Top 9 chronic conditions among children in the US

Approximately 27% of US children — or more than 1 out of every 4 — in the US has a chronic condition or disease. That number has been increasing steadily over the past four decades, driven by changes in our eating habits, food selection and lifestyles.

Bullying Today

I’ll never forget the frightened look on her face and the weeks that followed, where she cried and wanted to stay home from school. We had appropriated counseling for her and spent some long hours in the psychologist’s office after school and in the evenings.

Do you have an asthma action plan for your child?

One of the first things that every parent with a child who has a diagnosis of asthma must have is an asthma action plan in place — at home and at school. Your asthma action plan is a tool that you and your care provider will use to help to manage and control your child’s asthma.

Resource centers for your family's health

Healthy eating

Access a library of resources for parents who want to promote & practice the best in their family's nutrition

Fit & active kids

Find and share creative ideas to get your kids (and family) off their screens and moving toward better health

An 8-minute morning workout for kids

Starting the day with a little exercise isn't just for adults. It's also an effective practice to help your kids with their focus, attention and learning — as well as their health.

Get involved!

Get involved with fellow parents in our community, as well as organizations dedicated to childhood health issues

Frightfully Fun Halloween Contests!

Why have one treat when you can have three! This Halloween celebrate the holiday with three Halloween contests across our social media accounts! (And don't be scared to enter all three contests!)   Facebook Have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card with our...

Summer Fun Giveaway!

Summer Fun Giveaway! Ready to roll into some summer fun?  This Fourth of July we’re holding a Summer Fun Giveaway! The rules are simple, and the prizes are sure to be a blast for everyone! To enter, simply join our Happy Healthy Child Club with your name and...

Father's Day memories drawing!

What's your favorite memory of your dad or the father figure in your life? Share it with our community for a chance to win a $50 gift card.

Chronic conditions

Our resource pages covering the top chronic conditions among our children are designed to inform and empower fellow parents

Childhood allergies resources

Important news, helpful tips, current research and insightful articles for parents of kids with food or respiratory allergies.

Childhood asthma resources

Important news, helpful tips, current research and insightful articles for parents of kids with asthma.

Childhood autism resources

Important news, helpful tips, current research and insightful articles for parents of kids on the autism spectrum.

Childhood obesity resources

Important news, helpful tips, current research and insightful articles for parents of kids with weight and obesity challenges.

Your healthy family

Our resource pages covering the top chronic conditions among our children are designed to inform and empower fellow parents

Family health video resources

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Get involved! child health resources

Happy Healthy Child's collection of articles, guides, videos and other resources to for parents and families to get involved with health organizations and our community campaigns.

Your growing child

Our resource pages covering the top chronic conditions among our children are designed to inform and empower fellow parents

Infant health resources

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Toddler health resources

A growing library of top articles, popular insights and current research for parents of toddlers.

Preschoolers health resources

Healthy preschooler resource center for parents Welcome to our growing library of helpful tips, popular posts, useful guides, insightful articles, fun videos, current research, interesting news and other resources for parents of preschoolers.[dsm_text_divider...

A little inspiration

Charlotte Kasl – A life-long blessing for children…

A life-long blessing for children is to fill them with warm memories of times together. Happy memories become treasures in the heart to pull out on the tough days of adulthood.

Bob Keeshan – Parents are the ultimate role models…

Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child as a parent.

Mayim Bialik – I came to parenting the way…

I came to parenting the way most of us do — knowing nothing and trying to learn everything.

Jane D. Hall – At the end of the day…

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of parents.

Nadia Boulanger – Loving a child doesn't mean…

Loving a child doesn't mean giving in to all his whims; to love him is to bring out the best in him, to teach him to love what is difficult.

A little laughter

Today's menu has two choices: take it or leave it

Today's menu has two choices: TAKE IT or LEAVE IT

Carrie Underwood – The majority of my diet is…

The majority of my diet is made up of foods that my kid didn't finish. – Carrie Underwood

Doug Larson – Life expectancy would grow by…

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.

I Love How My Kids Can't Find Their Shoes…

I love how my kids can't find their shoes, but they can find a tiny bit of onion in their dinner.

Video: tips for how to “dad”

This hilarious compilation of clips from “How to DAD” looks at the lighter side of parenting… for fathers.

Video: Let's move “focus group” with Will Ferrell

In celebration of the fourth anniversary of Let's Move!, the First Lady and Will Ferrell hosted a Let's Move! “focus group” with young kids to ask them about eating healthy and being active.

A messy kitchen is a sign of happiness

A messy kitchen is a sign of happiness.

Potty training is hard but funny sometimes

Potty training is a difficult task for toddlers, including for parents. The best way to handle challenges in potty training is to have patience and a sense of humor.

Childhood allergies

Childhood asthma

How-To: Improve your child's asthma management

  We still have not identified a single cause for asthma. And there is still no cure. But we know that asthma can be managed and controlled.   Asthma is a disease that affects the lungs and is found commonly in children. When your child is newly diagnosed...

Measuring peak flow can predict asthma attacks

  What's considered an asthma attack? An asthma attack includes any combination of the following symptoms: Coughing Chest tightness Wheezing Difficulty breathing Your child will have greatly reduced airflow. The airways in their lungs will swell and begin to...

Childhood asthma symptoms and management for parents

   What are the symptoms of asthma? It can be very difficult to accurately diagnose asthma in very young children. At 5 years and older, it becomes easier, if not more apparent, to diagnose childhood asthma. For starters, there may be an increase in complaints...

How-To: Identify credible asthma resources

  More resources to meet demand The dramatic and continuing increase in asthma, especially among our kids, has been met with a growing amount of resources. But not all asthma resources are the same: Conflict of interest? Many .com websites are commercial sites,...

Childhood Asthma Care Pathway

  We want to help you and your family succeed in every step of your child's asthma management journey We have the community. We have the digital resources. And with HealthChampion we have the interactive guide to childhood asthma management. HealthChampion, Happy...

How-To: Measure your child's peak flow

 What is a peak flow meter and why is it important?  A peak flow meter measures air movement out of your child’s lungs. The airways of the lungs begin to narrow during an asthma attack. The meter can give a good indication if there is narrowing in the airways before...

Childhood autism

Research confirms gut-brain connection in autism

Over 90% of people with autism suffer from gut issues, so researchers have always suspected a connection. The RMIT research discovered a gene mutation that causes the gut issues and responses to a critical neurotransmitter important in autism.

Top 9 chronic conditions among children in the US

Approximately 27% of US children — or more than 1 out of every 4 — in the US has a chronic condition or disease. That number has been increasing steadily over the past four decades, driven by changes in our eating habits, food selection and lifestyles.

Infant health

Toddler health

How-To: Improve your child's asthma management

  We still have not identified a single cause for asthma. And there is still no cure. But we know that asthma can be managed and controlled.   Asthma is a disease that affects the lungs and is found commonly in children. When your child is newly diagnosed...

Measuring peak flow can predict asthma attacks

  What's considered an asthma attack? An asthma attack includes any combination of the following symptoms: Coughing Chest tightness Wheezing Difficulty breathing Your child will have greatly reduced airflow. The airways in their lungs will swell and begin to...

Childhood asthma symptoms and management for parents

   What are the symptoms of asthma? It can be very difficult to accurately diagnose asthma in very young children. At 5 years and older, it becomes easier, if not more apparent, to diagnose childhood asthma. For starters, there may be an increase in complaints...

How-To: Identify credible asthma resources

  More resources to meet demand The dramatic and continuing increase in asthma, especially among our kids, has been met with a growing amount of resources. But not all asthma resources are the same: Conflict of interest? Many .com websites are commercial sites,...

Childhood Asthma Care Pathway

  We want to help you and your family succeed in every step of your child's asthma management journey We have the community. We have the digital resources. And with HealthChampion we have the interactive guide to childhood asthma management. HealthChampion, Happy...

How-To: Measure your child's peak flow

 What is a peak flow meter and why is it important?  A peak flow meter measures air movement out of your child’s lungs. The airways of the lungs begin to narrow during an asthma attack. The meter can give a good indication if there is narrowing in the airways before...

Preschooler health

Physical activity and fitness for preschoolers

With the seemingly limitless energy of preschoolers, it's sometimes easy to overlook the growing prevalence of young children who need to be more active. The increasing number of children who are very overweight or obese has increased the importance of physical...

How high noise levels at preschool affect children’s behavior

Preschoolers are still developing their senses in relation to their environment and if they are exposed early on to noise, this could have lifelong effects to their health. This study aims to understand the implications of high noise levels in school to their...