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 […]

Child Safety and Over the Counter Medications

Over the counter medications are medications that can be purchased without a prescription. However, this does not mean that they are harmless. When it comes to treating children with a cough, cold or the flu, parents need to be aware that some over the counter medications are not safe for […]

Road Trip Survival with Young Children

Small children frequently like the idea of a car trip better than they like the reality. They love to go somewhere. They just hate the process of getting there. It’s hard for them to sit still, they can only sit beside a sibling for so long before a squabble breaks […]

Could my teen have anorexia?

Are you worried that your teen may have anorexia? If so, have a healthcare professional examine her body weight or body mass index.  If it is more than 15% below normal, she might have anorexia. Teens with anorexia have a distorted body image, which causes them to believe that they […]