Baby's First Steps
A child's first steps can make parents' hearts swell with pride. Fourteen-month-old Ever is on the verge of walking.
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears demonstrates how to coax the big moment!
As toddlers develop balance, their walk will progress from a wobbly, stiff-legged gait to a bent-knee, heel-to-toe gait.
Walking Tips for Toddlers:
• Fit your child with the right shoes.
Choose a sole that is flat and flexible, with a wide base of support.
• Encourage scaling.
Scaling allows children to hold on to objects, such as couches and chairs, to maintain their balance.
• Blow bubbles!
Blowing bubbles in front of your child, just out of reach, will encourage your child to walk forward in an effort to reach the bubbles.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Sears' biggest walking no-no.
Treating Teen Acne
With hormones in flux and almost daily body changes, puberty can be an awkward time.
Many teens struggle with acne, which is formed by blocked sebaceous glands. Thirteen-year-old Diamante is no exception.
"Seventeen million people of all ages suffer from acne in the U.S.," dermatologist Dr. Tess Mauricio assures Diamante. "Hormones definitely play a huge role, which is why it's worse around puberty."
Dr. Mauricio says the two ingredients to look for in over-the-counter acne treatments are salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid is ideal for unclogging pores and treating blackheads and whiteheads, and benzoyl peroxide kills the bacteria in the pores that cause inflammation and acne.
If over-the-counter products fail to quell pimple flare-ups, see a dermatologist. He or she can prescribe more aggressive treatments such as antibiotics, retinoids, lasers and birth control pills.
Check out Dr. Mauricio's ultimate guide to treating acne!
Nutrition Tips for Seniors
Proper eating habits play a vital role in keeping your body healthy and strong. Check out ER physician Dr. Travis Stork's nutrition tips for people 50 and older.
Face Lift Options
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon reveals four ways to obtain a more youthful appearance.
Using ModiFace face visualization software, the surgeon is able to show Nancy, 56, what she would look like after undergoing different procedures.
1. Liquid Facelift
Injectable fillers such as hyaluronic acid, lactic acid calcium, and hydroxylapatite can help restore lost volume to the face.
2. Jaw Line Rejuvenation
The neck is liposuctioned to sculpt the jaw line, and then fat harvested from the patient is deposited into the mid-face and cheekbones to add volume.
3. Mini-Face Lift
Dr. Ordon calls this procedure the "O Lift." Facial tissue is lifted via small incisions hidden by the ear and hairline.
4. Traditional Face Lift
The most invasive of the four procedures, this method requires more incisions, but delivers the longest lasting result.
Health Hearsay: Age and Vision
Does vision always decrease with age? Editor-in-chief of Prevention magazine, Liz Vaccariello, says unfortunately, it does.
However, there are ways to stave off age-related macular degeneration, which affects nearly one-third of the population.