Eating disorders are more common than you’d think. In fact 30 million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives. The Eating Disorder Program at Akron Children’s Hospital is growing to meet the needs of these families according to the Medical Director of Adolescent Medicine Dr. Stephen Sondike in a recent […]
Whether you’re a parent of an infant and toddler or school-age kids and teens, you probably have a zillion questions about your children. What’s normal? What should I expect when my child is sick? When should I call the doctor? You’ll find the answers to these questions and more in this section.
“It’s basically like looking at a foreign word.” That’s how one person described what it’s like to read with dyslexia, in a recent National Public Radio report about the often-misunderstood learning disorder. Dyslexia is a common problem, neurological in nature, and its effect is much broader than many people realize. “People think of dyslexia as […]
Some parents fear that teaching kids about sex will encourage early sexual activity. But the opposite is true, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Children who are best informed about sexuality are the most likely to postpone intercourse. So talk early and often, the AAP says. Talking about sex is not easy for parents […]
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to whether a child is old enough to stay home alone. It’s a big decision that should take into account a number of factors regarding your child’s age, preparedness, maturity and sense of responsibility, said Heather Trnka, injury prevention coordinator at Akron Children’s Hospital. Let’s start with age. Ohio law […]
In the past 3 decades, there’s been a phenomenal rise in the number of multiple births in this country. The twin birth rate rose more than 75% from 1980 through 2015, from 18.9 to 33.5 per 1,000 births, according to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Delayed childbearing and the rise in infertility treatments, […]
Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, most doctors agree it’s safe for pregnant women to fly up to 4 or 5 weeks prior to their due date. That’s as long as the pregnancy is healthy with no known complications, such as risks for pre-term labor. “Flying is actually safer than driving,” said Dr. Melissa […]