Your Top Kids Health Questions Answered!


Keeping your children safe and healthy is a parent’s main responsibility. But knowing how to do that isn’t always easy. Sometimes there is conflicting or misguided advice when it comes to children’s health issues. Sometimes you just don’t know the answer until your child experiences a health issue ­— and you aren’t sure where to turn to get sound guidance. That’s why Metro Parent has teamed up with Henry Ford Health System, one of southeast Michigan’s premier health care providers, to help. We’ll tackle some of the top kids health questions parents have in “Your Top Kids Health Questions ­— Answered!” Check back often for new topics and expert health advice for children of all ages. Plus, get more great health tips at Henry Ford Health System’s LiveWell blog.

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Child and Teen Health Questions

Whether it’s your active third-grader who pleads for more screen time or your sullen teen who begs to be left alone, you’ve got questions when it comes to some of the top kids health issues for older children. Luckily, the health pros at Henry Ford Health System have the answers. Explore their expert answers to common child and teen health questions, and return back here to learn more.

Stomach flu, influenza or cold?

Your child calls out to you in middle of the night. They are sweaty and nauseated. Is it something they ate? Is it the flu? Find out what’s causing your child’s upset stomach — and what can you do to help them feel better.

Effects of too much screen time?

Kids are on their iPads, iPhones and other electronic devices more and more lately. What is the fallout? Find out how much is too much screen time for kids and why it matters.

Protect kids from tick bites?

Tick season is raging this year. And since these little buggers can cause Lyme disease, parents need to be aware. Find out what you can do to steer clear of ticks this year.

Starting puberty early or late? 

Determining the average age for anything in a child isn’t always easy. Health professionals usually offer a range since kids develop a little differently. That’s true for puberty, too. But what should you know if your child enters puberty early or later? Find out why puberty can get out of sync and how to help kids cope.

Importance of annual health exams?

Busy lives. Doctor-phobic kids. Lack of health insurance. There are lots of reasons why parents skip taking their seemingly healthy children for an annual wellness exam. Find out why it’s a good idea for your child to see a pediatrician every year, even if they seem perfectly healthy.

Signs teen is depressed?

Teens can be moody, emotional and withdrawn in general, so it’s not always easy to see the obvious signs of depression. But it’s very important. According to the CDC, suicide is one of the leading causes of teen death — and parents often don’t see the signs. Find out what to look for to identify depression in your child.

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What Are the Effects of Too Much Screen Time?

Henry Ford Health System's Dr. Stacy Leatherwood Cannon discusses digital devices and sleep.

How to Avoid Tick Bites and Keep Your Kids Safe

What to do if your family gets bitten and how to recognize the diseases that they carry.

What to Do if Your Child Enters Puberty Early or Late

The only thing more confusing than puberty is when puberty out of sync. Here's a look at why it can happen and how to help your son or daughter in the process.

What’s the Difference Between Stomach Flu, Influenza and a Cold?

Henry Ford Health System's Dr. Lisa Saab discusses the differences between stomach flu, influenza and the common cold.

Baby and Toddler Health Questions

Whether it’s your swaddled little angel or your tyrannical toddler, you’ve got questions when it comes to some of the top kids health issues for younger children. Fortunately, the health pros at Henry Ford Health system have the answers. Discover their expert answers to baby and toddler health questions, and visit often for more.

Why delay bathing baby?

One of the first puzzling thing parents find out about their newborns is that you aren’t supposed to bathe them right away. What??? Yep, but there is a good reason. Find out why delaying baths for babies is good for them thanks to some big benefits in vernix caseosa (aka baby goop).

Why do toddlers ‘rock’?

Seeing your toddler rock back and forth in place can be a big worry for parents. But rest assured, it doesn’t necessarily mean your child has autism or some other developmental issue. Find out what can cause toddlers to rock — and we don’t mean musically.

Preventing diaper rash?

If your baby never got a case of diaper rash, count yourself among the lucky few. For most parents of little ones, diaper rash is inevitable. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to prevent it. Find out how to minimize diaper rash risk for your baby.

Normal baby development? 

It’s a classic concern of new parents – how do they know if their child is reaching those developmental milestones at the right time? And how do they help foster their proper development? Find out how to ensure your baby’s development is on track. 

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Developmental Milestones in Children

A Henry Ford Health System pediatrician weighs in on fine and gross motor skills, plus other developmental milestones.

Why Shouldn’t Babies Be Washed Right Away?

A local certified nurse practitioner weighs in on why you should wait to wash your baby after giving birth.

Toddler Body Rocking: What It Looks Like and How to Address It

Notice your toddler body rocking? He or she isn't alone! Here's why 'body rocking' is typical in toddlers and what parents can do to address it.

Henry Ford Health System, one of the nation’s leading health care providers, is committed to improving the health and well-being of our diverse Michigan community. It is comprised of hospitals, medical centers and one of the nation’s largest group practices, the Henry Ford Medical Group, which includes more than 1,200 physicians practicing in over 40 specialties. The System’s flagship, Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, is a Level 1 Trauma Center recognized for clinical excellence in cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, sports medicine, multi-organ transplants and cancer treatment.