Ages & Stages from Newborn to Teen

Your Growing Child

From growth to understanding and social interactions, find out what your growing school-age child can do, understand and how he interacts with others. Changes for the school-age child ›

How to Get Your Kids in Shape

Have you been neglecting your children's fitness? If so, you may only be helping to raise yet another generation of overweight, unfit couch potatoes, according to Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., an authority on aerobics and fitness.

Keeping your child's weight healthy

Understanding Puberty

Puberty usually starts earlier in girls than in boys — between the ages of 8 and 13 for girls and between the ages of 9 and 14 for boys. With each child developing at his own rate, the actual age for an individual child varies, depending on many factors, including sex, family history and ethnic background. Because of the wide range of ages for starting puberty, parents need to remind children that it is normal, and that they are normal, whether they start puberty early or late. This can be difficult for some children to understand when their friends are not experiencing these same changes at the same time. No one wants to look different!

Your Child's Growth and Development

Developmental disorders are one category of mental health problems. The category identifies children who have difficulty accomplishing early developmental tasks such as language, communication, socialization, and motor skills. Treatment of developmental disorders usually includes medication and specialized training to assist the child in developing needed skills. As the goal of treatment includes helping the child to maximize his/her abilities while preventing as many new problems from occurring as possible, it becomes particularly important to diagnose any suspected developmental delay or disorder as soon as possible. Early and accurate diagnosis not only helps to identify a possible inherited component to the disorder - so that parents and other family members can become informed of potential risks - but also to better predict the outcome for the child. Assigning a more accurate diagnosis often helps to better anticipate and prevent, in some cases, problems that may arise. To diagnose a child with a developmental disorder, often several visits and evaluations are necessary. Information gathered by your child's physician will focus around what developmental milestones or certain skill sets your child may not be achieving, in comparison to other children of his/her same age, as expected. The tests recommended by your child's physician will be based on the information gathered from you, as parents, and the findings on physical examination. Read About Learning Disorders ›

Immunizations

If you are the parent of a young child, you may be confused about the safety of immunizations. You may have heard that vaccines cause life-threatening side effects or can lead to other diseases. Or you may have read that vaccines are not necessary anymore. "Many of these myths are perpetuated on the Internet," says Robert S. Baltimore, M.D., a pediatric infectious disease specialist in New Haven, Conn., and spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). "In some cases, it's been a problem of educating people. Numerous papers and studies have backed up the safety and success of vaccines." According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States has the most effective and safest vaccines. U.S. law requires that several years of product testing for effectiveness and safety occur before a vaccine can be licensed. Once in use, vaccines are constantly monitored for safety and effectiveness, but they can cause side effects like other medications. Get the Facts about Childhood Immunizations ›

Prevention Guidelines for Infants, Children Teens

In addition to taking your child to the physician when your child is ill, or needs an examination to participate in a particular activity, routine well-care visits are recommended. Why Well-Baby, and Well-Child Visits Are Recommended ›

A Healthy Lifestyle Starts Early

As a child grows from infancy through adolescence, it is important to promote good health through healthy lifestyles and habits. Lifestyles that are learned in childhood are more likely to stay with the child into adulthood. Listed above are some healthy child lifestyle topics, as well as age-appropriate vision, hearing, and speech development milestones to help parents identify possible problems. Practicing Safety and Injury Prevention Is Also Important ›

Childhood Development Guide

Is your child's development on track? Find out by taking the childhood development quiz ›

Children's Health: Ask The Expert

My 3 year old son is a picky eater. He likes chicken nuggets, pizza and chocolate milk. Should I take him to a nutritionist?

ANSWER:

It does not sound like there is a need to see a nutritionist. Picky eating is very common in young children.

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Children's Health: Ask The Expert

My 3 year old son is a picky eater. He likes chicken nuggets, pizza and chocolate milk. Should I take him to a nutritionist?

ANSWER:

It does not sound like there is a need to see a nutritionist. Picky eating is very common in young children.

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