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Measles and More: The Facts About Vaccines

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Recent news reports have detailed breakouts of diseases that you may think are extinct but still exist, such as measles and whooping cough.

Vaccinations are made to protect children in times like these when old diseases surface.

This is a great time to check with your family's pediatrician to be sure your children are up to date on their vaccinations.

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Stress and the Teenage Years

Many teens feel stress about their school work.

Teens today are often as busy as any ambitious adult. Up at dawn, they march through classes seeking outstanding grades, tackle multiple sports and hobbies after school, and pitch in with chores at home when they're not hunched over homework.

In between, they try to keep up with friends, avoid bullying, make sense of their crushes—and decide what they’re meant to do with their lives.

No pressure, right?

We’re kidding ourselves if we don’t think teens struggle with stress, just like adults, but with fewer resources to help them cope.

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10 Easy Ways to Prevent Head Injuries

young girl riding a skate board with a helmet on.

Playing outdoors is a great way for kids to be active, build physical and social skills and get their dose of vitamin D from the sun. And after what seemed like endless rain this winter, it just feels good.

But outdoor activities can also lead to injuries. Some, like cuts, bruises, and broken bones, can heal. But others, like head injuries, can cause lasting effects.

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Childhood Eating Disorders Can Start Early

Childhood eating disorders are a growing problem.

Does your daughter throw a tantrum any time she’s served certain foods?

Does your son claim that your family’s favorite dishes give him a stomach ache?

Do some tastes and textures prompt scowls—or shrieks of dismay—from your child?

In a healthy toddler, these are signs of typical developmental changes.

But if you recognize any of these scenarios in your older child, they may have an eating disorder.

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How Do You Talk to Kids About Sex?

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As parents, it’s a topic many of us dread. But talking to your kids about sex might be one of the most important things you do.

When I ask in classrooms how many families are talking about sex and relationships at home, I find that the majority are not.

Sex can be an uncomfortable topic, but once you get into the conversation, it’s probably not going to be as bad as you think it will be.

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A Family Approach to Food Allergies

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You’ve just learned your child has a food allergy, and it’s causing stress for everyone in the family.

You all must be vigilant about which foods your child eats.

What’s more, you all need to be prepared for a possible emergency.

How can you manage such a challenge within your family?

A Growing Problem

An estimated four to six percent of U.S. children have a food allergy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Caring for Self-Critical Kids

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Have you ever heard your child say things like “I’m so stupid” while trying to do homework, or “Everybody hates me” when recalling the day’s recess?

Do they get upset when they don’t do something perfectly?

Just like grownups, children have an inner voice that can turn negative and lead them to be hard on themselves.

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How to Help Children Deal With Grief

sad little girl

The death of a parent or loved one can be just as hard on a child as it is on an adult; however, children process death and deal with grief very differently than adults. According to Frannie Gaeta, L.S.C.W., a Carilion Clinic bereavement specialist and head of Carilion's Soul Survivors family grief support program, the signs of grief in a child can vary by age.

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