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Keep your children safe around windows

Each year, almost 5,200 children are taken to the hospital for injuries from window-related falls, according to a recent study from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio. Take these simple precautions to keep your child safe.Don't rely on...

Monday, June 18, 2012, 9:51 PM

Keep your child's environment germ-free

Keep your baby's environment as clean as possible during his or her first three months of life, when the immune system is still developing. Although your child's room may look spotless, some areas are germ havens. Athena Kourtis, M.D., author of "Keeping Your Child Healthy in a Germ-Filled World,"...

Monday, June 11, 2012, 10:10 PM

Help your kids drink smarter

Limit juiceKids under 6 should drink 6 ounces or less of juice a day, and older kids can have 8 to 12 ounces. Choose 100 percent juice instead of fruit drinks so that your child gets more nutrients and vitamins.Sideline sports drinksWater is the best way for most kids to rehydrate after a game or...

Monday, May 28, 2012, 9:41 PM

Should your kid take vitamins?

Kids who eat a balanced diet usually don't need a daily multivitamin. But for choosy eaters, a multi can help pick up some of the slack, says pediatrician Alan Greene, M.D., author of "Feeding Baby Green." Use these label-reading tips the next time you're shopping for your child's vitamins.Fill in...

Monday, May 21, 2012, 10:40 PM

Protect your child’s heart

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently created new guidelines to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease starting from childhood, including the following recommendations.Ages 2 and up: Your doctor should measure your child's height, weight and body mass index at every checkup. Have the...

Monday, April 30, 2012, 9:44 PM

Asthma drug caution

If your child has asthma, you may want to avoid giving him acetaminophen (which has many brand names, including Tylenol). Taking the medicine could actually increase the chance of asthma symptoms, according to a recent Pediatrics article.An increasing body of research suggests that acetaminophen...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 12:24 AM

Make sure hand-me-downs meet safety standards

If you’re expecting, secondhand baby gear can save you a bundle. But it’s not always smart to skimp, explains Nychelle Fleming, spokesperson for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Many products from only a couple of years ago don’t meet current safety standards. Fleming recommends buying...

Monday, January 30, 2012, 10:04 PM