• Aggression, Ages 1 to 3

    My toddler kicks, bites, and hits playmates. Should I be concerned? Not necessarily. Aggressive behavior is a normal part of emotional and behavioral development, especially among toddlers. Almost every child hits, kicks, and yells; toddlers and even preschoolers often bite when they’re overwhelmed by strong emotions. Generally, you can expect your child’s aggressive behavior to

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  • Aggression, Ages 3 to 6

    My child hits, kicks, and bites other kids. Should I be concerned? Not necessarily. Aggressive behavior is a normal part of emotional and behavioral development, and almost every child hits, kicks, and yells when he’s overwhelmed by strong emotions. However, if your child is frequently aggressive or is prone to shows of extreme temper, don’t

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  • Aggression, Ages 6 to 12

    My child hits, kicks, and lashes out at other kids. Should I be concerned? Yes. Most children outgrow this kind of behavior by the time they enter grade school, because they’ve developed the language skills to express themselves in words and been socialized to feel that physical aggression is wrong and unrewarding. If your child

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  • Allergies and Hay Fever (Child)

    What causes allergies? Every human body carries an arsenal of chemicals to fight off bacteria, viruses, and other intruders, but sometimes these weapons backfire. If your child has allergies, she responds to things in the environment that are not invaders. The body produces antibodies, and when your child is exposed to the irritant a second

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  • Asthma (Teenagers)

    What is asthma? Most people associate asthma with sudden fits of coughing and wheezing, but the disease is actually present 24 hours a day. If your teenager has asthma, the tubes that carry air to her lungs are inflamed and may be swollen and clogged with mucus. This state may not impair her breathing, but

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  • Asthma in Children

    What is asthma? Most people associate asthma with sudden fits of coughing and wheezing, but the condition is a round-the-clock disease. If your child has asthma, the tubes that carry air to her lungs are inflamed and may be swollen and clogged with mucus. This state may not impair her breathing, but it does set

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  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Ages 12 to 16

    What is attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder? ADHD (commonly known as ADD) is a behavioral disorder. Basically, kids who have it are unable to concentrate, extremely restless, or both. The American Psychiatric Association calls the distinct types “inattentive” and “hyperactive-impulsivity.” Some adolescents with attention deficit disorder can’t organize or complete tasks, get distracted easily, and seem not

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  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Ages 3 to 6

    What is attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder? ADHD (commonly known as ADD) is a behavioral disorder. Basically, children who have it are unable to concentrate, excessively active, or both. The American Psychiatric Association calls the distinct types “inattentive” and “hyperactive-impulsivity.” Some kids with attention deficit disorder repeatedly fail to finish tasks, get distracted easily, and seem not

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  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Ages 6 to 12

    What is attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder? ADHD (commonly known as ADD) is a behavioral disorder. Basically, children who have it are unable to concentrate, excessively active, or both. The American Psychiatric Association calls the distinct types “inattentive” and “hyperactive-impulsivity.” Some kids with attention deficit disorder repeatedly fail to finish tasks, get distracted easily, and seem not

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  • Biting, Ages 1 to 3

    What should I do if my child bites someone? First, stay calm. Even if another child provoked yours and the child’s parent is furious, remember that your toddler may just be “trying out” her teeth, unaware of how much pain she inflicted. Many toddlers bite once, learn that biting is wrong, and never do it

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