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Season 1

1 :01x01 - 9/11: It's Not Over

May/10/2002
The events of September 11 have had a continuing emotional impact on children in the NY area, leaving them feeling less secure about their safety than they were before. A doctor, a social worker, and five children (aged 8 to 18, living in Manhattan, the boroughs and the suburbs) discuss with host Dr. Winnie King those feelings, the signs of stress to look for in your child, and the techniques for reducing that stress.

2 :01x02 - Setting Limits on Young Kids' Behavior; Eating Disorders: How to Recognize Them, What to Do About Them

May/17/2002
Setting Limits on Young Kids Behavior
What techniques can you use to teach a rambunctious youngster to behave appropriately? Host Dr. Winnie King introduces you to a lively young man and his mom, and you'll hear a doctor's advice about how to curb behavioral excesses.

Eating Disorders: How to Recognize Them, What to Do About Them
A young woman who was anorexic as a teen, and a 10-year-old who began eating paper at age 5 to control her weight, discuss with Dr. King and an eating disorder specialist the reasons behind their problems and the steps required to overcome them.

3 :01x03 - Communicating With Your Teenager; Breastfeeding Your Baby: How Do You Make It Work?

May/24/2002
Communicating with Your Teenager
Negotiation versus rule-setting: A parent, a teen, and a doctor discuss with Host Dr. Winnie King the questions of where and how you draw the line on curfews or dating, and how you effectively adapt your parenting style to this increasingly independent young person.

Doctors universally say that breastfeeding is the healthiest thing for mother and child. But as natural as it is, it’s hard for many new moms to make it work without the support of the people around them. And many people frown on public breastfeeding – so how can you get the support you need and feel comfortable about doing something so natural? On this show, you’ll see a group of nursing mothers and a neonatologist demonstrate discreet nursing techniques on the air, tell you the pros and cons of breastfeeding your baby, and teach you what you need to know to make breastfeeding your child the successful and positive experience that it should be.

4 :01x04 - Better Bedtimes for Young Kids; Asperger Syndrome: What Is It?

May/31/2002
BETTER BEDTIMES: How can you help a rambunctious youngster get to sleep? Will "monster spray" get rid of the ones in his closet? How can you stop your kids from sleeping in your bed? Can a flashlight help take away her fear of the dark? Will sticking to a strict schedule every day make a difference? Join host, Dr. Winnie King, and find out the answers to these questions and many more. You'll also meet a lively little boy and his mom and hear a sleep specialist's advice about how to get him to bed — and his mother some rest!

ASPERGER SYNDROME: Remember those kids in school who just couldn't relate to the other kids? They were always very smart but somehow seemed lacking in social skills? They usually had trouble making friends? The reason might be a neurological disorder. Meet a 15-year-old boy who has it, and a specialist who can explain what the syndrome is and what can be done about it

5 :01x05 - Diabetes: Never a Day Off

Jun/07/2002
It sounds simple enough - your child has diabetes, you give her a few shots of insulin or some pills, and everything is fine. But that couldn't be farther from the truth. The incidence of diabetes in this country has increased enormously, and the burden diabetes can place on a young family is beyond what most people could imagine. On this episode one extraordinary mother, using a home video camera, takes us through a day in her life and shows us "Through Her Eyes" what it's really like. Her kids need constant blood tests and just the right amount of insulin - five, six, sometimes 10 shots a day - or they could die. The vigil continues all day. Every day. And there's never a day off. Join host Dr. Winnie King as she introduces us to this remarkable family that lives with diabetes. Learn how the national epidemic of obese children means that your child may be at risk - and hear what you can do to recognize diabetes in your child, and in some cases, to prevent it!

6 :01x06 - Child Abuse: Stop It Before It Starts!

Jun/14/2002
Have you ever hit your child? Have you ever felt that you were on the verge of losing control, or have you been pushed over the brink and been sorry later? Where is the line between discipline and child abuse? More than three million children are physically abused each year, and the bulk of that abuse comes from their parents. But there are things parents can do to recognize and prevent potential child abuse. Join host Dr. Winnie King for a compelling exposé of child abuse in America and the steps that can be taken to prevent it. Rarely seen before on television, we talk with a former child abuser and learn what she did to stop the cycle of abuse in her life. Meet some of the nation's leading experts in child abuse, and find out how to prevent child abuse before a parent loses control!

7 :01x07 - Teen Brain Chemistry: It's Different; Preventing Lead Poisoning

Jun/21/2002
TEEN BRAIN CHEMISTRY: Does your teenager's behavior sometimes leave you scratching your head in wonder? How many times have you asked, "What were they thinking?!" Well, we have the answer, and you may not believe it. It turns out there's actually a physical reason for many of their strange antics! As you parents of teens have long suspected, teenage brains aren't the same as adult brains, and those differences may lie behind much of their utterly astounding behavior. Join host Dr. Winnie King for a fascinating trip inside the teenage brain, as a renowned brain scientist, a science editor, and a teen explain why teenagers act the way they do, and what you may be able to do about it!

Preventing Lead Poisoning: A million children in the U.S. suffer from lead poisoning. Could your child be one of them? If your house, or your childcare center, was built before 1978, the answer could be yes, because lead paint could be exposing your child to this condition. Lead poisoning is a serious problem that can cause conditions like hyperactivity and severe brain damage – and the effects are irreversible. And frighteningly, there’s no way to know whether your child is suffering from lead poisoning without getting him or her tested. But there are some things you can do around the house to help prevent lead poisoning from ever being an issue in your family, and to stop it in its tracks if it has begun to affect your child.

So join our host Dr. Winnie King as she introduces you to the country’s leading experts on lead poisoning, and come with us on a home inspection to find the telltale signs of lead in your house.

8 :01x08 - Cystic Fibrosis Show: A Day in the Life

Jun/28/2002
CYSTIC FIBROSIS: A DAY IN THE LIFE
For a young person living with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), each day is a struggle just to breath. The lungs are clogged with thick mucus requiring constant medication and intrusive therapies, even someone to pound on the back to beat the congestion out. There is no cure and, without a lung transplant, the disease can become a death sentence. This is the day-to-day struggle faced by parents and their children with CF. Join host, Dr. Winnie King as we follow one young woman's story. Then meet a young man whose life was saved by having a lung transplant, and learn why some CF patients do not choose this option.

10 :01x10 - Raising Kids in Times of Crisis; Sleep Apnea, Night Terrors

Jul/05/2002
Raising Resilient Kids In Times of Crisis: Are your kids really as shaken up by world crises as many people think they are? Maybe not! Many parents worry that events like September 11th, the Iraqi war and the SARS epidemic have severely traumatized their kids, and the airwaves are filled with advice about how to counteract their fears and reduce their anxiety. But the experts and kids we spoke to had a very different perspective. They said it might not be as bad as you think - and they had some very helpful advice about how to raise your kids to be strong and resilient, so they can handle whatever confronts them in the future! Host Dr. Winnie King talks to some of the country's leading child trauma experts, and to the kids themselves, to find out what you should to do to keep your kids calm and resilient.

SLEEP APNEA, NIGHT TERRORS: Did you know that kids who snore at night might have more trouble in school during the day? That's because snoring may be a sign of a sleep disorder called sleep apnea; and the sleep deprivation that results from it may severely impact every phase of your child's life - even her personality! Meet kids who suffer from sleep apnea and two experts who treat it, and learn how to recognize and treat sleep disorders in your own child!Guests:

11 :01x11 - Good Skin for Life

Jul/13/2002
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12 :01x12 - Cochlear Implants; Unmasking Lyme Disease

Jul/19/2002
Cochlear Implants: Enabling the Deaf to Hear
Imagine,a device that allows a profoundly deaf child to hear! It's a true modern-day miracle; children who used to hear nothing at all are now part of the hearing world, and can carry on normal conversations with people whose voices they've never heard before. Host Dr. Winnie King shows us an amazing device called the cochlear implant, and introduces us to a 22-year-old young man who, at the age of 17, heard sounds for the first time in his life. Meet the doctors who implant the device, the children and parents whose lives have been transformed by it, and the therapists who lead them through the difficult but rewarding process that brings the world of sound to life.

Lyme Disease:
Lyme disease is spreading – but it’s still terribly difficult to diagnose, often equally hard to cure, and it can have a profoundly damaging impact on your life. Recognizing the symptoms and getting treatment right away can mean the difference between licking the disease or possibly suffering though a lifetime of disabling symptoms – but it’s not easy to recognize, and even the experts disagree on the way treatment should proceed.

So what can you do to keep your children safe from this tick-borne infection? Keep them off of the lawn in the summer? Forbid them to walk in the woods? How do you even find the tiny ticks that carry the disease? In this episode, Keeping Kids Healthy host Dr. Winnie King will show you the protective steps you should take, the signs of illness to look for, and the range of approaches you need to discuss with your doctor, to diagnose and treat the disease. And you’ll meet the teens and families who have been living with lyme disease, and learn from their experiences the most important things you need to do to protect your child

13 :01x13 - Step-Parenting/Single Parenting: A Step Away From Tradition

Jul/26/2002
So many of today's families are "non-traditional"; one may be a blend of two families that have come together after divorce, while another may be a family led by a single mother or father. In this episode we explore the hurdles faced, and the solutions discovered, by the members of these families and the professionals who counsel them. Tune in to find out how to help your own family come together more smoothly, and how to guide your children successfully through some of the real-life stresses they face.

STEP-PARENTING: IS IT REALLY THE BRADY BUNCH? It's the perfect picture. A couple in love, each with wonderful children. Two families coming together as one. But after the honeymoon, the clash of cultures can begin. Join host Dr. Winnie King as she introduces us to one family that has overcome all of this and more, and the therapist who has helped them through it. Find out what these family members learned about each other and themselves to become one happy family.

14 :01x14 - Deadly Food Allergies: What You Need to Know; Kids and Pets

Aug/02/2002
DEADLY FOOD ALLERGIES: Ten-year-old Lauren took one bite of a cookie and wound up on a respirator. Six-year-old Junior couldn't resist his classmate's birthday cupcake, and it almost cost him his life. For parents of most kids, it's hard to believe that a morsel of forbidden fruit can bring a child to the brink of death. But these two kids and their families found out the hard way that the threat posed by food allergies is very real. Meet Lauren and Junior and hear their stories; join host Dr. Winnie King and a renowned food allergist to find out the things we need to know to save their lives.

KIDS AND PETS: Would you be completely crazy to get your kids a pet? Or are there real advantages to the child-pet relationship? And honestly - whose pet (and whose responsibility?!) will it turn out to be? The truth is that pets have a great deal to offer children, from companionship and security to life lessons in responsibility, empathy, and even loss. But if you're thinking of taking the plunge, or if you have a pet already, it's important to know how to choose the right one, and how to bring your kids successfully into the mix. Hear the answers from a veterinarian and a family counselor, and meet a roomful of pets, parents and kids who have learned how to make it work!

Season 2

15 :02x01 - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Divorce

Jan/03/2003
ADHD: What's the difference between a rambunctious kid with lots of energy and a kid with ADHD? Host Dr. Winnie King takes us into the home of a family with an ADHD teenager, showing us what ADHD behaviors are and how they affect the family. Then, find out from the experts what the symptoms are, how it's diagnosed, and what parents can do to advocate for their children who do have ADHD.

DIVORCE: With half of all marriages ending in divorce, parents concentrate so much on the trauma they're experiencing that they forget to worry about the kids. The result can be terribly damaging to the children - but if you're willing to work on protecting them, there are ways to do it. Visit with a mother and daughter who have endured the trauma, and two divorce experts, for an intimate look at the damage that can be done to children of divorce, and the steps parents can take to minimize it.

16 :02x02 - Sibling Rivalry; Flu

Jan/10/2003
Flu: New Science in an Old Battle
As common and routine as the flu might seem, it can be deadly. Host Dr. Winnie Kings and two leading flu experts examine the myths about flu and flu shots, the dangers of not getting a vaccination for your child, and tells us where to get those shots and how to save the most possible money in the process!

17 :02x03 - Grandparents Who Parent

May/09/2003
Grandparents are supposed to enjoy their grandchildren without all the work of childrearing; but a growing number of grandparents find themselves acting as full-time parents for the second time. Host Dr. Winnie King introduces us to a grandmother and one of the two grandchildren she is now raising, and shows us how this non-traditional family bears the burden and comes out smiling, despite the inevitable difficulties. An expert provides useful suggestions about doing it right, and tells us about the variety of assistance that's available.

Season 3

18 :03x01 - Reducing the Risk of SIDS; Difference Between Boys and Girls

Apr/04/2004
SIDS: A parent's worst nightmare: a healthy baby goes safely to sleep in his crib, and never wakes up. More than 3000 infants die each year of SIDS, and what they have in common is that no one detected anything wrong with them before they died, and no one can explain what happened. But doctors have finally identified the steps you can take to cut the risk of SIDS in half! Join host Dr. Winnie King and two inspiring families who lost children to SIDS, and hear how they use the wisdom they gained from their tragedies to help others. And learn from an experienced pediatrician what you and others around your infant can do to reduce the risk of SIDS for every child.

BOYS & GIRLS: Are boys and girls really different? And if they are, then why? Are their brains structured differently? Are they raised differently? Should they be?! The bottom line question hasn't changed for years: are any differences we see based on nature or nurture, and what should we do about it? But the answers are changing day by day. Tune in as top experts in the field tell us the latest answers to the puzzle, and give us practical tips on how parents can best rear their boys & girls.

19 :03x02 - Hidden Dangers of Sports

Apr/04/2004
HIDDEN DANGERS OF SPORTS
Sports are a great way for your kids to exercise and keep healthy, but taken to the extreme; the idea of winning at any cost can actually cost your child his or her life! Would you know if your daughter was so obsessed with exercise that she's actually destroying her bones, instead of making them stronger? Could you tell if your son has secretly used steroids? Today, participation in sports can actually lead to serious and hidden dangers that parents need to watch for. In girls, excessive athletic exercise and dieting can set them up for eating disorders and irreparable damage to their bones. In boys, the drive to be strong leads many young men to steroid addiction, with disastrous side effects ranging from personality disorders to liver and kidney failure. Join host Dr. Winnie King, three of the country's leading sports medicine experts - meet the young men and women who learned these lessons the hard way and meet a mother and father whose son lost his life for his sport.

20 :03x03 - Learning Through Music With Bob McGrath

Oct/03/2004
Sesame Street's "Bob" McGrath joins Dr. Winnie King, along with a music researcher and a wonderful group of kids, to try to answer the big question: can music really affect your child's brain, intelligence, and emotional well-being? You'll visit a school that focuses on music and winds up with great academic success, and you'll see demonstrations of ways that music can help your own kids. We'll also visit with a therapist who uses music to help young people with medical problems, and we'll follow her through her hospital rounds to learn how her music creates magic for the kids who need it most.

21 :03x04 - Health and Fitness With Lynn Swann; Heart Defects

Oct/10/2004
Health & Fitness with Lynn Swann
NFL Hall-of-Famer Lynn Swann shows host Dr. Winnie King how to get your kids off the couch, make them physically fit enough to safeguard their health, and have some fun yourself in the process!

Part Two: Heart Defects in Children
You've just been told there's something wrong with your child's heart. What do you do? Where do you go? Get the answers from two leading heart specialists, and see the real-life story of a little girl and her family, who've been through it and are here to tell the tale.

22 :03x05 - Drowsy Teens and Driving: A Deadly Mix

Oct/17/2004
When it comes to teenagers, the old adage about "early to bed, early to rise..." has very little to do with reality. Teens are more sleep deprived now than ever and it is becoming a dangerous situation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conservatively estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year. And young drivers were four times more likely to have a sleep-related crash than were drivers over the age of 30.

Join host Dr. Winnie King as we hear the sad stories of some young people whose lives were forever changed by drowsy driving. You'll also hear from a national sleep specialist and a NY State Trooper as well as hear how some schools and families are trying to correct the problem of sleep-deprived teens.

23 :03x06 - Home for the Holidays; Hearing Loss: How to Detect It

Oct/24/2004
College Kids: Home for the Holidays
Freshman year at college; students living away from home; parents with an empty bedroom. It’s a pretty major challenge for parents to let their son or daughter go off on their own – but it can become even trickier when the student comes back for the holidays with a tattoo or a nose ring – or just with a whole new attitude about how independent he should be! Host Dr. Winnie King joins one family and a family counselor to examine the feelings, adjustments, and accommodations everyone has to make to survive the turmoil.

Hearing Loss
It's a parent's nightmare: "My baby can't hear?" Find out what can be done about it, and the options that parents have to help their hearing-impaired children live full, productive lives.

24 :03x07 - Teen Pregnancy: What Can a Parent Do?

Oct/31/2004
Did you know that fully a THIRD of all girls become pregnant while they're still in their teens? If that happens to your daughter, or if your teenaged son comes home and announces that he's going to be a father, there will be plenty of information available to help them figure out what to do; but it's going to be extremely hard for you, the parent, to find guidance about how you should react!

Join us and meet two families who have worked their way successfully through the minefield of teen pregnancy, and listen to the advisers - including the parents - who have helped them keep their families and relationships intact. You'll learn how to maintain the greatest possible influence over your child's decisions, you'll find out what the limits really are, and you'll wind up as prepared as you can possibly be, to handle one of the greatest child-rearing challenges you're ever likely to face.

25 :03x08 - Toddler Tips From Penelope Leach & Kyle Pruett

Nov/07/2004
Toddler Tips from Penelope Leach and Kyle Pruett: What talks, walks, bites, hugs, throws tantrums, laughs easily, says "no," pays little attention, is fiercely independent and yet still requires help getting dressed? Join host Dr. Winnie King to learn about the strange species we call TODDLERS. This is a unique and difficult time in a child's development, for both the child and the parent/caregiver. Renowned experts Penelope Leach and Kyle Pruett will teach you how to handle your toddlers - deal with their behavior, learn the right ways to talk and discipline them and recognize when they are merely imitating what they learn from adults. You'll also learn ways to encourage and enhance a toddler's development. Join us and find out there's much more to toddlers than meets the eye.

27 :03x10 - Prenatal Care for Moms; Basic Training for Dads

Nov/21/2004
PRE-NATAL CARE: A HEAD START FOR YOUR BABY
Did you know that "babying your baby" actually begins long before your baby is even born? Keeping your kids healthy starts with taking care of yourself during your pregnancy. What kind of food should you eat? Are there foods you should avoid? When should you see a doctor? Is sex safe during pregnancy? What exactly is "morning sickness" and how can you stop it? Join host Dr. Winnie King and our experts as we take you on a guided tour of how to keep yourself and your baby healthy while you're pregnant.


BASIC TRAINING FOR NEW DADS
Congratulations! You're a new dad! After the toasts, the cigars and all the pats on the back, what happens next? You have this new life in your arms...do you know what to do? How do you hold the baby? Are you afraid you'll drop and "break" her? When does your baby need to be fed...and how? How will your life change? Join Dr. Winnie King as we learn about a "Boot Camp" that puts new fathers through basic training. We'll talk with boot camp "Drool Sergeants;" and we'll give new dads some of the tools they need to be great fathers!

28 :03x11 - Clinical Depression in Children; Clown Therapy

Nov/28/2004
Clinical Depression in Children
If your teenager seems depressed or irritable, you may wonder, if it is just a phase he's going through? Or if your teen is moody and rebellious, you may think that's what makes her a teenager, right? Well, not always. For more than three million teens in this country, they are signs of clinical depression - a mental illness that can lead some teens to purposely injure themselves or even worse, take their own lives. Depression is an illness that requires treatment with medication or therapy. But how can parents tell the difference? Join host Dr. Winnie King as we journey through this very difficult and prevalent problem. You'll hear from two experts about how to recognize the warning signs of teen depression. And you'll also hear from two courageous young women who share the stories of their battles with depression.

CLOWN THERAPY: When a child is seriously sick, the whole family is sick - and modern medicine now views laughter as a powerful part of the child and the family's treatment. Hear how some doctors are clowning around using laughter and play to help seriously ill children and their families get better; meet the clowns who reach out to these children, and the patients whose lives are touched by this unique form of therapy.

29 :03x12 - Safeguarding Your Child's Vision; Coping Tips for Moms

Dec/05/2004
Your Child's Vision: Gisele's parents did everything they were supposed to do: childhood eye exams, periodic vision checks, everything the doctor ordered. But for years no one knew that she was virtually blind in one eye, and by the time the loss was discovered, it was perilously close to being too late to correct it. Their story will show you the importance of trusting your own instincts, going for that second and third opinion, and not giving up! Join host Dr. Winnie King, along with an innovative pediatric ophthalmologist and two children with vision stories to tell. Most important, learn what you have to watch out for to make sure you protect your own child's gift of sight.

Coping Tips for Mom!
Everyone's full of advice about how to make your kids happy and healthy, but it's time someone focused on helping the moms! Join a new mom, an experienced mom, and a counselor who's heard it all join for a lively, no-holds-barred exchange about the issues moms REALLY want to talk about. Watch as Dr. Winnie King finds out the solutions that work for them and that just might work for you! Don't worry, dads, you'll get your chance in a future segment!

30 :03x13 - How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex

Dec/12/2004
Talk to your kids about sex? How do you begin? When should you begin? If they don't ask, are you off the hook? Join Dr. Winnie King as she has a serious and frank discussion about "the talk." She and our experts will offer step?by?step suggestions on how to begin, how much to say and what ideas they can understand at each age of their development. You'll learn what to listen for from your kids, hear some shocking myths many kids have and understand the thousands of sex images they are bombarded with every day. The old "birds and the bees" just won't cut it anymore. Are you prepared?

31 :03x14 - How to Handle Some Emergencies; Stuttering

Dec/19/2004
Home Emergencies: What You Need To Know
Do you know what to do if your child starts to choke on his food? What about if she falls into a pool and stops breathing? If your toddler gets into your cleaning supplies and swallows a poison, are you really supposed to make him throw up? And who do you call to get the right answer?! Join host Dr. Winnie King and a Red Cross expert, along with a mom who did everything right, and find out what YOU need to know to save your child's life!

Stuttering: Can It Be Stopped?
Stuttering is one of the most painful and difficult challenges a child may face, but there's a new treatment on the horizon that may change everything. This new device, inserted in the ear, may be able to stop stuttering in seconds; but will it work for everyone? What about therapy - what can that accomplish, and which kind works best? Meet the inventor of the new anti-stuttering technology, a child who is using the new device, and one of the leading researchers and advocates about stuttering. Join Dr. Winnie King and hear from a girl who has significantly overcome her stuttering with intense therapy without the aid of technology.

32 :03x15 - Parenting Gay Teens: What You Should Know

Dec/26/2004
Parenting Gay Teens: What You Should Know Your teenage son has just told you that he's gay - now what you do? What if it's your daughter? What if your religion says homosexuality is wrong? Experts say up to 10% of all teens are gay, so any parent may have to face these questions, whether about your own child or the child of a friend. On this program you'll get answers from two kinds of experts: the professionals who work with gay kids and their parents, and the families who have lived through it all. Meet a Baptist minister from Virginia and his lesbian daughter; travel to Muskogee, Oklahoma, where a mother and father who were pillars of their community became outcasts when their son "came out"; find out what it means to be gay, young, and a minority in New York. Host Dr. Winnie King introduces you to these people and more, as she explores the social, cultural and personal challenges straight parents and their kids face when the teens are gay.

Season 4

33 :04x01 - Families who have adopted through private, international or foster care programs; a pediatrician specializing in adoption.

Apr/03/2005
What's it like to adopt, or to be adopted? Maybe you have been thinking about adopting a child. Or perhaps you are wondering, "Will I love an adopted child as much as a child I gave birth to?" Or, "What if the birth mother changes her mind?" Or you may not even know how to adopt. What kind of adoption is right for you and your family? Private? International? Foster Care? Regardless of the path, adoption can greatly enrich your life. Join host, Dr. Winnie King as we meet several families who have adopted through different paths (private, international and foster-care), a pediatrician specializing in adoption (and mother of three adopted children) and you'll hear the remarkable story of a man who, at four years old, entered the foster care system with his six-month old brother and now, along with his wife, has three biological daughters and four adopted sons.

34 :04x02 - Girl Bullying

Apr/10/2005
Girls can't be bullies! They're made of "sugar and spice and everything nice," right? Well, not always. Sometimes girls can be mean - especially to each other. And while boy bullies often fight with fists, girls battle each other with words and friendships. Relational Aggression, or girl bullying as it is commonly called, is real and surprisingly common. One day your daughter might be happy and popular; the next, shunned by her girl classmates. And sometimes, girls who have been bullied can even become bullies themselves. Join Dr. Winnie King as we hear the stories of girls who were bullied as children, often by their own friends! We'll meet the mother of a bullied girl to find out how she struggled with what to do to help her child and we'll also hear from three experts in the field as well as a teen mentor to help you understand what's behind this rampant and serious problem affecting all our daughters.

35 :04x03 - Medical Confidentiality for Minors; Safety in and around the Home

Apr/17/2005
Medical Confidentiality for Minors
Did you know that your child can ask his or her doctor to Under certain circumstances, a doctor may honor your child's request to keep the child's medical records confidential from you - even if your child is under 18 and you want to be kept informed. A pediatrician, a bioethicist, and a young woman who took advantage of that option discuss with host Dr. Winnie King the reasons behind such a request, and the guidelines for deciding when to honor it.

36 :04x04 - Epilepsy: One in a Hundred

Apr/24/2005
Do you often catch your child starring off into space? Does she seem to be daydreaming for a moment? Does he often have a blank look on his face? Would you be able to tell if your child was having a petit mal epileptic seizure? More than one out of every hundred kids has epilepsy. Epilepsy is one of the most common disorders of the nervous system affecting more than 2.5 million Americans of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds.

Join host, Dr. Winnie King as we explore epilepsy - a neurological condition that makes people susceptible to seizures - a change in sensation, awareness, or behavior brought about by a brief electrical disturbance in the brain. You'll meet an active teenager who lives with epilepsy every day; meet her younger sister who has recently been diagnosed with epilepsy; meet their mother and hear their incredible story. You'll also hear from the leading experts in the field of epilepsy research and listen to a group of teenagers as they discuss their lives living with epilepsy.

37 :04x05 - Overcoming Obesity

May/01/2005
Does your child have a weight problem? More than one third of today's kids are overweight - a number that has quadrupled since the 70s. The frightening reality of the childhood obesity epidemic is that the long-term consequences of this trend are deadly. Some experts say that 200,000 people die each year as a result of obesity. Kids are eating more processed and prepackaged foods high is sugar, fat and calories - and in much larger portions than ever before. And with the advance of technology (video games, computers, cars, etc.) physical activity trends show people getting less exercise. A child with unhealthy eating habits and little or no physical activity will result in an obese child. The medical results of obesity on children can include Type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, etc. But the great news is that the threat to your kids is preventable, because there are ways to help your child fight this disease, and to prevent it from developing in the first place. Join Dr. Winnie King as we hear from kids who are overcoming their weight problems and leading happier, healthier lives as well as from pediatric obesity specialists, who will teach you how to help your kids avoid the serious problems of obesity.

38 :04x06 - Money and Kids: A Reality Check!; Teen Suicide

May/08/2005
Money & Kids:
Do you talk to your kids about managing money? Do they know and understand their own spending habits? What should you tell them and how young can you begin? Since children learn as much by what parents say as what they do, are you discussing your own values and morals towards money with your kids? Join host Dr. Winnie King as we explore this very important topic. You'll learn about a high school program that takes a unique approach to teaching the value of a dollar; you'll meet a family that began discussing how to manage money when their kids were four years old; and you'll hear from experts how to begin talking to and training your children so they are prepared to become financially aware.

Teen Suicide: The Silent Epidemic
What can you do if your teen is thinking about suicide? How can you even know? Meet a teenage girl who has attempted suicide three times. She describes in chilling detail what drove her to try to kill herself, and joins her doctor in providing practical suggestions that parents can use to detect and prevent suicidal behavior in their children.

39 :04x07 - Newborn Babies, Nursing Moms: What You Need to Know

May/15/2005
Congratulations! You have a new baby! Now what do you do? It's the toughest new job you'll ever have. And more importantly, no matter how many books you read, how many people you talk to, or how prepared you think you may be...caring for a newborn means having lots of questions, and the advice keeps changing and advancing. How soon do I bring my baby to the doctor after leaving the hospital? What do I need to learn about breast feeding? How do I get my baby to start sleeping on a schedule? What do I need to know about fevers? Jaundice? Colic? About spitting up? When can I take my newborn out of the house? And so many more… Join host Dr. Winnie King as we meet with a panel of new mothers, hear their stories and have all of their questions answered by our experts.

40 :04x08 - Internet Safety Secrets; Imaginary Friends

May/22/2005
Internet Safety:
Computers have become an integral part of your child's life - interacting with educational programs for young kids; doing research and homework online; playing computer games; emailing friends and family and so much more. But this tool your kids use every day may also put them a great risk, right in your own home. With computer savvy kids (and they are becoming more savvy at younger ages), you probably have heard phrases like, buddy lists, instant messaging and chat rooms. But do know what your kids do online? Who they talk to in the chat rooms? How can you keep your kids safe? How can you protect them from predators waiting out there on the world wide web? Join host Dr. Winnie King and internet safety experts to learn how you can make sure that the computer remains a useful tool for your kids and not something that could jeopardize their safety!

Imaginary Friends: What If Your Child Has One?
Does your kid have an imaginary friend? And if he does, is it a problem? Should you worry? Well, believe it or not, there’s actually research to give you the answer – and you’re going to love what you hear. About two thirds of young kids report having imaginary friends, and in this delightful and memorable episode you’ll meet the kids and their friends, and learn what you need to know to make these visitors a productive and welcome part of your family!

41 :04x09 - Naptime: Ending the Struggle; Strep & Obsessive Compulsive

May/29/2005
Naptime:
It's naptime! We all know that babies sleep a great deal, or at least, should sleep a great deal. They need sleep to develop. One reasons babies sleep so much is that they use a tremendous amount of energy just growing: their bones, their heart, and their brains. Now, while food does fuel a lot of that growth, sleep does, too. So when kids nap, they need a routine to get the maximum benefit. The better nap a child gets during the day, the better they are going to sleep at night. But what happens when that schedule is disrupted or never gets into a routine? When should your kids nap? When are they ready to really start a schedule? Join host Dr. Winnie King, along with a pediatric sleep expert and some sleep-deprived parents, to get the answers to all your napping questions.

Strep & Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:
At four years old, Jeffrey began to exhibit facial tics and uncontrolled body movements. That progressed to some obsessive-compulsive behaviors (OCD). Jeffrey was diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome and OCD. With medication, things seemed under control until Jeffrey got strep throat. Then the tics and the OCD behavior resurfaced. While it seems strange that a connection might exist between the two, doctors have been exploring the relationship between neuropsychiatric disorders like Tourette's and OCD, and strep. This syndrome is called, "PANDAS", which stands for: Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infection. Join host Dr. Winnie King as we investigate the parallels in these disorders and why they might be affected by strep. You'll meet Jeffrey and his parents as well as two experts who are up to date on the leading research in this field.

42 :04x10 - Autism: The Unfolding Mystery

Jun/05/2005
When children have a disability of any kind, it can sometimes be very stressful for parents. For parents of children with autism, it can be an even greater challenge. Autism is a developmental disorder that affects multiple areas of development - like a child's ability to develop speech, language, communication, social skills - and that results in many behavioral peculiarities, like repetitive conduct. And while Dustin Hoffman's fictional portrayal of an autistic man in the movie Rain Man is most people's reference point, autism in a child is a very real and life changing disorder for many families, as parents watch their child retreat into his or her own world. Join host Dr. Winnie King as we explore what it means to be autistic, how you can recognize the signs of autism in your child, and hear about new treatments and programs to help children learn to deal with the disorder. We'll also meet a remarkable young man who was diagnosed with autism at age three, attended a unique day program and is now excelling in college!

43 :04x11 - Cigarettes and Children: How to Fight Back; Fire Safety

Jun/12/2005
We try to teach our kids that cigarette smoking is bad for them, but peer pressure, advertisements, and pop culture fight our efforts at every turn. And if a parent smokes, it’s even harder to argue that the child shouldn’t do it! But there are ways you can reach your child, and this program will tell you how to do it. Meet the teachers who know how to stop them, the kids who are listening to them, and a parent who is learning how to modify her own behavior and get the message through to her child.

Fire Safety: How do you protect your family from fire in your house or apartment? You really CAN protect them – if you’re just willing to spend a few minutes a year getting it right! Learn what to do from our host, Dr. Winnie King, and a fire inspector who knows how to save kids’ lives. And live through the experience of a family who now knows just how important those few minutes of preparation can be.

44 :04x12 - Depression and Antidepressants in Kids

Jun/19/2005
If your child is “clinically depressed,” what can you do about it? And are you afraid that the “cure” might be more dangerous than the disease? Clinical depression is a devastating and potentially dangerous level of depression that can actually lead to suicide in children and adolescents. The good news is that psychological therapy, and the use of certain anti-depressant medications, has shown great promise in helping kids recover from depression, and in reducing the rate of suicide. But government warnings say that the use of antidepressants can sometimes increase the risk of irritability – and sometimes, even suicide – in a small percentage of the children who take them! What should parents do? Join host Dr. Winnie King -- and the leading psychiatrists, researchers, and government panelists in the field -- to learn how to provide the critical help that your child needs, while safeguarding her health and her life. We’ll also meet two teens whose depression was brought under control by antidepressants, and a third who suffered the kinds of adverse side effects that make proper oversight by parents so essential.

45 :04x13 - Learning Disabilities

Jun/26/2005
Learning Disabilities: A Complex Journey
Does your child have trouble reading? Does your daughter seem to have more difficulty with schoolwork than you would expect, even though she’s trying her hardest? Is your son avoiding school, claiming illness a little too often, and insisting that he’s stupid when you know that’s not really true? If so, your child may have a learning disability – that is, a neurological problem processing information that he’s actually smart enough to understand. How do you find out? And where can you go for help? Meet a developmental pediatrician, a parent advocate, and the head of a national learning disabilities organization as they help our host, Dr. Winnie King, answer those questions for you. And meet a young man who has struggled with learning disabilities all his life, and the mother who has finally helped him overcome them.

46 :04x14 - Triumph of the Spirit; Overcoming Spinal Cord Injuries

Aug/20/2005
Triumph of the Spirit I: Conquering Spinal Cord Injury
Can paralyzed kids get back on their feet and walk? Imagine being a young man with everything to live for -- and then you're told you will never walk again. What would you do? Where would you turn for help? The great news is, there's a revolution going on in the treatment of spinal cord injury, and modern-day miracles are happening to young people who find the right treatment centers! In this program, the first of two episodes looking at cutting-edge treatments, Keeping Kids Healthy tells you the exclusive story of a young man named Matt, who was left paralyzed from the waist down after a snowboarding accident. But incredibly, within a year Matt was back on his feet -- and walking! How he got there, what he did to achieve the ultimate comeback -- and what he learned along the way about new spinal cord treatments and about life -- make for an inspiring and unforgettable half hour of television.

47 :04x15 - Preventing Meningitis: A Race Against Time; Co-Sleeping: Should Your Child Share Your Bed?

Aug/27/2005
Preventing Meningitis:
Nothing can upset a community more than an outbreak of meningitis. Only 3,000 Americans contract it each year, but when there's a report of a meningitis case, parents often panic and pull their children out of school.

But how bad IS meningitis? The answer is that it can be deadly -- but thankfully, there are things you and your child can do to prevent it. Join host Dr. Winnie King and meet one family from a small town in Pennsylvania whose 14-year-old daughter came down with Meningitis. She survived, but with disabling results; and she'll share how her brush with death changed her and her family's lives forever. We'll also hear, from a leading Infectious Disease expert, how a new vaccine for kids in middle school and the higher grades can prevent meningitis in your child.

Co-Sleeping: Should Your Child Share Your Bed?
What’s the single biggest issue in parenting? It’s sleep -- who’s getting it, how they’re getting it, and how they can get some more of it! But where are your children sleeping, and where should they sleep? In your room or your bed? Or in theirs? If they’re in your room, that’s called co-sleeping -- and it may happen accidentally, because a baby cries in the middle of the night, or because of a lifestyle decision. But which way is best? And for how long? Join our host Dr. Winnie King, and find out what you need to know about your child’s safety, his independence, and the impact of co-sleeping in later life.

48 :04x16 - Self-Injury in Children: Cutting, Burning, and Other Secret Scars

Oct/02/2005
Could your child be intentionally cutting or burning herself without your knowledge? It's called self-injury or self-mutilation, and you need to know about it, because the practice is on the rise. It's defined as a deliberate harming of your own body without a conscious attempt at suicide. It's amazingly common -- believe it or not, in a Massachusetts survey, almost a fifth of the students reported that they had injured themselves on purpose in the last year!

Join host Dr. Winnie King and meet a young woman who is struggling with this very problem - and hear from her parents about how they cope. We'll also talk about what to do if you suspect your own child might be hurting herself - how you can find out, and how you can stop it.

50 :04x18 - How to Cope With ADHD

Oct/16/2005
How do you tell the difference between an ordinary rambunctious kid and one who has ADHD? And what do you do about it? Many people still believe that ADHD isn't a "real" diagnosis, or that it's the fault of the parent, or that the child is just out of control. But it's not that simple!

If your child seems very hyperactive and impulsive, or simply can't focus in school, you need to tune in to find out more. We'll tell you how ADHD is diagnosed, clear up some of the myths, explain the treatments that are available, and give you tips on how you can help your child at home. You'll meet the parents and kids who are trying to make those treatments work - and we'll give you a unique perspective from one boy who has ADHD, and what it's like to live life through his eyes.

51 :04x19 - Finding the Right Childcare

Oct/23/2005
FINDING THE RIGHT CHILDCARE
Does your babysitter know CPR? Does the day care you use have staff trained in child development? Whether they're toddlers or teens, there are many great solutions to the problem of finding the perfect childcare - ranging from babysitters in your home to a traditional day care facility. But choose poorly and it could lead to disaster. Join host Dr. Winnie King as we hear the story of a parent's worst fears come true and then learn how to protect your children by asking the right questions and investigating day care options before you turn over your most precious treasures, your children.

52 :04x20 - Lupus: Unraveling a Medical Mystery

Oct/30/2005
What happens when you know your child is sick, but no one can tell you what's wrong...sometimes for years? Lupus, a debilitating disease, is still a medical mystery. Join Dr. Winnie King as we attempt to unravel this mystery on a full-show episode of Keeping Kids Healthy. Without a single known cause, no simple test for diagnosis and symptoms so vague and so varied, Lupus can often elude the doctors trying to detect it. But learning about Lupus is actually the first step in detecting it. You'll hear from a young woman who lived with Lupus since she was 14 but wasn't diagnosed until 22; a 13 year old who was only diagnosed last year; hear the story of how one mother refused to give up until her daughter's condition was diagnosed and hear a Lupus expert discuss symptoms, treatments, care and the latest news on medical advances in Lupus research.

53 :04x21 - Triumph of the Spirit I: Conquering Spinal Cord Injury

Nov/06/2005
Can paralyzed kids get back on their feet and walk? Imagine being a young man with everything to live for -- and then you're told you will never walk again. What would you do? Where would you turn for help? The great news is, there's a revolution going on in the treatment of spinal cord injury, and modern-day miracles are happening to young people who find the right treatment centers! In this program, the first of two episodes looking at cutting-edge treatments, Keeping Kids Healthy tells you the exclusive story of a young man named Matt, who was left paralyzed from the waist down after a snowboarding accident. But incredibly, within a year Matt was back on his feet -- and walking! How he got there, what he did to achieve the ultimate comeback -- and what he learned along the way about new spinal cord treatments and about life -- make for an inspiring and unforgettable half hour of television.

54 :04x22 - Triumph of the Spirit II: A Child's Journey Through Paralysis

Nov/13/2005
The birth of her baby was nothing like Leann had imagined. Three-pound 4-ounce Jessica arrived nine weeks early - a tiny soul fighting for her brand-new life. She had meningitis, a septic infection, water on the brain - and then she had a stroke in her spinal cord, paralyzing her from the chest down. She wasn't expected to walk or talk; a normal life seemed like an impossible dream. But her mother wouldn't give up: she kept looking for doctors, she kept searching for answers. And her persistence led to an extraordinary triumph over the odds. With the help of a doctor who stepped up to the challenge, Leann implemented a daily regimen of exercise for her little girl - and together they developed a new approach to spinal cord rehabilitation in children that brought Jessica to her feet, and that holds the promise of an unimaginably bright future for children with spinal cord injury. Meet the bright, talkative little girl who defied the odds, and the mother and doctor who wouldn't take no for an answer - and find out what every family with a devastating medical condition should know about reaching beyond a negative prognosis, and refusing to give up.

55 :04x23 - Get Your Kids to Eat Right!

Nov/20/2005
It's the big question every parent faces: how do you get your kids to eat right when you're not around to supervise them!? Is there really a way to get them to like and choose healthy food, so they'll do it even when you're not there? The answer is YES - you absolutely can do it - and on this episode of Keeping Kids Healthy, we'll show you how! Watch this half hour and you'll learn how to raise your kids to be good eaters, and exactly what to do at every age to get them to eat right and make healthy choices on their own. The medical research supports it: it really can be done - even with teenagers! You just have to learn how, and this program will give you the answers.

56 :04x24 - Bipolar Disorder in Children

Nov/27/2005
Your kid is “up” one minute and “down” the next. Her moods swing with the alarming unpredictability of a roller coaster. It’s hard for a parent to know whether these mood swings are the normal emotional speed bumps of growing up, or whether they’re signs of an emotional disorder known as bipolar disease, or “manic depression.” It’s a condition marked by severe mood changes – soaring “highs” and bottomless “lows” – that happen for no obvious reason at all, and it’s tough for a parent to know when it’s time to get professional help.

In this episode of Keeping Kids Healthy, host Dr. Winnie King will introduce you to two adolescents who’ve been diagnosed with bipolar disease, and they’ll share with you what’s going on inside their heads as they and their families try to cope with their changing moods. And you’ll gain from the wisdom of two of the country’s leading experts on bipolar disorder, who will guide you through the most important tips for evaluating and treating your own child’s mood swings.

57 :04x25 - Preventing Drowning and Choking

Dec/04/2005
Did you know that drowning is the Number 1 cause of death among children under five years old? And that choking is another leading killer, taking a child's life every five days? Beyond the personal tragedy, the saddest thing about accidental death in children is how much CAN BE DONE to prevent it - BUT ISN'T DONE! There are simple steps every parent or caretaker should take that can save your own child's life, and prevent water and choking-related disasters in all the children around you!

Join host Dr. Winnie King and meet some courageous guests - some very fortunate, and others whose lives have been changed forever by tragedy - who will show you how to avoid their mistakes, and protect your own child. You'll also meet a boy whose quick thinking triggered a first-aid response from a cafeteria monitor, and saved his life. Does your child know how to protect himself? Do your school personnel have the safety training they need? Do you? If you learn and practice the things we'll show you on this program, you can greatly reduce the risk of losing your child to choking and drowning. So don't tune out because you think you already know how to keep your children safe. Tune in - your child's life may depend on it.

58 :04x26 - Overcoming Extreme Shyness; AIDS in Adolescents: How to Protect Your Child

Dec/11/2005
Part One: Overcoming Extreme Shyness
Is your child painfully shy? Or even worse, does she never speak in public? Imagine a young child who is typical in every way while he's at home with family - playing, talking, laughing. Then he gets to school and doesn't speak a word, or even look at anyone. What's worse, his parents may not even know about it!

Shyness comes in all forms, from the child who is just nervous talking around others, to the extreme condition called "selective mutism," in which children who are physically able to speak normally develop an incapacitating fear of speaking in certain social situations. Selective mutism, which was previously misinterpreted as deliberate silence, is now considered a social phobia that affects a child's ability to function in the world. We'll take you through the actual treatment for children with selective mutism, and show how they, as well as the more typical shy child, can be guided to successful verbal communication outside the safety of home.

AIDS In Adolescents: Keeping All Our Kids Safe:
If you think that AIDS only affects straight teens, you’re wrong! Young people aged 13 to 24 account for half of all new AIDS infections each year, and many of those kids are straight young people engaging in the most traditional kinds of sexual interaction. And one reason why AIDS is so widespread is that we’ve dropped the ball on teaching our children the most important message: PREVENTION. Meet a mother who lost her daughter to AIDS, and let her, along with a renowned AIDS expert and a teenaged peer educator, teach you how to prevent your child from becoming an AIDS statistic.

59 :04x27 - Repairing Cleft Palate; Twins: Double Trouble

Dec/18/2005
Repairing Cleft Palate
Did you know that an enormous number of kids are born with a “cleft” lift or palate? Chances are you’ve seen someone who has it – a vertical scar on the mouth is often a sign. But what exactly is it? What causes it? And what can be done about it? A child born with a cleft palate or lip can face huge emotional and medical issues, but with the proper team approach this common birth defect can be repaired, and the child can have a normal childhood. Meet a cheery, vibrant little girl who has undergone more medical procedures in eight years than most people endure in a lifetime; visit with the world-renowned doctor who oversees her care, and discover how to help a child with cleft palate achieve a normal life.

Twins: Double Trouble?
You've just been told that twins are on the way! What do you do when they arrive? Do they really have their own secret language? Should they always dress alike? How do you prepare their siblings for the twins’ arrival? Host Dr. Winnie King takes you into the lives of several families with twins, as well as two adult identical twins, to help you find the answers.

60 :04x28 - Sibling Rivalry: Why Can't We All Just Get Along?; Arthritis in Children: It's Not Just Growing Pains!

Dec/25/2005
Part Two: Arthritis In Children: It's Not Just Growing Pains!
Does your child complain of aching joints? Does she limp when she gets up in the morning? Or is her knee swollen & hot to the touch? What you may be writing off as "growing pains" could be arthritis - because kids get arthritis too! But detecting childhood arthritis is difficult, so it's very easy for a pediatrician (or a parent!) to miss or misdiagnose it altogether - even though recognizing the symptoms, and getting attention as early as possible, is essential to reducing the pain and lifelong damage this disease can cause. So join Dr. Winnie King and both kinds of experts - the doctors, and the kids and parents dealing with arthritis - to learn the signs, and find out how to detect arthritis in the children around you.

Season 5

61 :05x01 - Teens With Chronic Illness: Through Their Eyes

Apr/02/2006
Teens with Chronic Illness: Through Their Eyes -- Shanice's kidneys have failed; Vanessa suffers the pain of sickle cell disease; Precious spends her life in a wheelchair, the result of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Their young lives are filled with responsibilities and challenges that many of us would consider insurmountable, but these teens face them and move on. They have significant life lessons to teach us, and extraordinary stories to tell. To help tell them, Keeping Kids Healthy introduces a new feature: "Through Their Eyes," a video journey through the day of one of these teens, told through her words, her video photography, and her perspective. Join host Dr. Winnie King, five formidable young people, and a doctor and a counselor who support them, for a story and a program you'll never forget.

62 :05x02 - Postpartum Depression; Sleep Stealers: What's Keeping Your Child Awake?

Apr/09/2006
Postpartum Depression:
Becoming a new mother is supposed to be a wonderful time of joy and fulfillment. But for many women, it can be a time of fear, shame and terrible despair. It’s called postpartum depression, and it’s more than just the ‘baby blues.” It’s a devastating condition that, left untreated, can have lasting effects on the whole family. Half a million women will suffer from postpartum depression in the United States this year alone – surprisingly, most of them don’t even try to get help.

Join host Dr. Winnie King and meet a woman whose world was turned upside down by postpartum depression after the birth of her son. You’ll hear how she struggled with this debilitating condition and how, with treatment, she recovered and got her life back. You’ll also hear – from one of the country’s leading experts in Reproductive Psychiatry -- about the different types of postpartum illness, and the treatments that can help you overcome them.

Sleep Stealers: What’s Keeping Your Child Awake?
Is your school-age child tired during the day – but still a mighty warrior against sleep as bedtime approaches? Why can’t he just go to sleep?!? Today’s typical lifestyles may have something to do with it. Kids are overbooked, overworked, over-stimulated – and all of these factors may actually be making them overtired! But you need to do something about it, because sleep affects every aspect of a child’s physical, emotional, cognitive and social development – and lack of sleep compromises many of the skills that make for success in a child’s life. Join Dr. Winnie King and find out about the “sleep-stealers” that may be robbing your child of a good night’s sleep, and learn what you can do to get some rest for the whole family!

63 :05x03 - Raising a Child With Down Syndrome

Apr/16/2006
What happens to a family when a child is born with Down Syndrome? Parents scramble to learn as much as they can about the condition and the impact it will have on their child – at first, the feeling is everyone's life will be forever changed. And in truth, their lives are forever changed – they will learn over time what experienced parents and doctors know: that a child with Down Syndrome will grow into a loving, contributing member of the family. Join Dr. Winnie King and some great kids and their families, and see from the inside out what it's like to grow up with Down Syndrome.

64 :05x04 - The Effect of TV on Your Kids; Whooping Cough: It's Back!

Apr/23/2006
Parents today have a seemingly endless choice of television programs and videos to show their children. Some of them are even advertised as “educational.” But the American Academy of Pediatrics says that children under two shouldn't watch any TV – none at all! Why not? And is that really realistic for parents today? How much television should your child really be watching – and can she actually learn something while she's sitting there? Join Dr Winnie King and a group of parents and kids who talk with experts to get the real story on where TV should fit in to your family's life.

Whooping Cough: It’s Back!
Does your child have a cough that just won’t go away? Even if it looks like the common cold, you need to pay close attention to it because it could be whooping cough. Whooping Cough?!? Couldn’t be! No one gets that anymore! Actually, whooping cough is a very serious respiratory infection that strikes up to twenty-five thousand people every year in the U.S! Even if you or your child have been vaccinated, you can both still be vulnerable – and in a baby, the disease can be fatal. Join Dr. Winnie King and her guests as we tell you how to recognize whooping cough; what to do about it; and why it’s on the rise once again.

65 :05x05 - Cancer in Kids

Apr/30/2006
No one ever thinks it can happen to them: your child has been diagnosed with cancer! It’s always a terrifying diagnosis – and even more so when it’s a child. What do you do?

The good news is that cure rates have improved dramatically. Thirty years ago, a child diagnosed with cancer had only a 10 percent chance of survival. Today, that number is up to almost 80 percent. But even the best statistics don’t mean much to a family hearing this diagnosis for the first time. Meet a 10-year-old boy who is still undergoing treatment for leukemia; a thirteen-year-old girl who underwent life-altering surgery to get rid of her bone cancer and the parents who have held their kids’ lives together emotionally as the doctors concentrate on their physical repair. Join us and share their heart-wrenching but life-affirming experiences – to better help us all comprehend this disease, and to learn the things each of us can do to help.

66 :05x06 - Dressing Drama: Stopping the Struggle!; Antibiotics Alert: Can They Harm Your Child?

May/07/2006
Dressing Drama: Stop the Struggle
Do you and your kids fight about what they should wear? Of course you do! Most parents and kids battle about clothing, but – depending on whether the child is a toddler or a teen – what you're really fighting about is time, power, money and values. It's a combination that can make it incredibly stressful to get out the door in the morning.

But there’s a way to stop the warfare, and to develop a more meaningful dialogue with your kids in the process. Join Dr Winnie King for a riotously funny but wonderfully informative program, as two moms first battle it out with a three year old and a 13-year-old, and then find out the solutions to their dilemma! Come along for the ride and meet a psychologist and a fashion expert, who give practical, helpful, real-life advice on how YOU can take the drama out of getting your kids dressed.

Antibiotics Alert: Can They Harm Your Child?
Did you know that antibiotics can actually harm your child? Even when used properly, antibiotics can sometimes wipe out the beneficial bacteria in the body, leaving your child vulnerable to deadly attack from the resistant and harmful ones. And because of overuse, many bacteria have become resistant to even our most powerful antibiotics – which poses a HUGE danger to your child if he becomes infected with one of these resistant strains. Join us to meet a young girl who almost died from the unintended consequences of an antibiotic – and find out what YOU need to know, to use them properly, and to protect your child.

67 :05x07 - Adopting a Foster Child I: The Child's View

May/14/2006
Have you ever thought about what it would be like not to have a family? To be a child growing up in foster care, moving from home to home, hoping for a family that will take you in and make you a permanent part of their lives?

Right now, for half a million foster children, the idea of a real family is just a dream – either a nightmare of past abuse and neglect, or a hopeful vision for the future. For some of those children, the waiting will never end; they will spend their whole childhood in foster care, and leave at age 18 – on their own. Others will be adopted; thousands more will spend years waiting to see which group they belong to.

On this episode of Keeping Kids Healthy, enter the lives of four of these children: one who “aged out” at 18, one who was adopted at 16, and two whose young lives still hang in the balance. And hear the moving perspective of a grown-up foster child, who never experienced the joy of adoption, and who is doing all he can to help others experience it.

68 :05x08 - Adopting a Foster Child II: The Family's View

May/21/2006
For most of us, starting a family means starting with a newborn – either through birth, or through adoption that takes place close to the day of birth. But for some, it means opening their hearts and homes to older kids from foster care. Adoption can answer the prayers of a foster child – but what is the impact on the family? The answer is that bringing an older child (even an older baby!) successfully into your life isn’t always easy, but if you go into it with your eyes wide open, the joy for you and that child can be beyond measure.

Join our host Dr. Winnie King, and meet two families who have accepted the challenges of adopting older kids, and have reaped the rewards. Explore the journey these families have taken, a journey that’s sometimes painful, but always inspirational. You'll also meet a family therapist who provides tips for prospective parents on how to make it through the tough times, and how to help these kids heal in the process.

69 :05x09 - Scoliosis: What It Is, and What to Do!

May/28/2006
Do you have any idea what scoliosis is? Do you know how children get it, or how it might affect their lives if they do? You may be aware that it’s a curvature of the spine that sometimes happens to teens and pre-teens; maybe your kids were even tested for it in school, or you’ve seen someone who had to wear a brace for it. But until it hits your own family, you can’t imagine what it can do to your life.

Katie’s family found out the hard way, when a routine checkup for their 10-year-old daughter made scoliosis a centerpiece of their lives. Join us and live their story with them, as they take us on an emotional journey of discovery – from the moment of diagnosis, through the years of treatment and surgery, to the outcome that can serve as a guiding light for other families confronted with this diagnosis. And get the advice of leading professionals, who will show you what you need to know to understand and triumph over the challenge of scoliosis.

70 :05x10 - Recognizing Strokes in Children; Pacifiers and Thumbsucking: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Jun/04/2006
Recognizing Strokes in Children
Did you know that children can have strokes? Did you realize that they can strike infants, and even fetuses still in the womb? If that’s news to you, you’re not alone! A lot of medical personnel are in the dark about childhood strokes as well, and the lack of awareness is a major obstacle to improving kids’ treatment and recovery. Recognizing strokes right away – and knowing what to do about them – is crucial in limiting the damage they can do to the rest of a child’s life. Would you recognize the signs of a stroke in your child? And if you did, would you know where to take her to receive the best possible treatment in those first critical minutes? Join our host Dr. Winnie King, two families whose children have suffered strokes, and two of the top experts in the field, to get the answers you need to protect your child.

Pacifiers and Thumbsucking: Thumbs Up Or Thumbs Down?
Are you tired of seeing your adorable toddler with that thumb stuck in her mouth? Or with a pacifier that he just can’t be without? It’s a question every parent has to wrestle with: should you let your child use a pacifier or suck his thumb, and if so, when should he stop?! Well, you’ll get as many different opinions on this as there are different brands of “binkies.” But just because grandma says “I can’t stand the way she looks with that thing in her mouth,” it doesn’t mean it’s in your child’s best interest to put an end to the practice! Learn what the pros and cons really are – and find out “if, when, and how” to break the habit – on this edition of Keeping kids Healthy!

71 :05x11 - Body Piercing in Teens; Do You Have to Be the Best-Ever Parent?

Jun/11/2006
Body Piercing In Teens
Did your son just announce that he wants a nose ring? Or did your daughter come home with a pierced tongue? Has your child gone from clean-cut to pierced, and are you constantly fighting with him about it? If so, you’re definitely not alone. Body piercing has become a huge trend among teens, and while they think it’s just a form of “artistic expression,” parents are a little more concerned about it! And for good reason: the consequences of body piercing can be very serious, ranging from health complications for the child, to social stigmas that can affect the whole family. Meet a family that’s living through it, and an expert who really does have the answers – and find out what you can do about it on Keeping Kids Healthy!

Do You Have To Be The Best-Ever Parent?
Do you get the feeling that parenting has become "professional" in today’s society? Hoards of experts tout books, TV shows, and classes to help parents raise a genius, a prodigy, a track star. The result is, parenting has become more pressure-filled than ever, and parents feel compelled to be the best parent they could possibly be! But is it possible that a lot of this is overkill – and that just being “good enough” is actually … good enough?

Join Dr Winnie King for an episode of Keeping Kids Healthy that will help you breathe a little easier about the whole parenting experience. You'll meet lots of parents who are worried that they're not doing the best job they can do, and we'll introduce you to a parenting expert who says that may not be a problem! Listen as she describes the real basics of good parenting, and raises some big questions about the compulsion to do ever more for your child.

72 :05x12 - School Violence and Bullying: Keeping Our Kids Safe!

Jun/18/2006
How can children defend themselves against bullies? Is there anything a parent can do to help? How can we reduce the violence in our schools and keep our children safe? Join host Dr. Winnie King as she spends a special half-hour exploring the mind of a former violent offender; hear the insights of leading conflict-resolution specialists as they teach us what we can do about the dangers. And parents and kids will get concrete tips on how to deal with a bully, so that everyone is safer.

73 :05x13 - Holistic Medicine: An Alternative Approach; Computers and Backpacks: Back Trouble for Your Child?

Jun/25/2006
Holistic Medicine: An Alternative Approach
Is acupuncture right for your child? Will it alleviate his asthma? Can hypnosis help cure your daughter’s frequent headaches? What about her insomnia? Holistic or “Integrative” Medicine is an approach that seeks to treat the whole person, integrating both traditional and non-traditional forms of medical care – and many doctors are exploring how these non-traditional forms can support traditional methods. Join host Dr. Winnie King as we explore the ways in which non-traditional therapies can work in concert to keep your kids healthy.

Computers and Backpacks: Back Trouble For Your Child?
Can kids get back problems from a computer, or are adults the only ones who suffer? And what about Repetitive Strain Injury – did you think that was just for grownups? With the average American child spending approximately one to three hours a day in front of a computer screen, today’s children are experiencing more back problems, as well as more of the repetitive stress injuries that commonly affect adults’ arms and wrists. Kids today also are carrying heavier backpacks to school, some weighing more than 20 pounds, and that can create back problems too! Join host Dr. Winnie King and learn from an ergonomics expert the simple steps to help keep school and computer work from being a pain in your kids’ back!

Season 6

74 :06x01 - Teen Alcohol Abuse: What Every Parent Should Know

Oct/01/2006
Teen Alcohol Abuse: What Every Parent Should Know
Does your teenager have a drinking problem? More importantly, would you know if the answer was yes? Meet smart, sensible Traci, who was drinking in the basement of her home one night while her parents were asleep upstairs. She was drunk, and she got into a car driven by a kid she was drinking with. They crashed – and her life, and her parents’ lives, have never been the same. And then there’s Koren, who went from innocent 14-year-old to blacked-out sorority girl, and wrote a memoir about her 10 years of teenage binge drinking.

Join Koren, along with Traci and her parents, two leading alcohol experts and our host Dr. Winnie King, on this special episode of Keeping Kids Healthy. See these families’ stories as they lived them, and learn how to prevent YOUR kids – and yourself! – from making the same mistakes. Find out about the new drinks on the market that are targeting young girls, about the dramatic increase in binge drinking among those girls, and about the serious lifelong damage that teen alcohol abuse can cause. Above all, learn what to do. Most parents don’t realize when their teens have a drinking problem, and they don’t know how to prevent or treat it. Be the exception: find out what you can do to keep your child safe.

75 :06x02 - Helping Your Child Cope With Grief

Oct/08/2006
Helping Your Child Cope With Grief
We all want to protect our children from the sadness of losing someone they care about. But the truth is, most of them will experience the loss of a loved one at some point in their young lives. What happens then, and what can you do about it? Children understand death differently at different ages, and grieving can take many different forms. But the critical thing is this: whether they’ve lost a grandparent, a parent, or even a sibling, there are steps you can take to make the grieving process more bearable for them – even while coping with your own grief. Join host Dr. Winnie King to meet two families who have gone through this grieving process – one following the loss of a father, the other after the loss of a child – and learn from them and the experts what to expect, and what you and the other adults around your children can do to help.

76 :06x03 - Recognizing Borderline Personality Disorder in Children

Oct/15/2006
Could your child’s explosiveness and impulsive behavior be a sign of “borderline personality disorder?” Are you often confronted with intense rages, hostility, oversensitivity and overreaction, or self-injurious behavior like cutting, burning, or substance abuse? Are your daughter’s relationships unstable – do friends turn from “soul mates” to worst enemies in the space of hours? Does your son often misperceive things, inaccurately interpreting conversations around him in the worst possible light?

If any of this sounds familiar, you need to watch this show. Because these are some of the signs of a little-understood and under-diagnosed condition called “borderline personality disorder” – a condition that used to be acknowledged only in adults, but that the mental health community is now beginning to recognize, and treat, in children too. And the treatment can make a major difference – not only in your child’s ability to handle the world around her, but in your ability to get along with your child! Join our host Dr. Winnie King as she learns from two experienced families and a skilled psychologist how to recognize this condition, and find out where to go to get the help you need for yourself and your child.

77 :06x04 - The Overscheduled Family's Survival Guide; Teens on Kidney Dialysis

Oct/22/2006
The Overscheduled Family's Survival Guide
Is your child’s schedule running you ragged? Can you keep up with the endless time demands: soccer practice, music lessons, gymnastics, academic tutoring, school clubs and more? Should you even try? Well, there are answers – and hope! – in this dynamic program – including real tips on how to get out of the overscheduling rut. Learn, from parents who’ve been there and the experts who work with them, some simple steps you can use to recapture your scheduling sanity and to gain more free time, both for you and your kids. This program will show you how!

Teens on Kidney Dialysis
When your kidneys fail, the only way to stay alive is to have a dialysis machine take over their function. But it’s not an easy task – the process takes hours, and becomes a central part of your life. Join host Dr. Winnie King as we meet an extraordinary group of teens who spend three afternoons a week in the pediatric dialysis unit at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, and find out how they support each other through the ups and downs of this serious chronic illness.

78 :06x05 - How to Discipline Your Child!

Oct/29/2006
Who’s running things in your home? You? Or your kids? If you’re not sure – and if you have your moments of doubt and confusion about the “right’ way to discipline your child – you’re not alone! No matter how much you try to prepare for parenting, it’s always a learning process, and that’s especially true when it comes to discipline. Are you too strict, or too soft? Why don’t timeouts work? Is rewarding your kids for good behavior just a form of bribery, and is that ok – and does it work? What about spanking? And how in the world do you get your children to behave in a restaurant? There are a lot of opinions out there about what does and doesn’t work – but the good news is, there are some tried and true solutions too! Join Dr. Winnie King, the experts, and some real-life moms to hear what they’ve learned – and find out what will work for you!

79 :06x06 - Older Moms: Having a Baby When You're Over 40; Children With Hemophilia

Nov/05/2006
Older Moms: Having a Baby When You're Over 40
What’s it like to have a baby just as your friends’ kids are heading off to college? And what’s the effect of age going to be on you and your child? Learn the answers from a group of moms – and their kids – who have been through it. Some of these moms had their first child when they were over 40; others had kids when they were younger, and then began a second round of childrearing later in life. They’ll tell you what it’s really like – from maintaining the stamina necessary to raise a young kid, to being older than the other moms in the play group, mixing childrearing with work, dealing with your child’s concerns about age, and applying an increased level of maturity and experience to family life. Join host Dr. Winnie King, two psychologists, an older-mom/author, and an engaging, varied group of moms and kids, to get the real story of the pros and cons of being an “older mom!”

Children with Hemophilia
Daniel’s parents wanted him to have a normal life. But when he started bleeding uncontrollably one day when he was just a baby, they learned they had a special problem on their hands. It was hemophilia, a genetic disease that prevents blood from clotting normally. Daniel would require special care and protection to keep him safe. A simple bump on the head, or a scrape – something that would hardly slow down a normal child – could be a crisis for him. But there’s new hope for Daniel and other children with this blood disease. In this program you’ll learn about new medical science that’s helping hemophiliac children; and you’ll see how a young man can begin to “grow up” – despite the challenges of the disease – and live an independent, happy life.

80 :06x07 - Divorce: Protecting Your Kids From the Pain

Nov/12/2006
A divorce can be a nightmare for everyone – and because it’s so agonizing for the couples going through it, it’s easy to forget how devastating it is for the children. But you can’t let yourself forget – because the children’s wellbeing depends on their parents’ sensitivity and support. This program follows real families as they work their way through the challenges of the breakup And it focuses on the realistic and workable steps parents can take to protect their children from emotional upheaval – even while the parents are struggling to deal with their own inevitable anger and emotional turmoil. Learn from the leading divorce experts, and from the people who have lived through this and come out the other side, how to guide your children through the breakup, the transition to a new family structure – and even the challenges of creating a new and more complex family in the future.

81 :06x08 - Kids With Chronic Illness: A Journey to What's Possible

Nov/19/2006
Millions of children in this country have life-long chronic illnesses and disabilities – a harsh reality that they and their parents have to live with every day. The lives of these children are often focused on their limitations – constant reminders about what everyone else can do, and they can’t.

But for a growing number of children and their families – and for their doctors as well – that’s beginning to change. Through the development of innovative approaches that stretch these children beyond everyone’s expectations, they’re learning how to focus on their possibilities rather than their limitations. The result is, these kids are learning to soar – to reach beyond what everyone thought were their limits, and develop a level of confidence and independence that is inspiring to them and breathtaking to the people around them. Join us now as we take a journey with some of these lucky people – on the surface, a journey to a summer camp, but on a deeper level, a “journey to what’s possible.”

83 :06x10 - When Mom or Dad Is an Alcoholic: Coping Tips for the Family

Dec/03/2006
Your spouse is an alcoholic, and your family life is in chaos. You’ve been trying to do something about it – maybe at the same time that you’re trying to cover it up, trying to fool the outside world into thinking that everything’s okay at your house. But it’s not. Alcohol addiction has taken over the life of your spouse – and your family. The good news is, there are things you can do – while your spouse is drinking, and even if he or she stops – to make things easier on your family life, and on your kids. This dramatic program takes you into the lives of real people who have embarked on the long road to recovery from addiction, and it shares the intimate struggles of families dealing with this all too common disease. There are real tips here, solid information on how you can improve your family life until your spouse – the alcoholic parent – can begin to help you turn things around.

84 :06x11 - Environmental Toxins: Protecting Kids From Mercury, Lead, & Pesticides

Dec/10/2006
Did you know that your child could get mercury poisoning from eating tuna fish? And that if a woman of childbearing age – or one who’s pregnant or nursing – eats too much fish with mercury in it, her baby’s brain development could be permanently damaged? Both dangers are real, but they are also preventable. The same is true of lead poisoning: it affects nearly a million children ages 1-5 in the US, and once the damage happens, it’s irreversible – but again, it’s easy to prevent it if you know what to do. And this show will tell you! Our host, Dr. Winnie King, brings you true stories from the families, and the FACTS from the experts –about protecting your children from mercury and lead poisoning, about reducing the potential dangers from pesticides, about the real role of organic food in protecting your kids’ health – all in this jam-packed half-hour show, that will teach you how to easily and confidently keep your kids safe!

85 :06x12 - Making the Hospital Less Scary; Surviving Glycogen Storage Disease

Dec/17/2006
Surviving Glycogen Storage Disease
Imagine having to feed your child eight times a day – every day – including in the middle of the night. Not just when he’s a baby, but through adolescence and beyond. And if you miss or delay a feeding – because you oversleep or get stuck in traffic or run out of supplies – your child could have a seizure, suffer developmental delays, go into a coma, or even die. That’s what life is like for families who have a child with Glycogen Storage Disease (GSD), a condition in which the body can’t properly regulate its blood sugar. Join us as we step into the lives of one-year-old Felice, four-year-old Jonah, and 15-year-old Casey, who are all living with GSD, and learn how they and their families cope with this extraordinary challenge. And find out why evolving treatments and promising research are giving GSD families hope – hope for a normal lifestyle, and for a good night’s sleep....

86 :06x13 - Overweight Kids: Is Your Child at Risk?

Dec/24/2006
One of the biggest epidemics sweeping the country is childhood obesity – kids who weigh too much for their own good health, and who may be developing serious illnesses like diabetes as a direct result of their weight. But it doesn’t have to happen to your child; you can fight back! Join host Dr. Winnie King to meet a 12-year-old boy who has overcome obesity-induced diabetes; and learn from an endocrinologist, an exercise specialist, and two nutritionists how to prevent your children from crossing that “overweight” line – through simple techniques like playing games, exercising with the family, and preparing delicious but healthful snacks and meals.

Season 7

87 :07x01 - Teens Behind the Wheel: How Can You Keep Them Safe?!

Apr/01/2007
Did you know that driving accidents are the leading causes of death among teenagers? And although drunk driving kills the largest number of teens, the other major traffic killer is drowsy driving – teens falling asleep at the wheel. Teens are more sleep-deprived now than ever, and young drivers are four times as likely to have a sleep-related crash as are drivers over the age of 30.
In this compelling episode of Keeping Kids Healthy, join host Dr. Winnie King and four families whose lives were forever changed by their teens' drowsy driving and drunk driving. Most importantly, learn from them and the experts what you can do to protect your children. Meet Traci, a smart and sensible girl who got in a car with a drunk friend; they crashed, and her life has never been the same. And meet the families of Kortney, Rusty, and Justin, each of whom fell asleep at the wheel just minutes away from their destination. Their stories will make you think twice about your teen's safety behind the wheel, and will give you the tools you need to keep your child safe.

88 :07x02 - Protecting Your Kids From Meningitis and Whooping Cough

Apr/08/2007
Many people are aware of the dangers of meningitis – but when it comes to whooping cough, you may have thought it had been eradicated by vaccinations. Unfortunately, that's not true. Both whooping cough and meningitis are still "at large" in the population – two potentially fatal diseases that are particularly dangerous to young people. Bacterial meningitis can rip through the body at the blink of an eye, deforming young bodies and disabling its victims; and whooping cough is a serious respiratory disease that is making a comeback, and that can actually take the life of a young child.

Meet a family from a small town in Pennsylvania whose 14-year-old daughter came down with meningitis; she survived, but with disabling results. Then get the straight facts on whooping cough from a family whose baby contracted it. In each case, there are things you can learn – and do – to protect your child. Host Dr. Winnie King will introduce you to the infectious disease experts, who will show you what to do to help your child avoid a brush with these deadly infections.

89 :07x03 - Bipolar Disorder From the Inside; Music Therapy for Sick Kids

Apr/15/2007
Part One: Bipolar Disorder From The Inside: Your kid is "up" one minute and "down" the next. Her moods swing with the alarming unpredictability of a roller coaster. It's hard for a parent to know whether these mood swings are the normal emotional speed bumps of growing up, or whether they're signs of an emotional disorder known as bipolar disease, or "manic depression." It's a condition marked by severe mood changes – soaring "highs" and bottomless "lows" – that happen for no obvious reason at all, and it's tough for a parent to know when it's time to get professional help.

In this episode of Keeping Kids Healthy, host Dr. Winnie King will introduce you to two adolescents who've been diagnosed with bipolar disease, and they'll share with you what's going on inside their heads as they and their families try to cope with their changing moods. And you'll gain from the wisdom of two of the country's leading experts on bipolar disorder, who will guide you through the most important tips for evaluating and treating your own child's mood swings.

Part Two: Music Therapy For Sick Kids: From the time she was a little girl, Jodi knew that she wanted to be a musical performer – but it wasn't until she grew up that she discovered that her love of music could actually help sick children. A lot of medical progress comes from research and scientific progress; but every now and then we stumble across a kind of therapy that seems to work even though the scientific reason isn't clear. Music therapy is one of those oddities, and Jodi has built her life around it. Join us for this inspirational look at two women who have devoted their lives to making children better, through song!

90 :07x04 - How to Prevent Lead Poisoning; Kids Fighting the Odds

Apr/22/2007
How to Prevent Lead Poisoning
A million children in the U.S. suffer from lead poisoning. Could your child be one of them? If your house, or your childcare center, was built before 1978, the answer could be yes, because lead paint could be exposing your child to this condition. Lead poisoning is a serious problem that can cause conditions like hyperactivity and severe brain damage – and the effects are irreversible. And frighteningly, there’s no way to know whether your child is suffering from lead poisoning without getting him or her tested. But there are some things you can do around the house to help prevent lead poisoning from ever being an issue in your family, and to stop it in its tracks if it has begun to affect your child.

So join our host Dr. Winnie King as she introduces you to the country’s leading experts on lead poisoning, and come with us on a home inspection to find the telltale signs of lead in your house.

91 :07x05 - Meet Your Child's Imaginary Friend!; Recognizing Asperger Syndrome

Apr/29/2007
Part One: Meet Your Child's Imaginary Friend! Does your kid have an imaginary friend? And if he does, is it a problem? Should you worry? Well, believe it or not, there's actually research to give you the answer – and you're going to love what you hear. About two thirds of young kids report having imaginary friends, and in this delightful and memorable episode you'll meet the kids and their friends, and learn what you need to know to make these visitors a productive and welcome part of your family!

Part Two: Recognizing Asperger Syndrome: Do you remember those kids in school who seemed to be just a little odd, in ways that you couldn't quite put your finger on? They just couldn't relate to the other kids, and were awkward in social situations? It turns out that the reason might be a neurological disorder! In this episode we'll meet a 15-year-old boy who has Asperger Syndrome, and a specialist who explains what the syndrome is and what can be done about it.

92 :07x06 - Preventing Teen Suicide: What Parents Need to Know; Life With Hemophilia

May/06/2007
Part One: Preventing Teen Suicide: What Parents Need To Know: What can you do if your teen is thinking about suicide? And equally importantly, how do you even know? This lifesaving program will teach you the signs to look for, the techniques for getting your child to "open up" to you about his feelings, and the steps you can take to prevent him from taking that drastic step. You'll meet a teenage girl who has attempted suicide three times. She describes in chilling detail what drove her to try to kill herself, gives you critical insight into what's going on in the mind of a potentially suicidal child, and joins her doctor in providing practical suggestions that parents can use to detect and prevent suicidal behavior in their children.

Children with Hemophilia
Daniel’s parents wanted him to have a normal life. But when he started bleeding uncontrollably one day when he was just a baby, they learned they had a special problem on their hands. It was hemophilia, a genetic disease that prevents blood from clotting normally. Daniel would require special care and protection to keep him safe. A simple bump on the head, or a scrape – something that would hardly slow down a normal child – could be a crisis for him. But there’s new hope for Daniel and other children with this blood disease. In this program you’ll learn about new medical science that’s helping hemophiliac children; and you’ll see how a young man can begin to “grow up” – despite the challenges of the disease – and live an independent, happy life.

93 :07x07 - Girls, Sports, and Eating Disorders: What's the Connection?

May/13/2007
Sports are a great way for your kids to exercise and keep healthy – but what most parents don't realize is that taken too far, there are hidden dangers that can seriously damage your child's health. In girls, for example, the combination of excessive athletic exercise and dieting – a combination astoundingly common in today's young girls – can lead to irreparable damage to their bones and reproductive systems, along with devastating eating disorders that create a frighteningly high risk of death. But would you know if your daughter was so obsessed with exercise and dieting that she was actually destroying her body instead of making it stronger?

And what about the eating disorders themselves? They're not limited to girls who are involved in sports – they can affect girls as young as five years old, and we're learning more about the role that moms can play in unknowingly encouraging – or intentionally discouraging! – this affliction in their daughters. In today's show, you'll meet two of the country's leading sports medicine experts, and a doctor who specializes in eating disorders, who will tell you what you need to know about preventing, recognizing, and treating any sports or eating excesses in your child. And you'll meet three young women – including one who became anorexic at age 5! – who learned the hard way about the need for balance in exercise, in their approach to food, and in their image of themselves and their bodies. Then join us on the next edition of Keeping Kids Healthy, to learn about the corresponding dangers that sports excesses can create for young boys.

94 :07x08 - Teen Boys and Sports: Life-Threatening Dangers; Protecting Your Child From Lyme Disease

May/20/2007
Part One: Teen Boys And Sports: Life-Threatening Dangers: Everyone thinks that sports and exercise are terrific for their children, but what most parents don't realize is that taken to the extreme; the idea of winning at any cost can actually cost your child his life! In boys, the drive to be strong leads many young men to steroid addiction, with disastrous side effects ranging from personality disorders to liver and kidney failure. And the emphasis on winning – particularly in activities like wrestling, where young men are asked to drop pounds of weight in the space of days – can create health risks that can actually kill.

But could you tell if your son is secretly using steroids? And if his coach were to push him beyond the limits of health and safety, would you recognize it, and could you take the steps necessary to stop it? Today, you'll meet two young men who learned these lessons the hard way, and a mother and father whose son lost his life for his sport – and you'll find out from one of the country's leading sports medicine experts what dangers you need to look out for, and the steps you can take, to keep your child safe from these hidden dangers.

Part Two: Protecting Your Child From Lyme Disease: Lyme disease is spreading – but it's still terribly difficult to diagnose, often equally hard to cure, and it can have a profoundly damaging impact on your life. Recognizing the symptoms and getting treatment right away can mean the difference between licking the disease or possibly suffering though a lifetime of disabling symptoms – but it's not easy to recognize, and even the experts disagree on the way treatment should proceed.

So what can you do to keep your children safe from this tick-borne infection? Keep them off of the lawn in the summer? Forbid them to walk in the woods? How do you even find the tiny ticks that carry the disease? In this episode, Keeping Kids Healthy host Dr. Winnie King will show you the protective steps you should take, the signs of illness to look for, and the range of approaches you need to discuss with your doctor, to diagnose and treat the disease. And you'll meet the teens and families who have been living with lyme disease, and learn from their experiences the most important things you need to do to protect your child.

95 :07x09 - Battling Depression: How Parents Can Fight Back

May/27/2007
Your teen seems "down," moody, rebellious or irritable. Is this a normal phase she's going through? Or is it a sign of something worse: clinical depression? Clinical depression is a serious illness that your child can't battle without professional help; it often requires treatment with medication and/or therapy before its symptoms can be conquered or controlled. More than three million teens in this country suffer from depression, and it can lead many of them to intentionally injure themselves, or even take their own lives. Depressed children need your help!

But how can parents tell the difference between normal teenage mood swings and clinical depression? Dr. Winnie King and two mental health experts tell you what to look for, and what treatments are most effective if your child is diagnosed with depression. You'll also learn about the use of antidepressant medication in teens, and the importance of monitoring your child to avoid potentially damaging side effects. And you'll hear from four courageous young women who will share stories of their battles with depression, and the steps they've taken to overcome it.

96 :07x10 - College Kids: Home for the Holiday; Raising a Gay Teen: The Teen's Perspective

Jun/03/2007
College Kids: Home for the Holidays
Freshman year at college; students living away from home; parents with an empty bedroom. It’s a pretty major challenge for parents to let their son or daughter go off on their own – but it can become even trickier when the student comes back for the holidays with a tattoo or a nose ring – or just with a whole new attitude about how independent he should be! Host Dr. Winnie King joins one family and a family counselor to examine the feelings, adjustments, and accommodations everyone has to make to survive the turmoil.

Parenting Gay TeensPart Two: Raising A Gay Teen – The Teen's Perspective: Your teenage son has just told you that he's gay – now what you do? What if it's your daughter who makes the announcement – what does it mean for her, and how should you react? Experts say up to 10% of all teens are gay, so any parent may have to face these questions, whether about your own child or the child of a friend. On this program you'll get answers from two kinds of experts: the professionals who work with gay kids and their parents, and the families who have lived through it all. Find out what it means to be gay, young, and a minority in New York – or a 12-year-old Caucasian boy who's now labeled "the gay kid" – or a high school girl who comes from a Baptist and Hispanic environment, and "comes out" as gay to her friends. Hear the stories from the kids themselves, and learn what parents need to do, to help gay teens through the daunting social, cultural and personal challenges gay young people face in a predominantly straight society.

97 :07x11 - Raising a Gay Teen: The Parent's Perspective; AIDS in Adolescents: Keeping All Our Kids Safe

Jun/10/2007
Part One: Raising A Gay Teen: The Parent's Perspective: On the last episode of Keeping Kids Healthy, we learned what it's like to be a gay teen in a predominantly straight society. On this episode, we focus on the impact of a child's homosexuality on the parents. How does a mother deal with her own feelings, while still helping her child?
What if you're uncomfortable about telling your friends that your child is gay? What if your religion says homosexuality is wrong? Meet a Baptist minister from Virginia who had to answer that question; and travel to Muskogee, Oklahoma, where a mother and father who were pillars of their community became outcasts when their son "came out." Find out what parents can do to effectively negotiate the minefields of what can be a very challenging situation.

AIDS In Adolescents: Keeping All Our Kids Safe: If you think that AIDS only affects straight teens, you're wrong! Young people aged 13 to 24 account for half of all new AIDS infections each year, and many of those kids are straight young people engaging in the most traditional kinds of sexual interaction. And one reason why AIDS is so widespread is that we've dropped the ball on teaching our children the most important message: PREVENTION. Meet a mother who lost her daughter to AIDS, and let her, along with a renowned AIDS expert and a teenaged peer educator, teach you how to prevent your child from becoming an AIDS statistic.

98 :07x12 - Foster Adoption: The View From Both Sides

Jun/17/2007
Right now, there are half a million kids in foster care – kids for whom the idea of a real family is just a dream. Some of them will spend their whole childhood in foster care, and will be turned out into the world at age 18 – on their own. Others will be adopted. Thousands more will spend years waiting to see which group they belong to.

Have you ever thought about what it would be one of them? To move from home to home, hoping for a family that will take you in and make you a permanent part of their lives? And what would it be like to adopt a foster child – what is the impact on the family? This show answers the questions from both sides. You'll meet children who were adopted, children who "aged out" without ever joining a loving family, and parents who invited foster children into their lives, and learned to accept and conquer the challenges that foster parents face.

99 :07x13 - Through the Eyes of a Child: Living With Diabetes, Lupus and Cystic Fibrosis

Jun/24/2007
Some of the most touching and memorable stories we've ever told on Keeping Kids Healthy have been told through the eyes of the young people who are living with serious chronic illness on a daily basis – stories shot primarily by the families themselves, that unfold as we follow them through a day in each of their lives. Today, we bring you five of the most moving stories: Christine, who has lupus; Shanice, who suffers from kidney failure; Nancy and her daughters Jennifer and Kimberly, who can never take a day off from the struggle with juvenile diabetes; and Kim and David, two young people who have been fighting for years against the growing burden of cystic fibrosis. These are stories and people you'll never forget. Join them and learn just a little more about the lives of people around you who are showing tremendous strength in the face of life's greatest challenges.

Season 8

101 :08x01 - Childrearing Transitions: Adapting to a New Baby; Coping With Your Pre-Teen

Sep/30/2007
Childrearing Transitions: Adapting to a New Baby
Before the baby was born, your life was about you and your spouse. What movie did you want to see, what trips might you take, how did you want to spend your spare time? Then the baby came – everything changed! Join a new mother and dad as they live through this overwhelming adventure, and get some terrific advice about how to keep yourself and your relationships intact, while bringing up a happy and healthy child.

Childrearing Transitions: Coping with Your Pre-Teen
You used to have a loving child who thought mommy and daddy were the greatest people around. Then that child turned into a pre-teen – and all of a sudden, communication stopped, the blowups started, and your child began to treat you like an intruder into his life. It happens to almost every family and it’s a high-stress period for you and your child. Join us to learn some great insights that will help you weather the storm more easily, and hopefully, with a lot less stress. We’ll introduce you to the families who are going through it, show you the parent’s and the child’s point of view, and provide you with the expert advice you need to come out the other side unscathed.

102 :08x02 - Grandparents Who Parent; Finding the Right Doctor

Oct/07/2007
Grandparents Who Parent
Grandparents are supposed to enjoy their grandchildren without all the work of childrearing; but a growing number of grandparents find themselves acting as full-time parents for the second time. Host Dr. Winnie King introduces us to a grandmother and one of the two grandchildren she is now raising, and shows us how this non-traditional family bears the burden and comes out smiling, despite the inevitable difficulties. An expert provides useful suggestions about doing it right, and tells us about the variety of assistance that's available.

103 :08x03 - Living with Friedreich's Ataxia

Oct/14/2007
You probably have never heard of Friedreich’s Ataxia – a devastating, genetically-based neurological disorder that progressively takes away a child's motor skills, speech skills, bone and muscle strength – and, ultimately, his or her life. As yet, there is no known cure. In this show you’ll meet the children, families, and doctors who are living and dealing with “F.A”, and see for yourself what can be accomplished through the power of sheer determination, and of a refusal to be defeated, despite the odds.

104 :08x04 - Great Nutrition for the Cheapest Price; Adapting to Your Child's Personality

Oct/21/2007
Great Nutrition for the Cheapest Price
Fast food is certainly fast, but it certainly is not cheap anymore. More importantly, those meals are filled with lots of fats, sodium and unnecessary calories. You might be surprised to know that you could cook much healthier meals yourself, for less money than those fast food restaurant meals you’ve been buying. Come with us on a trip to a grocery store and a cooking class – where you’ll learn how to figure out a meal’s nutritional and monetary value, and how to cook for your family in a way that's attractive, nutritionally sound, cheap, and easy!

Adapting to Your Child’s Personality
Living with a child between 1 and 3 years old is always challenging, and it can be even more difficult if your child's personality and your own don't seem to be an ideal fit. Join host Dr. Winnie King, two moms and toddlers (with different personalities!) and a child behavioral specialist to find out how to modify your own responses so that you can more effectively influence your child.

105 :08x05 - Breastfeeding Your Baby: How Do You Make It Work?

Oct/28/2007
Doctors universally say that breastfeeding is the healthiest thing for mother and child. But as natural as it is, it’s hard for many new moms to make it work without the support of the people around them. And many people frown on public breastfeeding – so how can you get the support you need and feel comfortable about doing something so natural? On this show, you’ll see a group of nursing mothers and a neonatologist demonstrate discreet nursing techniques on the air, tell you the pros and cons of breastfeeding your baby, and teach you what you need to know to make breastfeeding your child the successful and positive experience that it should be.

106 :08x06 - Anorexia: Recognizing and Combating It in Your Child

Nov/04/2007
Anorexia Nervosa is a terribly serious disease. It is an eating disorder that can lead people – especially adolescent girls – to literally starve themselves, exercise excessively, and lose significant amounts of weight. But what you may not realize is, anorexia nervosa is deadly. Experts say that it kills more than 10% of the people who are diagnosed with it. Most sufferers of anorexia nervosa develop the disorder when they’re teenagers (though rare, there have been cases of kids as young as 5 exhibiting some of the symptoms), so it’s critically important for parents to be able to recognize the symptoms of anorexia and seek professional help for their child and family right away. Learn how to do that on this episode of Keeping Kids Healthy. It could save your child’s life.

107 :08x07 - Celiac Disease

Nov/11/2007
Can you imagine if your child were so sick that you thought she might die – but no one could figure out what was wrong with her? And then, when you finally did get a diagnosis, it turned out to be a disease that’s so common that it affects almost one person in every 130 -- but no one had recognized it! Well, that’s exactly what can happen with Celiac Disease. It's an autoimmune disease that results in severe damage when the body is exposed to "glutens" – a protein that’s found in wheat and several other common grains – and most people don’t even realize when they have it. But it damages much more than the intestines. When left undiagnosed it can lead to migraines, stunted growth, severe malnutrition and dehydration, anemia, and even death. Meet two children whose health was once devastated by celiac disease, and find out from the experts what to watch out for in your own children and family.

108 :08x08 - Teen Anxiety Disorder: Taking It Seriously; Kids With Chronic Illness: The Parents' Burden

Nov/18/2007
Teen Anxiety Disorder: Taking It Seriously
Lots of teens are stressed and anxious a good deal of the time. But sometimes the stress can be a sign of a serious, diagnosable medical problem called an “anxiety disorder,” which requires professional help. In this episode of Keeping Kids Healthy, we explore “social anxiety disorder,” a condition in which teens feel extreme, unreasonable anxiety about being judged harshly by others, or about behaving in a way that might cause them embarrassment. It sounds like the concerns of an ordinary teen. But the level of stress these kids experience is far from ordinary, and it may prevent them from establishing normal relationships with their peers, or living a normal life. Join our host Dr. Winnie King, a family who has lived through the problem, and two experts who will show us how to recognize and help treat anxiety disorder in our children.

Kids with Chronic Illness: The Parents’ Burden
Kids with Chronic Illness -- The Parent's Burden: It's obvious that a child who's in a wheelchair, or one who's struggling with serious illness, is facing an extraordinary challenge. But we rarely stop to think about the burdens their parents carry; and if you're one of those parents, it may be hard to find someone to help support you. Today we meet a group of these parents, hear first-hand what their days are like, and find out what they do, and where they turn for help, to make their lives easier.

109 :08x09 - Premature Babies: Good Things Come in Small Packages; Circumcision: Is It Right for Your Child?

Nov/25/2007
Premature Babies
Good Things Come in Small Packages: It's often a life and death struggle: premature babies so small they can fit in an adult's hand. Host Dr. Winnie King takes us into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to see those babies, and provides the information parents need to make it through the uncertainty and the anxiety.

Circumcision: Is it Right for Your Child?
When you give birth to a son, in most cases (religious issues notwithstanding), there’s an immediate decision that you have to make: to circumcise, or not to circumcise. It’s a choice that’s left up to the parent, but that freedom can be a mixed blessing – because there just aren’t that many clear guidelines from the medical community about what you should do, and a lot of people don’t feel very comfortable pressing their doctors for the answers! So in this program, we’re going to help you with that tough decision, by bringing together in one place the medical advice and information that will help you decide what’s best for your child. You’ll meet parents who’ve decided for and against it, you’ll see a discreet demonstration of how the procedure is done, and you’ll find out what the experts, religious communities and leading health organizations have to say about the pros and cons of each approach for your child.

110 :08x10 - Controlling Asthma with An Asthma Treatment Plan; Communicating With Your Teen

Dec/02/2007
Controlling Asthma -- Asthma can be a terrifying illness, but there are new treatment approaches you can take to keep asthmatic kids safe and active. One of the most important approaches is also one of the simplest: creating an asthma treatment plan. Learn from two asthma specialists, two mothers, and some young asthma patients the techniques you can use to keep asthmatic children healthy, in and out of school, without restricting their daily lives.

Communicating with Your Teenager
Negotiation versus rule-setting: A parent, a teen, and a doctor discuss with Host Dr. Winnie King the questions of where and how you draw the line on curfews or dating, and how you effectively adapt your parenting style to this increasingly independent young person.

111 :08x11 - Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia: A Life Interrupted

Dec/09/2007
Most of us have heard of schizophrenia, but we don’t know exactly what it is (it’s not split personality!), or how to recognize it, or even when it’s most likely to show its first signs. The fact is, schizophrenia generally does strike young people, rather than adults; but it doesn’t usually appear in children before they reach their teens. But when it does, it’s even more devastating than in an older child, and you need to get expert help immediately. In this program, you’ll see what happened when one family’s nine-year-old son began hearing voices, and having hallucinations – the classic signs of childhood-onset schizophrenia.

112 :08x12 - Adolescent-Onset Schizophrenia: 1 in Every 100 Young People

Dec/16/2007
Schizophrenia is astoundingly common – the experts say it strikes one out of every one hundred people, and the most common time for it to strike is when a child has just reached his mid to late teens, or sometimes his early 20’s. Just when a child’s future is opening up to him, this devastating illness can rob him of his ability to think clearly, and subject him to a future of hallucinations, delusions, and an inability even to organize his daily life. But the good news is that – unlike schizophrenia that strikes in very early childhood – the adolescent-onset variety is frequently highly treatable, and young people have a greater likelihood of fully regaining their lives. But it’s up to their families to act quickly and decisively – to recognize the symptoms, and be relentless in getting and maintaining the expert treatment their children need. Learn how that’s done, on this memorable episode of Keeping Kids Healthy.

113 :08x13 - Youth Violence: Breaking the Cycle

Dec/23/2007
Every day we hear gruesome stories of violent acts committed by young people: school shootings, gang wars, bullying. But why are so many kids turning to violence, and how do we stop it? Experts have begun to figure out some of the answers; other answers come from the kids who live through the violence. This program brings you the insights of both these groups. Visit a young man in his neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey - one of the toughest cities in the country - and see how he has managed to stay clear of the violence around him. Meet his mother, and discover the role she has played in his success. See first-hand how one innovative program reaches out to four year olds, showing them effective ways to resolve problems without resorting to violence. Join host Dr. Winnie King as she devotes a special half-hour to teaching all of us how to break the cycle of violence.
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Classification: Documentary
Genre: Educational | Medical
Status: Returning Series
Network: PBS ( USA)
Airs: Sundays
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: May 10, 2002
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