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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.

When Tragedy Strikes: Talking to Kids About Scary Events
While tragedies have always been a part of life, technology has made it easier than ever for kids to learn about bad things that are happening all over the world. If your instinct as a parent is to shelter them from all that’s grim, that’s understandable—but of course it’s impossible.

Give Your Daughter a Shot Against Cancer with the HPV Vaccine
About eight in 10 people will eventually be exposed to HPV. It’s one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. Often, people don’t even know they have it.

More Than a Bad Day: Could Your Child Have a Mood Disorder?
An angry rampage here, a crying meltdown there—being a kid is quite the emotional roller coaster. But as a parent, how can you tell the difference between what’s normal and what’s not?

Warning Signs Your Child Might Develop Adult Diabetes
It’s a well-known fact: Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for type 2 diabetes. But what if your little one is at a perfectly healthy weight? Are there other ways to predict if they might develop diabetes as an adult?

How to Make Mask-Wearing Easier for Children with Special Needs
Between therapy, school, and doctor’s visits, families of children with special needs already juggle a lot. Now, there’s an added twist: Many children ages 2 and older must wear cloth face coverings in public.

Why Well-Child Visits Matter More Than You Might Think
Taking your baby to see a doctor is important when your little one is sick. But going to regular well-child visits can be just as important.
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