For Obese Teens, Surgery Is the Last Resort
Extreme obesity plagues more than a million teens and young adults, experts estimate. What's a parent to do?
For Parents: Treat at Home or Call the Doctor?
For parents of a newborn, first-time parents, or any anxious mom or dad, it may be hard to tell a true health threat that needs a doctor's attention from a frightening, yet simple, illness that doesn't require medical treatment. Most sniffles, sneezes, and stomachaches don't need medical attention. But how do you know when it's time to call the doctor?
For Seniors: Pass On Your Love of Music
Introducing some of your cherished tunes to a grandchild may provide a great catalyst for imparting information about your past.
Getting a Start on Solid Foods
As a child approaches 4 to 6 months of age, most mothers begin to worry about when to start solid foods.
Give Eating Right a Green Light
Trust that when kids are hungry enough, they'll eat the healthy options you serve.
Give Young Athletes Plenty of Fluids
During hot weather, if young athletes don't get enough water to replace what is lost through perspiration, they face the risk of dehydration.
Giving Your Baby the Best Nutrition
How do you know your infant or toddler is getting what he needs in the food department?
Glasses Can Help Even Young Children
Doctors who specialize in children's eye care say children usually become near- or farsighted between ages 6 and 12. But even infants can wear glasses if they need help to see well.
Grandparents Can Provide a Critical Need: Attention
Being a cheerleader for your grandchildren doesn't require any special training. All you need to invest is some time and energy to become their biggest fan.
Growing Up Short or Heavy Can Be Difficult
When children believe they are different in some way, they feel bad. Whether because of their height or some other characteristic, they are going to be aware of differences.
Guard Your Baby from Rotavirus
A vaccine can protect babies from rotavirus, the most common cause of severe diarrhea in infants.
Guidelines for Raising Smoke-Free Kids
The most important thing is to keep the lines of communication open -- the more you talk to your children, the better chance you have of staying close when things get tough or when important issues like smoking arise.
Help for a Child with a Cold
You want to help a child with cold symptoms feel better, but choosing among countless over-the-counter (OTC) cold medicines can be daunting. Here are some guidelines that can help.
Help Girls Stay Active as Teens
The teen years often bring a sharp drop in physical activity, especially for girls.
Help Your Babysitter Prepare for Anything
When you're looking for a babysitter, give yourself enough time to be selective.
Help Your Child Find the Meaning of Sports
Win or lose, experts say, it's far more important for young people to take away from sports some lessons about self-esteem, motivation, discipline and getting along with others.
Help Your Children Breathe Easier
Air pollution hurts infants and children more than adults, studies show. Kids' lungs are still developing, they breathe faster and they spend more time outdoors.
Help Your Children Chill Out
Kids must cope with all the issues, such as violence or global warming, that stress out adults. But they must also handle stresses added by their parents and the media.
Helping Children Conquer Fear
Studies indicate that almost all children report having fears. Some of the most common fears are of bugs or ghosts, and studies have shown that kids are afraid of pretty much the same things no matter where they live in the world.
Helping Kids Cope with a Divorce
Anger, fear, separation anxiety, a sense of abandonment, self-blame, sadness and embarrassment are common reactions to divorce for most children.
Helping Picky Eaters Expand Their Palates
Although a lot of young children are finicky about food, they need help when they won’t eat the amount or variety required to keep up their nutritional status.
Helping Teens Embrace Self-Care
By involving teens as full participants in their self-care, they're more likely to choose healthy behaviors throughout their lives.
Helping Your Child Choose a Sport
Before you look into a sports program, make sure your child is ready. A child’s readiness can depend on a number of factors.
Helping Your Children Cope With Death
Children deal with death in many different ways, and not necessarily in the same manner as adults.
How Is Your Child's Backpack?
The Consumer Product Safety Commission found that in one year, more than 10,000 children ages 5 to 14 see doctors with backpack-related complaints.