For Your Child

Should You Worry if Your Child Has a Low BMI?chevron_right
Body mass index (BMI) is an easy way to estimate body fat and screen for weight categories that could lead to health issues. For all ages, BMI is based on height and weight measurements. But for kids and teens, BMI is also plotted on gender- and age-based growth charts. Using these charts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pediatricians can compare BMI levels with other children at the same development stage.

Many Teens Still Dealing with Depression Brought On by the Pandemicchevron_right
Now, even as life is getting back to normal, many teens are still struggling emotionally. Here’s how to offer the support they need—and when to reach out for additional help.

When Tragedy Strikes: Talking to Kids About Scary Eventschevron_right
While tragedies have always been a part of life, technology has made it easier than ever for kids to learn about bad things that are happening all over the world. If your instinct as a parent is to shelter them from all that’s grim, that’s understandable—but of course it’s impossible.

Give Your Daughter a Shot Against Cancer with the HPV Vaccinechevron_right
About eight in 10 people will eventually be exposed to HPV. It’s one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. Often, people don’t even know they have it.

More Than a Bad Day: Could Your Child Have a Mood Disorder?chevron_right
An angry rampage here, a crying meltdown there—being a kid is quite the emotional roller coaster. But as a parent, how can you tell the difference between what’s normal and what’s not?

Warning Signs Your Child Might Develop Adult Diabeteschevron_right
It’s a well-known fact: Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for type 2 diabetes. But what if your little one is at a perfectly healthy weight? Are there other ways to predict if they might develop diabetes as an adult?

How to Make Mask-Wearing Easier for Children with Special Needschevron_right
Between therapy, school, and doctor’s visits, families of children with special needs already juggle a lot. Now, there’s an added twist: Many children ages 2 and older must wear cloth face coverings in public.

Why Well-Child Visits Matter More Than You Might Thinkchevron_right
Taking your baby to see a doctor is important when your little one is sick. But going to regular well-child visits can be just as important.

3 Common Childhood Skin Conditions No One Talks Aboutchevron_right
Oozing sores, speckled bumps, and itchy groins might not come up in conversation with other parents. But annoying and embarrassing skin conditions affect many children. It’s time to break the silence about three icky problems and how to solve them.

Peanut Allergy 101 (for Parents)chevron_right
There are no ifs, ands, or nuts about it: The number of peanut allergy cases is rising. In fact, current estimates show that nearly 2.5% of U.S. children may be allergic to peanuts. As a parent, it pays to be prepared—here’s what you should know, and how a new treatment can help.

1 in 4 Children with Autism Go Undiagnosedchevron_right
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often learn, interact, and behave differently than most. At times, these unique traits can pose challenges in daily life.

Children Can Outgrow Weight Problems—With Some Healthy Changeschevron_right
The health effects of childhood obesity stretch years beyond the playground. That’s why it’s so important to catch weight problems early before they become a lifelong issue.