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Imaginary Friends: Should I Be Worried?
Your child and her imaginary friend are inseparable, but, most likely, you shouldn't worry about the invisible companion. Imaginary play is important for children's development, and those who had imaginary friends are shown to have more creative problem-solving skills. (read the story...)

8 Tips To Approach The 'Weight Talk' With Your Child
If your child is overweight, deciding to talk about this unhealthy lifestyle is only the first step. It can also be a huge challenge to have a productive, helpful discussion—especially if your child is unwilling to hear what you have to say. Here are eight suggestions from Sarah Stone, co-creator and director of operations for MindStream Academy, for avoiding as much conflict as possible. (read the story...)

A Weighty Issue: 5 Reason Why Parents Are Reluctant to Discuss Weight
If your child is overweight, discussing that problem can be one of the most difficult conversations you’ll face as a parent. Sarah Stone, co-creator and director of operations for MindStream Academy, lists several reasons why parents are hesitant to have the “weight talk” and presents compelling reasons for overcoming that reluctance. (read the story...)

Improve Your Child's Sleep Hygiene With These 4 Pillars
Good sleep hygiene, or the set of guidelines and habits that promote consistently restful and sufficient sleep, is important to your child's overall health. Tom Jackson, M.D., a psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of sleep disorders, shares the four pillars to good sleep hygiene. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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." (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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 (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)


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