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Baby Care 101
As a new parent, taking care of your infant can be a little intimidating. There are so many “firsts” to tackle—from baby’s first bath to those initial wobbly steps. Brush up on your caregiving skills with this quick primer.

How to Handle Your Child’s Earache
Does your little one pull on their ear? Is your baby extra fussy or having trouble sleeping? It can be hard to know what’s wrong—especially when your child is too young to tell you. But these are all possible signs of an earache. What causes ear pain? Is there anything you can do to help?

Talking with Teens About Marijuana
As more states legalize the recreational use of marijuana for those 21 and older, teens are trying it more often. In fact, marijuana use among teens is at its highest level in 3 decades.

Social Media 101 for Parents
Educate yourself about social media apps that appeal to kids. Below are some tips on helping your child use social media safely and appropriately.

Rates of Childhood Diabetes Skyrocket During the Pandemic
The pandemic has brought many children stress, disruption, and a loss of routine. Now, new research suggests they’re at risk for another unwanted memento of this time: diabetes.

Easy Ways to End Childhood Constipation
Constipation can cause children a lot of discomfort—and parents a lot of concern. But childhood constipation is very easy for parents to handle and prevent with simple strategies.

Parents, Wake Up: Sleep Problems Now Could Harm Kids’ Health Later
Snoring sometimes serves as the punchline of jokes. But snores often signify a serious disorder: obstructive sleep apnea.

Follow-Up Care for Kids and Teens with ADHD
Managing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) doesn’t end with a medicine and treatment plan. Although your child or teen with ADHD may be thriving at home, in school, and with friends, they need ongoing care to live well with the condition.

Little Bookworms
Reading to your kids early has benefits that last a lifetime.

Toxic Metals in Baby Food: What You Need to Know
Shocking headlines caused parents widespread alarm in early 2021. Government regulators found many baby foods and juices contain unwelcome ingredients—toxic metals like lead, cadmium, arsenic, and mercury.

Should You Worry if Your Child Has a Low BMI?
Body mass index (BMI) is an easy way to estimate body fat and screen for weight categories that could lead to health issues. For all ages, BMI is based on height and weight measurements. But for kids and teens, BMI is also plotted on gender- and age-based growth charts. Using these charts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pediatricians can compare BMI levels with other children at the same development stage.

Many Teens Still Dealing with Depression Brought On by the Pandemic
Now, even as life is getting back to normal, many teens are still struggling emotionally. Here’s how to offer the support they need—and when to reach out for additional help.
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