5 Fun Breakfasts That Kids Can Make for Mom

Let kids show mom how much they care on Mother’s Day. Turn them loose in the kitchen! With a little help from Dad, there are plenty of fun breakfast treats they can safely and easily make. Most don’t require an oven or a stove. Pediatric registered dietitian Jennifer Willoughby offers 5 easy breakfast ideas that … Read More

Active Gaming May Help Your Child Lose Weight

If you want to help your overweight child get healthier, consider a weight-management plan that includes an active gaming system – where you use your entire body to play rather than only a controller. A recent study found that playing active video games, as part of a weight-management program, encourages overweight children to get more … Read More

How to Better Handle Your Teen’s Spring Break

No one gets more excited about spring break than the high school or college kids who plan to spend the time on a trip with their friends. For parents, though, the week can create a time of worrying about their young adult children and their safety. The hordes of young adults concentrated in one place and … Read More

Does Your Phone Come Between You and Your Kids?

A new study finds that adults pay more attention to their smart phone than their children during restaurant outings. And adults tend to react harshly – and in some cases, physically – to the children who interrupt their screen time. Researchers from Boston University spent time watching 55 adults at a fast-food restaurant. Each of … Read More

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Best Tips for Dealing With Your Stubborn Tween

You survived the “terrible twos” (and threes!) and figured you’d catch a break – with at least a little less drama – until the years of teenage rebellion and angst hit. Right? If the answer is a resounding, “no,” you’re not alone, says Ellen Rome, MD, Head of Adolescent Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. While … Read More

Flu Shot for Babies, Boomers and Beyond (Infographic)

If you haven’t gotten a flu shot, it’s not too late. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flu season typically peaks in January or February (though flu activity can last as long as late May). Experts say that most of us should receive the flu vaccine, beginning as early as 6 months of … Read More

New Flu Vaccines Available for Kids

Contributor: Hanan Nashed, MD If you’re waiting to get your kids the flu vaccine, plan on getting it as soon as possible. Vaccines being introduced this year are available now. Flu season can last anywhere from October to March. Because the influenza virus itself can strike at any time in the year, pediatricians really want … Read More

Study: Most Breast Milk Sold Online Contaminated

If you’re tempted to buy breast milk for your baby over the Internet, beware: There’s a good chance it’s not safe to drink. A study shows most of the milk sold online may be contaminated and could make your baby sick. A new study by researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which appears in the November … Read More

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When and How: Switching Your Baby to Solid Foods

In my blog, I’ve talked about reasons why parents should wait until their baby is 6 months old before switching to solid foods. Solids aren’t as nutritious as breast milk or formula, they’re harder to swallow and, given too soon, may cause health problems like eczema and allergies. Within four to six months, your baby … Read More

Managing Video Game and TV Time for Children

There’s no escaping screen-centered media these days. As parents, we see video games, computers and television occupying far too much of children’s time. And with research pointing out the negative effects of too much screen time — a sedentary lifestyle, lack of interest in schoolwork, reduced social interaction, even violent behavior — it’s no wonder … Read More