Pediatric News Blog


Is My Teen Using Drugs or Alcohol?

Article at a Glance

  • You can tell normal teen behavior from signs of substance abuse by looking for larger patterns and supporting evidence.
  • Many of the signs aren’t a sure sign of substance abuse, but they are behaviors that parents should monitor closely.
  • If you think your child is using drugs, educate yourself and look for additional help.

AAP Encourages Parents To Read To Their Children From Infancy

Article at a Glance

  • 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

Article at a Glance

  • 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.


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