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  • 18 minutes 4 seconds
    These water safety tips can save lives
    Drowning is the No. 1 cause of death for children ages 1-4 in the United States. To prevent drownings, make sure there's always a designated adult watching the water whenever kids are swimming. We'll cover other water safety tips to protect young swimmers safe this summer.

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    3 June 2024, 7:00 am
  • 23 minutes 51 seconds
    Kids, social media and privacy: What to know before you post
    Many parents share photos and videos of their babies and children on social media. But there are potential dangers to constantly posting about your kid online, says Leah Plunkett, a faculty member of Harvard Law School who specializes in children, family law and technology. This episode, Plunkett explains what adults should consider about a kid's privacy and personal data before hitting the upload button.

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    20 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 16 minutes 49 seconds
    How to help your stepfamily grow closer
    Becoming a blended stepfamily can be fraught for everyone involved. How can your family build trust, function more smoothly and ultimately grow closer? In this episode, NPR health correspondent Maria Godoy shares research on stepsiblings and blended families that can make this process easier.

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    9 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 16 minutes 46 seconds
    How to prepare for a second pregnancy after a complicated first one
    Pregnancy complications — like miscarriage, preterm birth or postpartum depression — are incredibly common. But expecting parents can often feel alone if they are experiencing these conditions, or like a second pregnancy is out of reach. This episode, Emily Oster, co-author of 'The Unexpected', on how to deal with complications when they arise, and make your next pregnancy a little smoother.

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    2 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 13 minutes 34 seconds
    Curbing needle phobia in adults starts with making shots less painful for kids
    Approximately one in four adults has a fear of needles, according to the CDC. Many of those people say the phobia started when they were kids. Researchers developed a five step plan to prevent what they call "needless pain" for kids getting injections or their blood drawn. NPR's Short Wave talks with Dr. Stefan Friedrichsdorf of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, who works with a team to implement the plan at his own hospital, about how to eliminate pain during shots.

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    29 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 21 minutes 50 seconds
    How to talk to teens about vaping
    About 1 in 5 high school seniors say they have vaped nicotine in the past year. Even though smoking cigarettes is less popular than it used to be among teens, e-cigarettes are common, highly addictive and harmful to lung health. Here's how to talk to teens about vaping and how to help them quit.

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    9 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 25 minutes 4 seconds
    How to introduce solid food to your baby: A nervous parent's guide
    Chewing, choking hazards, high chairs – oh my! Starting solid foods with your little one can be as stressful as it is special. A pediatric dietitian and a pediatrician discuss menu choices, allergens, safety and schedules to help you and your little one succeed with solids.

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    4 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 23 minutes 23 seconds
    Enjoying travel with a baby
    Looking to travel this spring with your little one? These tips and tricks can make the journey not just manageable, but enjoyable. Travel experts explain how to navigate packing, air travel and tourism with a kid under age 2.

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    4 March 2024, 9:16 pm
  • 24 minutes 18 seconds
    How to talk to kids about sex, bodies and consent
    It's tricky to talk to younger kids about sex. This episode helps parents get past the confusion and embarrassment around sex education so they can raise healthy, responsible kids. This episode originally aired December 17, 2019.

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    5 February 2024, 8:00 am
  • 24 minutes 35 seconds
    The emotional rollercoaster of being a new mom
    Becoming a mother is a complicated life transition. That postpartum feeling of being on an emotional rollercoaster, not recognizing your body in the mirror and thinking that you've lost yourself is all part of the process. This episode offers guidance for mothers on how to get their footing, manage expectations, get support and prioritize time for themselves. These insights are also great for people who are in their support network.

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    23 January 2024, 8:00 am
  • 22 minutes 51 seconds
    How to talk to teens about drugs
    Overdose deaths among teenagers have skyrocketed in the last few years due to opioids like fentanyl. Experts say drug education that focuses on harm reduction, an approach that focuses on safety rather than abstinence, could help save lives. Here's how to start the conversation with young people and how to respond in an emergency.

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    19 December 2023, 8:00 am
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