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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Help Your Child Prepare for Back to School

    When summer winds down, it’s time to get ready for a new school year. Buying notebooks and scoping out sales is the easy part. There are less tangible things you can do as well. Here are 9 ways you can help your child -- and yourself -- get ready to go back to school. 1. Re-Establish School Routines

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  7. Summer Safety for You and Your Children

    When the last school bell of the school year rings, children race outside and parents reach for the first aid kit. Summer activities often bring scrapes and bruises -- or worse. Here are simple things you can do to ensure that your children's summer fun involves minimal risk. Head to the Helmet Acci

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  8. Jill Biden's New Book Salutes Military Families

    As Jill Biden tucked in her granddaughter, Natalie, one night in 2010 and they said their prayers together, the little girl whispered a reminder: "Don't forget, Nana, God bless our troops." The child's words became the title of a new book for children, out this month, penned by the vice president's

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  9. Should I Still Keep Ipecac in My Medicine Cabinet?

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our June 2012 issue, we asked WebMD's child care expert, Roy Benaroch, MD, if parents should still keep ipecac in case their child swallows a poison. Q: I was always told to keep ip

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  10. Parenting: Dealing With the Bedtime Struggle

    My 6-year-old twins do not like bedtime. Every night, it's the same story. I announce it's time to go to sleep, and the complaints and excuses start. "Oh, but I didn't get to watch TV." "Please, I just want to finish this game, Mom." "Can't we stay up a little bit longer?" Then, when we go upstairs,

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