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Tips to help your toddler communicate

Concerned about your child meeting language milestones? You’re not alone. I often work with children whose parents are really concerned their children are not yet talking. One thing I try and point out is there are often ranges for children in regards to speech-language milestones. Here’s what I mean.

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Helping kids develop a healthy relationship with food – and warning signs for eating disorders

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many children and teens are more isolated, anxious, stressed and have a sense of loss of control. These factors can add to other potential risk factors for developing eating disorders like bulimia, anorexia and others. Here are some tips, information and warning signs of eating disorders in children.

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Yes, it’s tough right now: tips for parents and COVID-19 regulations

It’s a tough time to be a parent right now. COVID-19 is still in our communities, but it feels like most people are “back to normal.” Except when you have kids. Children under 12 aren’t protected by the COVID-19 vaccine and many parents are struggling to figure out how to keep kids safe while not keeping them isolated from the world. Here are some tips to help you think through your decisions.

Emily Mccarty, husband and two sons stand at their decorated trunk or treat as Wizard of Oz characters for Halloween.

5 great family Halloween costumes to try

Dressing up for Halloween doesn’t always have to be just for the kids. The whole family can enjoy playing dress-up with these fun family group costumes. No matter the size of your family, there’s bound to be a group costume to win you best dressed! Check out these fun ideas submitted by Children’s Mercy employees.

Understanding the teen brain

The teenage years are such an important time in life for teens to learn independence, set a foundation for the future and learn about themselves. It’s also a time the brain is still growing. If you are a caregiver of a teen, here’s some information that can help guide you in your role.

How to promote diversity and inclusion in your child’s life

It’s back-to-school season, and that means getting new school supplies, adjusting to new routines and learning about all kinds of subjects. An important subject that parents can help teach their kids about is diversity and inclusion as they encounter new students in class.

What parents should know about autism

Autism is considered a “spectrum” because it often looks different for different people.  One person’s autism symptoms may even change over time.  This range, or “spectrum,” can lead to misunderstandings. Here’s what you should know. 

Will flu season be different this year?

Last year we saw lower influenza infections than we have in a long time. We can credit things like social distancing, masks and handwashing which helped keep flu infection from spreading. This year has many wondering if flu season will return to high levels.

Top questions about the COVID-19 vaccine from teens

Kids 12 years old and older have been approved to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Many people have questions, and that includes teens. Here are a few of the top questions area teens wanted to know about the vaccine with answers from Pediatric Infectious Diseases physician, Barbara Pahud, MD, MPH.

A dad holds his baby girl, trying to comfort her in the midst of her sickness.

What to know about RSV

By now we all know about COVID-19, but you may have heard about another virus going around Kansas City, called RSV. This respiratory virus gives cold-like symptoms, can be dangerous for some infants and young children and is hitting our area earlier than expected. Here’s what you should know.