Chat With a Doctor: Early Childhood Nutrition

Register for Online Chat Do you have a question about early childhood nutrition? Pediatrician Mona Rifka, MD, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, will answer your questions about transitioning your child from liquids to solids during a live webchat Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at noon (ET). Get answers to your health questions and concerns. It’s easy to … Read More

Dangerous Magnet Ingestion

High-powered “rare earth” magnets are colorful, fun-to-fiddle-with desk toys for adults. They may also be found in jewelry and in children’s toys from several years ago. But they’re also highly dangerous when in the wrong hands — or mouths. Magnet ingestion rates in children have been on the rise due to the growing popularity of … Read More

Protect Babies from Household Germs

Cell phones, remote controls and electronic gizmos abound. They are convenient and entertain us in our spare time. But one thing you may not realize is how many germs these devices can harbor and how easily you can pass them to your baby. MaryEllen Storey, a registered nurse at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at … Read More

Pregnancy and Drinking: A New Study

How much alcohol is safe for pregnant women? “We still don’t know that threshold,” says Cleveland Clinic OB/GYN Rebecca Starck, MD. She was asked by to comment on a study published by Danish researchers earlier this year. The researchers published a series of papers in the BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology … Read More

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Say Goodbye to Bottles and Sippy Cups (Video)

Getting your baby off the bottle can be difficult. The same can be said when it’s time to transition to a cup. Deb Lonzer, MD, a pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, says when it comes time to buck the bottle, or send the sippy cup packing, there are two ways to go about it. … Read More

Teen Pregnancy Rate Drops

The teen pregnancy rate in the United States has hit a historic low. According to the latest figures released by the National Center for Health Statistics, the number of teen pregnancies has been dropping since 1990. The rate dropped 40 percent between 1990 and 2008, dropping another 9 percent from 2009 to 2010 to reach … Read More

Chat With a Doctor: Scoliosis

Register for Online Chat Do you have a question about scoliosis for children and adults you would like to ask a doctor? Pediatric scoliosis specialist Thomas Kuivila, MD, of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Pediatric Orthopaedics, and an adult scoliosis specialist, Richard Schlenk, MD, of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Spine Health, will answer your questions about … Read More

Vaccines for Your Child: Now or Later?

Although vaccines are one of the most effective ways to prevent infectious diseases, they have also been controversial. A new study finds that some concerned parents are choosing to delay shots or space them further apart. While the study focused on children in Oregon, it raises questions about whether the findings represent a more widespread … Read More

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The Family Table: Invite Your Teens to Join You

Eating with the family on a regular basis can help your teens make healthy decisions during adolescence and beyond. Turns out that teens share more than food at family meals. “About 75 percent of teens say that they actually talk to their parents at dinner about what is going on in their lives. And 80 … Read More

Video: How Friendships Affect Physical Activity

Need insight into how much exercise your child is getting? Look at their social circles. A new study finds a child’s friends may play a big role in how much physical activity they get. Kate Eshleman, PsyD, a psychologist at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, did not take part in the study but offers commentary. “You … Read More