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

Heart Disorder May No Longer Keep Kids Out of Sports

For kids with a heart rhythm disorder called long Q-T syndrome, or LQTS, sports are not usually an option. That may change soon. A new study finds playing competitive, organized sports may be safer for these children than originally thought. Researchers studied more than 100 children with LQTS, a rare inherited arrhythmia disorder that affects … Read More

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Pediatric Emergency? The Best Place for Your Little Patient

If a child has a sudden illness or injury, doctors can treat her in a place that Goldilocks would say is “just right” – a pediatric emergency department. Pediatric emergency departments are specially equipped for the unique emergency needs of infants, children and young adults. Well-equipped facilities use the latest technology and equipment to ensure … Read More

Emotional Trauma’s Surprising Effect on Children

Traumatic events in children’s lives can have the same effect as head trauma, a new study says. The study, published recently in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, finds that emotional trauma at a young age may cause changes to the brain that are similar to head trauma. The connection between emotional trauma’s and physical trauma’s effect on … Read More

Does Your Child Want to Wear Makeup? 5 Things You Should Know

“But, honey, you’re pretty just the way you are.” Let’s face it:  Even a parent’s sincere compliment can’t always dull the allure of lip-gloss and eye shadow. Interest in makeup tends to rise in middle school, but there’s no right or wrong age to start wearing it. “Have an open discussion about makeup as soon … Read More

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

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When Should My Toddler Start Slimming Down?

Chubby cheeks, chubby hands, chubby belly: They make babies so huggable. But that pudgy appeal can quickly become a health concern. “Children should start thinning out between ages 2 and 5,” says Sara Lappé, MD, pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. “Your child will look his thinnest about the time he starts Kindergarten.” It’s hard to eyeball … Read More

What to Do if Your Child Has Eczema

Patches of red, scaly skin on your baby may be as unwelcome as a 3 a.m. diaper change, but they’re about as typical. Up to 30 percent of children under age 2 have atopic dermatitis (eczema), says Cleveland Clinic pediatric dermatologist Joan Tamburro, DO. Eczema is an inflammation of the skin that tends to run … Read More