11 Biggest Kids' Health Stories of 2013: What We Learned

2013 was a big year for parenting, and we learned a lot about our kids

Our kids gave us plenty to talk about in 2013. We tried to keep them from Snapchat sexting and learned some scary new things about super lice (yikes!), early puberty and ADD rates. Check out all 11 of the biggest parenting stories of the year. 

The Reason Girls Are Developing Breasts Earlier
American children are hitting puberty earlier than they used to, and that's largely because of childhood obesity. Overweight and obese girls can start developing breasts as young as 8. It's a complicated issue: Should we treat it, or let it be?

Could Spanking Lead to Obesity?
Parents who use harsh physical punishment could be contributing to obesity rates. Children who were spanked often report poorer physical health later in life, including higher incidence of obesity and heart disease. Scary!

Snapchat, Boob Tweets, Polar Baring, Condom Snorting, Smack Cam and Other Dangerous Teen Fads You Should Know About
Teenagers are always coming up with crazy (and dangerous) new trends, and 2013 was no exception. From smack cam to condom snorting, here's everything you need to talk to your teens about.

This Is Shocking: 1 in 10 U.S. Kids Has ADHD, According to the CDC
It might seem like a shocking statistic, but it's true: 1 in 10 kids have ADHD. That's about 11 percent of all kids in the U.S., and not all of them are getting proper treatment. Here's what we can do.

Is Your Kid's Booster Seat Safe? Check the New Ratings to Find Out
How safe is your child's booster seat? Check this year's ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to find out -- you might be surprised.

This Is Terrifying: The Flu Can Kill Even Healthy Children
The flu is so scary because it's unpredictable -- even healthy children can die in as little as three days after symptoms appear. It's important to remember that flu can be fatal, which is why everyone should get vaccinated.

When It Comes to Kids, First Will Always the Best. Here's Why
Do first-borns really get the best parenting? Apparently, this is totally true, according to a new study in The Atlantic. First-borns have higher IQs and do better in school than their younger siblings. Crazy!

Nobody Panic, but Super Lice Exist
Um, not good. Some lice have developed so much resistance against our usual methods that they can only be killed by powerful pesticides. Dermatologists say they see about 10 cases of super lice per month, so we have reason to worry!

The Deadly Car Safety Mistake Too Many Parents Are Making
This is terryfing: Some parents still aren't buckling up their kids. Overall, 1 in 4 parents admitted they've driven without making sure their kids are properly restrained, which is all too often a deadly mistake.

Measles Outbreak? Why This Should Never Happen Again
Kids are still getting measles? Seriously? It might seem impossible, but the outbreak in Texas earlier this year was largely the result of not enough children being vaccinated against the potentially fatal disease.

A Disturbing Number of Violent Young Boys Carry Guns
Nearly 1 in 4 boys involved in assaults report that they often carry a gun, an especially sobering statistics in light of recent mass shootings. This is an epidemic that needs to be addressed.
 

Carina Belles is a contributing writer at iVillage. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Google+.

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