Despite the hot, dry summer, the fall allergy season is shaping up to be fairly typical. “We’ve had enough rain recently and Mother Nature has a way of evening things out, so pollen production is normal for this time of year,” said Dr. Ravi Karnani, an allergist in Akron Children’s Center for Allergy & Immunology. […]
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.
Reorganizing the closet, painting the nursery, deep cleaning the house. The nesting instinct is a pre-labor ritual many women experience during their last few weeks of pregnancy. It’s nature’s way of kicking us into high gear to prepare our “nest” for baby. But during the cleaning frenzy, watch out for certain household chemicals, such as […]
Backpacks are a great way for kids to carry all the essential items they need for a busy school day. But between books, homework, gym clothes and lunch, the load can get heavy pretty quickly. Many parents often wonder whether carrying a heavy backpack can lead to spinal problems, such as scoliosis. “Backpacks do not […]
School is now in session and some amount of nervousness about class assignments, peer interactions and upcoming tests is normal. But for some kids, school can be a constant source of stress that can lead to intense anxiety. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, school-related anxiety affects 2 to 5 percent of […]
Preschoolers love pretend play and make believe, so it’s not unusual for them to create an imaginary friend. But, when they have a conversation with an imaginary friend or insist there’s an extra place at the dinner table for her, many parents worry their child is troubled or will have difficulty making real friends. “Having […]
If your preschooler is experiencing nightmares or night terrors, the entire family may be struggling with getting a good night’s sleep. “As distressing as these sleep disorders might be, they’re completely normal and won’t have any long-lasting effects on your child,” said Dr. Emma Raizman, a pediatrician at the Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics office in […]