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Babies unnecessarily put at risk by poor parental choices for their sleep environment

Babies unnecessarily put at risk by poor parental choices for their sleep environment

Most parents of young babies have likely heard the line “Back to Sleep,” the official mantra warning them to have their infants sleep on their backs. But there are other advisories, such as one that tells parents to have only a mattress and fitted sheet in a young baby’s crib to avoid having the baby suffocated by soft bedding — pillows, quilts, and comforters, for example. How well do parents follow this advice? A recent study in the journal Pediatrics sought to determine the extent of parental compliance with these directives.

Too many baths may contribute to eczema in babies

Too many baths may contribute to eczema in babies

“It’s natural for parents, especially new ones, to pamper their little ones, and I believe frequent bathing may well be one manifestation of this urge to safeguard. Now we have reliable evidence that too much bathing is not beneficial. We hope that this useful information is well-publicized to pediatricians and GPs and that they encourage parents of infants to go easy on the bathwater.”

 Simple tips for a first birthday fit for royalty

Simple tips for a first birthday fit for royalty

Celebrating your little one's first birthday is a special opportunity to create cherished memories. For a fresh theme idea appropriate for boys and girls alike, take a note from contemporary pop culture and plan a "royal" first birthday party for your little prince or princess.

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Kids choose at one of country's largest restaurants: the school cafeteria

Kids choose at one of country's largest restaurants: the school cafeteria

More than meals: How school cafeterias teach nutrition, too. This guided independence in the lunch line provides an important sense of empowerment for students as well as a chance to develop healthy eating habits for home.

Playing violent video games related to depression in preadolescent youth

Playing violent video games related to depression in preadolescent youth

Preadolescent youth who play violent video games for a significant amount of time each day are at greater risk for depression, according to research from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) released Monday in Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking.

School readiness tips for parents

School readiness tips for parents

Back-to-school is an exciting time for many kids and parents, but for parents of kids entering school for the very first time, “back”-to-school can be overwhelming and even scary.

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BBB tips to avoid college financial aid scams

BBB tips to avoid college financial aid scams

The college application process is an exciting, but expensive time for high school students. Scholarships, grants and financial aid are all common elements in the process and unfortunately, so are scams. With a new school year right around the corner, your Better Business Bureau is warning college-bound students and their parents to be wary of financial aid fraud.

Be careful what you wish for: The smart mom's guide to gifting teen books

Be careful what you wish for: The smart mom's guide to gifting teen books

For those of us that don’t want to only give the gift card to their favorite online store or for the parents who want to keep an eye on what their teens are reading, online gift book selection proves much harder. Reviews often contradict each other, the "Look Inside" shares only a glimpse, and categories confound.

10 Social Media tips for teens

10 Social Media tips for teens

Social media is one of the most powerful forms of communication teens and adults use today. Here are some tips to help you use social media safely and effectively.

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Happy holiday hints for your child with special needs

Happy holiday hints for your child with special needs

Holidays bring joy and family traditions that warm the hearts of many. For those of us who have children with special needs, the holidays take on an entirely new dimension. Like everyone, we have shopping, cooking, decorating and preparation. However, there are additional ways in which we must ready our children for the holiday season. Children who have autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and self-regulation difficulties need some assistance to navigate the

Facts about the history of autism

Would you ever think that autism is related to schizophrenia? And would you ever think that autism was treated with LSD? While most people may not relate autism with these things, scientists and families once did

October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month

Did you know that 1 in 10 people have symptoms of dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing or mixing up similar words? Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability and contrary to some beliefs, it is not due to either lack of intelligence or a desire to learn.

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