Overview

Overview

Raising children and learning what they need to thrive changes as they age. Cleveland Clinic Children's is here to guide you through the journey. From birth to adulthood, we give you advice on everything from easing your child's fears about the dentist to talking to your teenager about drugs. Ages & Stages has easy-to-read information giving you what you need to meet your family's healthcare needs.

Each age group features articles on:

  • Behavior
  • Development
  • Nutrition
  • Sports & Fitness (starting with Toddler)
  • Well-child Care
Baby Toddler

Toddler

The toddler years are full of "firsts." Learn what to expect at your toddler's first dental visit, how to help your child combat his or her fears, and how to handle a temper tantrum. See our tips on establishing life-long healthy eating habits during your child's first three years.

Behavior

Development

Nutrition

Well-Child Care

Preschool

Preschool

Preschoolers are ready to branch out and explore their world. Learn how to instill healthy nutritional habits while encouraging your child to try new activities and new foods. These also are the years to teach your child good dental habits and schedule an eye exam.

Development

Nutrition

Well-Child Care

Childhood

Childhood

Between the ages of 5 and 12, children tend to be very active, both on and off the playground. Learn how to instill healthy eating and snacking habits in your child, and how to teach them about safety on the sports field.

Nutrition

Sports & Fitness

Well-Child Care

Adolescence

Adolescence

During adolescence, teens often struggle with their body changes, mood swings and social issues. Preventative healthcare habits during ages 12 to 18, such as skin care, hygiene and healthy body size, can last a lifetime. Learn how to navigate the adolescent years, including how to foster healthy conversations with your adolescent about peer pressure, body self-image, rape and alcohol/drug abuse.

Behavior

Social Issues

Well-teen Care