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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.

5 Myths about Sleep and Your Baby

5 myths about sleep and your baby

In the first few weeks of life, babies spend up to 16 hours a day asleep. That’s a lot of time snoozing, which is why it’s important for parents and caregivers to make sure infants are placed in safe sleep positions.

How to talk to your kids about Ebola

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  Child psychologist Georgette Constantinou shares these tips for parents who want to ease their children’s concerns about the Ebola virus: Keep calm while discussing this topic with your children and use age appropriate language. Listen to them and gauge what they are hearing and are worried about, and acknowledge their fears. Reassure them that […]

Ebola: what you need to know

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As news reports link Northeast Ohio and Summit County to the Ebola virus situation, rest assured Akron Children’s Hospital continues to work closely with other hospitals and health officials including Summit County Public Health to be prepared for possible Ebola patients. As of Wed., Oct. 15, Akron Children’s has not had a confirmed or suspected case […]

How to deal with school refusal

School refusal

Nervousness about class assignments, learning new material and upcoming tests is normal. But for some children, school can be the source of stress, which can lead to such intense anxiety that some children insist on not going.

The gray area of disciplining children

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As child abuse allegations continue to make front-page news, WAKR’S Ray Horner recently spoke with pediatric psychologist Geoffrey Putt, director of outpatient therapy centers at Akron Children’s Hospital, about discipline techniques and positive parenting. “Many people do what they were taught…and if that [spanking] is what you learned and experienced, it puts you in a […]

Concussions didn’t cause deaths of high school football players

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It was a tragic week in high school football nationally: 3 deaths in 4 days. The causes were due to brain bleeds, not concussions. Concussions don’t cause bleeding or swelling in the brain. While it’s a scary situation, it’s important to understand the facts.