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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.

Classes & Events

Baby Café

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
10/24/2018
9-11 a.m.

Baby Café

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
10/25/2018
12:30-2:30 p.m.

In The News

Adults: Participate in youth resiliency program

The “Road to Resilience: Raising Healthy Kids” virtual program starts Sept. 17, and helps build social and coping skills.

September 4, 2018
New children’s center to open July 2 in Mankato

Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine services moving to new location.

June 29, 2018
Reach Out and Read Literacy Program introduced in Mankato

Getting books from health care providers will soon be a routine part of regular pediatric checkups.

December 5, 2017

From The Blog

How teen marijuana use impacts brain development

Key findings in a national survey on drug use reported daily use of marijuana as early as eighth grade. This is cause for concern as the brain continues to develop until age 25.

Pravesh Sharma, M.D. By Pravesh Sharma September 26, 2018

Breaking the adverse childhood experiences cycle

The early years in a child’s life have a significant effect on his or her future learning, behavior and well-being. Adverse childhood experiences, known as ACEs, create toxic levels of stress that can harm brain development.

June 1, 2018

Autism-vaccine link debunked

Vaccinations are an important way to keep your child safe and healthy. Some parents have opted out of having their children vaccinated because of a fear that immunizations lead to autism. A 2015 study dispels the myth.

 

Jennifer LeGare NP By Jennifer LeGare December 13, 2017

Social media risks: Tips to keep your children safe

Social media is a fun and easy way for kids to connect with friends. Because kids younger than the legal age of 13 are starting to join in, it’s important to teach them that even though social media is fun to use, there also are risks.

Karen Wagner MS LPC By Karen Wagner October 23, 2017

Cyberbullying: What can you do?

Texting and social media can be a great way for kids to connect. However, they also can be avenues for bullying.

October 11, 2017

Back-to-school tips to help your child make the grade

A new school year is a great time to revisit goals and re-establish good habits — for kids and their parents.

October 9, 2017

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.

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