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Posts about Teens, Tweens, and young adults, from puberty on (approximately ages 11+)

Keep Your Sick Kid Home and Away From Mine!

By December 8, 2015 1 Comment
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We all know that dreaded feeling when you’re meeting with someone and their children, and you can immediately tell that they or their children are ill. When that happens to me, I mentally start preparing myself for the impending sickness that is almost certain to be passed along to my family, and then I try to […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens


Caring for Sick Kids: Know the Difference Between “Natural Remedy” Facts and Fallacies

By November 18, 2015 3 Comments
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Taking care of an ill child is challenging. On one hand, a parent wants more than anything in the world to relieve their child’s discomfort, but it’s also perfectly reasonable to have concerns about the potential side effects of prescription and over-the-counter medications. It is also completely understandable that many well-meaning parents seek out remedies that are marketed […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Newborns + Infants, School-Aged Children, Science 101 + Mythbusting, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens


What’s Up With Kids and Allergies?

By November 9, 2015 1 Comment
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This post was written in response to a question from TheScientificParent.org reader Salima, who received confusing information from her doctor and pharmacist about kids and allergies.   As a pediatric allergist, I see children of all ages presenting with a range of different symptoms, especially runny noses, cough, and rashes. As a parent, I see […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens


Helping Kids Welcome a New Baby

By October 20, 2015 No Comments
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  Three of the people I love the most and am closest to are my brother and sisters. I’m always happy to see them and, like the best old friends, we can catch up with each other’s news in a moment. These relationships are not an accident, however. They are the result of our parents’ efforts […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, Newborns + Infants, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens


An Open Letter to My Late, Great, Childhood Best Friend

By October 19, 2015 No Comments
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 To highlight the importance of safety training for teen drivers and the impacts of losing someone to an accident, Managing Editor Julia Bennett writes an open letter to her childhood best friend, who died in a crash thirteen years ago today.   Dear Ashley, Today marks the beginning of my thirteenth year on this planet […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Ages + Stages, Tweens + Teens


How to Protect Your Family from Viral Meningitis

By October 12, 2015 1 Comment
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  There are certain diseases that instantly cause dread and fear when spoken about, especially when it comes to our kids. The mere mention of polio, measles, and meningitis create panic and fear within a community and I should know – I’m the father of an infant and every time we’re told one of these […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens


Kids and Energy Drinks – 3 Things Every Parent Should Know

By October 7, 2015 6 Comments
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  Headlines like “Energy Drink Consumption on the Rise in Kids, Teens,” appear frequently in the news, a somewhat alarmist reaction to data released last year which measured caffeine consumption in minors over a ten year period. That study in question, published in Pediatrics in February 2014, showed how children’s caffeine habits changed from 1999 to […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, School-Aged Children, Science 101 + Mythbusting, Tweens + Teens


Should You Treat Your Child’s Cold or Flu With Traditional or Homeopathic Medications?

By September 29, 2015 4 Comments
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  We’ve entered that time of year when many of us try to stay indoors as much as possible, cringe at the mere sound of someone coughing, and stock up on hand sanitizer in attempts to ward off illness. Cold and flu season has begun and, as usual, our children are the most susceptible to these […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens