The fear of getting a shot is often greater than any discomfort actually caused by the needle. But there are things you can do to help make vaccinations a positive and calm experience for children.
Research shows that lying is developmentally normal in children, and typically begins as kids are developing important cognitive skills, generally around ages 3 or 4. It’s important to make the ground rules clear early on, says Dr. Pilar Bradshaw.
Whether it’s the coast, valley or mountains, spending time outdoors provides a host of health benefits and learning opportunities for kids and adults. And you don’t have to travel far to experience them—from your backyard to school playgrounds and local parks, there is an abundance of opportunities to soak up the goodness that our natural surroundings provide.
Teaching teens how to manage their health care is an essential part of supporting their independence. If your child is moving to college or out on their own soon, encourage them to schedule an appointment to see their doctor.
About 130 people die by suicide each day in the United States, and the U.S. Surgeon General says mental health issues, including anxiety and depression, are at crisis levels for young people.