9 tips for sending your kid off to college


Oh, the dreaded “college drop off.” It’s one of the hardest things I have ever done.  It reminds me of when I put the boys on the bus for the first time in kindergarten. I had conflicting feelings of pride, fear, relief, sadness and joy. Gabe, the oldest of my 2 sons, went to college […]

How to Manage Your Child’s Diabetes while Traveling

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When your child has diabetes, traveling requires extra thought. To keep plans on track, be prepared for unexpected problems or schedule changes. Then relax and enjoy a wonderful family vacation!

5 tips for talking to your teens about drugs and alcohol

Dr. Sarah Adams with Gabe and Ben

When I have conversations with my sons Gabe and Ben, I sometimes randomly say, “Hey, don’t use crack!” This really grabs their attention, and then the real conversation starts. Don’t be afraid to have conversations with your teenagers about drugs, alcohol and tobacco. These conversations need to happen over and over. Listen to them and […]

Prom and end of school year can be stressful for teens


In the weeks leading up to prom and the end of the school year, Akron Children’s Hospital’s mental health providers often see an uptick in calls, appointments and hospital admissions.

Sport specialization debate: Are kids winning or losing by focusing on one sport year-round?

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A recent study published in Sports Health medical journal revealed negative consequences to sport specialization in youth. Though we’ve debated on this subject before, there’s now evidence to support young athletes should play multiple sports. In addition to the increased risk of overuse injuries and burnout, it also pointed to kids missing out on other […]

11 ways to help your child deal with springtime allergies

Approximately 1 in 5 children and adults suffer from springtime allergies.

After an especially harsh winter in Ohio, spring is finally here. Yet, all those pretty blooms can cause ugly problems for your child – in the form of springtime allergies.