Finding a good babysitter can be tough. How do you go about choosing one? What should you tell the babysitter before you leave? When is it safe to leave your child home alone...Read more

Children often develop habits or behaviors that their parents find annoying. Understanding why your child has developed this habit or behavior is the first step in changing it...Read more

Bedwetting, or nocturnal enuresis, is involuntary urination during sleep. While very common, it is embarrassing for children. Learn more about bedwetting its causes...Read more

Biking is a great way for children to meet the goal of 60 minutes of physical activity a day. However, biking does not come without risk. Learn how to keep your child safe on a bike...Read more

Bullying can begin as soon as children start playing together. There are several types of bullying, including physical (aggressive), verbal (mean teasing or threatening), and relational (spreading rumors or leaving someone out)...Read more

Beverages intended to bring a buzz can have unintended consequences, as a teen’s recent caffeine-related death shows...Read more

Appropriate car safety is one of the most important things parents can do to keep their child safe. At each stage, kids are at risk in different ways and require different safety considerations...Read more

The majority of kids’ choking injuries are caused by food. However, food is not the only choking hazard you should worry about. Learn some tips to help prevent your child from choking...Read more

In many families, both parents work outside the home and kids need regular care from someone other than their parents. Learn about the different kinds of childcare and what might be best for your family...Read more

Colds are common in children and can be spread by a sneeze, a cough or even sharing a toy. Learn more about symptoms, treatment and when to call your pediatrician...Read more

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood and can lead to toothaches that interfere with eating, sleeping, school attendance and performance. The good news is they can be prevented...Read more

The start of college comes with expectation and excitement, but it also can trigger depression. A Michigan Medicine psychiatrist offers advice to ease the transition...Read more

Developmental milestones are a set of functional skills or age-specific tasks that most children perform within a certain age range. Your pediatrician uses these to help check how your child is developing...Read more

Dyslexia is a complex language problem. It involves not being able to break down a word into the sounds that make it up, as well as not being able to think or write about the sounds in a word...Read more

Ear pain, or otalgia, can be a common reason children visit a pediatrician. There are several causes of ear pain, including teething, sore throat, ear infection, or blocked Eustachian tubes...Read more

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is common in children and causes dry, red and itchy skin. It is caused by a flaw in the skin barrier that lets moisture out and can sometimes allow allergens and bacteria in...Read more

One of the best things you can do for your baby is start him or her off with healthy, nutrient-rich foods. At every age and stage, you can’t go wrong when you help your child learn to appreciate a healthy diet.

Breastfeeding Formula Feeding Feeding Your Baby (2 – 6 months) Feeding Your Baby...Read more

Fever is often the body’s response to a bacterial or viral infection. Learn more about what constitutes a fever, how you should treat it, and when you should call your pediatrician or take your child to emergency...Read more

Just as seat belts and helmets protect kids from injuries, a careful approach to food safety can help safeguard your family from food poisoning and food borne illness...Read more

Children under the age of 12 months should be given breast milk or formula to drink. Learn more about choosing the right formula for your baby, preparing it and, when the time comes, weaning your baby off of it...Read more

All babies cry, especially between 2 weeks and 4 months of age. Some babies cry more than others, even when nothing is wrong. Learn why and how to help...Read more

Firearms are a significant cause of injury and death in the United States. Studies have shown that 1 in 3 homes with guns also have children in the home...Read more

Headaches in children are very common, with 20 percent of kids—preschoolers through teenagers—reporting frequent or severe headaches each year...Read more

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for adolescents. The social and academic stresses of these years, combined with the availability of alcohol and drugs and the effect of social media, leave many parents concerned...Read more

Since iron is important for energy, muscle function, and brain development, a child who is not getting enough iron can have learning or behavioral problems...Read more

Today’s kids are growing up immersed in digital media. Parents often feel like they can’t keep up, can’t keep track of what their kids are doing, and struggle with creating rules about digital media use...Read more

Lead is a soft, heavy, toxic metal that is found in many products we use every day. Lead poisoning occurs when there is enough lead in the body to cause serious health and development problems...Read more

Approximately 6-12 million cases of head lice occur each year, mainly affecting children ages 3-11. The greatest risk factor for contracting head lice is head-to-head contact, not personal and environmental hygiene...Read more

Many teenagers experiment with marijuana. Learn more about how parents can play an important role in teaching children about the risks associated with marijuana and other drugs...Read more

Many parents are alarmed to find their young child engaged in genital stimulation. However, in young children, genital stimulation is not associated with sexual activity and is actually quite common...Read more

Welcoming a new baby to the family is an exciting time and one of great change, especially if there is an older sibling in the home. Learn more about how to prepare older children for their new baby sibling...Read more

If you have a picky eater, you are not alone. 30-50 percent of parents say their toddler is a picky eater. Learn some tips on how to get your child to try a new food...Read more

Most children are ready to begin the toilet training process between 24 to 27 months but some children will be ready earlier or later than that...Read more

Parenting is one of life’s greatest joys but it also presents big challenges. Learn about five helpful strategies for purposeful parenting...Read more

Reading and writing skills are important factors in your child’s success in school and work. Reading can also be a fun and imaginative activity for children, which opens doors to all kinds of new worlds for them...Read more

Simple behaviors can make a big difference behind the wheel. Use this checklist to teach your teen motorist good habits...Read more

Each year, thousands of babies in the United States die while sleeping, often due to sudden infant death syndrome, suffocation or strangulation. Learn how you can reduce these risks...Read more

The holidays are a particularly busy time of year for many families. As you put up decorations and gather friends and family together to celebrate, keep these safety tips in mind...Read more

Sibling rivalry is the jealousy, competition, and fighting between brothers and sisters. It typically continues throughout childhood and can be frustrating and stressful for parents...Read more

An Individual Education Plan, or IEP, is used by public schools to provide specialized, tailored education services for children with disabilities...Read more

Speech and language development is an essential part of any child’s development and impacts social interactions, behavior and academic skills. How can you tell if your child is on track...Read more

Abdominal pain, or stomachache, affects almost all children at some point during childhood. There are many possible causes of abdominal pain...Read more

Stuttering is a speech disorder where the normal flow of speech is broken up by repeating or lengthening sounds, syllables, or words...Read more

Sunshine and time spent outdoors are part of a full, active childhood. Too much sunshine (and sunburns), however, can cause be dangerous for you and your child. Keep these tips in mind to protect your child from the sun...Read more

Conflict is a normal occurrence between children and learning to resolve conflict is an important life skill for children to develop. Learn some important tips in helping your child deal with conflict...Read more

Although the minimum legal drinking age is 21, alcohol use and abuse continue to be major health problems amongst adolescents and young adults...Read more

Yes, it’s important to call out children’s bad behavior. But it’s crucial to acknowledge their positive actions, too...Read more

Toys and children’s products play an important role in childhood and child development. Toy-related injuries, however, are a significant contributor to hospital emergency room visits...Read more

Winter weather offers families the chance to enjoy all kinds of fun cold weather activities. Make sure your kids are prepared to safely enjoy all that winter has to offer...Read more