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Kick Car Sickness to the Curb
Why do some kids feel sick more easily than others? The issue may be due to increased sensitivity in part of the inner ear that plays a key role in balance.

Treating a Child’s Symptoms Without Medicine
Certain OTC medicines can be dangerous for kids. So how can you help your little one find relief until their illness goes away?

What Parents Should Know About BMI
Childhood obesity has become an epidemic. And it starts early—right now, about 1 in 5 kindergarteners already carries extra pounds.

Make Time for Well-Child Visits
Heed the tips below to make scheduling and keeping well-child visits easier, and to help you make the most of them.

Why Your Neighborhood Matters to Your Child’s Lung Health
Asthma affects about 5.5 million children nationwide—but the burden doesn’t fall equally. Some kids, such as those who are Black or Hispanic, face a higher risk.

Protecting Your Child from RSV
RSV is respiratory syncytial virus, a common seasonal illness. But this year, it’s spiking earlier and putting healthcare providers and parents on alert.

Infant Formula Basics for Parents
Up to age 6 months, formula-fed babies eat about 1 to 8 ounces at a time. These small numbers are a big reason each feeding is so important. Infants need balanced nutrition to grow healthy and strong. Even a few days without proper feedings can lead to long-term problems with their health.

Helping Your Child Prepare for a Doctor’s Visit
Many kids have concerns about going to the doctor. Luckily, there are things you can do to ease any worries in advance. That can lead to more smiles—and fewer meltdowns—at the doctor’s office. Take these steps before your child’s next appointment.

Tips for a Successful School Year
Even in uncertain times, a new school year brings a sense of possibility and hope. Here’s how to set your children up for success as they return to classrooms this fall.

Keep Your Children Safe from Lead Poisoning
Lead occurs in our soil, water, and air. You can’t see, smell, or even taste it. But exposure to lead is linked to a number of health problems in kids—from slowed growth and hearing problems to learning disabilities. How do you keep them safe?

How to Talk About Gender Diversity with Kids
Gender identity refers to the way a person perceives themselves—male, female, both, neither, or somewhere in-between. This is different from sexual orientation, or who a person is attracted to. All kids go through gender development, so here’s what you should know.

Baby Care 101
As a new parent, taking care of your infant can be a little intimidating. There are so many “firsts” to tackle—from baby’s first bath to those initial wobbly steps. Brush up on your caregiving skills with this quick primer.

How to Handle Your Child’s Earache
Does your little one pull on their ear? Is your baby extra fussy or having trouble sleeping? It can be hard to know what’s wrong—especially when your child is too young to tell you. But these are all possible signs of an earache. What causes ear pain? Is there anything you can do to help?

Social Media 101 for Parents
Educate yourself about social media apps that appeal to kids. Below are some tips on helping your child use social media safely and appropriately.
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