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  • A to Z: Head Injury A to Z: Head Injury

    Learn more about head injuries (head trauma).

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries

    ACL injuries - which can happen in active and athletic kids - happen when excessive pressure is put on the knee joint, resulting in a torn ligament.

  • Bike Safety Bike Safety

    Bike riding is a great way to get exercise and fresh air and share time as a family. But there's an important factor that you need to consider - safety.

  • Broken Bones, Sprains, and Strains Broken Bones, Sprains, and Strains

    Broken bones and torn muscles, ligaments, and tendons happen. Find out what to do if your child experiences any breaks, strains, or sprains.

  • Burners and Stingers Burners and Stingers

    Burners (or stingers) are injuries to the nerve network in the shoulder, arm, forearm, hand, and fingers. They're pretty common in sports and usually go away quickly.

  • Compulsive Exercise Compulsive Exercise

    Even though exercise has many positive benefits, too much can be harmful. Teens who exercise compulsively are at risk for both physical and psychological problems.

  • Dehydration Dehydration

    Sometimes kids lose fluids and salts through fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or sweating. Here are some tips on preventing or treating dehydration.

  • Finding the Right Bike Finding the Right Bike

    As kids grow, there are a variety of options for bicycling, from trailers to child seats to independent riding. With a bike that's safe and fits well, kids can learn to love cycling!

  • First Aid: Broken Bones First Aid: Broken Bones

    A broken bone requires emergency medical care. Here's what to do if you think your child just broke a bone.

  • First Aid: Heat Illness First Aid: Heat Illness

    In hot weather, a child's internal temperature can rise and cause heat exhaustion, which can progress to heatstroke if not treated quickly.

  • First Aid: Nosebleeds First Aid: Nosebleeds

    Although they can be serious, nosebleeds are common in children ages 3 to 10 years and most stop on their own.

  • First Aid: Strains and Sprains First Aid: Strains and Sprains

    Here's what to do if you think your child has pulled or torn a muscle, ligament, or tendon.

  • First Aid: Teeth Injuries First Aid: Teeth Injuries

    If your child loses a baby tooth, there's no need to replace it. But if a permanent tooth is dislodged, it's a dental emergency. Here's what to do.

  • Head Injuries Head Injuries

    Head injuries fall into two categories: external and internal. Learn more about both kinds, how to prevent them, and what to do if your child is injured.

  • Heat Illness Heat Illness

    Active kids can be at risk for heat illness, which can result in heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heatstroke. Learn how to prevent and treat heat illness.

  • Knee Injuries Knee Injuries

    Knee injuries are common among young athletes. Learn about causes, treatments, and prevention.

  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injuries Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injuries

    MCL injuries can happen in active and athletic kids, when excessive pressure is put on the knee joint, resulting in a torn ligament.

  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease Osgood-Schlatter Disease

    Osgood-Schlatter disease (OSD) is one of the most common causes of knee pain in adolescents. It's really not a disease, but an overuse injury.

  • Playground Safety Playground Safety

    Following these safety guidelines can make neighborhood playgrounds entertaining and safe for your kids.

  • Preventing Children's Sports Injuries Preventing Children's Sports Injuries

    Participation in sports can teach kids sportsmanship and discipline. But sports also carry the potential for injury. Here's how to protect your kids.

  • Quiz: Baseball Injuries Quiz: Baseball Injuries

    How much do you know about baseball injuries? Test your knowledge here.

  • Safety Tips: Baseball Safety Tips: Baseball

    Baseball is by no means a dangerous sport. But it can present a very real risk of injuries from things like wild pitches, batted balls, and collisions in the field. These safety tips can help keep your kids safe on the diamond.

  • Safety Tips: Basketball Safety Tips: Basketball

    It may be fun to play and great exercise, but basketball is also a contact sport, and injuries occur frequently. To help your kids stay safe on the basketball court, take a look at these safety tips.

  • Safety Tips: Hockey Safety Tips: Hockey

    As fun as it is, ice hockey carries a very real risk of injury. To keep your kids as safe as possible, follow these tips.

  • Safety Tips: Skateboarding Safety Tips: Skateboarding

    Skateboarding is undeniably cool, but it's also easy for riders to get hurt. Help your kids keep it safe with these safety tips.

  • Safety Tips: Skiing Safety Tips: Skiing

    Skiing is fun but also has some very real dangers. Make sure your kids follow these safety tips to learn how to stay safe on the slopes.

  • Safety Tips: Sledding Safety Tips: Sledding

    Sledding is a lot of fun, but can also cause injuries, some of them pretty serious. To keep your kids safe while sledding, make sure they follow these safety tips.

  • Safety Tips: Snowboarding Safety Tips: Snowboarding

    Snowboarding is a great way for kids to have fun and get exercise, but it has some very real dangers. These safety tips can help keep your kids safe on the slopes.

  • Sports Physicals Sports Physicals

    Just as professional sports stars need medical care to keep them playing their best, so do student athletes. That's why it's important to make sure that kids and teens get a sports physical.

  • Steroids Steroids

    Get the facts about steroids, their side effects, and what can drive kids and teens to try them.

  • Water Safety Water Safety

    Kids need constant supervision around water - whether the water is in a bathtub, pool, the sea, or a water park. Here's how to keep them safe.

  • Nutrition & Fitness Center Nutrition & Fitness Center

    You know the importance of exercising and eating nutritious foods, but do you know how to raise a healthy and active child? Get practical advice and tips.

  • Nutrition Guide for Toddlers Nutrition Guide for Toddlers

    While growth slows somewhat during the toddler years, it's a new era where kids will eat and drink more independently.

  • 3 Ways to Build Strong Bones 3 Ways to Build Strong Bones

    We build almost all our bone density when we're kids and teens. Kids with strong bones have a better chance of avoiding bone weakness later in life. Here's how parents can help.

  • A to Z: Vitamin D Deficiency A to Z: Vitamin D Deficiency

    Vitamin D deficiency is a condition that happens when a person isn't getting enough vitamin D, which is needed for strong bones and overall health.

  • After-School Snacks After-School Snacks

    If your kids come in from school and head straight for the kitchen for something to eat, here's how to make sure they still have room for a healthy dinner.

  • Blueberry Oatmeal Squares Blueberry Oatmeal Squares

    Start their day in a berry way. Serve blueberry oatmeal squares, a heart-healthy breakfast or anytime snack.

  • Breakfast Basics Breakfast Basics

    Even if you eat a healthy morning meal every day, it can be tough to get kids fueled up. Here's how to make breakfast more appealing.

  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Getting Started Breastfeeding FAQs: Getting Started

    Here are answers to some common questions about beginning to breastfeed - everything from latch-on to let-down.

  • Breastfeeding FAQs: How Much and How Often Breastfeeding FAQs: How Much and How Often

    Here are answers to some common questions about beginning to breastfeed - everything from how often to nurse your baby each day to how to tell if your little one is eating enough.

  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Out and About Breastfeeding FAQs: Out and About

    Here are answers to some common questions about going out in public as a breastfeeding mom - from how to do it discreetly to taming sneaky leaks.

  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Pain and Discomfort Breastfeeding FAQs: Pain and Discomfort

    Here are answers to some common questions about preventing and reducing breastfeeding discomfort, such as nipple and breast pain.

  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Pumping Breastfeeding FAQs: Pumping

    Here are answers to some common questions about pumping your breast milk - from buying a pump to making the process a little easier.

  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Safely Storing Breast Milk Breastfeeding FAQs: Safely Storing Breast Milk

    Here are answers to some common questions about how to keep breast milk and how to clean and sterilize supplies, from bottles to nipples to breast pump parts.

  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Sleep - Yours and Your Baby's Breastfeeding FAQs: Sleep - Yours and Your Baby's

    Here are answers to some common questions about breastfed babies and sleep - from where they should snooze to when they'll finally start sleeping through the night.

  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Solids and Supplementing Breastfeeding FAQs: Solids and Supplementing

    Here are answers to some common supplemental feeding questions - from when to introduce solids to offering breastfed babies formula.

  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Some Common Concerns Breastfeeding FAQs: Some Common Concerns

    Here are answers to some questions about common breastfeeding concerns - from biting to spitting up.

  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Supply and Demand Breastfeeding FAQs: Supply and Demand

    Here are answers to some common questions about your milk supply - from having too much to having too little.

  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Your Eating and Drinking Habits Breastfeeding FAQs: Your Eating and Drinking Habits

    Here are answers to some common questions about what breastfeeding mothers should and shouldn't eat and drink.

  • Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding

    Making a decision to breastfeed or formula feed your baby is a personal one. There are some points to consider to help you decide which option is best for you and your baby.

  • Caffeine Caffeine

    Caffeine is in many foods and drinks, but it's wise to keep caffeine consumption to a minimum, especially in younger kids. Here's why.

  • Calcium Calcium

    Milk and other calcium-rich foods help build strong, healthy bones. But most kids and teens don't get enough calcium. Here's how to make sure that yours do.

  • Carbohydrates and Sugar Carbohydrates and Sugar

    Carbs are the body's most important and readily available source of energy. The key is to eat healthy ones, like whole grains, and avoid foods with added sugar.

  • Chocolate Sweetheart Parfait Chocolate Sweetheart Parfait

    Check out this easy heart-healthy recipe - mmmm, chocolate!

  • Cholesterol Cholesterol

    Most parents probably don't think about what cholesterol means for their kids. But high cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease, which has its roots in childhood.

  • Cooking With Kids Cooking With Kids

    Inviting kids into the kitchen to help you cook can be a great way to create quality together time and help your child learn and refine some basic skills.

  • Cooking With Preschoolers Cooking With Preschoolers

    It may take a little flexibility and prep work, but time in the kitchen with your preschooler can be a culinary adventure you'll both enjoy.

  • Cooking With School-Age Kids Cooking With School-Age Kids

    Why encourage school-age kids to join you in the kitchen? Because the lessons learned there can be helpful both at home and in school.

  • Eating During Pregnancy Eating During Pregnancy

    To eat well during pregnancy, your extra calories should come from nutritious foods that contribute to your baby's growth and development.

  • Family Meals Family Meals

    Shared family meals are more likely to be nutritious, and getting everyone together is a chance to reconnect. Here are some simple suggestions for making mealtime into quality family time.

  • Fats Fats

    Some fats are good for kids and an important part of a healthy diet. Here's what parents should know.

  • Feeding Your 1- to 2-Year-Old Feeding Your 1- to 2-Year-Old

    Toddlers have little tummies, so serve foods that are packed with the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong, and limit the sweets and empty calories.

  • Feeding Your 1- to 3-Month-Old Feeding Your 1- to 3-Month-Old

    Whether you've chosen to breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby, your infant will let you know when it's time to eat.

  • Feeding Your 4- to 7-Month-Old Feeding Your 4- to 7-Month-Old

    How can you tell if your baby is ready for solids? Learn how and when to get started.

  • Feeding Your 8- to 12-Month-Old Feeding Your 8- to 12-Month-Old

    At this age, babies start to explore table foods.

  • Feeding Your Newborn Feeding Your Newborn

    These guidelines on breastfeeding and bottle feeding can help you know what's right for you and your baby.

  • Fiber Fiber

    Many appetizing foods are also good sources of fiber - from fruits to whole-grain cereals. Here are ways to help kids get more fiber in their everyday diets.

  • Figuring Out Food Labels Figuring Out Food Labels

    Find out how to make healthy food choices for your family by reading food labels.

  • Finger Foods for Babies Finger Foods for Babies

    When they're around 9 months old, babies can begin feeding themselves. Find out which foods are safe, healthy options and which should not be served to little ones.

  • Food Safety for Your Family Food Safety for Your Family

    Why is food safety important? And how can you be sure your kitchen and the foods you prepare in it are safe?

  • Formula Feeding FAQs: Getting Started Formula Feeding FAQs: Getting Started

    Shopping for formula-feeding supplies can be daunting. Here are answers to some common questions about formula feeding.

  • Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often

    Get answers to some common formula-feeding inquiries, from how much newborns eat to what their diapers might look like.

  • Formula Feeding FAQs: Preparation and Storage Formula Feeding FAQs: Preparation and Storage

    Check out these formula-feeding bottle basics, from how to mix bottles to how to store them safely.

  • Formula Feeding FAQs: Some Common Concerns Formula Feeding FAQs: Some Common Concerns

    Read about how to manage common formula-feeding concerns, from spitting up and fussiness to gas and milk allergies.

  • Formula Feeding FAQs: Starting Solids and Milk Formula Feeding FAQs: Starting Solids and Milk

    Find answers to common inquiries about introducing solids and whole milk to formula-fed babies.

  • Halloween Candy Hints Halloween Candy Hints

    For health-conscious parents, Halloween can be tricky. Do you set limits? Do you let kids decide how much to eat? There isn't just one right answer.

  • Healthy Drinks for Kids Healthy Drinks for Kids

    What kids drink can drastically affect the amount of calories consumed, as well as the amount of calcium needed to build strong bones.

  • Healthy Eating Healthy Eating

    Good nutrition and a balanced diet help kids grow up healthy. Here's how to improve nutrition and encourage smart eating habits.

  • Healthy Food Shopping Healthy Food Shopping

    What you put in the grocery cart can affect your child's health and attitude toward nutritious food.

  • Healthy Halloween Habits: Tips From Parents Healthy Halloween Habits: Tips From Parents

    Halloween is a favorite of kids. But how do you keep candy consumption in check? Here are some candy-management tips from other parents.

  • Heart-Healthy Recipes Heart-Healthy Recipes

    Love your heart with these heart-healthy recipes, including Chocolate Sweetheart Parfaits!

  • How Can Families Be Healthier? How Can Families Be Healthier?

    Involving the whole family is the best way to promote healthful eating and activities for your kids.

  • How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label (Video) How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label (Video)

    These labels, usually found on the back of food packages, can be hard to understand. Here's how to read them.

  • Hunger and Malnutrition Hunger and Malnutrition

    Even people who have plenty to eat may be malnourished if they don't eat food that provides the right nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

  • Hunger and Your Preschooler Hunger and Your Preschooler

    Your preschooler eats lunch, then 20 minutes later claims to be hungry. Is a snack OK? Maybe yes, maybe no. Here's why.

  • Iron Iron

    Iron is an important ingredient needed to make hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying part of every red blood cell.

  • Is the "Cinnamon Challenge" Dangerous? Is the "Cinnamon Challenge" Dangerous?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Keeping Portions Under Control Keeping Portions Under Control

    Waistlines have been expanding over the last few decades. Part of the problem is what we eat, but another is quantity. Are our plates simply piled too high?

  • Kids and Food: 10 Tips for Parents Kids and Food: 10 Tips for Parents

    Here are 10 simple tips to help you raise kids who develop healthy eating habits!

  • Kids and On-the-Go Nutrition Kids and On-the-Go Nutrition

    Protein, diet, energy, granola, and cereal bars have flooded the market. They offer convenience, but how do they stack up when it comes to nutrition?

  • Mediterranean Pasta Soup Mediterranean Pasta Soup

    Check out this easy heart-healthy recipe for delicious soup.

  • My Toddler Hates Vegetables. What Can I Do? My Toddler Hates Vegetables. What Can I Do?

    Do your toddler's veggies end up on the floor or cold on the plate? Try these tips.

  • MyPlate Food Guide MyPlate Food Guide

    The USDA's food guide icon is designed to make meal planning easy. Here's how to get MyPlate onto your table.

  • Olive-Crusted Salmon Olive-Crusted Salmon

    With heart-healthy olives and salmon, this dish packs a double punch when it comes to nutrition.

  • One Formula for a Healthy Lifestyle One Formula for a Healthy Lifestyle

    Learn about an easy way to remember the basics of a healthy lifestyle for your kids.

  • Organic and Other Environmentally Friendly Foods Organic and Other Environmentally Friendly Foods

    You've probably noticed the increased quantity and variety of organic foods available in regular grocery stores. Are organic foods healthier and safer? How do they taste?

  • Produce Precautions Produce Precautions

    Kids need daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Here's how to make sure the produce you buy and prepare is safe.

  • School Lunches School Lunches

    Packing school lunches are a chance to steer kids toward good nutrition. Here are ideas for some fun and easy lunchbox options.

  • Snacks Snacks

    If the right foods are offered at the right times, snacks can play an important role in managing kids' hunger and boosting nutrition.

  • Snacks for Preschoolers Snacks for Preschoolers

    Healthy and well-timed snacks can help fill in nutritional gaps for preschoolers. But how do you turn yours into a smart snacker?

  • Snacks for Toddlers Snacks for Toddlers

    Some toddlers may seem too busy exploring to slow down and eat. Others may be fickle about food or refuse to eat at mealtime. That's where healthy, well-timed snacks come in.

  • Sports and Energy Drinks: Should Your Child Drink Them? Sports and Energy Drinks: Should Your Child Drink Them?

    When it comes to keeping your kid hydrated, there's a dizzying array of drinks to choose from. Are sports and energy drinks right for your child?

  • Strategies for Feeding a Preschooler Strategies for Feeding a Preschooler

    During the preschool years, kids are more willing to cooperate. So it's a great time to teach them about healthy food choices in new and exciting ways.

  • Sweet Potato & Black Bean Salad Sweet Potato & Black Bean Salad

    Love your heart with this colorful salad that's good for you.

  • Toddlers at the Table: Avoiding Power Struggles Toddlers at the Table: Avoiding Power Struggles

    By anticipating problems and offering choices, you can teach your toddler healthy eating habits and avoid power struggles about food.

  • Vegan Food Guide Vegan Food Guide

    A vegan doesn't consume any animal-derived foods or use animal products or byproducts, and eats only plant-based foods.

  • Vegetarianism Vegetarianism

    Vegetarian diets have become more popular, and many parents may wonder if kids can safely follow a vegetarian diet and still get all the nutrients necessary for growing up healthy and strong.

  • Vitamin D Vitamin D

    Vitamin D is needed for strong bones, but is hard to come by because it's found in few foods. Here's how to make sure kids get enough vitamin D.

  • What Should Preschoolers Drink? What Should Preschoolers Drink?

    The best drinks for preschoolers - and indeed for kids of all ages - are milk and water.

  • Your Child's Weight Your Child's Weight

    "What's the right weight for my child?" is one of the most common questions parents have. It seems like a simple one, but it's not always easy to answer.

  • 3 Ways to Build Strong Bones 3 Ways to Build Strong Bones

    We build almost all our bone density when we're kids and teens. Kids with strong bones have a better chance of avoiding bone weakness later in life. Here's how parents can help.

  • Celiac Disease Celiac Disease

    Kids who have celiac disease, a disorder that makes their bodies react to gluten, can't eat certain kinds of foods. Find out more - including what foods are safe and where to find them.

  • Dietary Needs for Kids With Cerebral Palsy Dietary Needs for Kids With Cerebral Palsy

    Kids with cerebral palsy often have trouble eating. But with the right diet and feeding techniques, they can get the nutrients needed to thrive.

  • Eating During Pregnancy Eating During Pregnancy

    To eat well during pregnancy, your extra calories should come from nutritious foods that contribute to your baby's growth and development.

  • Egg Allergy Egg Allergy

    Helping your child manage an egg allergy means reading food labels carefully, being aware of what he or she eats, and carrying the right medicines in case of an allergic reaction.

  • Feeding Your Child Athlete Feeding Your Child Athlete

    All kids need to eat balanced meals and have a healthy diet. But should that balance change for kids who play on a sports team or work out?

  • Food Allergies Food Allergies

    Food allergies can cause serious and even deadly reactions in kids, so it's important to know how to feed a child with food allergies and to prevent reactions.

  • How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label (Video) How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label (Video)

    These labels, usually found on the back of food packages, can be hard to understand. Here's how to read them.

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common intestinal problem that can cause cramps, gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Certain foods can trigger these problems. So can anxiety, stress, and infections.

  • Ketogenic Diet Ketogenic Diet

    A ketogenic diet is a strict high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that can reduce, and sometimes stop, seizures.

  • Milk Allergy in Infants Milk Allergy in Infants

    Almost all infants are fussy at times. But some are very fussy because they have an allergy to the protein in cow's milk, which is the basis for most commercial baby formulas.

  • Nut and Peanut Allergy Nut and Peanut Allergy

    If your child is allergic to nuts or peanuts, it's essential to learn what foods might contain them and how to avoid them.

  • Nutrition Therapy and Crohn's Disease Nutrition Therapy and Crohn's Disease

    Nutrition therapy is an alternative to medicines that doctors use to ease the symptoms of Crohn's disease. It can help improve nutrition and growth, ease inflammation, and heal the gastrointestinal tract.

  • Vegetarianism Vegetarianism

    Vegetarian diets have become more popular, and many parents may wonder if kids can safely follow a vegetarian diet and still get all the nutrients necessary for growing up healthy and strong.

  • Active Vacations Active Vacations

    If an active family vacation sounds appealing, find out how to plan a trip that will be fun without being exhausting, especially for young travelers.

  • Cold-Weather Sports and Your Family Cold-Weather Sports and Your Family

    Tired of being cooped up in the house because of the cold weather? Get out in the snow and try a new sport with your family this winter!

  • Exercising During Pregnancy Exercising During Pregnancy

    Most women benefit greatly from exercising throughout their pregnancies. But during that time, you'll need to make a few changes to your normal exercise routine.

  • Fitness and Your 13- to 18-Year-Old Fitness and Your 13- to 18-Year-Old

    Kids who enjoy exercise tend to stay active throughout their lives. Learn how to encourage fitness in your teen.

  • Fitness and Your 2- to 3-Year-Old Fitness and Your 2- to 3-Year-Old

    Kids this age are naturally active, so be sure to provide lots of opportunities for your child to practice basic skills, such as running, kicking, and throwing.

  • Fitness and Your 4- to 5-Year-Old Fitness and Your 4- to 5-Year-Old

    Take advantage of your child's natural tendency to be active. Staying fit can help improve kids' self-esteem and decrease the risk of serious illnesses later in life.

  • Fitness and Your 6- to 12-Year-Old Fitness and Your 6- to 12-Year-Old

    School-age kids need physical activity to build strength, coordination, confidence, and to lay the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle.

  • Fitness for Kids Who Don't Like Sports Fitness for Kids Who Don't Like Sports

    Some kids aren't natural athletes and they may say they just don't like sports. What then?

  • Games for Preschoolers Games for Preschoolers

    Whether at a party or a play date, preschoolers love to play games. These games can be used for birthday parties, rainy day get-togethers, or anytime you find yourself with a bunch of energetic preschoolers.

  • Games for Toddlers Games for Toddlers

    Though toddlers will more often play alongside their friends instead of with them, they'll enjoy group games and can begin learning important lessons from them.

  • Group Games for School-Age Kids Group Games for School-Age Kids

    They might be too old for pin the tail on the donkey, but there are plenty of great games for school-age kids to play at parties and play dates.

  • Home and Away: How to Keep Toddlers Active Home and Away: How to Keep Toddlers Active

    Toddlers naturally enjoy doing what is healthiest for them - being as active as possible. Here are tips to help keep them moving.

  • How Much Exercising Is Too Much? How Much Exercising Is Too Much?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Is Your Preschooler Too Active? Is Your Preschooler Too Active?

    Preschoolers need lots of physical activity, so it's best to work with their high energy levels by keeping them safe while giving them opportunities to play.

  • Kids and Exercise Kids and Exercise

    Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit are better able to handle physical and emotional challenges.

  • Motivating Kids to Be Active Motivating Kids to Be Active

    Parents can help instill a love of activity and help kids make it a part of their everyday routine.

  • Motivating Preschoolers to Be Active Motivating Preschoolers to Be Active

    A preschooler's desire to move, move, move makes this a great time to encourage fitness habits that can last a lifetime.

  • Motivating School-Age Kids to Be Active Motivating School-Age Kids to Be Active

    Being active is a key component of good health for all school-age kids. So how do you get kids motivated to be active, especially those who aren't gifted athletes?

  • Raising a Fit Preschooler Raising a Fit Preschooler

    Preschoolers have a lot of energy, and the physical skills and coordination to ride a tricycle or chase a butterfly.

  • Safe Exploring for Preschoolers Safe Exploring for Preschoolers

    Kids ages 3-5 have tons of energy and are eager to walk, run, dance, and play. It's a great age for exploration too.

  • Safe Exploring for Toddlers Safe Exploring for Toddlers

    Toddlers are learning to talk, to walk and run, and to assert their independence. For many in this age group, "outside" and "play" are common requests.

  • Should Your Preschooler Play Sports? Should Your Preschooler Play Sports?

    Team sports can be too complicated for the average preschooler. Here are some fun and easy ways to keep them active.

  • Signing Kids Up for Sports Signing Kids Up for Sports

    Organized sports can help kids grow in many ways. Consider your child's age, personality, and abilities to help make sports participation a positive experience.

  • Sportsmanship Sportsmanship

    One of the most important goals of kids' sports is helping children develop a sense of good sportsmanship. Here's how to set a good example for your kids.

  • Strength Training Strength Training

    With a properly designed and supervised program, strength training can be a fun way for kids to build healthy muscles, joints, and bones.

  • Toddlers at the Table: Avoiding Power Struggles Toddlers at the Table: Avoiding Power Struggles

    By anticipating problems and offering choices, you can teach your toddler healthy eating habits and avoid power struggles about food.

  • A to Z: Failure to Thrive A to Z: Failure to Thrive

    Failure to thrive refers to a child's inability to gain weight and grow as expected for kids of the same age and gender. Most diagnoses are made in the first few years of life.

  • Binge Eating Disorder Binge Eating Disorder

    Kids who eat unusually large amounts of food - and feel guilty or secretive about it - could be struggling with binge eating disorder.

  • Body Mass Index (BMI) Charts Body Mass Index (BMI) Charts

    Doctors use body mass index (BMI) measurements to assess a child's physical growth in relation to other kids the same age. Here's how to calculate BMI and understand what the numbers mean.

  • Eating Disorders Eating Disorders

    Eating disorders are common among teens and kids, especially young women. Read about the warning signs, prevention strategies, and ways to help a child with an eating disorder.

  • Encouraging a Healthy Body Image Encouraging a Healthy Body Image

    A healthy and positive body image means liking your body, appreciating it, and feeling grateful for its qualities and capabilities. Parents can help kids develop a healthy body image.

  • Failure to Thrive Failure to Thrive

    Most kids follow growth patterns that are normal, but others have ”failure to thrive” – they fail to gain weight as expected and have poor height growth.

  • How Can I Improve My Child's Eating Habits? How Can I Improve My Child's Eating Habits?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Hunger and Malnutrition Hunger and Malnutrition

    Even people who have plenty to eat may be malnourished if they don't eat food that provides the right nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

  • Lactose Intolerance Lactose Intolerance

    Many kids have lactose intolerance - trouble digesting lactose, the main sugar in milk and milk products - which can cause cramps, diarrhea, and gas.

  • Losing Weight: Brandon's Story (Video) Losing Weight: Brandon's Story (Video)

    Brandon, 17, has lost 70 pounds through better eating and exercise. Learn what inspires him to stay on track.

  • My Child May Have an Eating Disorder -- What Can I Do? My Child May Have an Eating Disorder -- What Can I Do?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Overweight and Obesity Overweight and Obesity

    Preventing kids from becoming overweight means making choices in the way your family eats and exercises, and how you spend time together.

  • Pica Pica

    Some young kids have the eating disorder pica, which is characterized by cravings to eat nonfood items.

  • Weight Loss Surgery Weight Loss Surgery

    When diet and exercise aren't enough to help shed stubborn pounds, weight loss surgery may be an option for teens who are very overweight.

  • What Are the Symptoms of an Overeating Disorder? What Are the Symptoms of an Overeating Disorder?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • When Can Young Kids Start Exercising? When Can Young Kids Start Exercising?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Your Child's Weight Your Child's Weight

    "What's the right weight for my child?" is one of the most common questions parents have. It seems like a simple one, but it's not always easy to answer.

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