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  1. Teen Privacy: When to Cross the Line

    As kids get older, keeping them safe can get complicated. While separating from parents can be healthy, teens are notorious for bad, sometimes dangerous decisions. Parents face a troubling dilemma: Do the dangers of teen drug abuse override the right to privacy? Parents typically do one of two thing

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  2. Getting Hooked on Cough Medicine

    A drug rehab counselor talks about how parents can prevent those first steps to teenage drug addiction.

  3. When Teens Lie About Drugs: A Guide for Parents

    If Tom Hedrick could change one thing about teen drug use, he would reduce the time it takes between a parent’s first hunch that something is wrong and the child getting treatment. The fact that teens lie about drugs, and parents believe them, delays treatment, says Hedrick, a founding member of The

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  4. Teens and DXM Drug Abuse

    If you’re raising a teenager and you don’t know much about DXM or cough medicine abuse, you’re hardly alone. DXM, or dextromethorphan, is a common ingredient in cough and combination cold medicines. Teens, however, have found another use for cough medicine -- getting high. Taking huge doses of cough

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  5. The ABCs of Toddler Playdates

    Jennifer Bianco knows how to make the most of a playdate. The mother of a girl and boy, ages 6 and 3 respectively, Bianco uses playdates as an important social experience both for her kids and for herself. "Playdates are great for my kids," Bianco says. "They learn how to interact with other kids; t

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  6. Helping Your Child Reach a Healthy Weight

    A 10-year-old boy came into my office last week and promptly asked, "Am I too chubby?" His mother added, "I read about BMIs as a way to determine if someone is overweight. What is a BMI anyway? What does it mean?" The body mass index, BMI for short, is a calculation that uses height and weight to es

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  7. Why Teens Insert Objects Under Their Skin

    A 17-year-old girl jammed six metal staples into the soft skin near her wrist. A 15-year-old girl pushed a length of pencil lead under the skin of her forearm. One 18-year-old inserted 35 objects over a period of two years, including staples, a comb tooth, a fork tine, a cotter pin, and nail polish

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  8. Teach Your Teen to Drive Safely

    When Welmoed Sisson registered her teens for classes at a local driving school, she learned their lessons would include a mere six hours behind the wheel. Sisson knew her kids, Ian and Diana, wouldn't develop safe driving habits without more practice, so she supplemented their drivers education with

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  9. The Truth About Sensory Processing Disorder

    When Washington, D.C., mom Sara Durkin's son was 3, she got a call one day from his preschool. "They said he wasn't sitting in circle time, he wasn't sharing as much as he should, and he liked to be the center of attention," she recalls. There were other issues as well. He didn't like group activiti

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  10. What Emergency Supplies Should I Keep in My Car?

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our July/August 2012 issue, we asked WebMD's child health expert, Hansa Bhargava, MD, how parents should put together an emergency kit for their cars. Q:  I worry that my car will b

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