| Jun 24, 2014
| 3:30 PM
Any experienced parent will tell you: You really can't expect your kids to start reading until long after they start talking. If your daughter or son can make out words at 4, jump for joy. And this parent, like many others, learned the hard way that it'...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 10:23 AM
As the mom of an infant and a toddler, I have been both dreading and dying to hear another parent ask me one question: "Do you have a gun in your house?"
It's a question Ann Marie Crowell of Saugus, Mass., told me she has wished every day for the...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 5:45 PM
Sexting is not a harmless activity that younger teens see as a substitute for real sex. A new study of Los Angeles middle school students finds that those who sent or received sext messages were significantly more likely than their non-sexting peers to be...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 6:00 AM
It's finally feeling like summer here on the East Coast and everyone is counting down to the end of the school year. While summer brings with it many great activities such as boating, swimming and hiking, it also brings tons of potential dangers to your...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 1:30 PM
The Food and Drug Administration, underlining the potential health benefits to infants and young children of fatty acids found plentifully in fish, on Tuesday urged pregnant women and new mothers to consume more fish and to feed it more often to their...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 2:30 AM
More antibiotics go into the food we eat than we take ourselves. About 80 percent of all antibiotics sold in the United States are used on farm animals. Most animals are dosed regularly--sometimes even daily--with antibiotic-laced food and water in a...
| May 19, 2014
| 9:22 PM
Q: My son and his wife just had a baby. They have decided to let their baby sleep with them in their bed at night. I am concerned that this might not be a good thing. Are there any risks in doing this? A: There are different opinions on bed-sharing or co-...
| May 28, 2014
| 1:44 PM
Just when I thought it was safe to never again write a column about Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and the abuse of medicating millions of American children, another study comes out that proves what many of us have been saying since the ADHD...
| May 22, 2014
| 1:43 PM
If you are the parent of an older child or teen, you may not think about his or her day-to-day medical needs as often as you did during early childhood. But older kids also are dependent on you, especially when it comes to emotional health and wellness....
| May 22, 2014
| 1:59 PM
When babies are born, their minds are still a work in progress, and their brains will rapidly grow and develop based on their experience. That means the first few years are critical for healthy brain development.
“Parents play a daily role in...
| May 1, 2014
| 2:16 PM
Despite the cartoon characters, coloring pages and Nickelodeon-esque font, it's quickly apparent that RadZoneKids.com is not a typical website for children.
It has a word-search game with "radiation," "diagnose" and "xray." There's a printable coloring...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 8:47 AM
African American high school students and boys in low- to middle-income families reported short, fragmented sleep, and that could play a role in their health risks, researchers reported Monday.
Anyone who’s ever lived with a teenager knows they...