Pediatric News Blog


AAP Encourages Parents To Read To Their Children From Infancy

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  • New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages pediatricians to advise parents on the importance of reading to their children.
  • Studies show that reading together is vital to fostering healthy brain development and helps prepare children for later academic and career success.
  • Books help create a nurturing parent-child relationship where children can develop important cognitive, language, and social-emotional skills.

Dieting at a Young Age Can Lead to Obesity, Alcohol Abuse, and Eating Disorders

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  • The younger a girl starts to diet, the more likely she is to have an eating disorder, to be obese or overweight, or to have problems with alcohol abuse.
  • Parents should avoid using diets as a way to help their children manage their weight.
  • Parents should instead focus on helping their daughters foster a positive body image and teaching them how to make healthy choices.

Back-to-School Checklist

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  • Make sure your child is up-to-date on immunizations.
  • Notify your school of any special medical needs.
  • Plan ahead for healthy lunches.
  • Set a schedule that allows for a healthy amount of sleep, nutritious meals, and time for homework and play.


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