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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...)

Fear be gone
As a mother of two young boys, Dr. Jamie Johnson felt particularly empathetic when she encountered a terrified preschool dental patient. (read the story...)

How To Choose A Great Pediatrician
When you consider that your pediatrician will treat your son or daughter from infancy through adolescence and well into the teen years, it make sense that your family choose a doctor who is competent, kind, and available. (read the story...)

Calm Down! Dealing with A Toddler’s Tantrums
Temper tantrums are a part of growing up. As your child moves from babyhood to toddlerhood, she learns at an extraordinary pace. (read the story...)

The Bumblebee Boogie
Most of us, when under attack by a bee, start performing what I call the “bumblebee boogie”. To help prevent any awkward outdoor moments for your little ones, who embarrass so easily, just follow these simple “bee-etiquette” dos and don’ts: (read the story...)

For Kids to Eat Healthfully...Parents Must Step Up To The Plate
We keep hearing about childhood obesity. Recent news stories tell us over and over again that... (read the story...)

ABCs of Zs
First Candle, the national infant health organization, has a new initiative, Bedtime Basics, which encourages safe sleeping practices. (read the story...)

Have You Talked To Your Teen About Chlamydia?
When Rockland County Health Commissioner Dr. Joan H. Facelle was asked which disease she wished had more media coverage, she replied: “The first that comes to mind is chlamydia because it can often be silent, and is so prevalent..." (read the story...)

Sex Ed for Parents?
Here’s another local claim to fame: Rockland County is one of three test sites in the nation (with Portland, ME and Tucson, AZ) to gauge the effectiveness of Real Life. Real Talk — a program aptly dubbed sex ed for parents. (read the story...)

Meningitis: Understanding the Two Kinds
My son's daycare called to let us know that a child there was sick with meningitis. I thought this was a pretty rare disease. What are the symptoms? (read the story...)

Cooking for three or four or five?
When you're home from the hospital with a new baby, priorities change. Sleepless nights throw meal planning off-kilter, and once-simple meal preparations can become a chore. (read the story...)

Caution: Children at Play
Be it soccer or swimming, tennis or baseball, year-round training or participation on too many teams can lead to burnout and overuse injuries. Both are on the rise, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. (read the story...)

My Child Has To Be Tested!
Maybe the teacher has contacted you. Maybe the pediatrician has raised some questions. Now they have agreed that your child should be referred for testing. What are they looking for? (read the story...)


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