I am a 38-year-old father of two little boys living in Portland, Oregon, and I like my circumcised penis.
Scientific evidence shows that the health benefits of circumcising baby boys outweigh the risks, America's top pediatrics group said Monday.
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.
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.
If you're like most parents, you take your child to the pediatrician for regular checkups, vaccinations, and height and weight monitoring.
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.
Dr. Drew Pinsky and Po Bronson talk to Anderson Cooper about the science behind physically disciplining children.
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.
Why most experts say no -- but many parents still say yes
Julie Perrault shudders when she remembers some of the dumb things she did when her kids were babies.
The Insurance Institute for Higway Safety has a new list of safe car booster seats for kids. CNN's Holly Firfer reports.
Bumper pads should never be used in infants' cribs, according to new guidelines released by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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.
Steven Galeano was a problem child. He couldn't stay out of fights and was "off the hook," his father Edwin recalls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is saving your child's cord blood a wise investment for future stem cell therapy?
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on how blood from umbilical cords can save the lives of cancer patients.
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.
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.
Fifty-one years ago, Frank lost something he considers valuable. It was his foreskin, and Frank would like it back.
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.
A new report from the AAP clues parents into what their kids are really doing online. Good news: It's not all bad!
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a report to help doctors and parents keep kids safe online.
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains why some lawmakers want to keep kids in car seats longer.
New recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics may change the way many parents buckle up their kids.
A new American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement offers guidance on skin cancer prevention.
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.
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.
A new study links video game addiction to mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and poor grades.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This month we celebrate Gay Pride. But I'd like to suggest that we take this opportunity to celebrate gay parent pride.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's a silent, often overlooked danger that kills dozens of children every year, and it's easily preventable: choking to death on food.
Redesign the hot dog? And now the pizza pie is being updated by pizza in a cone. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.
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.
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.
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.
Grandma's trunk was stuffed with a Purple People Eater, a rhinoceros and a Tickle Monster.
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.
Naomi Zikmund-Fisher says her son's life was saved by her maternal instincts -- and her son's flat ears.
How do you know if you should take your child to the ER? CNN's Elizabeth Cohen has tips.
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.
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 tests aren't just for adults as Judy Fortin reports.
Ask third-graders what cholesterol means and they will probably just shrug their shoulders, but not Maddie Zacks.
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.
New research reveals a seeming contradiction when it comes to kids who do and don't need vitamins to supplement their diets.
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.
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.
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.
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
Pediatricians say babies, children and teens need to double their intake of vitamin D
A new study shows that turning on a fan at night can protect infants from sudden unexplained death
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.
Elizabeth Cohen reports on the new recommendation that people 5 to 18 to get vaccinated.
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
Should cholesterol drugs be given to children? New guidelines have caused a stir among doctors and parents
The American Academy of Pediatrics says kids as young as 8 need cholesterol-lowering drugs. Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains.
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
Five years ago, Kathye Petters-Armitage's first child received the exact vaccinations on the exact schedule recommended by her pediatrician.
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.
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.
A small study of toddlers finds that about one-quarter of babies born very prematurely had signs of autism on an early screening test
There are times when it's reasonable to disagree with a pediatrician's advice. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.
At some point during last month's well-baby checkup for her son Isaac, Kamila McGinnis stopped listening to her pediatrician.
Supplementing infants' diets with vitamin D may cut their risk of developing type 1 diabetes in later life
• On newborns to 3 months, use a rectal thermometer
CNN's Judy Fortin tells us why safety should be at the top of every parent's shopping list.
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.
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.
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.
Autism spectrum disorders can be picked up and treated very early in life, if you know what symptoms to look for
Breast milk is best for babies' health and well-being, but a new study finds it doesn't help prevent asthma or allergies
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.
Make sure you know better than Britney! Here are four questions and answers from the editors of Parenting magazine:
In the first two years of life, most children will get eight to 10 colds, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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.
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.
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...
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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