Heart ProblemsSurgery for a Small VSD?There are several factors that a cardiologist considers when deciding whether to recommend surgery or a more conservative treatment for a child with a ventricular septal defect (VSD).
Illnesses and DiseasesGlucosamine and Osgood-Schlatter DiseaseThere is no published research on the effectiveness of chondroitin or glucosamine for the treatment of Osgood-Schlatter disease.
Weight Loss ProgramsDaughter Losing FriendsAn expert outlines steps a parent can take to help her overweight and unpopular youngster.
Weight Loss ProgramsLazy 13-Year-OldA boy who weighs 250 pounds may be seriously jeopardizing his health. He needs to start exercising!
Teen DepressionParents Shocked by Daughter's DepressionBeing bright and having loving parents and a beautiful home won't necessarily immunize teenagers from low self-esteem and depression.
Gifted EducationGifted, Perfectionist, and StressedChildren can be given specific instruction on how to calm down and relax.
Kindergarten ReadinessOverwhelmed in KindergartenWhen young children are exposed to new experiences, it's perfectly normal for them to feel shy and even overwhelmed.
Behavioral ProblemsMaintaining a Positive AttitudeMake sure to focus on the positive, even when your child is acting up.
Life After CollegeDealing with Post-College StressThis article provides general suggestions for dealing effectively with stress of all kinds.
Heart ProblemsHeart MurmursMany kids have murmurs heard by the doctor, but not all types are necessarily a problem.
Dealing With BulliesOverweight Teen Being TeasedWhen your teen's "friend" is making cruel remarks, don't be afraid to step in and seek a meeting with his parents.
Lyme DiseaseAvoiding Lyme DiseaseTo avoid Lyme disease, be sure to look for ticks on your children <I>every day</I>.
Lyme DiseaseVaccine for Lyme DiseaseThere is a vaccine available for Lyme disease, but it cannot be given to children under the age of 15.
Strength TrainingKids and Weight LiftingWeight training should be avoided until the teen years are over, but an 11-year-old can begin <i>strength</i> training.
MedicationsMotion SicknessLearn a number of things that you can do to try to head off motion sickness.
Body ImageTeens and Body ImageIt's <I>not</I> normal insecurity for a healthy, developing teenager to be disgusted by her physical appearance.
Exercise SafetyGym Teacher Won't Let Kids Drink WaterFind out why there is a critical need for water during exercise, and how you can ensure your child gets it.
Teen Socializing and Self-ExpressionTeen Wants to Pierce NavelIf your daughter won't agree to getting a belly button piercing under safe medical conditions, I would refuse to allow it to be done.
Dealing With StressFifth-Grader Suffers from Homework StressSomething is wrong when a child starts having stomach pains in response to the stress of schoolwork.
Exercise and SportsTeenager Wants to Lose More WeightOur expert advises a teenager to try exercise, rather than dieting.