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Kids: Get Milk!
According to a new study by The NPD Group, nearly 60 percent of children's dinners do not include milk. Instead, nearly one-third of all kidsâ?? meals are served with a drink loaded with sugar. (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...)

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...)

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...)

Lunchbox Makeover
The school cafeteria is filled with poor diet choices. From franchise fast food offerings to soda machine temptations, today’s kids are faced with a lot of unhealthy options at lunchtime. So what can parents do? They can pack a better lunch! (read the story...)

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

Lyme Disease: Awareness is the Best Defense
When temperatures rise above 40 degrees, the carrier of Lyme disease — the deer tick — is much more prevalent. (read the story...)

The Great River Row
Twelve high school students will soon be hiking, rowing and canoeing their way from the Catskills all the way to New York City, tracing the journey of the city’s first-rate drinking water to their own taps. (read the story...)

Shy Kid? Stressed Mom?
A new study contends that shyness in kids could be related to being raised by stressed-out parents. (read the story...)

Teen Skin: New products to stem acne
Emotional factors — and seasons — can conspire against teens when it comes to breakouts, says Dr. Doris Day (yes, that’s her real name), who is an expert on teens and acne, both professionally and maternally. (read the story...)

The Fine Line
I am kind of a worst-case scenario parent — if one kid has a stiff neck, I think “meningitis”. (read the story...)

You Are Getting Sleepy . . .
Hypnosis can help kids reverse behaviors and change mindsets. (read the story...)

How To Be Safe in the Sun
This summer . . . “Stop, Spray, and Play”. (read the story...)

Move Over, Apple!
New research shows an hour of outdoor play helps keep the doctor away, too. (read the story...)

Keeping an Eye Out for Ear Infections
My child seems exceptionally prone to ear infections during the summer. Why is this, and is there anything I can do to prevent it? (read the story...)

Precious Preschoolers
Understanding this great growth spurt (read the story...)


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