To stay or to go

Is your child coughing up a storm? Complaining of a tummy ache or a sore throat? Use our guide to help you decide when it’s OK to go to school and when it’s time to stay home. If you're...

Identifying, preventing and treating your child’s constipation

First things first: What is constipation? Constipation is a very common condition in childhood. About 18% of children in the United States ages 4-17 have what’s known as “functional...

Smoke screen: Talking to your teen about the dangers of vaping

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that teen use of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery devices (known as vaping) has reached epidemic levels. While these devices...

Rash decisions: What can parents do about common skin irritations?

Although many rashes are not dangerous, they can be very distressing – either due to their appearance or because of associated symptoms such as itching. To make matters more complicated, different...

Dietitian Q&A: What is “baby-led weaning?”

First things first: What is baby-led weaning? Baby-led weaning is a method of feeding babies complementary foods (i.e., foods other than breastmilk or infant formula that are introduced to provide...

When are antibiotics necessary?

Antibiotics save lives. We use antibiotics to treat infections, and there is no doubt that in many instances, antibiotics are truly lifesaving. However, the Centers for Disease Control and...

Your flu vaccine questions, answered

Why should my family get vaccinated for flu this season? Last year’s flu season was one of the highest severity flu seasons on record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Explaining the unexplainable

The news may be scary, but kids can cope through talk and play. Between natural disasters, violence and political drama, turning on the news these days can be frightening for anyone. Add the task...

When food bites back

How to avoid foodborne illness – and what to do when it strikes Whether you call it food poisoning, a stomach bug or simply tummy trouble, getting hit with a foodborne illness isn’t fun—and it...