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  1. Establishing Limits With Your School-Age Child - Topic Overview

    Many children ages 6 to 10,if left to their own devices,would eat pizza 3 times a day,7 days a week,or play video games for hours at a time. That is because they have not developed control over their drives and appetites,which can include cravings for specific foods,toys,and things,as well as for praise and attention. Parents who set limits for their children show them that they love ...

  2. Family Life Cycle - Coupling Stage

    After you achieve independence, the next stage in the family life cycle is coupling. You explore your ability to commit to a new family and a new way of life. While being in a committed relationship with someone without the act of marriage does involve a process of adaptation and relationship building, marriage often requires unique skills. When you join families through marriage, you form a new .

  3. Healthy Eating for Children - Health Tools

    An interactive tool on healthy eating for children.

  4. Child Abuse: Emotional Abuse by Parents - Topic Overview

    The behavior of an emotionally abusive parent or caregiver does not support a child's healthy development and well-being-instead,it creates an environment of fear,hostility,or anxiety. A child is sensitive to the feeling,opinions,and actions of his or her parents. Emotionally harmful attitudes may include the following. Showing a lack of regard for the child This behavior often includes ...

  5. Family Life Cycle - Empty Nest: Launching Adult Children

    The stage of launching adult children begins when your first child leaves home and ends with the "empty nest." When older children leave home, there are both positive and negative consequences. If your family has developed significant skills through the family life cycle, your children will be ready to leave home, ready to handle life's challenges. Free from the everyday demands of parenting, you

  6. Repair of Choanal Atresia - What to Expect After Surgery

    After surgery, your baby should be able to breathe normally and will be able to breast - feed or bottle - feed. Newborns stay in the hospital for a few days; older children having surgery on one side may go home after a day or two. Health professionals will teach you how to suction your baby's nasal passages at home to keep the stents open until they can be removed. They also will have you watch f

  7. Crying Child That Is Not Acting Normally - Topic Overview

    Crying is a child's first way of communicating. Parents and caregivers become better over time at identifying their child's cry. Along with crying, a child may not act normally when something is wrong with him or her. Infection, illness, injury or pain, or a medical problem may cause a child to not act normally.If your baby has colic, you may be concerned that a health condition is causing the excessive crying. Usually a baby with colic isn't crying because of pain or physical discomfort. But it is important to be aware that health problems or injuries can cause a baby to cry excessively. And it's important to watch for related signs. Here are a few things to look for that may mean your baby has a health problem.Signs of not acting normallyLooks or acts different, such as a change in balance or coordinationAppears confused or doesn't interact with people or objects in his or her environment. Look for a change in the level of consciousness.Sleeps more or appears to have no

  8. Shaken Baby Syndrome - Topic Overview

    What is shaken baby syndrome? Shaken baby syndrome is brain injury that occurs when someone shakes a baby or throws a baby against an object. It is a form of child abuse. It may happen to children up to 5 years of age, but it is most common in babies younger than 1 year old.It is never okay to shake or throw a young child. It may not leave any obvious sign of injury, but it can cause serious long-term problems or even death. Shaken baby syndrome often occurs when a baby won't stop crying and a caregiver loses control of his or her emotions. Parents can help prevent this problem by learning healthy ways to relieve stress and anger. It's also important to choose child care providers carefully.Shaken baby syndrome may also be called shaken-impact syndrome. Many doctors use the term abusive head trauma to describe the injury. They may use intentional head injury to describe how it happened.What causes the brain injury?When a baby is shaken or thrown, the head twists or whips back and

  9. Helping Your Child Build Inner Strength - How Can You Help Teens Build Inner Strength?

    It often seems like teenagers never listen,but they do. That's why it's so important to remember that you are still the primary role model,even as your child grows older. The single most important thing you can do to help your teen is to show that you love him or her no matter what. Teenagers may be growing up,but they still need to: Feel safe and loved. Learn social skills. Learn to ...

  10. Choosing Baby Bottles and Nipples - Topic Overview

    BottlesSmall, 4 fl oz (120 mL) bottles are a good size for newborns. As your baby starts to take more formula during a feeding, you will likely want to have bigger 8 fl oz (240 mL) bottles on hand.Bottles are made of glass or plastic.Glass bottles can be cleaned by boiling them. Plastic cannot be cleaned this way.Wide-mouth bottles are easier to clean.Some plastic bottles are made for single-use plastic liners. Some people find these bottles clean, easy to use, and convenient.NipplesNipples have been designed to imitate a mother's nipple. The human nipple is short and flexible, which makes it easy for a baby to grasp and suckle. But some babies have difficulty with some bottle nipples that are too short.General guidelines for buying bottle nipples:Buy more nipples than bottles. With repeated use, nipples tend to crack and leak.Choose nipples that are made of silicone or rubber. Silicone nipples cost more but are more flexible than rubber nipples. Silicone nipples are not damaged by

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