As the world evolves, we sometimes find that problems our children face are showing up at earlier and earlier ages. For instance, recent studies have shown that children as young as 8 have shown symptoms of eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Here’s what concerned parents need to know about these disorders and how they could be silently affecting your child.
If you just had a baby, you’re probably extremely tired, and you may even be sleep deprived. The idea of co-sleeping with your newborn may seem like a good idea for convenience, especially if you’re breastfeeding, but there are many risks associated with co-sleeping you need to know.
More than 102 million Americans deal with high cholesterol every year. The way that we eat as a country has changed, and along with larger and more fattening portions comes a host of potential health problems. When I suggest having a child's cholesterol level checked, parents are sometimes surprised to learn it’s recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and for good reason.
Put your newborn in a sturdy, lidless cardboard box to sleep? Believe it or not, it’s been going on in Finland for some time and is slowly starting in the United States in states like New Jersey and Ohio where hospitals are sending infants and parents home with a box for the baby to sleep in. The idea behind the box is safe sleeping.
The “terrible twos” can be tough on parents and kids, but don’t let anyone fool you into thinking the tough part will magically stop as soon as the clock strikes midnight on your child’s third birthday. Frustration, emotional outbursts and tantrums will likely happen off and on for a while, and it’s important to help your child learn to deal with anger constructively while they’re young so it doesn’t become a problem when they get older.
Topics: child conflict
Dual-income families are commonplace today. If you have children, you’ll eventually have to decide when they’re old enough to stay home by themselves. I get this question from parents a lot and, unfortunately, there’s no easy answer. Some states have laws disallowing children under certain ages to stay at home unsupervised. While Texas does not have a restriction on how early you can start leaving your child home alone, most child-safety groups don’t recommend leaving your children home when they’re younger than 12. Every kid is different, so there is no magic age they can reach before they’re old enough to shoulder the responsibility, but there are some things to take into consideration when you’re making the decision.
As a parent, there’s probably nothing more frustrating than realizing something is bothering your child but not knowing how to help them. Before infants can talk, this is the cause for a lot of stress for moms and dads. Take ear infections, for example. They can be difficult to detect in an infant who can’t tell you their ear hurts. Knowing what to look for may help you spot an ear infection before it becomes a serious problem.