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Raising a child can be both challenging and rewarding. It can be easy to know where to turn when your child has a cold or an infection. But it can be hard to know how to talk to your child, how to teach your child healthy eating habits, and how to help your child deal with stress. Watching your child grow and learn is the reward for good parenting. Our topics can give you information to help your child be safe, healthy, and happy.

Learn more in our topics for parents, such as:

  • Healthy Eating for Children.
  • Protecting Your Child From Infections.
  • Immunizations: Questions Parents Ask.
  • Choosing Child Care.
  • Healthy Habits for Kids.
  • Helping Your Child Avoid Tobacco, Drugs, and Alcohol.
  • Stress Management: Helping Your Child With Stress.
Health Topics
  • Abusive Head Trauma
  • Active Listening
  • ADHD: Taking Care of Yourself When Your Child Has ADHD
  • Aggression in Young Children
  • Amblyopia
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Appreciating Your Child's Personality
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Baby's Daily Needs: What to Expect
  • Bed-Wetting in Children
  • Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens
  • Biting
  • Bonding With Your Baby
  • Bottle-Feeding
  • Bottle-Feeding: Weaning a Baby
  • Breath-Holding Spells
  • Breath-Holding Spells: Keeping a Record
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Bullying
  • Bullying: Building a Child's Self-Esteem
  • Bullying: How to Help Your Child Who Bullies
  • Bullying: Signs a Child Is Bullied
  • Burping a Baby
  • Caring for More Than One Baby
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Child Safety: Pets
  • Child Safety: Preventing Burns
  • Child Safety: Preventing Child Abduction
  • Child Safety: Preventing Falls
  • Child Safety: Streets and Motor Vehicles
  • Child Safety: Strollers and Shopping Carts
  • Child Safety: Washing Toys to Prevent Germs
  • Childhood Fears and Exposure to Violence
  • Choking Rescue Procedure: Heimlich Maneuver
  • Choosing Child Care
  • Coping Strategies to Avoid Harming a Baby
  • Coping When Your Child Is Near the End of Life
  • Corporal Punishment
  • Croup
  • Crying Child and Possible Abuse
  • Crying Child Who Is Not Acting Normally
  • Crying, Age 3 and Younger
  • Crying: Helping a Tired or Overstimulated Child
  • Cup-Feeding Baby With Breast Milk or Formula
  • Dealing With Emergencies
  • Dealing With Today's Teen Issues
  • Ear Infections
  • Effective Parenting: Discipline
  • Emotional and Social Development, Ages 1 to 12 Months
  • Emotional and Social Development, Ages 11 to 14 Years
  • Emotional and Social Development, Ages 12 to 24 Months
  • Emotional and Social Development, Ages 15 to 18 Years
  • Emotional and Social Development, Ages 6 to 10 Years
  • Emotional and Social Growth in Newborns
  • Emotional Development, Ages 2 to 5 Years
  • Encouraging Language Development in Your Preschooler
  • Establishing Limits With Your School-Age Child
  • Evaluating Pain in a Child
  • Family Life Cycle Theory
  • Family Meetings
  • Family Rules Form
  • Grief: Helping Teens With Grief
  • Growth and Development Milestones
  • Growth and Development, Ages 1 to 12 Months
  • Growth and Development, Ages 11 to 14 Years
  • Growth and Development, Ages 12 to 24 Months
  • Growth and Development, Ages 15 to 18 Years
  • Growth and Development, Ages 2 to 5 Years
  • Growth and Development, Ages 6 to 10 Years
  • Growth and Development, Newborn
  • Health and Safety, Ages 2 to 5 Years
  • Health and Safety, Birth to 2 Years
  • Healthy Attitudes Toward Food and Exercise
  • Healthy Eating in Children: Things That Influence Food Choices
  • Healthy Habits for Kids
  • Help Your School-Age Child Develop Social Skills
  • Help Your Working Teen Balance Responsibilities and Set Priorities
  • Helping Adolescents Develop More Mature Ways of Thinking
  • Helping Children With Disabilities Stay Active
  • Helping Kids Handle Peer Pressure
  • Helping Your Child Avoid Tobacco, Drugs, and Alcohol
  • Helping Your Child Build a Healthy Body Image
  • Helping Your Child Build Inner Strength
  • Helping Your Child Transition Into Middle School or Junior High
  • Helping Your Child Who Is Overweight
  • Helping Your Newborn Learn
  • Helping Your School-Age Child Learn About the Body
  • Helping Your Teen Become a Safe Driver
  • How ADHD Affects Your Child
  • How Reading Helps Language Development
  • How to Teach Your Child by Example
  • Immunizations: Questions Parents Ask
  • Infant Crying
  • Jaundice in Newborns (Hyperbilirubinemia)
  • Language Development From Age 6 to 10 Years
  • Language Development in Newborns
  • Listening to Your Kids
  • Making the Most of Your Appointment
  • Managing Your Toddler's Frustrating Behaviors
  • Measles (Rubeola)
  • Media and Your Child: Making Choices
  • Mumps
  • Physical Activity for Children and Teens
  • Preparing Your Child for the Hospital
  • Preschoolers: Building a Sense of Security
  • Preschoolers: Building Self-Control
  • Preschoolers: Building Social Skills
  • Preschoolers: Encouraging Independence
  • Preschoolers: Helping Your Child Explore
  • Preventing Breath-Holding Spells in Children
  • Preventing Children's Injuries From Sports and Other Activities
  • Protecting Your Child From Online Strangers
  • Quick Tips: Babyproofing Your Home
  • Quick Tips: Getting Active as a Family
  • Quick Tips: Getting Baby to Sleep
  • Quick Tips: Helping Your Child Stay Safe and Healthy
  • Quick Tips: Using Backpacks Safely
  • Recognizing and Developing Your Children's Special Talents
  • Reducing Biting in Teething Babies
  • Reye Syndrome
  • Safe Water for Mixing Infant Formula
  • Self-Esteem, Ages 6 to 10
  • Separation Anxiety: Helping Your Child
  • Speech and Language Development
  • Speech and Language Development: Helping Your 1- to 2-Year-Old
  • Staying Aware of What Your Child Is Doing Online
  • Stimulate Your Baby's Learning
  • Stuttering
  • Taking Care of Yourself When You Have a Child With Physical, Emotional, or Behavioral Problems
  • Taking Care of Yourself When Your Baby Is Fussy
  • Taking Care of Yourself When Your Child Is Sick
  • Talking to Your Adolescent or Teen About Problems
  • Talking to Your Child About Appropriate Online Behavior
  • Teen Substance Use Disorder: Choosing a Treatment Program
  • Teen Substance Use: Making a Contract With Your Teen
  • Teens With Diabetes: Issues for Parents
  • Teething
  • Temper Tantrums
  • Temper Tantrums: Keeping a Record
  • Thumb-Sucking
  • Thumb-Sucking: Helping Your Child Stop
  • Time-Out
  • Tips for Parents of Teens
  • Tips for Pregnant Parents
  • Validating Your Child's Emotions
  • Violent Behavior in Children and Teens
  • Vital Signs in Children
  • Ways to Comfort a Baby in the Hospital
  • Ways to Comfort a Crying Baby
  • Weaning
  • Your Teen's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • Your Toddler: Safe Ways to Explore
Make a Wise Decision
  • Ear Infection: Should I Give My Child Antibiotics?
Take Action
  • ADHD: Helping Your Child Get the Most From School
  • ADHD: Helping Your Child Get Things Done
  • Croup: Managing a Croup Attack
  • Fitness: Teaching Your Child to Stay Active
  • Grief: Helping Children With Grief
  • Healthy Eating: Helping Your Child Learn Healthy Eating Habits
  • Helping Your Child Build Self-Esteem
  • Preventing Choking in Small Children
  • Sibling Rivalry: Reducing Conflict and Jealousy
  • Sleep: Helping Your Children—and Yourself—Sleep Well
  • Stress Management: Helping Your Child With Stress
  • Stress Management: Managing Your Time
  • Stress Management: Relaxing Your Mind and Body
  • Substance Use Disorder: Dealing With Teen Substance Use

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