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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.

Is long distance running bad for my child’s knees?

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That first sunny, spring day is an exciting time to lace up the running shoes and hit the track, road or trail. Not only can running feel good, but the health benefits are well known. It improves cardiovascular function, lowers body mass index (BMI), increases bone density, and decreases risk of stroke and high blood pressure. It also has positive effects on our mental health and mood.

Internet can be a “virtually” dangerous place for children (Video)

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Bullies, predators and other dangers facing children are increasingly using the Internet to make their presence felt. In this video, Dr. Laura Rocker, medical director for Akron Children’s Partial Hospitalization Program, offers tips on when children may be ready for an Internet-capable device, and what parents can do to protect kids when they start tapping away on their new cell phone.

Teenagers: ‘Better they cry than you cry’

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I really enjoyed the teenage years with my sons Gabe and Ben. I think the key to coasting through those years is communication: let them know what your expectations are, set limits and be aware of who, what, where and how.

Do you know the signs of autism?

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Since 2013, autism, Asperger’s syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder were combined into one diagnosis: autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We define where on the spectrum a child is based on the amount of support he needs.

Race car driver encourages children with diabetes to ‘live life without limits’

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Just because you have diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t live life in the fast lane. Take a look at NASCAR driver Ryan Reed. Despite having type I diabetes, the 21 year old finished 9th in overall standings in the NASCAR XFINITY Series last year and scored his first win at this year’s Daytona International Speedway.

Top ASD resources for parents

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A Google search of “autism resources” brings up more than 67 million hits. So how do you know which resources will be helpful? In honor of Light It Up Blue on April 2, a global ASD awareness campaign, I want to share a list of my recommendations of autism resources.