Deciphering the 3 Coughs You'll Hear from Your Kids This Winter

Deciphering the 3 Coughs You'll Hear from Your Kids This Winter

If you have more than one child, you know that all coughs are not created equal. Some kids cough so loud and hard that you’re fairly sure part of their lungs will come up, whereas others seem like they need a firm pat on the back¬¬–and there’s ever...

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3 Important Ways Vaping Impacts Your Kid’s Health

3 Important Ways Vaping Impacts Your Kid’s Health

Vaping has exploded in the teenage population around the country. Although these products were originally designed as alternatives for adults who already smoke traditional cigarettes, fun flavors, a perceived cool aesthetic, and the promise of “saf...

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8 Ways to Make Sure Your Kids’ Teeth Are Healthy

8 Ways to Make Sure Your Kids’ Teeth Are Healthy

There are so many aspects of your kids’ health to keep track of, from making sure they eat well to encouraging exercise–but dental hygiene is just as important to instill from a young age, because your child’s dental health can influence his overal...

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Doctors, Health Care Providers, & Other Medical Specialists for Families in Queens

Doctors, Health Care Providers, & Other Medical Specialists for Families in Queens

UPDATED November 2019: Whether you are an expecting mom who wants the best in 3-D imaging to see your child or you have children who require specific pediatric health care services, our guide to doctors and medical specialists in Queens will help y...

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Health, Wellness, & Fitness Providers & Centers for Kids & Families in Queens

Health, Wellness, & Fitness Providers & Centers for Kids & Families in Queens

UPDATED November 2019: Queens is home to a variety of doctors, dentists, health care plans, mental health professionals, and medical centers for kids and families, so you’re sure to find the provider you need. There are ways to keep your kids activ...

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NYC’s Largest Food Drive Is Now Accepting Donations for the Holidays

NYC’s Largest Food Drive Is Now Accepting Donations for the Holidays

Right now 1.2 million New Yorkers are struggling with food insecurity, and this will continue through the holiday season, when people are supposed to be sharing the love through family and plentiful food. To combat this issue, City Harvest has laun...

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New Sesame Street Initiative Helps Kids Understand Addiction

New Sesame Street Initiative Helps Kids Understand Addiction

Sesame Street will return for its 50th season this year and has just launched a new initiative, Sesame Street in Communities, which offers supplemental content designed for kids–who are often unseen victims of addiction–for free to providers, paren...

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New Beverage Guidelines Detail Exactly What Kids Should and Should Not Be Drinking

New Beverage Guidelines Detail Exactly What Kids Should and Should Not Be Drinking

Healthy Eating Research, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program that supports research on policy, systems, and environmental strategies that have potential to promote healthy eating in children, just released guidelines on the beverages kids shou...

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How to Help Your Kids Have a Healthy School Year

How to Help Your Kids Have a Healthy School Year

Put health on the list as you get your kids ready to go back to school this year. Getting recommended vaccinations on time, eating a healthy lunch each day, and sleeping enough each night will help children and teens succeed in the classroom. Paren...

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LGBTQ+ Support and Community Centers for Families in the New York Area

LGBTQ+ Support and Community Centers for Families in the New York Area

Finding support and community can seem difficult for young people trying to figure out their identities, make connections and find acceptance. We’ve compiled a list of community and support centers for every kid in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Suff...

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The Impact of Early Orthodontics Treatment on Overall Health

The Impact of Early Orthodontics Treatment on Overall Health

Orthodontics is more than just braces and crooked teeth. It also covers myriad conditions dealing with the jaw, facial muscles, and airways. Proper treatment can alleviate ailments such as snoring, recessed jawlines, and even sleep apnea. Here’s wh...

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5 Things to Know About Sun Protection

5 Things to Know About Sun Protection

Did you know it only takes about 7 minutes for the receptors in your skin cells to become fully saturated with Vitamin D? With summer finally approaching, your family may be itching to get outside. However, it’s important to protect you and your ch...

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Tummy Time Hacks For Your Baby

Tummy Time Hacks For Your Baby

If your baby hates tummy time, you’re not alone. We talked to the experts to find out why pediatricians recommend it, and the answers to the most-common tummy time questions.

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How to Protect Kids from Potentially Harmful Blue Light

How to Protect Kids from Potentially Harmful Blue Light

In the past several years, it seems like kids have grown addicted to their phones, tablets, and laptops, all of which emit blue light. They’re constantly texting, streaming shows and movies, and using their phones way past their bedtimes. All of th...

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Fewer Children in NYC Suffered Lead Poisoning Last Year

Fewer Children in NYC Suffered Lead Poisoning Last Year

According to data collected by the New York City Department of Health, blood-lead levels have been on a steady decline in children younger than 18 across all five boroughs. The rates are at an all time low in both private and public housing through...

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Are You Living in an NYC Playground Desert?

Are You Living in an NYC Playground Desert?

For a city with so many kids and so many opportunities for enrichment, New York has a playground crisis. The city is full of “playground deserts,” places similar to food deserts in that living in one means you do not have access to resources such a...

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WHO Releases New Guidelines for Activity Levels for Children Younger Than Five

WHO Releases New Guidelines for Activity Levels for Children Younger Than Five

On April 24, The World Health Organization announced new recommendations for children younger than the age of 5 in response tothe rapidly rising rates of childhood obesity worldwide. According to the organization’s research, more than 80 percent of...

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Researchers at Stony Brook University Seek Children Ages 12-16 For Mental Health Study

Researchers at Stony Brook University Seek Children Ages 12-16 For Mental Health Study

The Lab for Scalable Mental Health at Stony Brook University in Suffolk County is seeking approximately 200 tweens and teens (ages 12-16) to take part in a nine-month study to see how effective a technology-based, single-session intervention can be...

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Nature's Path Envirokidz Cereal Recalled Due to Undeclared Gluten

Nature's Path Envirokidz Cereal Recalled Due to Undeclared Gluten

Nature's Path Envirokidz Choco Chimps, Gorilla Munch, and Jungle Munch cereals with a best before date code of Aug. 24, 2019 and Sept. 21, 21 have been recalled from Trader Joe's due to the potential of undeclared gluten, according to Trader Joes. ...

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New Study Says Children Are Using an Unhealthy Amount of Toothpaste

New Study Says Children Are Using an Unhealthy Amount of Toothpaste

Many children are not using the right amount of toothpaste when they brush their teeth, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost 40 percent of children ages 3-6 use more toothpaste than the amount recommended b...

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Orthodontia Basics Every Parent Should Know

Orthodontia Basics Every Parent Should Know

When it comes to oral health, we all know to take our kids to the dentist for regular teeth cleanings and check-ups, but there’s another aspect of dental health that you might be overlooking: orthodontics. So, in honor of February as National Child...

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Fresh Peaches, Nectarines, and Plums Recalled from Aldi and Walmart Over Possible Listeria Contamination

Fresh Peaches, Nectarines, and Plums Recalled from Aldi and Walmart Over Possible Listeria Contamination

Peaches, nectarines, and plums sold at various Aldi and Walmarts in New York are being recalled due to a potential listeria contamination. Jac. Vandeburg, Inc. of Yonkers issued the recall last week because of the potential to affect 1,727 cartons ...

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5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Child's Immune System

5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Child's Immune System

Winter, with its cramped spaces and frequent chills, is notorious for bringing seasonal maladies. From the occasional cough to more serious flus, nobody wants their family sick. Luckily, Esther Blum, an integrated dietician, shares her tips for usi...

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Houseplants Can Benefit Your Family’s Mental, Physical, and Emotional Well-Being

Houseplants Can Benefit Your Family’s Mental, Physical, and Emotional Well-Being

With plant popularity on the rise—terrariums and succulents, anyone?—you may want to hop on the bandwagon, and not just because they add a little greenery to your home. Potted plants have been shown to have benefits on people’s mental, physical, an...

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How to Raise a Helpful Child

How to Raise a Helpful Child

As parents, we all want to raise children who are emotionally intelligent and good decision makers. We want to have kids with character. So much of our focus is on our child’s identity, rather than her actions. But what if we spoke to them in such ...

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Infant Ibuprofen from CVS, Walmart, and Family Dollar Has Been Recalled

Infant Ibuprofen from CVS, Walmart, and Family Dollar Has Been Recalled

A recall has been issued for over-the-counter infant ibuprofen sold by the retailers CVS, Family Dollar, and Walmart, according to Tris Pharma. The Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) 50mg per 1.25mL could potentially have concentrations of i...

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5 Ways to Keep Your Family Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

5 Ways to Keep Your Family Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Cold and flu season. Every parent dreads it. It can feel crippling knowing there is likely a sneeze coming in your child’s direction or a kid with a fever drooling on your day care’s set of Legos. Remember: Kids are still building their immune syst...

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The Health Benefits of Playing Outside

The Health Benefits of Playing Outside

We've all heard that some germs are essential for health, but do we actually know why? And though microbes help build immunity, what about other aspects of health like allergies and emotional and physical development? Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D., a prof...

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New Study Shows a Correlation Between Media Use and ADHD

New Study Shows a Correlation Between Media Use and ADHD

As if there wasn't enough to worry about when it comes to the media and your child's wellbeing, there's now another factor to take into consideration before leaving your child alone with the iPad. A recent study in the JAMA has linked Attention Def...

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Can Your Baby's Teeth Predict Autism?

Can Your Baby's Teeth Predict Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is an extremely common developmental disability with approximately one in 59 children being diagnosed. As with any special needs condition, early detection is essential. We already know that certain types of ovarian c...

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What Are Processed Foods and Are They Really That Bad to Eat?

What Are Processed Foods and Are They Really That Bad to Eat?

For parents today there is an overwhelming amount of information available on what we should and should not be eating. The everyday job of grocery shopping or planning meals for our families is a maze of choices. One food group we hear a lot about ...

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Why Kids Get Sick Once School Starts Again

Why Kids Get Sick Once School Starts Again

In acute pediatric care, there’s always a bump in patient visits during the first month of school, and there are several reasons why. Sure, some germs are actually beneficial to the development of a healthy immune system, but in general it seems li...

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Why Your Child Should Have a Physical Examination

Why Your Child Should Have a Physical Examination

With flu season in full swing and the holidays swiftly approaching, parents often forget one important step, their child’s annual physical! We all know that visiting the doctor is critical to instilling healthy habits in your children, whether it's...

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6 Ways to Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet This Flu Season

6 Ways to Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet This Flu Season

Kids will bring home more than homework once they’re back in school. They also bring home plenty of germs. With that in mind, it's a good idea to check your medicine cabinet and ensure it's fully stocked and ready for any sick days that may arise. ...

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5 Ways to Update Your Toddler Proofing Measures

5 Ways to Update Your Toddler Proofing Measures

When your little one starts walking and begins exploring in greater depth, you may start to wonder what the next step is for child proofing your living space. It’s a good question to ask yourself: “As you prepare your home for the toddler stage, ev...

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10 Ways to Reduce Your Kid’s Risk of Getting Lyme Disease

10 Ways to Reduce Your Kid’s Risk of Getting Lyme Disease

Ticks carrying diseases, especially Lyme disease, may be lurking where you plan to spend time outdoors, even in a concrete jungle or suburban area. But don’t let that stop you from going outside, since there are plenty of benefits of rolling around...

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Keeping Kids Safe and Healthy During Sports Practices and Games

Keeping Kids Safe and Healthy During Sports Practices and Games

In recent years, more children are participating in competitive team sports. However, this increased participation has led to an increase in sports injuries. But don’t let this fact deter you from allowing your child to participate in school or you...

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How to Catch Summer Rays Without the Burn

How to Catch Summer Rays Without the Burn

As the long, hot summer days come and go, it is extremely important to use proper sunscreen so the day does not leave you with an unwanted burn. We have compiled sunscreen tips and reminders with the help of Rebecca Baxt, M.D., Board Certified Derm...

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What is Juuling? And What Should You Do if Your Kids Are Doing it?

What is Juuling? And What Should You Do if Your Kids Are Doing it?

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who would deny the harmful effects of smoking cigarettes. But what about Juuling? Ja-what?, you might say. Juuling—or vaping—is a new trend amongst teenagers around the country. And though many teens think it’s ...

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How to Keep Kids Safe During the Summer Months

How to Keep Kids Safe During the Summer Months

Summer…the time of year most children look forward to, but with the extended time spent outdoors (and the summertime holidays), there are a lot of potential health risks associated with summer, from preventing bug bites and sunburns to staying safe...

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The Benefits of Summer Programs and Classes for Children, Pre-Teens, and Teens

The Benefits of Summer Programs and Classes for Children, Pre-Teens, and Teens

There are lots of quality summer programs for children these days. This abundance of kids’ summer classes and activities is a good thing! When children have long hours of undirected time, as they often do when school is out, “they are actually much...

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The Important Lesson My Daughter Taught Me After She Was Diagnosed with Scoliosis

The Important Lesson My Daughter Taught Me After She Was Diagnosed with Scoliosis

A straight-up look at the surprising way a mom was changed by her daughter’s scoliosis.

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How to Help Kids with Food Allergies

How to Help Kids with Food Allergies

One in 13 kids has food allergies, which is equivalent to nearly two kids per class in the United States.

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Allied Physicians Group Offers at-Home 'Telehealth' System

Allied Physicians Group Offers at-Home 'Telehealth' System

Allied Physicians Group, a partnership of doctors in the greater New York area, is offering a new “telehealth” system that gives parents the convenience of a comprehensive medical exam for their children without leaving home.

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5 Things Parents Should Know About Keeping Kids Healthy While Traveling

5 Things Parents Should Know About Keeping Kids Healthy While Traveling

It’s no secret that when traveling you put yourself at risk for getting sick. Your chances of catching a germ or two are pretty high—after all, you’ll be doing everything from mingling with crowds to breathing recycled air on the plane. And when yo...

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How Can I Lower My Child's Fever?

How Can I Lower My Child's Fever?

Who applies a damp cloth to the forehead during a fever? You? Your mom? Whenever I was sick with a fever growing up I always felt like I was undertreated by my parents because they never put a cool, damp washcloth on my forehead. This was unbel...

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Parents May Want to Double Check Before Allowing for Their Child's Tonsillectomy if Age Three or Younger

Parents May Want to Double Check Before Allowing for Their Child's Tonsillectomy if Age Three or Younger

Precaution should be taken when considering tonsillectomies in children ages three and under, according to a new study. The age of children, not weight, is the key factor to be taken into consideration when gauging the safety of a child’s tonsillec...

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Kids' Learning Isn't Affected By Repeated Sick Days with Minor Illnesses

Kids' Learning Isn't Affected By Repeated Sick Days with Minor Illnesses

Every family seems to have one–a child who’s especially susceptible to sneezes and sniffles, ear infections and fevers, chronic coughs, and a host of other bothersome but not usually serious illnesses. But even if your kid racks up some sick days a...

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Is My Child Suffering From Allergies or a Cold?

Is My Child Suffering From Allergies or a Cold?

If your child has a cough, runny nose, sneezing, and other symptoms, you might think it's a cold. But allergies can have the same symptoms. So what medications should you give your child? An expert weighs in.

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Weight Watchers' Controversial New Focus: Teens

Weight Watchers' Controversial New Focus: Teens

Critics slam the company's plan to offer teens free summer memberships.

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