How to Help Your Child Manage Food Allergies at School

For many of us, a peanut is merely something that is good to eat. But for someone with a food allergy, a peanut – or eggs, soy, milk or wheat – can be a terrifying and even a potentially lethal threat. Food allergy is an abnormal response to a food that is triggered by the … Read More

Day-Care Diseases: How to Keep Your Kids Healthy

“Any time you have a large group of kids, you’ll have germs,” says Cleveland Clinic Children’s pediatrician Amy Sniderman, MD. Even at the cleanest day-care centers, kids inevitably put dirty hands and toys in their mouth, rub their eyes or otherwise pick up any number of “day-care diseases.” According to Dr. Sniderman, the most common are: … Read More

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What Parents Need to Know About School Hearing Screenings

If your child gets a screening at school to check his or her hearing and is referred to a doctor or audiologist for further testing, don’t panic.  Pediatric audiologist Allison Ziska Dirham, AUD, says this is not a full diagnostic test. It’s just a basic health screening. “We have parents come in and they’re losing … Read More

Is Your Child Ready for Fall School Sports?

Autumn is almost here and that means it’s time for young athletes to begin practicing and conditioning for fall school sports. But before your child can begin practicing in a competitive setting, make sure your child undergoes a sports physical to make sure he or she is in tip-top shape. “A sports physical is extremely important,” … Read More

The 4Bs of Back to School Success (Infographic)

How did it get to be August already? While it may be tempting to hold on to that glorious summer feeling as long as possible, it’s best to start planning now for the new academic year to help everyone—kids and adults alike—have the smoothest transition possible. Here, Cleveland Clinic Children’s pediatrician Richard So, MD, offers … Read More

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How to De-stress Homework

No child likes doing homework. But does it have to be such an emotional drama every night? Homework stresses lots of kids. However, that stress can be reduced by setting goals, time management and organization. Set expectations first Pediatric psychologist Kate Eshleman, PsyD, says a big part of homework planning is setting expectations. “Establish the … 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