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Lighten That Load! What parents should know about backpacks
If your backpack-lugging child looked like Quasimodo last year and has no plans to lighten his load this school year, there will be little comfort in the knowledge that half of all students who sling backpacks over their shoulders carry twice the recommended weight on their backs, according to spine specialists. (read the story...)

20/20 LEARNING: Kids & Vision
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has coined the new term, Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). (read the story...)

Beating Summer Brain Drain
Exercises to get kids back into gear for learning (read the story...)

Dyslexia - The latest word on this word disability
Bright, receptive and articulate kids can have dyslexia. Gifted kids can have dyslexia. What are the warning signs and how can you help your child win this word battle? (read the story...)

5 Tips for Back to School Safety
Here are the top 5 things you can do to start the school year off safely. (read the story...)

Pilot Program Targets Asthma in NYC Schools
Asthma affects student performance as well as health. It is the number one cause of school absences nationwide. New York City children are hospitalized for asthma at almost twice the national rate. (read the story...)

How Safe Is Your Child in a NYC Cab?
In one year, over 2,600 children were injured in taxi-related accidents (read the story...)

When Children Have Seizures
When a child has a seizure, it can scare parents and peers. But seizures are actually a fairly common occurrence of childhood. (read the story...)

IS YOUR TODDLER GETTING ENOUGH CALCIUM?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is now urging the nation’s pediatricians to start checking on whether kids are getting enough calcium starting in the toddler years. (read the story...)

Ticked off!
We love summer! We hate having to do tick checks! Dr. Joseph Licata, a Manhattan pediatrician offers some great tick-dealing tips! (read the story...)

Baseball Players Beware! Avoiding Little League Elbow and other assorted injuries
How could a Little Leaguer possibly sustain more injuries than a grownup, fulltime pro baseball player? (read the story...)

Summer Camp 2006: Before, During, After …
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Sunscreen safe tips
Some tips from New York City dermatologist and mom, Dr. Nanette B. Silverberg: (read the story...)

Family Health: Your Child Is What You Eat! Starting early with good eating habits
I want a cookie! I want candy! Do these words sound familiar? What about I want grapes, or I want an apple? Do you hear these words from your child's mouth? (read the story...)

Family Health: Does your child really have asthma?
Childhood asthma is on the rise. More than 4 million children will suffer an attack this year. Pediatricians have come a long way in the last 15 years in terms of understanding and diagnosing asthma in children. However, it can still be tricky. (read the story...)

Spritz Away!
The phrase, “Necessity is the mother of invention” certainly holds true for one Rockland County mother. Aggrieved when her second child had skin problems as a baby, Mindy Cohen created a hypoallergenic spray to relieve his symptoms. (read the story...)

An Informed Kid is a Safe Kid
A NYC police officer and new dad outlines some commonsense rules (read the story...)

Meeting a Differently-Abled Child: Tips for kids, and their parents
Beautiful; fun-loving; intelligent; joyous. Wheel-chair bound; low-visioned; endocrine imbalanced; seizure disordered. (read the story...)

Does Your Child Need Medication? Mt. Kisco specialist weighs the risks vs. benefits
My husband likes to tell the story of his old childhood friend whose fourth grade teacher found him a bit too restless in the classroom. (read the story...)

Health & Technology Computer Ergonomics — important for kids, too!
With increased computer (and video game) usage, children who spend many hours in front of the screen are prone to the same postural problems as adults. (read the story...)

Say Goodbye to Birthday Party Tears
Friends’ and schoolmates’ birthday parties can be difficult for shy children. MARTI OLSEN LANEY, Psy.D. offers the following party prep tips from her book, ‘The Hidden Gifts of the Introverted Child: Helping Your Child Thrive in an Extroverted World’: (read the story...)

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands: Kids, hand-helds, and pornography
Parents need to be aware that with the advent of video iPods, portable game players and Internet-ready cell phones comes the danger of mobile pornography. (read the story...)

Special Needs Kids: When You First Suspect a Problem
Maybe your baby isn’t rolling over. Perhaps your toddler isn’t meeting your eyes or answering simple questions. (read the story...)

Avoiding Whiplash: Have you adjusted your car’s head restraints lately?
Most parents wouldn’t consider moving the family car an inch without the kids safely buckled up. (read the story...)

Family Health: Stand Up for Posture and Spinal Health!
I try to teach my teenager to have good posture, but it doesn’t always work. Why is good posture so important? Are there any health risks associated with bad posture? (read the story...)


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