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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...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: What Should Parents Know About Sepsis?
Sepsis, also known as blood poisoning, is a medical condition triggered by an infection that's a leading cause of death in hospitals. Here, get details on sepsis symptoms and risk factors from a local urgent care doctor. (read the story...)

Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital Opens in Fairfield County
Yale-New Haven Children's Specialty Hospital recently opened a new location in Norwalk that employs world-class experts covering a wide range of medical specialties. Residents no longer have to leave Fairfield County to seek specialty medical services. (read the story...)

Why Getting Vaccines on Time is Important to Your Baby's Health
Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explain why you should get your child vaccinated and why it's especially important to follow the vaccine schedule recommended by your child's doctor. (read the story...)

What Should You Do About Bedwetting?
An orthopedic expert who specializes in pelvic floor disorder explains the two causes of bedwetting in children and provides advice on different treatments for bedwetting. (read the story...)

Diabulimia: Is Your Teen at Risk?
Some people with Type 1 diabetes have turned to insulin restriction as a form of weight loss. According to the American Diabetes Association, 30 to 40 percent of young females with juvenile diabetes have this eating disorder, called diabulimia. (read the story...)

Meningitis: Rare, Serious, but Preventable
Bacterial meningitis is a rare but deadly disease that’s often misdiagnosed as something less serious because early symptoms may resemble a cold or the flu. Before you send your kids off to camp, where there’s a higher risk of infection, get the facts on prevention. (read the story...)

An App Is Born
WebMD Baby is a new app that provides instant access to expert medical info and health answers for parents of babies and toddlers. (read the story...)

Snacking Explained: How Kids Regulate Caloric Intake
Most kids are naturally able to limit snacking to when they’re hungry, but parents should pay attention when snacking becomes more than a tie-over between meals. (read the story...)

Do Males Get Eating Disorders?
Approximately 10 percent of individuals with anorexia or bulimia, and an estimated 40 percent of those with binge eating disorder, are male—and some mental health professionals believe these percentages are increasing. (read the story...)

Bye, Bye, Bake Sales
Traditional bake sales have been banned at most NYC-area schools due to the rise in food allergies, childhood obesity, and foodborne illnesses, limiting fundraising opportunities. In an effort to evolve with the times, here are 10 inventive fundraising ideas for your school that don't involve baked goods. (read the story...)

Parents Ponder Finances and Timing for Orthodontics
Although many parents are aware their children would benefit from some form of orthodontic care, they often have concerns. Read on for the answers to some commonly asked questions about the covering the cost of braces and what age children are ready to visit the orthodontist. (read the story...)

How To Quit Smoking and Why It's Important for You, Your Kids, Your Family's Health
November marks the 36th annual Great American Smokeout, and you know what that means -- time to quit smoking. But if you've tried kicking the habit unsuccessfully before, maybe realizing just how much you’re hurting your kids by not quitting will be the encouragement you need. (read the story...)

Tips for a Happy, Healthy Halloween
For some kids, Halloween is all about the candy...and eating as much of it as possible. Help keep your kids from consuming too many sugary treats with the following tips. By instilling the habits of nutritious eating young, you ensure everyone has a healthy and fun Halloween for years to come. (read the story...)

Tips for a Happy and Safe Halloween
Halloween provides your kids with tons of fun like dressing up in festive costumes, eating candy, and running around the neighborhood at night collecting treats. For parents, however, Halloween is a time where precautions need to be taken to keep kids safe. Read on for the best ways to ensure Halloween is both fun and safe. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Does My Child Need to Be Screened for High Cholesterol?
We asked Anthony F. Porto, M.D., M.P.H., director of pediatric gastroenterology at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, CT, and assistant professor of pediatrics at Yale University. Read Dr. Porto's advice on what age kids should be tested for high cholesterol, what the risk factors are for developing high cholesterol at an early age, and how to prevent the diseases caused by high cholesterol. (read the story...)


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