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Let’s Talk About Adolescent Sexual Health
Talking about reproductive health with kids can be uncomfortable. For you and for them. But it’s important to do. Here’s a guide to help you through it.

Protecting Your Child from Chronic Diseases
Chronic diseases are long-lasting health conditions that require ongoing care. You might think that such diseases are only an issue for adults. But 2 in 5 school-aged kids are affected, too. Here are answers to common questions about reducing your child’s risk of developing many chronic diseases.

Should Your Family Go Plant-Based?
What can you feed your sprouts so that they grow up healthy and strong? Consider a plant-based diet.

Tender Tunes: How Lullabies Help Babies and Families Thrive
Lullabies hold meaning in their melodies. They’re signals, sent from parent or caregiver to child, letting the infant know they’re attended to and protected.

How to Protect Your Child’s Emotional Well-Being
You can help guide your child toward better mental health. Use these strategies to give them the support they need.

Upgrade Your Approach to Kids’ Screen Time
Today, more than 50% of kids touch their first screen while still wearing diapers. A reported 95% of teens have access to smartphones. But how much screen time should children be exposed to? To help answer this question, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) created a set of guidelines, and they offer these key points to guide parents.

Proper Dental Care Begins with Baby Teeth
Healthy teeth are important to your child’s growth and development. They help your child eat right, talk properly, and smile with confidence. Primary teeth, also known as baby teeth, hold space for permanent teeth.

Protect Your Little One from RSV
From colds to seasonal flu, parents are always fighting to keep their little ones healthy. But one sickness tends to slip under the radar: respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). This virus infects almost every child at least once before age 2.

The A to Zzzz’s of Healthy Sleep Habits for You and Your Baby
There’s a lot you can do from the very beginning to set the foundation for healthy sleep habits.

The New Secondhand Smoke Danger for Kids: Cannabis
children may face a new threat: secondhand smoke from cannabis (also known as marijuana). As states legalize marijuana, more kids may be breathing in the harmful chemicals and toxins from smoking and vaping.

When Growing Up Hurts
Both grown-ups and kids can hurt their bones. But because they are still growing, children have special kinds of injuries.

How Parents Can Help Prevent a Youth Diabetes Crisis
Health experts don’t have a crystal ball, but they are looking ahead—and what they’ve seen concerns them. If trends continue, they estimate as many as 220,000 people ages 20 and younger will have type 2 diabetes by the year 2060.
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