Directing young children to greet relatives with hugs and kisses seems harmless enough. Most parents don’t think twice about it. But the age-old cultural tradition has spawned something of a backlash. Some people, as outlined in articles here and here, make a case that forcing children to display physical affection regardless of their wishes sends […]
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 […]
When people think of customer service, they often think of a call center or a retail store. But for physician Stephen Sondike, service, as he sees it, is caring for others. As the new director of Akron Children’s Hospital’s Adolescent Medicine, his primary ‘customers’ are preteens, teenagers and young adults. Here, his number one priority […]
What may start as a question from your 9-year-old about body odor could quickly evolve into “the talk” if your answers spark her curiosity. In this Children’s Channel video, Jessica Castonguay, DO, MPH, an adolescent medicine physician at Akron Children’s Hospital, recommends letting your child provide the cues they are ready, and responding in an […]
Preparing a child for college can present challenges for both parent and student. In this Children’s Channel video, Julie Wyatt, CNP, an adolescent medicine nurse practitioner at Akron Children’s Hospital, offers some practical tips to help ensure your college-bound child leaves the nest with more than a wing and a prayer.
For teenagers, the scars left by acne may sometimes be more than skin deep. In this Children’s Channel video, Stephen Sondike, MD, medical director of adolescent medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital, discusses addresses the physical and emotional treatments for this teenage malady.