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  1. Simple Healthy Snacks for Kids

    It's hours until dinner and your kids are clamoring for a snack. Why dole out chips or cookies when there's a whole world of simple, healthy snacks for kids out there? "It's important to treat snacks as opportunities for busy bodies to refuel," says Bridget Swinney, MS, RD, author of Baby Bites, and

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  2. Taking Care of Baby's Sensitive Skin

    Although you want to keep your new baby clean and her skin healthy and soft, you might worry about the chemicals in your baby shampoos, soaps, and lotions. Do you need them? Could any of those additives and preservatives -- like parabens and phthalates -- be harmful to her? To get some guidance, Web

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  3. Whooping Cough: What You Need to Know

    What do we all need to know about whooping cough (pertussis)? WebMD asked epidemiologist Tom Clark, MD, MPH, of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. What is whooping cough? Whooping cough is a bacterial infection that's highly contagious, and it's also vaccine prevent

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  4. How Doctors Diagnose and Treat Precocious Puberty

    You might think that diagnosing early puberty is simple. If your 6-year-old daughter seems to be developing breasts or your 7-year-old son has hair under his arms, isn't that evidence enough? Actually, it's not. Early puberty can be hard to diagnose, even for the experts. So how do doctors settle on

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  5. Obesity and Early Puberty: What's the Risk?

    About 1 in 5,000 children experience early puberty. Studies suggest that, on average, kids are starting puberty earlier than they once did. Could the rise in obesity be playing a role? Many experts think so, at least when it comes to girls. "I think it's quite clear that some of the early puberty we

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  6. Helping Your Child Cope With Precocious Puberty

    A classic mother-daughter moment came early for Denise de Reyna. When her daughter, Emily, was 4 1/2 years old, Denise noticed one of Emily’s breasts had begun to develop. This turned out to be the first sign of precocious puberty.  For some kids, puberty starts early -- often before age 8 in girls

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  7. School Lunches, Healthy Choices

    When you're busy getting kids ready for school in the morning, a healthy school lunch can get lost in the shuffle. You may think your child's lunch rates an "A," when in reality, it doesn't make the grade. Yet a few simple changes can turn lackluster school lunches into healthy midday meals your chi

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  8. Grocery Shopping With School-Age Kids

    Grocery shopping with children in tow may be tough from time to time, but the jury's in and experts agree: grocery shopping with kids fosters skills they need for life. "The more often your kids shop with you, the better it is for their development," says Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, a pediatrician. Sch

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  9. Scarlett Johansson Feeds Hungry Children

    Growing up in New York City, the actor and her three siblings, including twin brother Hunter, saw their parents struggle to put food on the table for their large family. "We were a single-income family with four kids living in New York City," she recalls. "My parents tried not to make a big deal of

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  10. Make and Take Meals: Fast-Food Alternatives

    It's late, your kids are hungry, and you don't have time to cook. Put down the phone and pass up the drive-through. You can rustle up a number of fast-food alternatives in minutes. Not only can you put together a faster, healthier meal -- with fewer calories and less fat and sodium -- but you can sa

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