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Children Can Outgrow Weight Problems—With Some Healthy Changes
The health effects of childhood obesity stretch years beyond the playground. That’s why it’s so important to catch weight problems early before they become a lifelong issue.

Why Do Girls Take Longer Than Boys to Recover from Concussions?
Researchers found that girls tend to delay seeking specialty medical care for concussions, which may contribute to their slower recovery.

Parenting During a Crisis: Signs of Anxiety in Children
Coping with the COVID-19 outbreak is hard for children, too. And while they tend to have a stronger reaction to stress than adults, kids are less likely to express themselves with words. This means your child’s behavior is often the key to knowing how well he or she is adjusting. Signs of anxiety may be a clue that your child needs extra support.

Secondhand Smoke and Secondhand Vaping: Both Bad for Kids
You’ve probably heard about the health risks of secondhand smoke. Now there’s growing evidence that being around vaping is also risky for kids.

Prediabetes on the Rise in Teenagers
Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be considered diabetes. We usually think of this as a problem for adults. But it’s a growing concern in teens as well. In the U.S., about one in five youth ages 12 to 18 now have prediabetes, a recent study in JAMA Pediatrics showed.

Teens and Vaping: A Dangerous Mix
One in five high school students—and one in 20 middle schoolers—say they’ve used e-cigarettes within the past month. Many believe these products are safer than regular cigarettes. But the latest evidence shows just how mistaken that belief is.

Real World Tips on Being a Healthy Parent
When you’re a parent, focusing on a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just benefit your own well-being. It also helps you take better care of family members and be a good role model for your child.

Could Your Child Have a Learning Disability?
It’s normal for kids to find some school subjects harder than others. And it’s common for them to struggle a bit when learning something new. But if learning troubles become a lasting pattern, you might start to suspect a learning disability.

Not All Fevers Need Treatment
The American Academy of Pediatrics stresses that fever itself is usually not a problem. In fact, it can be helpful.

Is It Just a Cough—Or Childhood Asthma?
Most children have respiratory illnesses every now and then. But coughing and wheezing are symptoms of asthma in children.

Disposable vs. Cloth Diapers: The Straight Poop
Disposable diapers make up more than 1.5% of all the trash in this country. About 3.4 million tons of them end up in our landfills each year. So, are cloth diapers a better choice? It's up to you.

Homework Help: For Parents
With these 6 homework-helping tips, you can learn how to support and encourage your child, while also giving him or her the needed space to complete homework on their own.
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