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  • Cool Tools to Keep Your Kids From Smoking
    Many teenagers still think smoking is cool. Here are some tools to help parents stay diligent in keeping their kids from smoking.
  • Cough Medicine Abuse by Teens
    A common ingredient in many cough and cold remedies has become a popular substance to abuse by teenagers searching for a cheap, easy high.
  • Could Your Child Have a Drug Problem?
    Before assuming your child is taking drugs, find out if something else may be causing him or her to behave unusually.
  • Cross-Cultural Adoptions Raise Sensitive Issues
    As the parent of an adopted biracial/bicultural child, it's important to acknowledge that your child is different. The goal is to help your child feel a sense of pride about his or her culture and race so it becomes a positive part of his or her identity.
  • Depressed Kids Need Help
    Teen depression is a serious illness. The benefits of getting help, including taking medications if needed, far outweigh the potential risks.
  • Diet Drinks, Small Snacks Have Drawbacks
    Although sugar-free soft drinks don’t add calories, they don’t provide nutrients either. And one study found that students who had been primed to think about their diets actually ate more when given small bags of potato chips than students who were given large bags.
  • Does Your Child Have a Make-Believe Friend?
    Having a make-believe friend is a normal part of your child's growth and usually happens between ages 3 and 6.
  • Don't Sell a Short Kid Short
    Some children grow more slowly than others. Height in the low normal range is still normal, doctors say.
  • Earlier Is Better to Catch Hearing Loss
    Many experts urge hearing tests before newborns leave the hospital. Every year, several thousand babies with hearing problems are born in the U.S.
  • Easing a Child’s Fears and Anxieties About Medical Procedures
    Before your child undergoes any medical treatment, it is critical for you to have a full understanding of the diagnosis, procedure and options available. This will help you manage the fears and anxieties your child may feel.
  • Eat Well, for Your Children's Sake
    You can tell your children how to eat well, but experts say it's better to show them. Children must learn from their parents and caregivers to value themselves, eat nutritiously, and get proper exercise and rest.
  • Eye Protection Keeps Kids in the Game
    The sports that cause the most injuries are basketball, baseball, pool sports and racket sports. But any sport that involves a projectile is considered hazardous to the eyes.
  • Family Meals: More Than Good Nutrition
    If you don't have a family meal each day, it's time to get out the plates. Table time yields benefits that go far beyond food.
  • Female Teen Athletes: At Risk for Injury?
    Teen girls who are athletes face unique obstacles when it comes to their bodies and how well they perform.
  • Find Nutrients for Children in Food, Not Pills
    While you want to make sure your child gets the right vitamins and minerals, it's best for kids to get all the nutrients they need from food. But there are some children who may need a supplement.