Kids and diabetes: How to toe the line when it comes to foot care

CC Flickr / Jim Best

Most people don’t think much about their lowly feet. That is, until there is a problem with them. And for a person with diabetes, foot problems can quickly become serious. By restricting blood flow, diabetes can cause a loss of feeling in the feet, and without sensation, it may be difficult to detect a cut or infection.

New study finds fault in hyperspecialization in youth sports

10-year-old soccer players. CC/Flick photo by reid.neureiter

Hyperspecialization, when kids give up all other sports to focus in on one year-round, seems like the obvious track in building a star player. But, a recent study from UCLA proves diversification at a young age actually has more performance benefits in the long run.

AAP updates recommendations for well-child visits Screening for depression, HIV and alcohol or drug use in teens among changes


Is your child’s regular doctor’s office visit coming up? If so, you may notice some changes during his or her appointment. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their guidelines for screenings and assessments of patients during well-child visits.

Distracted drivers aren’t getting the message (Video)


At highway speeds, a car travels more than a football field in the time it takes a driver to send the average text message. In this Children’s Channel video, Heather Trnka, injury prevention coordinator at Akron Children’s Hospital, discusses texting and other distractions that create life-threatening situations for drivers and passengers alike.

How to tell if your child is ready to stay home alone (Video)


When are children old enough to be left home alone? This is the question facing many parents as their children near their teen years and are looking for a little more independence.

Smartphones aren’t so smart in the bedroom


The temptation to remain connected to family and friends — even the office — in this digital age is powerful. For many, the lure continues even when we turn in and the lights go out. But smartphones in the bedroom is leading to a rise in insomnia, according to a recent article in The New […]