Talking to Teens About Drugs and Alcohol

September 15, 2011 | No comments | For Parents of Teens

What is the best way to talk to my teen about tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs? Some of the most common concerns for parents of adolescents are tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. The pressure to experiment with these substances can come from friends and peers. If you suspect your child is using these substances, open a […]

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Sun Safety

What’s the best way to protect my child in the sun? Follow these simple rules to protect your family from sunburns now and from skin cancer later in life. Keep babies younger than 6 months out of direct sunlight. Find shade under a tree, umbrella, or the stroller canopy. When possible, dress yourself and your […]

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Teens and Acne

September 15, 2011 | No comments | For Parents of Teens

I’m starting to get pimples! What can I do to get rid of them? The bad news—There’s no cure for acne. The good news—It usually clears up as you get older. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to help keep those zits under control. Types of treatments Benzoyl peroxide Benzoyl […]

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AAP Recommendations on Limiting Sun Exposure in Children and Supporting Legislation to Prohibit Salon Tanning by Minors

Numerous public health campaigns encourage people to protect themselves from the risk of developing skin cancer, but people of all ages continue to overexpose themselves to harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun. Teenagers and young adults are also exposed to UVR in tanning salons. Rates of skin cancer – including melanoma, the most serious […]

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Supplements and Young Athletes

Often athletic kids and their parents and coaches feel that adequate training, good technique, good recovery, and sound nutrition are just not enough for the ultimate performance they want. These recommendations just don’t sound sexy enough, while the latest supplement does. Not too long ago, supplement use in young athletes was primarily limited to protein […]

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Dietary Measures : Obesity

We direct these suggestions to parents, since you probably do most of the shopping and cooking for the household—and also because if a youngster’s diet is to succeed, other members of the family need to abide by the same dietary rules. “You can’t tell a kid, ‘These potato chips are not for you, they’re for […]

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Alcohol: The Most Popular Choice

Alcohol is by far the most widely used psychoactive drug in the United States. Four in five men and women over the age of twelve have tried it, two and a half times the number to have experimented with marijuana. There are approximately 18.3 million alcohol abusers and alcoholics in the United States; every year […]

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Reduce the Risk of Gun Injury

Children love to explore. As they learn new skills, like crawling, walking, climbing, or running, there are more ways of getting into trouble! Much of this trouble will be small. But, if there is a gun in the house, a child’s curiosity can lead to severe injury or death. FACT: Nearly 40% of the homes […]

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Behind the Wheel: Helping Teens Become Safe Drivers

September 15, 2011 | No comments | For Parents of Teens

There is no underestimating the significance of a driver’s license to teenagers. The arrival of that laminated card opens up a world of possibilities, symbolizing freedom and a growing independence from adults. As far as boys and girls are concerned, the day they pass their road test can’t come too soon. But from a developmental […]

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How to Talk About Sex With Your Teen

September 15, 2011 | No comments | For Parents of Teens

How do I talk with my teen about sex? Sex is a very personal and private matter. Many parents find it difficult to talk with their children about sex. Teens may be too embarrassed, not trust their parent’s advice, or prefer not to talk with their parents about it. But sex is an important topic […]

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