You want what's best for your child, whether that's good nutrition, effective discipline or a breadth of life opportunities.
- Growth & Development
Children progress to new stages of development when they are ready. That progress can differ by weeks or even months among children of the same age.
- Stages of Play
An infant enjoys playing alone. By the time, a child becomes a preschooler, he or she enjoys watching and imitating others, with only some interaction during play.
- Promoting Intellectual Growth
Reading is an excellent way to help your child grow intellectually. It provides time for special attention between parent and child, encourages the child's later reading success, and fosters language and speech development.
Nutrition & Eating
- Infant Nutrition
Breast milk is best for your baby and is beneficial even if you only breastfeed for a short amount of time, or part-time.
- Nutrition for Pre-school Children
Preschoolers are eager to learn, especially from other people. They need supervision at mealtime, as they are still working on chewing and swallowing skills.
- Nutrition for School-age Children
School-aged children usually eat four to five times a day, including snacks. Many food habits, likes, and dislikes are established during this time.
- Nutrition for Adolescents
Use the food pyramid as a guideline to help your adolescent eat a healthy diet. It's important that he or she eat a variety of foods while taking in the right amount of calories and fat.
- Dental Hygiene
Generally, dental examinations and cleanings are recommended every 6 months for children. At home, help your child brush his or her teeth as needed and encourage good oral hygiene.
- Common Dental Problems
One of the first dental concerns that parents face is teething. Teething can make a baby uncomfortable and cranky - but it's a normal developmental stage for a child.
- Dental Procedures
Most children have sealants applied to their back teeth to help protect them from decay. Older children may need braces or other devices to help with teeth alignment.
Hearing, Speech & Language
Sports Safety & Injuries
- Sports Safety
High-quality screening mammography is the most effective tool available
to doctors in detecting breast cancer before lumps can be felt or
symptoms of cancer appear.
- Sports Injury
Minor sports injuries that young players may experience include scrapes, cuts, sprains, and strains.
Activities & Exercise
Safety Injury & Protection
- Home Safety
From electrical outlet covers to proper storage of household chemicals, here's a wealth of ideas on how to keep your children safe at home.
- Airway Obstruction
Small children are at risk for choking from certain foods and toys. Supervise youngsters when they eat and check toys regularly for damage.
- Bicycle & Skating Safety
When shopping for a bike or skating helmet, take your child with you - a child will be more likely to wear a helmet if he or she picks it out.
- Car Safety
Infants should ride in rear-facing car seats until they're at least a year old and weigh at least 20 pounds. Toddlers need forward-facing seats, and older children, booster seats.
- Fire & Firearm Safety
To help prevent fires, keep flammable products such as matches, lighters, and candles out of the reach of children.
- Toy & Product Safety
When you give your child a toy, make sure it's appropriate for his or her age. The age recommendation is based on both the physical and mental ability of the child.
- Falls & Water Safety
Ways to prevent falls at home: Install window guards on windows above the first floor and use safety gates on stairs.