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Ask The Expert: Are Energy Drinks Okay for Kids?

Ask The Expert: Are Energy Drinks Okay for Kids?

Adults drink caffeinated beverages all the time, so why can't kids? Marcie Beth Schneider, M.D., a pediatrician who practices in Greenwich, CT, weighs in on why kids shouldn't consume energy drinks.

Studies Show Too Much Juice Can Lead to Tooth Decay, Obesity

Studies Show Too Much Juice Can Lead to Tooth Decay, Obesity

Recent studies have show too much fruit juice can contribute to obesity, tooth decay, and poor nutrition in children. Experts weigh in on the nutritional value of this popular beverage.

The Bone Bank

The Bone Bank

By the time teens get through their growth spurts, about 90 percent of adult bone mass is established and after that, no more calcium can be deposited in the body's "bone bank."

Virtual Guide Gives Tips on How to Discuss Obesity with Kids

Virtual Guide Gives Tips on How to Discuss Obesity with Kids

Strategies To Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation have partnered to bring parents a virtual guide with advice on how to talk to kids about obesity.

Ask the Expert: What Should I Know About Tonsillectomies?

Ask the Expert: What Should I Know About Tonsillectomies?

Do you think your child would benefit from a tonsillectomy? We spoke with a local expert to learn the signs that a tonsillectomy is needed, as well as at what age they should be performed, and the different types.

Ask the Expert: How Do I Know if it is the Cold or Flu?

Ask the Expert: How Do I Know if it is the Cold or Flu?

Local pediatrician and CEO of Allied Pediatrics of New York Gary Mirkin, MD, explains the differences between the common cold and the flu.

Choosing a Family Cord Blood Bank: Key Tips for Expecting Moms

Choosing a Family Cord Blood Bank: Key Tips for Expecting Moms

Cord blood banking is a one-time opportunity to save the blood from your newborn's umbilical cord after birth. Cord blood is pristine type of stem cell than can be used to treat many medical issues like cancers, blood disorders, and immune diseases. If you're considering banking your baby's cord blood, here are some things you need to consider before choosing a bank.

How to Protect Your Child from Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

How to Protect Your Child from Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

With the rise of technology and the use of headphone and earbuds, more teens are experiencing noise-induced hearing loss, a painless and invisible form of hearing loss that is hard to detect in children. Here are some tips to prevent noise-induced hearing loss, as well as signs that you or your child may need a hearing aid.

The Cough Question: Should Your Child Stay Home or Go To School?

The Cough Question: Should Your Child Stay Home or Go To School?

The start of school brings the unavoidable cold season. Sometimes figuring out whether or not you should send your child to school with a cold is a hard thing to do— you don't want your child to miss too many days, but you don't want your child to get others sick. Dr. Zak Zarbock, creator of Zarbee's cough medicine, answers that question.

What Vaccines Does My Tween or Teen Need?

What Vaccines Does My Tween or Teen Need?

Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explain what vaccines your tween or teen need, what the vaccines prevent, and when the vaccines should be given.

Dental X-ray Concerns: Are They Valid?

Dental X-ray Concerns: Are They Valid?

A recent study called "Dental X-rays and Risk of Meningioma" by Elizabeth B. Claus, MD, Ph.D. indicated to readers that there is an increased risk of a cancerous brain tumor that correlates to an increased number of dental X-rays. Mark A. Breiner, DDS discusses the risks and benefits of dental X-rays.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Make Exercise More Fun for My Non-Athletic Child?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Make Exercise More Fun for My Non-Athletic Child?

If your child isn't the athletic type, it's important to keep him moving by finding activities he enjoys. Here, local pediatrician Dr. Joanna Dolgoff offers tips on making physical activity more fun for kids who aren't natural athletes.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Increase My Child's Active Time Outside of School?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Increase My Child's Active Time Outside of School?

Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, a local pediatrician and expert on childhood obesity, provides tips on increasing our kids' play and exercise time outside of school so they get at least an hour of active time each day.

How to Pack a Smarter School Lunch

How to Pack a Smarter School Lunch

When you were young and single, preparing lunch was easy: tuna on crackers, a slice of leftover pizza, SpaghettiOs (hey, it may not be gourmet, but it’s good). But once you become a parent, the word “lunch” takes on a new meaning. Make packing a school lunch easier on your conscience, your wallet, and your kids’ taste buds with easy tips from a registered dietician.

Counseling Facility in Fairfield Helps Struggling Teens

Counseling Facility in Fairfield Helps Struggling Teens

When Carol Passmore and Lisa LaReau worked in schools, they saw a need for a facility that helps the preteens and teens who are slipping through the cracks at school. Connect To Care addresses issues surrounding anxiety, depression, and social and emotional challenges, among others.

A Back-To-School Health Checklist for Parents

A Back-To-School Health Checklist for Parents

As students gear up for back-to-school season, parents should also be aware of the health concerns and ensure their children's health are in check.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Prepare for Traveling with a Child Who Has Asthma?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Prepare for Traveling with a Child Who Has Asthma?

Preparation is the most important thing when traveling with a child who has asthma. A local pediatrician offers advice on how to prepare your asthmatic child for a variety of scenarios, including flying, hotel stays, international travel, and emergencies. UPDATED: January 2013

Ask the Expert: What Should Parents Know About Whooping Cough?

Ask the Expert: What Should Parents Know About Whooping Cough?

Cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, are on the rise in New York state. A local expert weighs in on what parents should know about whooping cough, including symptoms, how it spreads, the vaccines available, and what to do when your child catches it.

Healthy Lifestyle Pilot Program Has Kids Bouncing Off the Walls

Healthy Lifestyle Pilot Program Has Kids Bouncing Off the Walls

This fall, kids in Rockland and Westchester counties will be able to get fit and learn about a healthy lifestyle by participating in a pilot program at Bounce! Trampoline Sports. The kids who participate in the pilot program will help develop a fitness program for kids in the future.

Broken Bones Are Most Common in Children During the Summer

Broken Bones Are Most Common in Children During the Summer

During the summer months, the most common injury in children is broken or fractured bones. Because children are constantly growing, their bones heal quicker than adults, so it is important to go to the emergency room right away.

Sam's Club Offers Free Children's Health Screenings

Sam's Club Offers Free Children's Health Screenings

Sam's Clubs that have a pharmacy are hosting free children's health screenings just in time for the back-to-school season. Participating locations will give out free DNA and fingerprint kits, to help children if they are ever lost, and Sesame Street's "Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me" multimedia dental care kits.

Free E-Book Guides Parents on Managing Child's Stress and Preventing Smoking

Free E-Book Guides Parents on Managing Child's Stress and Preventing Smoking

Real Parents. Real Answers, a youth smoking prevention program, has launched a free e-book on their website that gives parents advice on managing their child's stress level and preventing them from smoking—many children attribute starting smoking to high stress levels.

One NYC Mother Has Made Fighting Pollution a Priority

One NYC Mother Has Made Fighting Pollution a Priority

Dominique Browning, mother and NYC and Rhode Island resident, co-founded Moms Clean Air Force, a group dedicated to cleaning up air pollution because it is harmful to your child's health.

How Worried Should I Be About Secondhand Smoke?

How Worried Should I Be About Secondhand Smoke?

In an ongoing study by the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health in Manhattan, more than 700 local pregnant women and their children are being monitored for the effects of air pollutants on their health. The study is led by Frederica Perera, Dr.P.H, who spoke with us about the impact of secondhand smoke during pregnancy, its health risks for young kids, and tips on avoiding it.

Book Drive Provides Free Books and Eye Exams to U.S. Children

Book Drive Provides Free Books and Eye Exams to U.S. Children

VSP Vision Care—the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the U.S.—partnered with Transitions Optical and Bess the Book Bus to launch the national "Eyecare About Reading" book drive competition. Bloggers Meghan Cooper from JaMonkey, Mocha Dad Frederick Goodall, and Kara-Kae, founder of The Mom Diggity, will compete to collect the most books in their communities to receive 100 free eye exams to donate to the charity of their choice.




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