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7 Sleep Guidelines Every Expecting Parent Should Know

One of the most important things every parent should know is how to keep their baby safe while sleeping. Infants spend up to 16 hours sleeping every day. It’s critical for their growth and development. Whether you’re expecting your first child or your third, make sure your baby’s sleep habits and environment do not pose […]

Caring for Newborn, Improper Lifting Puts Parents at Risk for Back Pain

New parents expect sleepless nights, crying spells and lots of laundry when they bring their baby home from the hospital. They probably should add back pain to the list, too. Fortunately, these new parents, especially mothers, can prevent the back pain that often accompanies caring for a new baby by losing pregnancy weight, strengthening muscles […]

Warning Labels on Drinks May Take Aim at Childhood Obesity

Warning labels – like the ones found on cigarette cartons – might be a way to persuade parents not to buy sugar-sweetened beverages for their children, researchers say. It’s not just soda that have health authorities concerned. Flavored waters, fruit and sports drinks can contain added sugars, causing tooth decay and contributing to obesity and […]

Parental Stress May Put Children At Higher Risk for Obesity, Study Suggests

Latino children whose parents feel high levels of stress are twice as likely to be obese, a new study suggests. Additionally, the more stress parents experience, the more likely their children are to become obese. Researchers examined data from the Study of Latino Youth, which was funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute […]

Exercise May Help Low Back Pain During Pregnancy

Women who are pregnant and experiencing back pain may want to ask their doctor for exercise suggestions. Physical exercises before and during pregnancy can be effective in preventing and reducing low back and pelvic pain, according to a news release from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect a woman’s […]

Adjust Kids’ Sleep Schedules Before School Starts for Better Health, Academics

Parents can help their children adjust to school now by making sure they begin resuming a regular bedtime schedule. Summer’s flexible hours often allow children and adolescents to sleep in later than usual and stay up very late. Sleepovers, vacations and visiting relatives also make it difficult to stick to a regular sleep schedule. Trying to […]

Tips to Avoid Injuries from Wearing Heavy Backpacks

Parents and students shopping for a new school backpack this month may want to consider important safety tips to prevent back, neck and shoulder injuries. Backpacks, the preferred choice for students to carry all of their daily school necessities, help distribute the weight of the load among some of the body’s strongest muscles. However, if […]

Picky Eating May Indicate Anxiety, Depression in Some Kids, Study Finds

Children who are picky eaters may not only suffer from poor nutrition but also from serious childhood issues such as depression and anxiety, a new study finds. Although many parents see picky eating as a phase, a study from Duke Medicine finds moderate and severe picky eating often coincides with depression and anxiety, which may require […]

Children At Risk for Liquid Nicotine Poisoning; FDA Considers Restrictions on Packaging

As authorities for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration consider new regulations on liquid nicotine, children remain at risk for poisoning from “the highly toxic substance” and need protection, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. As little as one teaspoon of liquid nicotine can be lethal to a child, according to the American Association […]

Playing Sports Offers Physical, Mental Benefits for Kids and Adults

A new poll shows that many parents say playing sports helps their children mentally, physically and socially. Despite understanding the potential health benefits of playing sports, only one in four adults participate in such activities, according to the poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. […]