With 1 in 68 children being diagnosed with autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's most recent study, and with some estimating that those rates are higher in Orange County, there's a significant need for resources that will help parents ensure that their children are as successful as possible when they head to high school or college or enter the workplace. (Thinkstock)

Social tips for kids on the spectrum

BY KELLY MCKINNON-BERMINGHAM
Always place your baby on her back to sleep. Babies on their backs are less likely to choke if they spit up. Studies also show that placing babies on their backs reduces SIDS and suffocation risk, as it allows infants to better regulate their breathing. (Thinkstock)

Keep your infant safe while sleeping

Updated guidelines for putting baby to bed
BY DR. ERIN FRANK
Sucking is a natural reflex for babies, and during a child's first few years, it probably won't cause significant issues. However, frequent and prolonged pacifier use can cause problems, especially if it continues after baby teeth start to fall out. (Thinkstock)

Keep tooth decay at bay

BY RICHARD SPAULDING
It's always a good idea to learn about a dentist prior to your visit. Online research can tell you if the dentist is a member of national, state or local professional organizations, how the staff schedules appointments, and how off-hour emergencies are handled. (Thinkstock)

Which comes first, the dentist or the tooth fairy?

Tips for the dentist visit
BY DR. RICHARD P. MUNGO
a healthy hike is a safe hike, and many safety precautions should begin before you set foot outdoors. (Thinkstock)

Go Exploring!

BY DR. PHILLIP CECCHINI

Swim you way to a healthy pregancy

BY PAMELA PIMENTEL
A Stanford University study has shown that music engages parts of the brain that are linked to paying attention, making predictions and memory. Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who are not engaged in music. (Shutterstock.com)

Making music in unexpected places

BY KRISTINA LEE
Tips for keeping the golden hour sacred include keeping the mother-baby unit attached while the placenta remains unbirthed. This requires baby to stay in constant skin-to-skin contact with Mom. Babies are born with the innate instinct to find the breast on their own, like kittens are. They have a natural suck reflex, and the nipple secretes a scent that mimics amniotic fluid, which also creates a drive to find their food source. (Shutterstock.com)

Protect the golden hour after birth

BY LINDSEY MEEHLEIS

Advice for swimming safely

BY DR. PHILLIP CECCHINI

Sweet dreams: How to create a baby sleep plan

BY MICHELLE S. DONAGHY
According to the Mayo Clinic, an ear infection is most often a bacterial or viral infection that affects the middle ear – the air-filled space behind the eardrum that contains the tiny vibrating bones of the ear. (Thinkstock)

Skip to the beat of a different (ear) drum

BY DR. MILES MASATSUGU
According to a recent study from the University of Southern California, children with asthma who were exposed to higher concentrations of particles were more likely to develop bronchitis. (Shutterstock.com)

Keeping asthma in check

BY. DR. HIMMET DAJEE
In recent years, extensive research has swayed many parents to breast-feed their children. Studies show that there is nothing better to feed babies exclusively during their first six months of development. (Thinkstock)

Mother's milk

Advice to simplify breast-feeding
BY FRAN BUCHE
According to the Center for Disease Control and prevention, 17 Percent of children ages 2-17 have not visited a dentist in the past year. (Thinkstock)

Tips for healthy teeth during pregnancy

BY DR. JILA NIKKHAH
 Of all high school sports, football presents the highest risk of concussion for boys, who have a 75 percent chance of getting one during their high school careers, according to the Sports Concussion Institute.  (Thinkstock)

Concussions: Go on the offensive

BY DR. FARZAD MASSOUDI
Observe Girl Day on Feb. 25 during National Engineers Week by introducing young ladies to female role models in engineering. Create opportunities to inspire girls to engage in science by getting a group together to build engineering projects, visiting a college engineering class or a local company involved in any engineering field, or creating an event and promoting it through social media using #GirlDay2016 and #BringItOut. (Thinkstock)

Five ways to get kids excited about engineering

BY JANET YAMAGUCHI
Birthing classes are typically offered through hospitals, but may just include the policies and routine procedures of the hospital where they are taught, so look at the curriculum first. (Thinkstock)

Advice for a successful labor and delivery

BY LINDSEY MEEHLEIS
A healthy spine for your child means a healthy immune system, increased brain function and attentiveness, better coordination of muscles for activities and a healthier life that will carry into adulthood. Here's a checklist for ensuring your child's spine stays healthy. (Thinkstock)

Advice for improved spinal health

BY DR. NONA DJAVID
Chances are you have heard the advice to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Although this rule may be helpful to remember, experts state that your water intake depends on many factors, including your health, how active you are and the climate in which you live. (Thinkstock)

The health benefits of drinking water

BY DR. MILES MASATSUGU
It is important to care for your body. If your body is healthy, you have a better chance of getting pregnant and having a healthy baby.

Are you thinking about having a baby?

Here are some tips to plan a healthy pregnancy.
BY PAMELA PIMENTEL
It may not come easily to some, but writing or drawing can help show personal feelings your child is unable to verbally express. Journaling or sketching can help relieve stress anywhere at any time

Simple ways for your child to relieve stress

BY DR. DONALD SHARPS
girl with lungs in hand

What to ask a pediatrician during well-child exams

BY DR. ERIC HUANG
Identify and empower their positive traits and characteristics. The process will help enhance your relationship with your children.

How to make the most of love and logic in parenting

BY JOSE CHOLULA
 Self-acceptance is another factor that encourages positive self-esteem. In other words, own who you are.

20 tips for promoting self-esteem

BY JOSE CHOLULA
Teach them to use tissues. This helps prevent the spread of infection through the air when children sneeze or blow their noses. Kids can also use tissues to cover their mouths when coughing. Show them how to cough into the upper sleeve of their shirts if a tissue isn't available.

Keep your kids cold-free this school year

BY DR. ERIC HUANG
A student at Irvine High School in Irvine, looks for books on the shelves on colleges and careers in the Life Center, at Irvine High School in Irivne.  Irvine Unified ranks among the best districts countywide for college prep.

Ease post-college transition for your child and yourself

BY CHRISTYN NELSON BARRY
Nevaeh Jones, 4, of Long Beach, brushes the teeth of a demo puppet at the West Coast University dental hygiene booth during the second annual Long Beach Health & Wellness Community Fair at St. John Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday.

Five tips for fluoride safety

BY DR. KONITA WILKS

10 lifestyle tips for saving more water

BY EVAN MARKS

The ABCs of healthful eating

BY MILES MASATSUGU