Teens and Vaping: 5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know

Vaping, e-cigs, e-cigars, hookah, vape pens, and other electronic nicotine delivery systems are replacing cigarettes as the new fad for kids, teens and young adults. Since their U.S. introduction in 2007, “E-cigarette usage has doubled among middle and high school students,” according to a statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Centers for Disease Control …

Learning to Make Friends | Kindergarten Readiness

Friendship is an important part of kindergarten success. Young children need to feel accepted by their peers and have the skills to play cooperatively, productively, and positively with others. What Your Child Should Know Entering a new community of peers can be challenging. Your child should know: How to make new friends in his kindergarten …

Vaccine Schedule for Kids | Kids and Vaccines

The topic of vaccinations can be stressful and confusing, and vaccination schedules for kids is always a hot topic among parents and caregivers. Dr. Katherine Williamson is a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Orange County and deals with parents and kids daily at her busy practice. Some of the most common questions parents have for …

Circumcision Pros and Cons

Pros and cons The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which previously had more of a neutral policy on circumcision, revised its policy statement in August 2012 in greater favor of the procedure. “New scientific evidence shows the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks of the procedure,” the AAP said. “But the benefits …

Screen Time Limits for Families, Kids & Adults | Phone & Technology Addiction

Tally Up the Hours Tally Up the Hours For starters, it’s helpful to see exactly how much screen-time every member of your family is racking up each week (that includes you, too, Mom and Dad!). Remember, screen time includes time spent on phones, tablets, computers, e-readers, and tablets. Take stock with this printable screen-time chart. …