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Your child's health and safety is our top priority. Please search our resource library for information on health, nutrition, fitness, injury prevention and other important topics.

Growing Up

Breath-Holding Spells

Kids who have these spells hold their breath until they pass out. Although upsetting to watch, the spells are not harmful and do not pose any serious, long-term health risks.

Colic

Colic is common in babies - but that doesn't make it easier for parents to handle. Learn what colic is, what causes it, and what you can do about it.

Disciplining Your Toddler

Reeling in your active little one can be tough. But setting limits now helps prevent bigger problems down the road.

Managing Your Toddler's Behavior (Video)

Learn how to encourage good behavior, handle tantrums, and keep your cool when parenting your toddler.

PMS, Cramps, and Irregular Periods

Most period problems are common and normal. But some might be a sign that there's something else going on.

Potty Training Your Child (Video)

Get tips and advice on helping your child make the switch from diapers to big-kid underwear — for good!

Signing Kids Up for Sports

Organized sports can help kids grow in many ways. Consider your child's age, personality, and abilities to help make sports fun.

Talking to Your Child About Periods

Kids reaching puberty should already know what's going to happen to their bodies. Here are some tips for talking to your daughter about menstruation.

Talking to Your Child About Puberty

Talking to kids about puberty is an important job for parents, especially because kids often hear about sex and relationships from unreliable sources. Here are some tips.

Teaching Kids About Their Bodies

Teaching kids about their bodies and what is private can help them develop healthy feelings about their bodies in age-appropriate ways.