Childhood moves fast. Blink once, and that baby of yours is a toddler. Blink again, and he's off on his first date, or stressing over the SATs. And with so much changing, so ridiculously fast, it can be a real challenge for parents to stay up on what's typical and expected in terms of their kids' health -- even with those visits to the pediatrician it feels like you're forever running to.
Thankfully, there are plenty of researchers out there who spend their time working to expand our knowledge of children's health and wellbeing. Because while so much about parenting is done by gut, there is value in keeping up on the latest findings (with the understanding that science is a process, and it takes a long time for things to be solidified and verified). Doing so helps parents be truly informed stewards of their children's health as they grow from infants to teenagers and beyond. So without further ado, here are fifteen of the most interesting things researchers learned about children's health in 2013.