When Children Ask About Suicide  

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Stereotypical youth suicides occur in the teenage years, but pre-teens are also vulnerable. In 2018, suicide was the second leading cause of death for children aged 10 to 14 in the United States. It’s important for parents to be prepared to discuss suicidal ideation with preteens as well as older adolescents.   When very young children […]

Depression in Teens

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Many parents wonder how to tell if their teen is experiencing normal teen mood swings or something more serious, like Major Depressive Disorder. One way to distinguish these is to consider the severity of symptoms, duration, and impact on functioning.   Symptoms of depression in teens include depressed, sad, or irritable […]


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While bedwetting can be miserably embarrassing for a child at a sleepover, it’s much more common than many people realize. At age 5, up to one in five children is still wetting the bed occasionally. By age 7, this has decreased, but bedwetting still occurs in about one child in […]

What to do when your child has a sore throat

When a child gets a sore throat, the first concern for many parents is, “Is it strep throat?”   This is a valid concern, given the serious consequences of leaving strep throat (caused by the streptococcus bacteria) untreated. The good news is that most sore throats in children are caused by viruses, not strep.   A viral sore […]

Teen Depression

Teen depression isn’t like cloudy weather, that blows over if you wait long enough. Even when counseling or medication aren’t required, the suffering your teen endures when depressed is very real and needs to be recognized.   Unfortunately, recognizing teen depression isn’t always easy, even for the most caring parents. Some teens aren’t able or willing to talk about depression […]

Childhood Obesity and Mental Health

With one in five children suffering from obesity, it’s important for parents to know how much weight is too much for their teens and children. For those parents who may be overly concerned, it’s also important to know when a teen or child is NOT obese. To help with this, […]

Helping Kids Prepare for a New and Different School Year

When school starts on August 5, there will be nothing routine about this year’s “back to school” experience. How can parents help their children prepare for what is sure to be a stressful situation? How can parents prepare themselves? Here are a few simple suggestions: Be honest with your child. […]

Medication Safety on the Road

For many of us, summer is a time for visiting with out of town friends and family. Whether we go to their house, or they come to our house, it’s easy to forget medication safety while on the road. Drugs that might be locked away at home may only be […]

The Benefits of Board Games, Win or Lose

Video games have never quite managed to kill off board games, and not just among those whose parents refuse to invest in a Switch. Whether being played just for the fun of it, or to fulfill learning or social goals, board games represent a type of play that benefits people […]

Fainting (Syncope) in Kids

By Adam Powell, MD, pediatric cardiologist at Cincinnati Children’s Pediatric Fainting (Syncope): Fainting (also called syncope) is very common in the teenage and young adult years.  Around 20% of young adults report having passed out at least once in their life.  Fortunately, fainting is rarely a sign of a dangerous […]