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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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

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

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

An invitation to a sleepover may both thrill and terrify your child, but a little preparation and encouragement can help him or her move more comfortably from play dates to this new social situation. Children who are 7 or 8 years old and moving through elementary school are also moving into prime sleepover years. Each child … Read More

Surprising Dangers of Trampolines for Kids

Trampolines are popular among kids and adults – but they’re dangerous. From 2002 to 2011, trampoline injuries contributed to more than 1 million emergency department visits in the United States. With an influx of indoor trampoline parks springing up nationwide, trampoline-related injuries may continue to soar. Trampolines not advised Whether kids are supervised at an indoor … Read More