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How to ease the pain of infant vaccinations

Infant vaccinations are no fun. But anesthetic cream can take away some of the sting, new research suggests.


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'Enthusiastic' dads may mean less troubled kids

While quality time spent with kids is always important, new research suggests it's a man's attitude that's key to raising happy children.


How to introduce your baby to food containing peanuts

For parents who are unsure when and how to introduce their babies to food containing peanuts, new guidelines are on the way.


Got a moody teen? Lack of sleep may not be the culprit

It's not a lack of sleep that makes many teens cranky, ill-mannered and muddled during the day, a new study contends.


Pediatricians: Kids need 'media use plan' from parents

Children and teenagers are immersed in an environment saturated with electronic media, ranging from the TV on the wall to the tablet or smartphone in their hands.


Expecting twins or triplets? What you should know before they arrive

The number of U.S. couples expecting twins or even triplets is on the rise, and these parents will have their hands full.


Not all dogs are man's (or kids') best friend

Young kids don't necessarily know they shouldn't approach a scared dog, which could put them in danger of being bitten, a new British study shows.


Tips for avoiding back-to-school germs, illnesses

Kids and germs seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. But, there are ways that parents can help protect their kids from the usual barrage of back-to-school illnesses, a health expert says.


Close bond between kids, parents has long-term health benefits

A strong and loving bond with parents may help protect kids' health for decades, a new study suggests.


For kids playing Pokemon Go, catch these safety tips

It seems as if every kid in America is caught up in the Pokemon Go craze. But in the quest to "catch 'em all," don't leave common sense and safety behind, the American Academy of Pediatrics urges.


Parents can play key role in setting healthy habits for kids

Encouraging your kids to eat right, exercise and limit screen time may not be enough to instill healthy habits. You also need to lead by example, researchers suggest.


Early to bed, early to rise a back-to-school challenge

It's time to start getting children and teens into their school-year sleep routine, an expert says.


Sending kids off to college doesn't have to be tearful

As new college students prepare to leave home, it can be a difficult time for parents.


Babies often put to sleep in unsafe positions

Despite decades of warnings from the "Back to Sleep" campaign, many parents are still putting their babies to sleep in ways that raise the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), a new study finds.


Stressed dads can affect kids' development

When dads are stressed out about parenting, it may take a toll on their toddlers' development, a new study suggests.


Summer days shouldn't be lazy for kids

Kids love the unstructured days of summer, but parents need to be sure children get moving during their summer holidays, a physical education expert says.


Heavy moms likelier to pile food on kids' plates

Obese and overweight moms seem to serve their kids more food at meals, potentially boosting their risk for childhood obesity.


If 1st baby's early, 2nd will be too

Women who give birth to their first child even a couple of weeks early are up to three times more likely to deliver their next baby prematurely, new research suggests.


Hovering parents may harm kids

Children with "intrusive" parents who push too hard for good grades may be more prone to become highly self-critical or anxious and depressed, a new study suggests.


Family key to helping teens avoid obesity

Having a stable family and a good relationship with mom and dad makes young people more likely to develop healthy habits that may protect them against obesity, a new study suggests.


Those baby 'milestones' may have longer-term importance

Babies who learn to stand up relatively early may also do a bit better with attention, memory and learning by the time they are preschoolers, a new study suggests.


5 ways dads can hurt kids’ finances when they want to help

This Father’s Day, teach kids money savvy by setting a great example.


Growth spurts can throw off teen boys' strut

Growth spurts can affect teen boys' coordination and knock the swagger right out of their stride, a new study reveals.


Calling your kid 'fat' could be counterproductive

Two studies highlight the complex relationship between parents' perceptions and their children's weights.


Late dinners won't doom kids to obesity

Late suppers may not be a recipe for childhood obesity, a new study shows.


What really works to help baby sleep

Common techniques for helping babies -- and parents -- sleep at night seem to carry no long-term harms, a small trial finds.


When new moms work longer hours, breast-feeding takes a back seat

Every working mom knows how hard it can be to juggle the demands of her job with the needs of her new baby, particularly when it comes to breast-feeding.


What works -- and doesn't -- to manage your tot's screen time

As any parent of a preschooler knows, media management can be a minefield of do's, don'ts -- and tantrums.


More kids being poisoned by detergent pods

A growing number of small children are getting their hands and mouths on colorful detergent pods, with serious and sometimes fatal consequences, a new study finds.


Nagging your kids about weight might backfire

When parents believe their children are overweight -- regardless of whether they are or not -- those kids are likely to gain weight, a new study suggests.


What it really takes to win over a picky eater

How a produce-loving parent confronts her kid's vegetables anxieties head-on


More U.S. women delivering babies at home or birth centers

More women in the United States are choosing to deliver their babies at home or in birth centers, a new study indicates.


Sleep apnea may hurt kids' grades

When children have sleep troubles due to breathing problems -- such as sleep apnea -- they may struggle in school, new research suggests. More>>

More young Americans support gay adoption

Young Americans increasingly favor adoption rights for gays and lesbians, with three-quarters of females and two-thirds of males now voicing support, according to a new government report.


Tablets often used to pacify difficult kids

Some parents use mobile phones and tablets to calm young children with behavioral problems, a new study finds.


Could adults' expectations drive up ADHD diagnoses in kids?

Rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have risen globally, and adults' unreasonable expectations of young children could be one reason why, researchers suggest.


Study ties parents' criticism to persistent ADHD in kids

Constant criticism from parents reduces the likelihood that children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) will have fewer symptoms by the time they reach their teens, a new study suggests.


Depression screening should include all pregnant, postpartum women

All U.S. adults, including pregnant and postpartum women, should be screened for depression by their family doctor, the nation's leading preventive medicine panel recommends.


Parental debt may affect kids' behavior

The type of debt parents accrue might affect their child's behavior -- for better or worse, new research suggests.


Average age of first-time moms in U.S. still rising

The average age that American women have their first baby continues to rise, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.


Health warning labels might help parents skip the soda aisle

Health warning labels on sugary beverages -- similar to those on cigarette packs -- might make parents less likely to buy such beverages for their kids, according to new research.


Single parents struggle most to get a good night's sleep

Single parents -- moms in particular -- operate on fewer hours of sleep and have poorer sleep quality than adults in other types of families.


Help your kids sleep in heavenly peace

Changes in routine can shortchange children's sleep during the holidays, so a sleep medicine expert offers some advice for parents.


More IVF tries improve odds of having a baby

Couples having trouble getting pregnant may have a better chance if they have more than the usual three-to-four cycles of in vitro fertilization (IVF), a new British study suggests.


Home births may be safe for 'low-risk' pregnancies

Some babies born at home seem to fare as well as similar babies born in a hospital, a new Canadian study finds.


To help your kids get better grades, feed them breakfast

A new study provides more evidence that a good breakfast helps kids do better in school.


Bodily changes don't always signal 'precocious' puberty in kids

Children who develop certain signs of puberty at an early age are commonly referred to specialists for an evaluation. But most of the time it's nothing to worry about, says a new report from a leading group of U.S....


How to protect your child’s credit

7 steps for parents and guardians to safeguard minors from identity theft. More>>

How to save on kids' birthday celebrations

7 ways to avoid going into debt as offspring age -- and teach financial lessons at the same time. More>>

Today’s teens prefer to make and keep friendships online, rather than off

According to a new Pew Research Center study entitled "Teens, Technology, and Friendships," today's adolescents actually prefer to make friends online, and keep their relationship to the confines of the Internet. More>>

7 steps to successful single-parent budgeting

What single mothers and fathers need to know to plan their family's financial freedom.


Parental Advisory: How to limit your kids' iPhone usage

Since its inception nearly eight years ago, Apple's iPhone has received rave reviews from adults and children alike. More>>

The 5 best phones you can safely hand over to your kids’ grubby paws

These days, it takes more than simply ringing the steel triangle on your deck to round up the kids for supper.  More>>

This app will shut down your phone until you call your mom back

Many teenagers can withstand 10 missed calls from mom without batting an eyelash, but when you take away Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and everything else, most won't last five minutes without calling dear old mom and dad to beg for their freedom back. More>>

Father time: Make every day Father's Day

This Father's Day, take a minute to think about the kind of dad you want be. More>>

Does your child's car seat weigh too much for LATCH?

Car seats are heavier than ever--and some parents aren't including that weight when they fit their kids and car seats to LATCH systems. More>>

Are you addicted to being too busy?

These days, having a crammed work, kids and activities schedule has almost become a status symbol. But being super-busy isn’t always a sign of a fulfilling life More>>

Your guide to keeping kids healthy

Your kids may come home from school this winter with something more worrisome than homework -- sniffles, tummy bugs and even (ick!) lice. More>>

Get your kids cooking with you

Is your dinner table a battlefield? You aren't alone. But your child isn't doomed to a diet of white bread and chicken nuggets -- there's hope. Kids are more likely to try foods that they had a hand in cooking.

Start your own Christmas morning traditions

Here are seven holiday activities to slow down and make the morning more magical and memorable for both you and your children.

Thanksgiving craft ideas for keeping kids busy

Sure, some tots will play a board game quietly in the corner, but if you’ve got a crew with a bit more energy, read on for Thanksgiving craft ideas to keep them occupied this holiday season.

Family-friendly historical trips

Looking to plan a family vacation that is both entertaining and educational? Go historical.

Surviving a power outage with kids

Tech-loving kids can make a blackout feel like an eternity -- if you don’t have a plan in place. Turn this surprise into a period of family bonding and fun with the following ideas.

BeLuvv Guardian is a LoJack-like system for tracking small kids

The Guardian is a small, tracking device to be worn by a child as a bracelet or necklace. When combined with a mobile application, the radio chip communicates with the parent's mobile device and can send an alert when the child has traveled too far away.

How to raise cultured kids

Do you long for your child to choose the symphony over SpongeBob and couscous over mac ’n’ cheese? Raising a cultured kid can be easier than you think.

The smart mom's kitchen

Cooking at home is more cost-effective than ordering in, better for your family’s health, and if you do it right, quicker, too. Check out this list of items you should always have in stock for delicious, kid-friendly 30-minute meals.

The biggest car seat mistakes parents make

With the kids back at school and parents' schedules more hectic, mid-September is a good time for a reminder of proper car-seat safety. Sept. 15 to Sept. 21 is also Child Passenger Safety Week. More>>

Is social media making your kids less smart?

Will the amount of time your child spends tweeting and sharing online affect their grades?

3 ways to relive your favorite summer memories

A new school year may be fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end just yet.

4 best train trips in America

When you think about it, a family vacation by train is a no-brainer. The price is right, the scenery terrific, and everyone’s in a good mood.


Healthy summer snacks for kids

This summer make your own kid snacks rather than purchasing premade snacks. You'll have a better idea of what your kids are eating and you'll probably save money at the grocery store.

One in three teens "just not interested" in driving

Less than half of all American teenagers get their first driver's license within a year of becoming eligible to drive, a new study from AAA says.

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