What parents should know about teen mental health issues

Teen seated with knees to chest and head down.

In late 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) declared child and teen mental health a national emergency. Childhood mental health concerns rose between 2010 and 2020, and suicide is now the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10–24.

If you’ve ever worried about your teen’s mental health, you’re not alone. Knowing how to protect your child best and keep them healthy in today’s society can be overwhelming for parents. 

Keep reading to learn about the unique mental health challenges teens face and how to recognize the signs that your child may need help from a behavioral health professional.

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Is your infant with reflux sleeping in a safe position?

Baby with reflex sleeping

An infant with reflux sleeping problems can be difficult for tired parents to handle. But while you may be desperate for solutions to relieve your baby’s reflux symptoms, ensuring they’re safe at night is most important.

There are many so-called “solutions” and baby products on the market that claim to treat reflux. But many of these products and recommendations can be dangerous for infants. 

In this blog article, we’ll discuss the symptoms and causes of reflux, how to ensure your baby is put down safely, and what not to do when trying to relieve your little one’s reflux. 

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Raising healthy kids: Nutrition needs for teenagers

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With the overload of information out there about what to eat, understanding the nutrition needs for teenagers can be tricky for parents. What are the best food choices for growing teens? And how can parents guide their children to make healthier decisions? 

Good nutrition is vital for people of all ages, but the teen years are a critical time for kids to develop good eating habits. Today, about 20% of kids between the ages of 12 and 19 have obesity, which can lead to serious health problems as they age. 

By understanding good nutrition and eating the right foods, teens can maintain a healthy weight and set themselves up for better long-term health.

Keep reading to learn about the nutrition needs for teenagers, the types of foods kids need as they grow and develop, and how to encourage your teen to eat a healthy, balanced diet.

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ABC's of safe sleep

sleeping baby

There is an endless amount of education and tips given to families that are getting ready to welcome a new baby. From prenatal appointments to postpartum handouts, there is an abundance of information available on how to keep you and your baby safe. Out of these tips and lessons, the most important thing you need to know before bringing baby home is how to practice safe sleep. 

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