Kids Health

  • One More Reason to Breast-feed

    What if you could help your child excel in school before she’s even said her first word? In the largest study of its kind, researchers at Montreal’s McGill University followed 14,000 children over a six-year period to see if prolonged (at least three months) and exclusive (no other food or liquids) breast-feeding affected cognitive development.

    By Lisa Marshall
  • Keep Kids Healthy, Naturally

    For kids, back to school means excitement and anticipation. For parents, it means colds, flus, rashes—and back to the doctor. Come September, along with their art projects and homework assignments, kids start coming home with an array of germs that leave them—and the rest of the family—sick, sapped, and cranky.

    No need to run to the pharmacy once sniffle season strikes. These doctor-approved home remedies work. Really!
    By Jessica Downey
  • Pool Precautions

    Parents wishing to swim with their new baby may need to take a deep breath before plunging into the kiddie pool. Studies by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health reveal that babies who participate in infant swimming lessons are more likely to suffer from asthma and other lung-related ailments later in life.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Get Your Kids to Eat Healthier

    Beware the power of suggestion, and turn off the Saturday morning cartoons. According to researchers at the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the University of Minnesota, nine out of 10 food commercials shown during Saturday morning children’s TV shows feature foods that have poor nutritional quality.

  • Kid-Friendly Acupuncture

    If you’re on pins and needles about your child’s health, you should consider taking her to an acupuncturist for ear infections, stomachaches, allergies, fevers, or even attention-deficit disorder.

    By beth Jacobsen
  • In Search of the Safest Sippy

    As concern about toxic chemicals leaching from plastic baby products mounts, parents are examining everything that goes into the mouths of their babes. The reason for alarm: a recent report suggesting that significant (read dangerous) levels of bisphenol-A (BPA) can be found not only in baby bottles, but many other beverage containers.

  • What You Need to Know: Kids’ OTC Cold Remedies

    Since the FDA urged parents to avoid children’s over-the-counter cold and cough medicines, you may have had a few questions. First, why were they banned? And second, how can you safely ease your sick child’s discomfort?

    By Candace Walsh
  • Water Works

    Sure, a cup of hot cocoa is the perfect post-sledding, skating, or skiing drink—but it’s important to remind your kids they need water, too, says Brooke de Lench, author of Home Team Advantage (HarperCollins, 2006).

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Isolated by Chaos

    Lisa Everitt first noticed something awry with her son, Mark, when he turned three. An active and happy infant, he was becoming anxious and depressed. Doctors fingered Everitt’s looming divorce as the source of her son’s moodiness, but the Colorado mom suspected a more profound problem.

    New strategies open the door to a better understanding of Asperger's sydrome.
    By Catherine Guthrie
  • Curbing Childhood Obesity

    In our push-button, remote-control, car-oriented culture—where pizza makes house calls and kids between the ages of 2 and 17 spend more than three years of their waking lives watching TV— we’ve created the fattest generation in history.

    How can parents halt the creeping epidemic that threatens our kids’ futures? The solution: Change the environment so they can move more and eat well.