Family Care

Keep your loved ones healthy with these tips on caring for sick children, handling doctor visits and preparing for emergencies.


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Why Don't More Babies Get Mom's Last Name?

Parents are pretty creative when it comes to first names for their kids, but when it comes to last names, many parents still play it by the book.

Is There Science to Back Up the Stereotypes About Only Children?

Does an only child exhibit different behavior and personality than one with siblings? Or is this spoiled reputation nothing more than a persistent cultural myth?

Who Does a Mom Love More: Her Kid or Her Dog?

One study attempted to find out, with a little help from some brain scans.

Big Families vs. Small Families: A Matter of Quantity vs. Quality?

A trio of economists reports that kids in larger families may have more to worry about than simply sharing a room or dealing with hand-me-downs.

How to Report Life Changes for the Affordable Care Act

If you're insured via the Affordable Care Act and get tax credits, you're required to report significant life events that can affect both your insurance plan and your taxes. Here's how to do it.

What is minimum essential coverage under the Affordable Care Act?

Minimum essential coverage refers to where you get the coverage from, rather than what's in your package. Why is that – and why are some health plans excluded?

How can you avoid getting sick when your kids are?

You can minimize your chances of catching your child’s illness by boosting your immune system, keeping the house germ-free, and eating and drinking properly. Learn more about avoiding getting sick when your kids are sick from this article.

How can you prepare your family for an emergency?

A medical emergency at home can cause chaos and confusion if you haven't prepared for such a situation in advance, and time is of the essence. Learn how you can prepare your family for an emergency in this article.

What Your Pediatrician Wishes You Knew

Ever wonder what doctors talk about when no one else is around? You might be surprised to learn a few things that would actually help him or her do a better job.

5 Ways Schools Can Stop Bullying

Whether they're in the office or on the playground, bullies intimidate the people around them. School-age bullies are a perfect example: They're usually bigger or older or more popular than many of their peers. What can schools do to stop classmate-on-classmate abuse?

What's the effect of children's exposure to actual violence as victims or as witnesses?

Exposure to violence can be traumatizing. Studies show that children who witness violent behavior may be affected by the experience. Is there a way to know just how much violence has changed a child?

Growing Pains

Doctors often diagnose teenagers' temporary aches and pains as 'growing pains,' but they could be a signal from that body that nutrition needs supported. Learn about treating and preventing growing pains with nutrition.

4 Steps to Create a Family Emergency Plan

When a medical emergency strikes your household, things can go from the usual semi-hectic to complete chaos very quickly. There is little time to sort through files to find phone numbers and shot records -- that's where your family emergency plan comes in.

Family Medical Records Kit

Medical records for each family member are one of the most important items to keep around. Even if you and the rest of your family are pretty healthy, keep these items together in case of an emergency.

Protect Yourself and Your Family from Secondhand Smoke

Smoking is the most destructive thing you can do to your body. Learn more about the dangerous consequences that smoking has on the body in this article.

How to Care for a Sick Child

Knowing what to do when your child is sick will ease her pain -- and your worries. Learn how to read symptoms, how to treat a fever, and most importantly, how to stay calm in an emergency.

Childhood Vaccinations

Children are born with protection from many diseases, thanks to antibodies passed through the placenta. Within a year, however, this defense is lost, so children need vaccinations to protect them from these diseases.

Preventing Meningitis: Give Your College Student a Shot in the Arm

Getting your child vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis may help him or her to have a much healthier college experience. Learn how to prevent meningitis.

Calcium Crisis Affects American Youth

An alarming percentage of kids today are not getting the proper amount of calcium each day, placing them at serious risk for osteoporosis and other bone diseases. What can you do to keep the calcium crisis from affecting your children?

When Does a Child's Fever Warrant a Doctor's Attention?

As any parent knows, all kids get child fevers, but sometimes it's tough to know whether your child's fever requires you to visit a pediatrician. How can you judge the severity of a child's fever?

Your Child's Headaches May Be Migraines

Children also suffer from migraines, but they often go untreated because children are unable to describe the pain. See what you need to know about children's migraines and headaches.