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Oh no! My child has head lice

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Every school year millions of parents all around the world are horror struck when their child comes home from school with an itchy scalp caused by head lice. There are myths about head lice and what is says about a child or his or her family. This post is meant to help parents understand this common childhood experience to manage better both the stigma and the treatment.

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The importance of avoiding spanking as a child discipline method

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Following the work of many previous studies, new research continues to confirm the harmful relationship between physically disciplining children (e.g. spanking or hitting) and the link with mental health issues, suicide, and substance use in adulthood.

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The risks of being overweight or obese as a child

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Parents of overweight children may see this problem only as an aesthetic issue that can negatively affect children’s self-esteem and social interactions, which is true. However, there are more pressing dangers of being overweight or obese during childhood and adolescence.

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New recommendations for babies, children and teens: How much screen time is safe for kids?

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New recommendations for screen time have been developed for every age group to reflect how prevalent digital media is in everyone’s life. Everything you need to know to help you guide your family’s appropriate use of technology, while minimising the risks, is presented.

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Dear Santa Claus: Guidelines on how to choose the best toys this Christmas

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We are nearing that special time of the year when children all around the world begin writing letters to Santa Claus with their Christmas wishes. It is also the time of year when parents begin to feel uncertain about which toys are appropriate for their children.

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