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Screen Time and Kids: Pediatricians Work on a New Prescription

Diana Graber | Posted 10.01.2015 | Parents
Diana Graber

Research shows that the very young learn best via real life, back-and-forth "talk time." Passive viewing doesn't cut it. Additionally, unstructured offline play stimulates creativity and co-viewing media with children is critical.

7 Parenting Rules I Flat Out Refuse to Follow

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 08.26.2015 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

I don't mind being inundated with recommendations from doctors or even self-proclaimed "experts" telling me how to stay a healthy adult. What I do mind, however, is being boldly told what I should and shouldn't do with my children. Before you go having a temper tantrum, I fully recognize the hypocrisy I described. I just don't care.

How To Prevent Screen Addiction In Your Young Children

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.28.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Recommendations from The American Academy of Pediatrics urge parents to limit the time their young children spend interacting with...

Kids, Screens and Play

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 07.20.2015 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

Communication through social media seems to heighten a child's expectation of an immediate response and sense of urgency in regard to his or her feelings and needs. Urgency, however, is an enemy of emotional maturity. Children need to learn, slowly over the course of childhood and adolescence, that what they want or need they do not always need "now."

How Much 'Screen Time' Is Too Much? Why That's The Wrong Question

Diana Graber | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Diana Graber

Understandably parents want, and need, immediate guidance on how to raise happy and healthy kids, yet rigorous scientific studies of how technology affects the development of young children typically take many years to complete. With technology still in its infancy there is no easy answer to the question of "how much."

Making a Million Moms Proud: The ASK Campaign Has Been Saving Kids for 15 Years

Daniel Gross | Posted 05.14.2015 | Impact
Daniel Gross

It's been 15 years since this cry rallied the original, epic Million Mom March on Mother's Day, May 14, 2000. On that historic day, 750,000 mothers and concerned individuals gathered on the National Mall while more than 150,000 rallied in satellite events in 70 cities across the country.

Stand Up for Sleep-Deprived Students

Vicki Abeles | Posted 06.26.2015 | Education
Vicki Abeles

For growing teens, this daily trudge is more than a minor annoyance. Countless studies and medical experts are sounding the alarm (no pun intended): Insufficient sleep is endangering our students' health and learning.

The Crucial Message That's Missing From So Much Children's Media

Elizabeth Howley | Posted 06.10.2015 | Women
Elizabeth Howley

The highest grossing animated movie of all time does something that other areas of pop culture find hard to do: it shows true consent.

What Parents Can Learn About the Internet From Kim Kardashian

Dr. Jodi Gold | Posted 06.07.2015 | Parents
Dr. Jodi Gold

Children take their cues from their parents' behavior and reactions. Parents' fear of too much screen time is valid, but outdated and not useful in carving out a thoughtful road map.

Schools Should Not Do Random Drug Tests, Experts Say

Reuters | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Schools should not be using random drug tests to catch or deter drug abusers, the American Academy...

Should Cupcakes Be Banned From School Parties?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 04.25.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Now, I get that banning sweets from school parties or fundraisers or whatever isn't going to make all parents feed their children healthy foods and thereby end childhood obesity. But it does force families to think together about alternatives.

5 Reasons Why Parents of Children With ADHD Need to Become Proactive and Well-Informed Advocates of Their Care

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

All parents should become proactive and well-informed advocates of their children, partnering with their health care providers and allied professionals to ensure the proper diagnosis, treatment and monitoring for each individual child.

Matt Ferner

Doctors Call On DEA To Reschedule Marijuana For Medical Research Purposes | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics

The American Academy of Pediatrics is requesting that the Drug Enforcement Administration reclassify marijuana as a less harmful substance in order to...

David Freeman

Controversial New Study Links Circumcision, Autism | David Freeman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Science

A controversial new study from Denmark shows a link between circumcision and autism, although experts differ sharply over what to make of it. For t...

CHIP Works: Will Congress Protect It For Millions of Children?

Bruce Lesley | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

Seventeen years later, how has CHIP fared? First and foremost, as a federal-state and public-private health care partnership, CHIP is an American success story that last year provided health coverage to 8.4 million children across the country.

How Young Is Too Young for Screen Time?

Katya Andresen | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Katya Andresen

My view is that it's always a good choice to read to your children. Reading has been shown to diminish stress, improve concentration, fuel academic achievement and build empathy. So whether it's on a page or on a screen, read with your child as much as you can.

20 Years of Protecting Infants During Sleep

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Alan E. Guttmacher

Knowledge about SIDS has come a long way in the past 20 years. We've discovered many ways to reduce the risk of SIDS -- primary among them placing babies to sleep on their backs.

A Matter of Words

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 10.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

Folks are not familiar with issues around adoption and don't know the correct language to use unless they have been impacted by adoption or educated on the issues. Likewise with the LGBT community.

Evangelism as Therapy

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Encountering the Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg in the D.C. Council Chambers on June 27 took me back five years to our battles over the District's marriage equality bill. This time it was a hearing on a bill to prohibit conversion therapy for minors.

You Mamas Taking Iodine?

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP | Posted 08.23.2014 | Parents
Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP

I had no idea that the salt used to make most processed foods lacked iodine, that the majority of prenatal vitamins didn't provide iodine and that the number of women who may have a deficiency was so large. I'm not alone.

Why I Didn't Choose Circumcision

Brian Leaf | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Brian Leaf

I'm a bit depressed. Our midwife gave me a book about circumcision. I've started the book and can't put it down. I'm not sure that I'll ever fully recover.

Should the AAP Sleep Alone?

Melissa Bartick | Posted 06.14.2014 | Parents
Melissa Bartick

Some public health messages everyone can agree with: Never drink and drive. Always put your infant in a car seat. Other public health messages seem to ask us to do the impossible: Teenagers must never have sex. Mothers must never share a bed with their infants.

Still No Evidence That Touch Screens Are Good for Babies

Susan Linn | Posted 05.19.2014 | Science
Susan Linn

Dimitri Christakis, co-author of the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations to discourage screen time for children under 2, has changed his position. He did so based on what he frankly identifies as a "hunch" associated with development of the iPad.

Those Pesky Facts in the War on Poverty

Bruce Lesley | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his staff have reviewed whether President Johnson's "War on Poverty" has been effective over the last 50 years. There are at least five major problems with the report and the subsequent conclusions that are reached.

Pediatricians Update Guidelines For Kids' Checkups

Posted 02.24.2014 | Parents

By Cari Nierenberg, Contributing writer Published: 02/24/2014 07:07 AM EST on LiveScience New guidelines released today by a leading U.S. pediat...