Few parents expect their children to develop heart disease. So when her daughter Alex started gaining weight at age 7, Tammy Benton was concerned -- but not overly concerned. Working with a pediatrician, she tried to encourage Alex to eat more healthfully.
"I didn't talk 'diet' to her," recalls Benton, 46, of Essexville, Mich. Instead, she pointed her daughter to better choices such as fruit instead of candy. Alex did lose some weight but eventually gained it back. By the time she was 14, she weighed...
Common Cold Comforts: Tips to Help Your Child Feel Better
There are over 200 cold viruses ready to lay your family low with nasal congestion, sore throat, and cough. Combat cold symptoms with these home remedies.
Get rest. Rest helps the body focus its energy on getting well, so keep kids home from school to keep them warm, and well-rested.
Drink lots of fluids. Replenish liquids lost from fever, vomiting and diarrhea. Fluids also help loosen mucus.
Use a humidifier. A humidifier in your child's room can keep the air moist and break up nasal and chest congestion.
Talk to your pediatrician before giving OTC cold and cough medicines. These medicines should not be given to children under 4 years of age, according to the FDA and the drug makers. Also, evidence indicates medicines such as antihistamines, decongestants, and cough medicines don't really help, but they could pose a small risk of serious side effects.
Cold Symptoms: When to Call a Doctor
Most colds pass in seven to 10 days, but give your child's pediatrician a call if your child has: