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.

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5 Things Your Babysitter Needs When You Take an Extended Trip

No one wants to imagine their children having any medical emergencies, particularly when they are leaving them with a sitter or family member. If you’re going to be away on a trip, whether for business or a vacation, there are some steps to take to protect your child. According to Purva Grover, MD, Medical Director … Read More

Are You Potty Training Too Soon?

The pressure to potty train can be intense. Your child’s day care or preschool has set a deadline. You want to keep up with others in playgroup. And, honestly, you can’t wait to ditch that diaper bag. But don’t let external factors like these push you, says pediatric urologist Jeffrey Donohoe, MD. “So many parents … Read More

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

The National Football League is suspending New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of the season for his role in Deflategate – in which his team’s footballs were purposely underinflated for the AFC Championship game. The league says Brady had at least some knowledge of the underinflated footballs, which is against … Read More

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

“It’s itchy.” “It’s hot.” “It’s in the way.” Wearing a cast can be awkward for your child, says Ryan Goodwin, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery. But it’s sometimes the best way to help a broken bone heal correctly. Some fractures can be treated with splints or slings, he says. Others — … Read More

Newest Research Finds No Link Between MMR Vaccine, Autism

Ongoing beliefs that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine causes autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have persisted. However, ongoing research has shown no link between the vaccine and the disorder. Now, a large 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 … Read More