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Family Health: Keeping Kids Fit
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), obesity among children has become a major public health concern. The Dewey Does Foundation believes obesity and its associated risks must continually be brought to the public’s attention, specifically to parents, schools and health officials. (read the story...)

Will YOUR Pregnancy Go Full Term?
While the goal is for every baby to be born healthy and at full term, the reality is that premature birth, also known as preterm birth, is the number one obstetric problem and the number one cause of death for newborns in the country. (read the story...)

Five Tips for Pest-Free Vacations
Whether it’s a trip to the tropics or just plain summer vacation, along with the sun, surf, sand are the bugs. To combat the sting and keep your family safe, follow a few simple tips... (read the story...)

Kids & Food Allergies: Facts vs. Fiction
For those unfortunate few with food allergies, certain "surprises" can bring more than bad taste — they can cause a full-blown emergency. Here are the facts on food allergies... (read the story...)

High Blood Pressure — in Kids
My teenage son has just been diagnosed with high blood pressure. What types of health problems are associated with this condition, and how can I ensure that he’ll stay healthy? (read the story...)

The Great TV Debate
Dr T. Berry Brazelton, the child development expert and co-author of Touchpoints Three to Six, agrees with the American Academy of Pediatrics' advice restricting children under 2 from watching TV. (read the story...)

Giving Up Joe for the Baby’s Sake
Alcohol is clear; pregnancy is the time to abstain. But the subject of coffee and tea has been a cloudy one. (read the story...)

Babies With Healthy Smiles
So many infants and toddlers are having problems with tooth decay. What can I do now to prevent tooth decay in my newborn’s mouth? (read the story...)

Five Secrets for Happy and Healthy Hearts
In appreciation of Valentine’s Day, here are five secrets to help keep your kids’ hearts (and yours!) both happy and healthy. (read the story...)

20/20 Vision? How Vision Problems Affect School Work
Parents with children who are struggling in school should bring them for a thorough eye examination; one that includes tests at the distance at which a child actually reads. (read the story...)

“I Wuv You, Mommy . . .” When Cute Can Become a Concern
It may sound cute when a pre-school child says "wuv" instead of "love", or "go potty" when they need to use the bathroom. But if it's your child who can't pronounce certain sounds, isn't talking in understandable sentences, or is very quiet, it becomes a concern that may require speech, language or hearing early intervention. (read the story...)

Have Some More (of the good stuff): Eating Healthy
Ellie Krieger, an Upper West Side mom and Food Network host, recently took the Just One More for Healthy Living pledge. As a registered dietitian and author of Small Changes, Big Results: A 12-Week Action Plan to a Better Life (Three Rivers Press), she pledged to add ‘just one more’ daily serving of fruits and vegetables to her family’s meals. (read the story...)

Jen’s New Role
Jennifer Garner has starred on screens big and small, and is set to make her Broadway debut (a strike set that back a little). But her most important starring role may be that of national spokesperson for The Faces of Influenza campaign. (read the story...)

Keri Gives it a Shot
Actress and new mom Keri Russell took steps to ensure her son, River Russell Dreary, would stay healthy by getting herself vaccinated for pertussis. Russell, whose new movie, "August Rush", was just released, is a spokesperson for Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases (PKIDS) and its campaign, “Silence the Sounds of Pertussis”. (read the story...)

Identifying ADHD
My 10-year old son is having problems concentrating in school, and his teacher suggested that he might have Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. How can I tell if he really has ADHD, or if he’s just acting up? (read the story...)

When Shots Loom: Helping Kids Cope
Despite the friendly atmosphere, doctors' visits can be unsettling for children. Kids may not understand why they are being examined, and they typically have little say in the matter. To top this off, the visit often ends with blood tests or shots. (read the story...)

Singing with Sukey : Movement Classes for Children
As a former professional dancer, Sukey Molloy's aim was to create classes where kids would find joy in movement. By setting up different gymnastics equipment and observing her son, she began PlayMove&Sing, which promotes movement and encourages sensory learning. (read the story...)

Is it a cold...the flu? Or Allergies?
Two of my sons suffer from allergies, so I've learned to recognize the triggers: things like dust from the chalkboard, mold in the locker room, and dander from class pets can all cause allergy symptoms... (read the story...)

Back Breakers! Backpack Overhaul
Parents and educators everywhere are concerned about the burdens children are lugging around each day in the form of poorly designed, improperly packed, and inappropriately worn backpacks. (read the story...)

Should Your Child Get A Flu Shot?
If your child is under age 5, he or she should definitely get a flu shot. And you probably should, too. (read the story...)

Reading the Signs: Diagnosing Dyslexia
My 9-year-old daughter has been having trouble in school. Her math and science skills are terrific, but she can't seem to grasp the basics of reading and writing. Her teachers suspect that she might have dyslexia. What is dyslexia? (read the story...)

FDA Calls For Ban On Kids' Cough & Cold Products
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that over-the-counter cough and cold medications be banned for children under 6. (read the story...)

Flu Fighters: Keeping Kids Healthy
You tend to see them at this time of year – mothers sporting backbacks equipped with disinfectant sprays, highchair liners, and a gallon of hand sanitizer. Paranoid? Just plain silly? Not to those of us who have survived a flu infestation during the holidays! (read the story...)

Pet Turtles Pose Threat
The FDA is reminding people of the risk of salmonellosis associated with pet turtles. (read the story...)

Infants and Epilepsy
The Epilepsy Foundation has launched a new website about epilepsy and seizure disorders in infants up to age 3. (read the story...)


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