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Updated Apr 23, 2015 at 2:21 PM

NEW YORK — "Ian, Ian, Ian," squeals 8-year-old Anna as she spots her friend across a pool in the South Bronx. She splashes with excitement until he gingerly joins her in the water.Five years ago, Anna wouldn't even utter "Mama."Anna and Ian, 7, are on the autism spectrum. Among their challenges is learning how to swim. With 1 in 68 American children falling on the spectrum, many with a penchant for wandering near water, parents and advocates believe swim safety is...

Updated Apr 20, 2015 at 9:21 AM

CHICAGO — Many sick kids can't or won't swallow pills and that can make them sicker. But there may be some pretty simple ways to help the medicine go down, a new study says.Dr. Kathleen Bradford and colleagues at the

Updated Apr 16, 2015 at 8:07 AM

NEW YORK — For U.S. moms, the typical time between pregnancies is about 2 years but nearly a third of women space their children too close, a government study shows.Experts say mothers should wait at least 18 months to give their...

Updated Apr 13, 2015 at 4:41 PM

CHICAGO — The nation's first prep sports governing body to face a class-action concussions lawsuit has asked an Illinois judge to dismiss the suit, arguing that if it prevails, it could kill football programs statewide.In its...

Updated Apr 7, 2015 at 7:18 AM

WASHINGTON — The new YouTube Kids mobile app targets young children with unfair and deceptive advertising and should be investigated, a group of consumer advocates told the Federal Trade Commission in a letter Tuesday.Google...

Posted Mar 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Rebecca RoseI had a perfect plan. I would buy a house, get married and have three kids, each two years apart. Everything was going accordingly.Immediately after our...

Updated Mar 26, 2015 at 4:53 PM

ROCKFORD — It's rare to find an 8-year-old who makes charity work a top priority. For Madeleine Geiger, however, charity is a way of life. She may only be a third-grader at Washington Academy in Rockford, but she's determined...

Posted Mar 26, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Blame it on the hormones, but pregnancy and new mommy-hood often comes with a lot more emotions than pre-pregnancy and pre-baby."Are you having twins?" said Lauren Moore of Roscoe, telling what bothered her when she was pregnant...

Posted Mar 25, 2015 at 12:00 PM

What do you do when someone else’s child misbehaves? If the child’s parent is not present — or they don’t seem to care — what’s the protocol?We asked local pros how to handle potentially sticky...

Posted Mar 25, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Not sure what to do with all those leftover hard-boiled eggs from Easter? Try incorporating them in a breakfast pizza. This five-minute recipe that serves four is so easy, even your little ones can help.

Posted Mar 24, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Part of a parent’s job is to tend to the nicks and scratches of childhood, applying bandages and kisses to cuts and scrapes. But as they get older and outgrow the bumps and bruises of childhood, kids often move onto something harder for...

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