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There are lots of experts who have lots of opinions about New York City's new plan to encourage breast-feeding in new moms by urging hospitals not to give them baby formula. Advocates praise the move as a way to limit the influence of formula manufacturers on new mothers. Skeptics wonder whether the policy will shame women who choose not to breast-feed.

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Why I didn't circumcise my sonsupdated: Mon Aug 27 2012 09:59:00

I am a 38-year-old father of two little boys living in Portland, Oregon, and I like my circumcised penis.

Benefits of infant circumcision outweigh risks, top pediatrics group saysupdated: Mon Aug 27 2012 09:04:00

Scientific evidence shows that the health benefits of circumcising baby boys outweigh the risks, America's top pediatrics group said Monday.

Lawsuits ignite debate over trampoline park safetyupdated: Fri Jul 27 2012 12:13:00

Christina Flygare's son had his summer all planned out: landscaping job, swimming and hanging out with friends, then band camp before his senior year of high school.

Can spanking cause mental illness? updated: Mon Jul 02 2012 10:33:00

Parents often ask me whether spanking is really so bad. After all, they were spanked as kids and they turned out fine. Plus, it's the only thing that will get their child to listen, they say.

What to expect at well-child visitsupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 08:11:00

If you're like most parents, you take your child to the pediatrician for regular checkups, vaccinations, and height and weight monitoring.

When does spanking become abuse?updated: Fri Nov 11 2011 16:40:00

As the director of a leading research center on child abuse, I have seen all too often that what a parent considers legitimate discipline can quickly deteriorate into violence fueled by anger.

Science on spankingupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 02:49:00

Dr. Drew Pinsky and Po Bronson talk to Anderson Cooper about the science behind physically disciplining children.

Physical punishment doesn't help, it hurtsupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 02:49:00

Millions of people watched a video of a Texas judge hitting his teenage daughter repeatedly with a belt. This father justified his actions as "discipline." I beg to differ.

Is it okay to spank?updated: Tue Nov 08 2011 08:14:00

Why most experts say no -- but many parents still say yes

Stupid things parents do that put their kids at riskupdated: Thu Oct 20 2011 09:21:00

Julie Perrault shudders when she remembers some of the dumb things she did when her kids were babies.

How safe is your car seat?updated: Thu Oct 20 2011 09:21:00

The Insurance Institute for Higway Safety has a new list of safe car booster seats for kids. CNN's Holly Firfer reports.

Get bumpers out of cribs, doctor group urgesupdated: Tue Oct 18 2011 03:20:00

Bumper pads should never be used in infants' cribs, according to new guidelines released by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Even compliant parents doubt vaccine safetyupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 09:55:00

A new study finds that 28% of parents following the CDC-recommended schedule for childhood vaccinations think it would be safer to delay the shots until children are older.

Pediatricians seek to KO youth boxingupdated: Mon Aug 29 2011 07:19:00

Steven Galeano was a problem child. He couldn't stay out of fights and was "off the hook," his father Edwin recalls.

A family's guide to healthy food substitutesupdated: Mon Aug 22 2011 07:10:00

Pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene, M.D., recommends simple, everyday replacements for what you're eating, doing and even breathing that can have a major impact on your kids' health.

How to talk to your kids' doctorupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 09:38:00

The doctor will see you now -- and the clock is ticking. Studies show you get only about 15 minutes of face time with your pediatrician during an average well visit, so you'll want to make every second count.

Ban circumcision? Why not ear piercing?updated: Wed Jun 15 2011 09:48:00

A San Francisco-based advocacy group known as Male Genital Mutilation Bill has collected enough signatures on its petition to ban circumcision that the proposal will appear on the city's November electoral ballot.

Canadian researchers question autism screeningupdated: Mon Jun 13 2011 10:41:00

A report from Canadian researchers published Monday says there is not enough sound evidence to support routine screening of children for autism, but several autism experts are questioning the paper's conclusions.

Should you save your child's cord blood?updated: Mon May 30 2011 08:17:00

Is saving your child's cord blood a wise investment for future stem cell therapy?

2010: Cord blood saving livesupdated: Mon May 30 2011 08:17:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on how blood from umbilical cords can save the lives of cancer patients.

10 tips for your pediatrician visitupdated: Tue May 24 2011 07:08:00

Checkups are the cornerstone of good health, and in your baby's first couple of years she'll have plenty of them, as the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends at least nine from birth to 18 months.

Pediatricians urge tougher chemical safety lawupdated: Mon Apr 25 2011 09:23:00

The American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday called for an overhaul of the 35-year-old federal law governing toxic chemicals in the environment, saying it fails to safeguard children and pregnant women.

Should teens make circumcision decision?updated: Fri Apr 15 2011 06:19:00

Fifty-one years ago, Frank lost something he considers valuable. It was his foreskin, and Frank would like it back.

AAP: Toddlers in rear-facing seat until 2updated: Thu Mar 31 2011 11:01:00

In a new policy statement published in the April 2011 issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics now advises parents to keep toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2, or until they exceed the height or weight limit for the car seat, which can be found on the back of the seat.

The secret life of kids online: What you need to knowupdated: Tue Mar 29 2011 10:19:00

A new report from the AAP clues parents into what their kids are really doing online. Good news: It's not all bad!

How to keep kids safe onlineupdated: Tue Mar 29 2011 10:19:00

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a report to help doctors and parents keep kids safe online.

Too old for a car seat?updated: Mon Mar 21 2011 09:56:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains why some lawmakers want to keep kids in car seats longer.

Kids should ride in rear-facing car seats longer, pediatricians sayupdated: Mon Mar 21 2011 09:56:00

New recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics may change the way many parents buckle up their kids.

Guide for kids and tanningupdated: Mon Feb 28 2011 18:10:00

A new American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement offers guidance on skin cancer prevention.

Teens should be banned from tanning booths, doctors sayupdated: Mon Feb 28 2011 18:10:00

When Samantha Hessel heard about the risks associated with tanning beds, she ignored them. When her mom cautioned her not to tan so much, Hessel shrugged it off.

Germ fighting tips for a healthy babyupdated: Wed Feb 02 2011 17:50:00

Germs. The word alone can put a room of new or expecting moms on high alert. After all, those pesky little microbes can be a big worry for parents trying to safeguard their tiny babies from sniffles, runny noses, fevers and worse.

Study ties gaming & mental health issuesupdated: Mon Jan 17 2011 10:20:00

A new study links video game addiction to mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and poor grades.

Excess gaming linked to depression, bad gradesupdated: Mon Jan 17 2011 10:20:00

When it comes to playing video games, it seems moderation is important to a child's mental health. A new study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics finds excessive gaming may lead to depression, anxiety, and poor grades in school.

'Intactivists' to San Francisco: Ban circumcisionupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 12:40:00

In the California city that banned Happy Meal toys,outlawed sitting on sidewalks during daylight hours and fined residents for not sorting garbage into recycling, compost and trash, Lloyd Schofield wants to add a new law to the books in San Francisco: A ban on all male circumcisions.

Is your child being bullied?updated: Sun Oct 03 2010 06:45:00

An estimated 25 percent are -- and the signs can be tricky for parents to detect. That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics has developed a new policy that recommends doctors discuss bullying during checkups.

Are sports drinks part of a healthy teen lifestyle?updated: Mon Sep 27 2010 08:16:00

Advertisements for sports drinks have long featured world-class athletes such as Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm, and LeBron James. The message is clear: If you want to "be like Mike," pick up a Gatorade.

Should I put my 11-year-old on a diet?updated: Fri Jul 23 2010 08:22:00

How do I put my 11-year-old daughter on a diet? She is 50 pounds overweight, though she looks only about 20 pounds over. She has a lot of muscle. She plays sports year-round. She is a picky, picky eater.

Is cholesterol testing for kids going too far?updated: Wed Jul 14 2010 12:33:00

Cholesterol tests may soon become as routine a part of childhood health care as vaccines. In recent years, a growing number of pediatricians have been pushing for all children to have their cholesterol checked, not just those who appear to be at risk for heart disease later in life.

Doc talk can help get babies off bottle at 9 months, study saysupdated: Mon Jul 12 2010 06:15:00

A simple, five-minute conversation with parents during their baby's regularly scheduled 9-month checkup can help their child stop bottle-feeding, according to new research released Monday.

Why gay parents are good parentsupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 12:22:00

This month we celebrate Gay Pride. But I'd like to suggest that we take this opportunity to celebrate gay parent pride.

Pediatricians now reject all female genital cuttingupdated: Thu May 27 2010 16:11:00

The American Academy of Pediatrics has rescinded a controversial policy statement raising the idea that doctors in some communities should be able to substitute demands for female genital cutting with a harmless clitoral "pricking" procedure.

Is it baby fat -- or obesity?updated: Wed Apr 21 2010 08:30:00

Desani Marshall was never really overweight, but she was always a little big for her age. During a checkup at age 4, her doctor pointed out to her mother that Desani was gaining weight more rapidly than he thought was normal. Six months later, she was still putting on pounds at a rapid pace -- a strong predictor of future obesity.

CNNMoney: Health care: Patients, doctors, insurers reactupdated: Mon Mar 22 2010 21:49:00

The House's approval of a measure to reform and revamp the nation's health care system was praised Monday by consumer groups, given mixed reviews by doctors and got a thumbs down from insurers.

Even on formula, babies not getting enough vitamin Dupdated: Mon Mar 22 2010 18:45:00

The vast majority of infants in the U.S. are not getting the vitamin D that they need, even if they are fed vitamin-enriched formula, a new study has found.

Labels urged for foods that can choke kidsupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 21:09:00

It's a silent, often overlooked danger that kills dozens of children every year, and it's easily preventable: choking to death on food.

Build a better hot dogupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 21:09:00

Redesign the hot dog? And now the pizza pie is being updated by pizza in a cone. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

CDC: 1 in 5 teens has cholesterol problems. Now what?updated: Mon Jan 25 2010 19:54:00

One in five teens in the U.S. -- and more than 40 percent of obese teens -- have abnormal cholesterol, whether it's low HDL (good cholesterol); high LDL (bad cholesterol); or high levels of triglycerides, another type of blood fat, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tips for smart, healthy holiday travelupdated: Fri Nov 20 2009 15:06:00

As if traveling with the kids over the holidays weren't tough enough, this year we must contend with airline surcharges and swine flu, as well as all the usual annoyances and delays that go along with traveling -- especially with children -- during the busiest travel weeks of the year.

Heart group urges daily limit on added sugarupdated: Tue Aug 25 2009 10:27:00

If you're like most Americans, you will consume 22 teaspoons, or 355 calories, of added sugar today. Now, the American Heart Association would like you to cut back dramatically.

How to survive -- maybe enjoy -- family road tripsupdated: Mon Jul 13 2009 10:59:00

Grandma's trunk was stuffed with a Purple People Eater, a rhinoceros and a Tickle Monster.

Swine Flu: A guide for parentsupdated: Fri May 01 2009 12:55:00

The swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, is all over the news. A string of cases have been reported across the United States, as well as across the globe, with Mexico the hardest hit country, so far.

But is it really an emergency? When to take a child to the ERupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 16:55:00

Naomi Zikmund-Fisher says her son's life was saved by her maternal instincts -- and her son's flat ears.

ER and kids: Where to go?updated: Thu Apr 16 2009 16:55:00

How do you know if you should take your child to the ER? CNN's Elizabeth Cohen has tips.

Could fat babies mean fat toddlers?updated: Tue Apr 07 2009 09:52:00

A new study from Harvard Medical School found that babies who gained weight quickly had a sharply higher risk of obesity. The study followed close to 600 babies and found those in the top quarter of weight for their length at 6 months had a 40 percent higher risk of obesity by age 3 than smaller babies.

Avoiding baby obesityupdated: Tue Apr 07 2009 09:52:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes a look at baby obesity and shares tips on how to maintain a healthy weight for your baby.

Cholesterol checkupdated: Mon Mar 09 2009 09:22:00

Cholesterol tests aren't just for adults as Judy Fortin reports.

Kids and cholesterol: What to do when the numbers are highupdated: Mon Mar 09 2009 09:22:00

Ask third-graders what cholesterol means and they will probably just shrug their shoulders, but not Maddie Zacks.

How can we tackle my 10-year-old's weight problem?updated: Fri Feb 20 2009 12:12:00

My 10-year-old daughter struggles with her weight. We have been told by our family doctor that she is "off the charts" on weight. She is currently 4 feet 6 and weighs 105 pounds. We walk 2-3 miles several times per week; I also try and provide healthy meals, etc. We have had her thyroid checked; her blood-work all came back normal. I am curious on how many calories she should have daily to try and guide us on how much she should be eating. Any useful tips would be greatly appreciated.

Study: Kids who need vitamins not getting themupdated: Tue Feb 03 2009 13:38:00

New research reveals a seeming contradiction when it comes to kids who do and don't need vitamins to supplement their diets.

Kids can make New Year's resolutions, tooupdated: Wed Jan 14 2009 14:10:00

Almost half of all adults make New Year's resolutions, but January is the perfect time for people of nearly any age to reflect upon the last year and to start good habits or break bad ones.

Do kids need vitamin supplements?updated: Mon Dec 22 2008 12:29:00

Most U.S. adults and more than 30 percent of American children take some form of dietary supplement, most often multivitamins and multiminerals, according to a report in the October 2007 issue of Archives of Pediatrics. Experts emphasize diet as the best source of nutrients for children, but physicians may recommend supplements for certain children at risk of deficiency.

Too much tube time for kids can lead to behavior problemsupdated: Tue Dec 02 2008 17:16:00

Daily television viewing for two or more hours during early childhood can lead to behavioral problems and poor social skills. The study, which is published in the October 2007 issue of Pediatrics, was conducted by Johns Hopkins researchers on children aged 2 to 5.

Time.com: Sex on TV Increases Teen Pregnancy, Says Reportupdated: Mon Nov 03 2008 18:00:00

A Rand Corp. study finds that teens exposed to the most sexual content on TV are twice as likely to become pregnant before age 20

Time.com: Kids Aren't Getting Enough Vitamin Dupdated: Mon Oct 13 2008 19:00:00

Pediatricians say babies, children and teens need to double their intake of vitamin D

Time.com: Fans Reduce Infants' Sudden Death Riskupdated: Mon Oct 06 2008 17:40:00

A new study shows that turning on a fan at night can protect infants from sudden unexplained death

30 million more children should get flu vaccinations, feds sayupdated: Wed Sep 24 2008 14:45:00

All children 6 months to 18 years old should receive the flu vaccine this year, federal officials said Monday, offering protection to an additional 30 million children.

Flu seasonupdated: Wed Sep 24 2008 14:45:00

Elizabeth Cohen reports on the new recommendation that people 5 to 18 to get vaccinated.

Time.com: Measles Cases Highest Since '97updated: Thu Aug 21 2008 14:00:00

The number of measles cases in the U.S. is at its highest level since 1997, and nearly half of those involve children whose parents rejected vaccination

Time.com: The Kiddie Cholesterol Debateupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 01:00:00

Should cholesterol drugs be given to children? New guidelines have caused a stir among doctors and parents

Kids and cholesterol drugsupdated: Tue Jul 08 2008 10:18:00

The American Academy of Pediatrics says kids as young as 8 need cholesterol-lowering drugs. Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains.

Time.com: Cholesterol Drugs for 8-Year-Olds?updated: Mon Jul 07 2008 11:30:00

For the first time, an influential doctors group is recommending that some children as young as 8 be given cholesterol-fighting drugs to ward off future heart problems

Should I vaccinate my baby?updated: Thu Jun 19 2008 13:09:00

Five years ago, Kathye Petters-Armitage's first child received the exact vaccinations on the exact schedule recommended by her pediatrician.

Keeping kids healthy in the summerupdated: Wed Jun 04 2008 10:25:00

School's out and the kids are playing outside. How much do you have to worry about them getting sick? Here are some concerns you may have, and some you may not know about.

Autism testimony resumes in vaccine courtupdated: Mon May 12 2008 16:03:00

Testimony resumed Monday in a long-running case involving thousands of children with autism that their parents contend was triggered by an early childhood vaccination.

Time.com: Study Links Preemies to Autism Signsupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 11:00:00

A small study of toddlers finds that about one-quarter of babies born very prematurely had signs of autism on an early screening test

When to question a doctorupdated: Fri Mar 14 2008 10:58:00

There are times when it's reasonable to disagree with a pediatrician's advice. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

When it's OK to question your pediatrician's adviceupdated: Fri Mar 14 2008 10:58:00

At some point during last month's well-baby checkup for her son Isaac, Kamila McGinnis stopped listening to her pediatrician.

Time.com: Vitamin D Lowers Diabetes Riskupdated: Thu Mar 13 2008 21:00:00

Supplementing infants' diets with vitamin D may cut their risk of developing type 1 diabetes in later life

Tips for taking a child's temperatureupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 14:47:00

• On newborns to 3 months, use a rectal thermometer

Buying safe toysupdated: Mon Nov 26 2007 10:56:00

CNN's Judy Fortin tells us why safety should be at the top of every parent's shopping list.

Parents, use caution at toy-shopping timeupdated: Mon Nov 26 2007 10:56:00

Amy Granelli started her holiday shopping weeks ago. As she aimlessly pushed her cart through towering aisles of toys she still found herself overwhelmed by choices.

5 mistakes parents make with newborns -- and how to avoid themupdated: Thu Nov 01 2007 16:53:00

When you take your bundle of joy home from the hospital, it's inevitable you won't do everything right. We asked pediatricians for the five most common mistakes parents make with their newborns.

FDA panel: No cold medicines to children under 6updated: Thu Nov 01 2007 12:41:00

Over-the-counter cold and cough medicines don't work for children under age 6, and giving the common medicine to young children cannot be recommended, a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee said in October.

Time.com: Finding and Fighting Autism Earlyupdated: Tue Oct 30 2007 03:20:00

Autism spectrum disorders can be picked up and treated very early in life, if you know what symptoms to look for

Time.com: What Breast-Feeding Can't Doupdated: Tue Sep 11 2007 18:55:00

Breast milk is best for babies' health and well-being, but a new study finds it doesn't help prevent asthma or allergies

How to take away recalled toys with fewer tearsupdated: Wed Aug 15 2007 00:33:00

Toy recalls are no longer relegated to discount bins and no-name brands. The recent rash of toy recalls have included some A-list celebrities of the children's toy world, including Dora the Explorer, Thomas the Tank Engine, Polly Pocket and Barbie. In the last two weeks alone, Mattel has recalled over 100 types of toys totaling 10 million units.

Test your baby-safety savvyupdated: Fri Jan 26 2007 11:52:00

Make sure you know better than Britney! Here are four questions and answers from the editors of Parenting magazine:

Tots are prime targets for colds and fluupdated: Wed Jan 10 2007 18:34:00

In the first two years of life, most children will get eight to 10 colds, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

CNNMoney: Vaccine could end children's ear infectionsupdated: Fri Mar 03 2006 08:22:00

GlaxoSmithKline Plc has developed a new vaccine that could help prevent ear infections, a widespread problem for children, according to a study published in the British medical journal Lancet.

Not your mother's breast milkupdated: Thu Jan 26 2006 10:53:00

One of my first assignments for CNN was to profile a young mother who was part of a government program encouraging women to breast-feed their babies.

Fortune: Get Helmet Head ... Playing Soccer? GOAL!updated: Mon Sep 20 2004 00:01:00

Ah, remember the untroubled days before runaway liability suits, when sports were fun, as opposed to NASA-level exercises in safety? Remember the days when a man could take to the football field wi...

Kid fitness: How to get little feet movingupdated: Fri Jun 18 2004 10:54:00

As the nation's childhood obesity epidemic continues to spiral out of control, recent reports suggest that some parents are taking steps to keep their babies from becoming statistics by enrolling infants as young as a few days old in baby fitness classes.

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