Parenting

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

SIDS stands for sudden infant death syndrome. It is a leading cause of infant death in the U.S. The causes of SIDS are unknown, but researchers have learned more about factors that can put your baby at risk. Learn which ones parents can prevent.

Taking Baby's Temperature

For a parent who needs to take an infant's or child's temperature, there are now three digital options.

Talk With Your Kids About These Issues

Talking with your child about drugs, alcohol and tobacco is tough. But you can't afford to ignore these topics. Children learn about these substances and feel pressure to use them at a very young age.

Talking about Sex with Your Teen

With studies showing that more than half of America's teenagers have experienced sexual intercourse by the age of 18, educating kids about sex is something all parents need to do.

Teaching Kids to Wash Their Hands

It's hard enough to get grownups to wash up. Only two-thirds of adults wash their hands after they use the restroom, studies show.

Teen Suicide

Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15- to 24-year-olds. The strongest risk factors for attempted suicide in youth are depression, substance abuse, and aggressive or disruptive behaviors.

Teenagers and Summer Jobs

Teens and Prescription Drugs

Many young people take prescription drugs because they believe they are safer than street drugs, but they can be just as dangerous if taken improperly.

Temper Tantrums

These fits of rage—the stomping, screaming, and falling on the floor—are a normal part of childhood development. Temper tantrums often occur only with a parent. They are a way for the child to communicate his or her feelings.

The Dangers of Binge Drinking

Too many young people are participating in a dangerous practice called binge drinking, or drinking to intoxication. It's defined as having five or more drinks in a row for men; for women, it’s four-plus drinks in a row.

The Do's and Don’ts for Children's Meds

There are some simple rules for using over-the-counter (OTC) medicines for children. The first and most important: NEVER give any OTC medicine to children 2 years and under without a doctor's advice, says the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The Facts About Recreational Marijuana

Knowing about marijuana can help you recognize its use in children and others and help a user seek treatment.

The 'Soft Teeth' Myth

Children who inherit the family trait of cavities don’t have “soft teeth,” as many people suspect. Instead, a mother’s dental history may be to blame. But with the right habits, you can help prevent cavities in your little one.

The Trouble with Bullies

Bullying comes in different forms. It is commonly thought of as an actual or threatened act of physical violence. But name calling, spreading rumors, unrelenting teasing, and deliberately excluding a child from an activity can be other forms of bullying. Racial slurs, mocking cultural traditions, and unwanted physical contact are bullying.

Tinea Infections (Ringworm)

Detailed information on the most common types of ringworm, including diagnosis and treatment

Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy

Symptoms of tonsillitis vary greatly depending on the cause of the infection, and can occur either suddenly or gradually.

Toy Safety--Identifying High-Risk Situations

Small toys or toys with small removal parts are not appropriate for children ages 3 and younger.

Trampoline Safety

Home trampolines are popular and seem like lots of fun, but they’re also dangerous. They cause thousands of injuries every year in the U.S.

Treating Minor Childhood Injuries

Scrapes and sprains are a fact of life for most children, so it’s good to know what to do when they come home with a minor injury.

Twins and Premature Birth

If you’re pregnant with twins, you’ll want to carefully consider this advice. It can help increase your chances for a full-term pregnancy.

Understanding the Teen Brain

Parents need to realize the rational part of a teen’s brain isn’t fully developed and won’t be until he or she is 25 years old or so.

Unwrap the Gift of Toy Safety

Your challenge is to find toys that your children will enjoy and that you know are safe.

Urinary Incontinence in Children

Enuresis is the medical term for bedwetting, or accidental urination in children who should be able to control their bladder. Girls usually have bladder control before boys do. The diagnosis of enuresis is for girls older than 5 and for boys older than 6.

Watch That Backpack Load

Most children rely on backpacks to carry books and supplies to and from school and activities. But a backpack that’s too heavy or doesn’t fit right can cause harm.

Weight Room No Longer Off-Limits to Kids

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Sports Medicine now say that strength training is fine for kids, as long as they are supervised and don't try to lift too much weight.

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