Supporting New Parents

Baby Blues vs. Postpartum Depression: How to Tell the Difference

The event of becoming a mother should be nothing but a joyous one, but the excitement of having a new baby can be overshadowed by feelings of sadness and mood swings. Many new moms experience these feelings shortly after giving birth, which are often referred to as the ‘baby blues.’ …

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Caring for Kids

Did Your Child Put a Small Object Where It Doesn’t Belong?

Ever experience the horror of discovering your child has inserted a small object where it shouldn’t go? You’re not alone. Many parents know the panic that sets in when a child puts Legos, coins, marbles or even cotton balls in his nose, mouth or ears. The good news: In most …

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Raising Healthy Kids & Teens
Preventing sports injuries in your student athlete

Preventing Sports Injuries in Your Student Athlete

Participating in sports provide so many benefits to kids and teens. There are the obvious benefits of physical fitness and promoting regular exercise. Then, there are also the character-building lessons learned from being part of a team, working hard toward a goal, celebrating tough competition, and gracefully accepting defeat. But …

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Understanding Your Child's Illness
What Parents Need to Know About RSV

Protecting Your Young Child From RSV

Few things can make a parent feel more helpless than a sick kid. You want to do everything you can to make them feel better – especially when your child is just a baby or toddler and can’t communicate what they’re feeling or understand why they feel so sick. By …

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Protecting Your Kids
Measles Outbreak: Your Questios Answered

Measles Outbreak: Your Questions Answered

Over the past few months, measles outbreaks in the United States have reached record-breaking numbers, including cases in Oakland and Wayne counties here in Michigan reported this month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received more than 300 reports of measles since January 1, 2019 — compare …

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Nutrition and Kids
When Your Kid Wants to Go Vegan

When Your Kid Wants To Go Vegan

When your kid says, “Mom, I want to be a vegan,” alarm bells might sound in your head. What if he’s not getting enough protein for his activities? Will she get enough iron to support her growing body? Since a vegan diet excludes all animal products, including meat, fish, poultry, …

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Autism Spectrum Disorder
How Can Speech Therapy Help Kids with Autism

How Can Speech Therapy Help Kids with Autism?

“Use your words!” This is a phrase parents often tell their children. But for children with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, “using words” may not be possible. In fact, difficulty with communication is a defining characteristic of autism. “Most children with autism do have deficits in speech and language,” says …

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Kids and Internet Safety
Internet Safety and Kids

Internet Safety: Should Parents Worry About the Momo Challenge?

While some claim it’s an internet hoax, the “Momo challenge” is scaring parents and compelling school districts to send letters home across metro Detroit. The Momo challenge allegedly entices children to text a number to WhatsApp, a messaging and social media app, and they are then lured to complete tasks …

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Parenting Advice

Positive Discipline: 10 Alternatives To Spanking

Several decades ago, spanking was widely considered an acceptable parental response to poor behavior. But years of research show that laying a hand on a child is not only ineffective, it could also cause long-term damage. In fact, last December, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a statement explaining …

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Raising Healthy Kids
How to Keep Your Kids Active During Cold Weather

How to Keep Your Kids Active During Cold Weather

Across the state, below freezing temperatures are predicted for the next few days. With the expected wind chill, many schools have already canceled classes so kids, parents and teachers won’t have to brave the cold. When you’ve got your children in the house all day long, it can be a …

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