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Child Development

We all want our children to grow up happy and healthy. The reality is most all of them do — but at vastly different rates. Experts across Mayo Clinic Health System see thousands of children each year, and have the experience and resources to know what is normal and what may be cause for closer observation. This includes not only physical and motor skills development, but psychological and social skill advancement, as well.

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In The News

Pediatric care now available in Belle Plaine

Foram Mankodi, M.D., began seeing patients at the Belle Plaine clinic July 13.

July 26, 2017

From The Blog

5 tips to manage ADHD in children

Does your child have difficulty focusing on an activity or seem impulsive in behavior? When symptoms are severe enough and cause ongoing problems in more than one area of your child’s life, it could be a sign of a neurobehavioral disorder, such as ADHD.

Renee Breland NP By Renee Breland June 1, 2017

Tips for temper tantrums

We’ve all been there. Your toddler is having a meltdown in the middle of the grocery store aisle. What do you do now? Truth be told, there is no perfect way to handle your child’s temper tantrum. These tips may offer some techniques you haven’t tried yet.

Chad Kritzberger MD By Chad Kritzberger March 2, 2017

Practical ways to raise confident kids

A child’s confidence depends on hearing certain messages, and parents are in the best position to send them. Confident children know their own goodness, and that they are worthy of being loved and belonging with their friends and family.

Chad Kritzberger MD By Chad Kritzberger January 26, 2017

Mayo Clinic Children’s Center

This year, Mayo Clinic celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Mayo Clinic Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital. However, Mayo Clinic’s history in caring for children, both locally and across the region, began long before the creation of the children’s hospital.

May 16, 2016

Some answers to your questions about bullying

Questions about bullying are pretty universal, but what about answers? Well, they are a little more complex.

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham April 26, 2016

Expand their food horizons: Get your kids in the kitchen

Learn how getting kids in the kitchen can also get them to try new things.

April 11, 2016

Helping children feel safe

In the aftermath of gun violence in schools in the last decade, many parents are asking “How do I help my child feel safe?” or “How do I reassure myself that my child is safe?”

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham February 12, 2016

Help! I think my teenager is cutting

What are the signs and symptoms that someone you love might be "cutting"? And what can you do?

January 8, 2016

Kids in the kitchen: Early involvement yields oodles of fun

If your kids are interested in cooking, even from a very early age, involve them in the kitchen. The holiday season is a great time to start involving your little sous chef.

Amanda Leisenheimer RDLD By Amanda Leisenheimer November 23, 2015

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — Not just a naughty child

With school conferences, I find that soon after, families come to a first counseling appointment with their child concerned with an important question: “Does my child have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or is my child just naughty?”

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham October 19, 2015

Infants have mental health needs, too

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." —Frederick Douglas

July 24, 2015

Helping La Crosse nonprofit connect kids to healthy food and nature

Mayo Clinic Health System — Franciscan Healthcare devotes significant resources to promoting healthy eating and lifestyles, with a particular focus on gardening. That's why we are choosing to get involved with GROW La Crosse.

April 23, 2015