Toddler Health

4 Tips to Get Your Kids to Brush

By Alicia Purdy

If your kids are old enough to have any teeth at all, chances are you've already experienced the "joys" of getting them to brush. When the first few teeth start to come in, brushing is a somewhat novel experience for little ones, but as they age, brushing dynamics shift. Toddlers want to do everything themselves, making it tough to get a good tooth brushing session. » Read more

Your Child’s Teeth: Good Brushing, Bad Foods, and More!

By Jennifer Klam

You can tell a lot about someone by the health of their mouth. New research suggests that the health of your mouth mirrors the health of your body as a whole. Good oral health may actually prevent certain diseases from occurring, while poor oral hygiene can actually lead to other complications, including digestion problems and problems with the heart and other major organs. » Read more

Getting a Shot: Vaccine & Immunizations Update

By Elizabeth Seward

Humans have managed to utilize science to outsmart illnesses that used to wipe out entire populations at a time. We've done this through medical advances, most particularly, through vaccines and immunizations. A sick baby is the last thing you need, so be sure to keep your little one immunized with the latest vaccines in accordance with the latest credible research available. » Read more

Dealing with Kids' Stomach & Intestinal Infections

By Jennifer Klam

While sometimes you can pinpoint the culprit of your child's upset tummy (too much ice cream!) most of the time you won't know the exact cause. It may be acid reflux, or a stomach infection caused by a virus or bacteria. It might also be something more benign, like constipation or gas. » Read more

Children’s Dental Health: Why Are My Child’s Teeth Yellow?

When your child smiles, does she flash a set of pearly whites? Or, are her teeth various shades of yellow? What causes this tooth discoloration and what can you do about it? Getting to the root of your child's dental issue is the key. Read on to find some causes of tooth discoloration in children. Dental Woes Can Begin in Infancy » Read more

Hearing Problems in Kids: Does Your Child Have a Hearing Problem?

By Alicia Purdy

Any kind of hearing loss is problematic at any age, but for kids, hearing loss can affect their development in many ways. The most important developmental milestone affected by hearing loss is language development. Studies have repeatedly shown that language must develop within a certain range of years to create proper brain connections. » Read more

Tips for Kids with Lactose Intolerance

By Jill Jackson

Children who have lactose intolerance can experience gas, bloating, diarrhea and even vomiting when they consume milk, or many dairy products that contain lactose, like cheese and ice cream. The symptoms of lactose intolerance are very similar to a milk allergy, but the two disorders are very different. » Read more

Obamacare: How Health Reform Affects Your Kids' Coverage

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect on October 1, 2013. On March 31, 2014, open enrollment ends and all Americans must be registered with an ACA-compliant health insurance plan (those who truly cannot afford coverage can apply for an exemption; changes to coverage can be made at major life events). » Read more

The Sugar Myth: Does Sugar Really Make Kids Hyper?

Your kids are over at their favorite relative’s house.  When Uncle Tim hands them each a bag of candy, they run away screaming with delight.  It doesn’t take long before you notice that your kids suddenly have an abundance of energy.  They are running through the house, bouncing-off-the-walls hyper.  Could it be that the sugary rush of carbohydrates gave th » Read more

Febrile Seizures in Babies: What You Should Know

Sometimes a baby's brain will have an extreme reaction to a fever, which triggers a seizure. These are known as febrile seizures. This is not epilepsy, and having a febrile seizure is not an indicator that a child will develop epilepsy later in life (more on this below). These seizures typically manifest between the ages of six months and three years, and a child usually outgrows them. » Read more