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Are You Potty Training Too Soon?

Tags: growing pains of parenting, pediatrician, potty training series

Pushing your child to potty train early can cause bladder issues and other problems. Learn why it’s healthier not to rush.


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How NFL’s ‘Deflategate’ Can Aid Your Kids’ Decision-Making

Tags: cheating and lies, growing pains of parenting, sports, youth sports

If you’re a parent, situations like these provide a good opportunity to talk with your children about doing the right thing, Real-life examples can vividly illustrate to your children how ethical dilemmas play out.


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Do’s and Don’ts of Caring for Your Child’s Cast

Tags: broken bone, casts, growing pains of parenting, skin care, skin infection

What should your child do if the skin under his cast itches? What if her cast gets wet? Follow these do’s and don’ts of cast care for kids.


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Newest Research Finds No Link Between MMR Vaccine, Autism

Tags: autism, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), brain health, genetics, growing pains of parenting, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), study, vaccines

A new study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association finds the MMR vaccination has no association to the development of autism -- even among children who are at higher risk for the disorder.


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Is Your Child Ready for a Sleepover? 6 Steps to Avoid Anxiety

Tags: anxiety, growing pains of parenting, separation anxiety, sleep, sleep disorders

Parents can take simple steps to soothe a young child’s fears and anxieties over sleeping at a friend’s house for the first time.


9 Smart Biking Tips for Your Kids (Infographic)

9 Smart Biking Tips for Your Kids (Infographic)

Tags: bike safety, growing pains of parenting, helmet, helmet safety, parenting, summer safety

A bike is a kid’s first vehicle. Be sure your children know these nine smart biking tips before zipping down the driveway.


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Surprising Dangers of Trampolines for Kids

Tags: broken bone, Concussions, growing pains of parenting, spine, study, youth sports

Trampolines are popular among kids and adults – but they're dangerous. Our expert gives his take on the best way to avoid injury.


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Heart Disorder May No Longer Keep Kids Out of Sports

Tags: arrhythmias, growing pains of parenting, heart rhythm, long qt syndrome, sports, sports cardiology, study, youth sports

A new study finds playing competitive, organized sports may be safe for some children with rare heart rhythm disorder.


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Pediatric Emergency? The Best Place for Your Little Patient

Tags: emergency, emergency care, growing pains of parenting, pediatrician, pediatrics

Find out why a trip to a pediatric emergency room can be the best choice when your child suffers severe illness or injury.


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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.