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Obese Children Have Greater Risk for Adult Heart Disease

Tags: health screenings, healthy weight, heart disease, obese children, overweight

For many people, obesity starts developing in early childhood, when good dietary and exercise habits are neglected. It's important for parents to know there's long-term danger in their children being overweight or obese.


The Surprising Benefits of Reading With Your Kids

The Surprising Benefits of Reading With Your Kids (Infographic)

Tags: brain health, children, infographic, speech

What’s your child’s favorite book? What’s yours? Reading with your kids can help them in surprising ways -- beyond learning language. Find out all the ways books can open your child's mind.


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Emotional Trauma’s Surprising Effect on Children

Tags: brain health, concussion, depression, growing pains of parenting, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), study, veterans

A blow to your young child's psyche can have the same effect as a physical blow to the head. A new study finds that emotional trauma at a very young age may cause changes to the brain that are similar to a concussion.


Does Your Child Want to Wear Makeup?

Does Your Child Want to Wear Makeup? 5 Things You Should Know

Tags: growing pains of parenting, parenting, skin care

It’s time to talk about makeup as soon as your child expresses interest (usually in middle school). Here are five tips every parent should know.


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Plant-Based, Lower-Fat Diet May Benefit Kids Most

Tags: A transplant story with heart starts here, blood pressure, cholesterol, healthy diet, heart disease, study, vegan

Researchers have long been telling us that a heart-healthy diet can benefit children as well as adults. A new study shows that these health gains could occur as quickly as in a month.


Could Early Exposure to Peanuts Help Avoid Allergy Later

Could Early Exposure to Peanuts Help Avoid Allergy Later?

Tags: allergies, allergy, asthma, eczema, food allergies, peanut butter, study

Results of a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine found that early introduction of peanuts in children at high risk for peanut allergy could decrease their risk of becoming intolerant to the nuts.


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How You Can Encourage Heart-Healthy Habits in Your Kids

Tags: #LoveYourHeart, healthy diet, heart healthy diet, Heart Month

Most parents would love for their children to live a heart-healthy lifestyle by eating a well-balanced diet and exercising. But getting children to buy in often is difficult. The trick may lie in starting these good habits when your children are young.


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Why Energy Drinks and Your Children Don’t Mix

Tags: blood pressure, caffeine, energy drinks, study

A recent study says that children younger than age 6 represented more than 40 percent of the emergency calls to poison centers that were related to energy drinks. The effects children included heart arrhythmia and seizures.


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How to Help Your Child Manage Food Allergies at School

Tags: allergies, back to school, food allergies, growing pains of parenting, preschool

For someone with a food allergy, something as simple as a peanut can be a terrifying and even a potentially lethal threat. Learn how to keep your child safe from these threats to his or her health.


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When Should My Toddler Start Slimming Down?

Tags: BMI, growing pains of parenting, healthy weight

Don't want your toddler to lose those cheeks and belly, but not sure if it's time? Our Cleveland Clinic Children's pediatrician explains when kids ought to start becoming more trim and how to promote a healthy weight.