H2O: What Parents Need to Know

More than half of children and teens do not drink enough fluids. Deb Lonzer, MD, shares some helpful tips to incorporate and maintain healthy drinking habits so your kids stay hydrated.

For Females With Autism, Differences Matter

When you think of “autism,” does a male child come to mind? It’s understandable if you answer “yes.” Past estimates have suggested that for every female on the autism spectrum, there are three to four males. On the high-functioning end of the spectrum, estimates have been even higher — in the ream of nine males … Read More

Kids and Codeine: Why Genetics Matter for Medication

I care for adult patients in my practice, but I have two great reasons to keep a watchful eye on the pediatric medical community: my kids. With that in mind, I paid special attention when the FDA issued a boxed warning for codeine prescribed to children after tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy. It’s the perfect example of … Read More

The Couch Potato Cure

When it’s dark long before dinnertime and temperatures are finger- and toe-numbing outside, the urge to hibernate hits. Although winter can be tricky, there are many ways to keep your children active during the cold months. The first step is to limit screen time, says Eileen Kennedy, PhD, pediatric psychologist with Cleveland Clinic’s Center for … Read More

How to Fight Childhood Ear Infections

By age 5, nearly every child has had at least one ear infection. Consider it a rite of passage, like learning to walk and getting your first loose tooth. But some kids seem to get more than their fair share of infections. To weary parents, it can feel like each time their child gets a … Read More

From the Jar or Blender: Which Baby Food Is Best?

The debate continues on whether homemade baby food is better than commercially produced food. Most moms have been in on the conversation at some point, whether or not they still have a 6- to 9-month-old. “Both types of food have pros and cons,” says Mona Rifka, MD, pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic’s Hillcrest Hospital. Baby food … Read More

8 Tips for Talking About Bad Grades

Every child brings home the occasional disappointing grade. Sometimes their own hurt or shame is enough to set them on the right path. Other times, parental intervention may be needed to make sure it’s not the beginning of a pattern. But when is the best time to talk? And what do you say? Here are … Read More

5 Ways You Can Improve ADHD in Children

When it comes to ADHD, parents have the power to change behavior — and that power goes beyond medications. The gold standard for treating ADHD is a combination of what goes on inside the skin — including medications, which are highly effective — and what takes place outside the skin, says Michael Manos, PhD, of … Read More

Get Your Kids Back in the School Routine

And they’re off! No more scrambling for school supplies or the perfect back-to-school outfit. But the prep work isn’t over just yet. Ensure the new academic year gets off to as smooth a start as possible with these tips from Cleveland Clinic experts. 1. Reset their sleep schedule If your child or teenager stayed up … Read More