Parenting & Safety

Are all football helmets created equal?

It’s almost impossible to read a newspaper or magazine or watch news or sports on TV without seeing a report about contact sports and concussions. 

Players in many sports are susceptible to concussions, and doctors who treat concussions say that girls and women may suffer as many, if not more, concussions as males. 

But far and away, most stories about sports-related concussions focus on football players and the often terrible head injuries they receive. And many of the concussion-causing incidents involve helmets. 

How do you know if your child has asthma?

That nagging, hacking cough can play a trick on some parents.

There’s no fever, and the cough comes and goes, seemingly triggered by the getting-ready-for-bed routine. A skeptic might think it’s an “excuse cough” — notice how it can quiet down if you let that moody, sluggish kid stay home from school?

Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s nothing serious, health officials warn. Frequent intermittent coughing — particularly at bedtime and upon rising — is a classic sign of childhood asthma.

Girl Talk: The Talk

If you have adolescents or teenagers, you’ve no doubt noticed things have changed since you were that age.

Back then, certain things just weren’t discussed — in “polite company” or otherwise. Some parents remember when even married couples on TV were shown sleeping in twin beds. Today, it seems that anything goes — at least in the virtual world of television and the Internet.

Parents today do more than simply hand their child a sex-education book and hope for the best.

How much do your teens know about pedestrian safety?

Every hour in the United States, a teen pedestrian is injured or killed after being hit by a car.

That’s a scary number for the parent of a teenager. Parents and teens are already dealing with evolving relationships and growing independence, and adding another level of traveling safety can seem daunting. Talking to your teen about walking safety can reduce your teen’s risk for serious injury by a motor vehicle.

By the numbers: When should you worry about your child’s height?

Over the past 15 years, Luisa Satterly has tried not to worry about how slowly her son, Ryan, was growing. After all, she and Ryan’s father are not exceptionally tall. But in the back of her mind she wondered if he was growing normally. She recently decided to ask Ryan’s pediatrician. 

“Parents tend to worry over where their child ranks on the growth charts they see at the pediatrician’s office,” said V. Faye Jones, M.D., pediatrician and professor of pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. “These charts only provide a general picture of a child’s growth pattern over time.”