Stress fractures occur more frequently in young female athletes than in boys. Vitamin D plays an important role in keeping girls healthy and their bones strong. “Vitamin D may boost muscle performance and helps the immune system function as well,” said Julie Kerr, MD, with Akron Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine. “But the No. 1 benefit […]
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.
If you wonder whether your child is old enough to wear contact lenses, you might be asking the wrong question. Age is a factor but isn’t necessarily the main issue, said optometrist Casandra Solis of the Vision Center at Akron Children’s Hospital. “It depends on the kid,” she said. “The child has to be responsible […]
More young athletes these days are specializing in a single sport, often training year-round and playing in multiple leagues with a goal of achieving elite status. Dr. Christopher Liebig and other sports medicine doctors are seeing negative effects from this adult-driven trend: More overuse injuries, more psychological stress and burnout. They are especially concerned that intensive […]
Preschoolers are beginning to graduate from parallel play to developing real friendships with their playmates. However, these relationships may not look like what you’d expect. “It’s more of a fleeting friendship around age 3,” said Greta Powell, a preschool teacher and early interventionist at Akron Children’s Family Child Learning Center. “He’s my best friend one […]
The effects of social media on body image and disordered eating among adolescents are becoming clear, so it’s important for parents to be aware and take steps to blunt the negative influences. That’s the message from Dr. Crystal Cole of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital. New studies are showing a pronounced […]
Though the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission banned lead as an ingredient in paint in 1978, it still can be found lurking in our environment — perhaps scarier, our kids’ environment. The majority of exposures come from inside our homes from things like dust, dishware, toys, water that is passed through lead pipes and, of […]