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Concerned about your child’s development?

Published November 28, 2022

Social media and apps about babies and children can fuel worries about a child's development. It's important to remember that every child is different and may move through stages of development at varying paces.

How to help your preschooler sleep alone

Published November 21, 2022

Many parents face the challenge of getting their child to move from sleeping in bed with them to sleeping in their own bed. Changing this habit takes time; being practical and consistent about it helps.

Psychosis: Will catching early warning signs help?

Published October 25, 2022

Could identifying early warning signs of psychosis and providing appropriate support change the course of the illness? Early-intervention programs aim to do this with at-risk teens and young adults, and those experiencing a first episode of psychosis.

New advice on melatonin use in children

Published October 6, 2022

Melatonin is a popular over-the-counter sleep aid. But because it is sold as a dietary supplement it is not regulated, and recent warnings include reports of melatonin overdoses in children. If parents need help getting their child to sleep, there are other things they can try first.

How to choose period products

Published October 5, 2022

While period products are often single-use items like tampons and pads, reusable products are gaining in popularity. Deciding which products to use depends on how a person feels about cost, comfort, safety, and environmental impact.

Asking about guns in houses where your child plays

Published September 22, 2022

Between 2015 and 2020, there were more than 2,000 unintentional shootings in the US by children under 18. Parents can help reduce the chance of an accidental shooting by asking about gun security at homes where their children play.

Monkeypox: What parents need to know

Published September 8, 2022

Few cases of monkeypox have occurred in children during this outbreak, and while the illness is usually mild, it’s important for parents to know how to recognize and prevent this virus.

Polio: What parents need to know now

Updated August 23, 2022

Recent news reports about cases of polio have some parents concerned about the illness. The vaccine is safe and remarkably effective, and widespread vaccination builds herd immunity.

A refresher on childhood asthma: What families should know and do

Published July 12, 2022

Asthma is the most common chronic lung disease in children, and it can make life more difficult and less enjoyable for both children and their parents. The good news is that asthma is very treatable; here’s what families need to know.

Gun violence: A long-lasting toll on children and teens

Published June 28, 2022

As discussion and debate continues on mass shootings there is increasing evidence that growing up amidst this violence and other extreme stressors affect developing brains and bodies in ways that can be permanent.

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