Lisa Applegate

One of the unintended consequences of the new toy safety regulations is that small toy manufacturers have had to pull out of the U.S. market. Some say the regulations are too one-size-fits-all. Others say less choice is the price we must pay for safety. Chicago Parent took a look at the debate. more

Nov 30, 2011 1:06 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Music can help many kids with special needs better process the world around them. more

Jul 20, 2011 4:01 PM Special Needs

The debate over daycare continues, but a new long-term study finds it can give kids an academic boost as they hit their teenage years. more

Jun 22, 2010 10:34 AM General Parenting

We’ve been hearing more about the risk of postpartum depression in mothers. But there’s another population that’s been left out: fathers. more

Jun 22, 2010 10:32 AM General Parenting

You always knew it, but now there's proof: Mom's voice is soothing to kids. more

Jun 22, 2010 10:31 AM General Parenting

A McHenry County teen recently died after huffing propane fumes, just a few months before his high school graduation. Could your child be next? more

May 25, 2010 10:26 PM General Parenting

Ambidextrous kids may be in high demand on the baseball field, but their unique skill may put them at a higher risk for language and behavioral problems. more

Apr 27, 2010 1:48 PM General Parenting

What you need to know about a new drug-resistant superbug that may be harder to treat than MRSA. more

Apr 27, 2010 1:46 PM General Parenting

Though children with low to moderate asthma are typically treated with the same medication, few children have the same responses to it. more

Apr 27, 2010 1:33 PM General Parenting

Both parents and physicians are confused by the term concussion, a new study finds. And kids may suffer as a result. more

Feb 24, 2010 3:23 PM General Parenting

First, the good news: Vaccines prevent certain strains of illnesses. The bad news? Other strains not covered by the shots can now take center stage. more

Feb 24, 2010 3:08 PM General Parenting

A new study backs up claims that circumcision has health benefits years down the road. more

Feb 24, 2010 3:01 PM General Parenting

Early intervention is crucial in helping toddlers with special needs lead lives as normal as possible. But the state's money woes are causing delays in payments and, some worry, may drive some therapists out of the field. more

Feb 11, 2010 12:52 PM Special Needs

New research about when to introduce your baby to solid foods is turning conventional wisdom on its head. more

Jan 25, 2010 11:06 PM General Parenting

From Dora to Barbie, from Playmobil to Pokemon, billions are spent every years marketing collectibles to kids. Here's how to manage the collecting habit -- and keep your closets in check. more

Jan 4, 2010 2:09 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Here's the simplest piece of health advice out there: Washing hands regularly really does prevent people from getting sick. more

Nov 19, 2009 12:03 PM General Parenting

Three decades of government-analyzed data is providing a new tool in the campaign to keep our kids drug-free. more

Nov 9, 2009 11:24 AM General Parenting

A study found that women who gave birth at home were less likely to need interventions like electronic fetal monitoring. But the AMA and other doctors' groups remain opposed to the procedure. What gives? more

Nov 6, 2009 4:08 PM General Parenting

A new report about the risks versus benefits of taking antidepressants during pregnancy confirms what many women already know: the choice is rarely clear, or easy. more

Sep 28, 2009 1:56 PM Chicago Parent Archives

No to Brie? Yes to bras? We'll tell you what's true -- and what's trash. more

Sep 22, 2009 1:38 PM Chicago Parent Archives