What to Do When Your Potty-trained Child Suddenly Isn’t

So, you thought your child was potty trained. While you may feel disappointed or even frustrated, it is very common for children to go back to having accidents — temporarily. Having intermittent accidents (for example, wetting themselves a few times one week but not the next) is not potty training regression, however. If your 3-year-old … Read More

7 Best Ways to Avoid Spoiling Your Kids with Holiday Sweets

It’s easy for kids to overindulge on sweets during the holidays, but you can avoid spoiling your children this year with a little planning and by encouraging mindfulness and self-discipline. “Give your children the gift of moderation this year,” says Ellen Rome, MD, Head of the Center for Adolescent Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. Dr. … Read More

Can Wearing Fire-Retardant Pajamas Affect Your Child’s Health?

Buying pajamas made of fire-retardant fabric for your child may sound like a good idea until you consider the chemicals added to the fabric to make it fire-retardant. Like most things involving chemical exposure, there’s a risk that comes along with putting fire-retardant fabric, or other chemically treated products, against your child’s skin. Fire retardants … Read More

Top Hygiene Tips for Your Tween

Even if your tween is years away from the voice-cracking, hair-sprouting entry to adulthood, it’s not too early to talk about personal hygiene. Most kids develop body odor when they begin puberty (usually between ages 8 and 13 for girls and 9 and 14 for boys). Puberty is when physical transformation begins, including sexual maturing and … Read More

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How to Keep Your Kid from Getting, Spreading Enterovirus

Federal health officials continue to look into why so many children appear to be getting seriously ill from Enterovirus D68. To date, five children across the United States have died from the virus and more than 660 cases in 45 states and the District of Columbia have been confirmed, says the Centers for Disease Control … Read More

Quick and Easy Breakfasts Your Kids Will Love

Children need a nutritious breakfast every day to set them up for success. But getting your kids to eat something before school is not always easy, especially if you are a health-conscious parent. Don’t give up. Some simple tips and fun ideas can help. Pediatric registered dietitian Jennifer Willoughby says building a better back-to-school breakfast starts … 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

5 Signs Your Child May Have an Ear Infection

Children often tug on their ears when they’re sleepy, but ear tugging and irritability also can be a sign of an infection. “Ear infections, also know as otitis media, are a common ailment for children from 6 months to 3 years old,” says Brandon Hopkins, MD, a pediatric otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon who … Read More