normal part of childhood, and children who experience bullying may continue to feel its effects into adulthood.
- Podcast: Start Sun Protection Young
Sunscreen may already be a family staple for a trip to the beach or an afternoon by the pool. But protecting your child from skin cancer requires more than a dab of sun defense.
- Podcast: Study Confirms Safety of Rotavirus Vaccines
Updated versions of the vaccines against rotavirus don’t seem to increase the risk for a potentially deadly side effect, a new study says.