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My 10-year-old is either pooping his pants or not cleaning properly, leading to messy underwear almost daily. What should I do?
It sounds like he might have a condition known as encopresis and should see a pediatric gastroenterologist.- Jerry Bubrick, PhD
My 10-year-old son has become more sensitive over the last two years and now cries over almost anything. What can I do?
A child who is oversensitive to small slights could be depressed or anxious. He needs to learn and practice coping skills, to handle small upsets successfully.- Jerry Bubrick, PhD
How to Help Kids Have Good Romantic Relationships
Some Dos and Don'ts to help your kids be healthy and happy as they start dating.- Rachel Ehmke
Since a classmate's family was killed in a plane crash, our daughter is terribly anxious that something bad will happen to us. How can we help her?
In kids who are prone to anxiety, disturbing events can trigger disorders that call for treatment.- Jamie Howard, PhD
Media Guidelines for Kids of All Ages
Managing your children's exposure to screens gets more and more challenging—tablets, phones, games, apps, social media. Tips for setting some healthy limits.- Rachel Ehmke
I'm working with a student who doesn't want to read out loud and is unresponsive in class. Please help!
Kids who freeze when asked to speak or perform in class may look like they're being defiant, but often they are acutely anxious.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
What to Do if Your Child Is Bullying
How to find out what's behind the behavior, rectify the situation, and foster healthy friendship skills
My kids' fears are keeping them from doing things they need to do. And I'm so tired of fighting it I'm giving in. What can I do?
Kids need help to manage anxiety and it sounds like you need support, too.- Amanda Mintzer, PsyD
Fear of Vomiting
Shame and secrecy add to the burden of a phobia that's surprisingly common among both children and adults.
My son, who has been taking Prozac for selective mutism, is now completely verbal in school. When can we start taking him off it?
Kids tend to do best if they stay on medications for a year after their symptoms are gone or mostly gone- Natalie Weder, MD