Melaina Juntti

Melaina Juntti is a freelance journalist and editor whose work has appeared in a wide range of consumer-facing and industry print and digital publications including Fatherly, Men's Journal, and MSN. She covers a breadth of topics but specializes in health, wellness, nutrition, dietary supplements, food business, and agriculture. Melaina is an avid outdoorswoman and live music fanatic who lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and yellow lab, JoJo.


Why Do Babies Hiccup So Much? For Brain Development. Seriously. 

Baby hiccups might seem like a strange quirk or muscle development, but they're so very much more than that.


Does Your Toddler’s Tantrums Point to a Bigger Problem? Here’s How to Know.

A new study offers clues as to how to tell the difference between everyday tantrums and ones that are signs of bigger issues.

Using Your Words

Want To Raise A High-Achieving Kid? Talk To Your Toddler Like This

The way you talk to toddlers can determine how well they do in school.


Do Kids Need Iron Supplements?

It's tempting to give your broccoli-hating kids an iron supplement. First, try this.


Some Men Check Out Women Constantly. Are They More Likely To Cheat?

Checking out gorgeous people isn't cheating. But it also isn't far removed from it.


The Truth About Fiber Supplements for Kids

Is it okay to give kids fiber supplements? It's complicated.


15 Truly Unbelievable Ways Science Changed the World in 2021

From the fastest vaccine rollout ever to finding 2.5 billion T. rexes, 2021 was full of amazing scientific breakthroughs.


My Dog Ate Weed. Now What?

Animal Poison Control Center fielded a whopping 765 percent more calls about dogs eating weed in 2019 than it had the year prior.


What Happens If a Kid Eats Edibles?

If you have edibles in your house, there's a chance your kid could eat them. Here's what happens if they do.


Does Elderberry Syrup Really Work as an Immune Booster?

You feel a cold coming and, naturally, you reach for the elderberry syrup. But does that make any scientific sense? Here's what the studies say.


The Truth About Acupuncture During Birth

More women are getting acupuncture and acupressure during birth. But is it safe?


The Air in Your Home Is Making Your Family Sick. Here’s What to Do About It.

You might want to blame daycare, or your colleagues, or kids who don't wash hands for getting your family sick, but there's a far more likely culprit.


Your Pediatrician’s Dirty Secret. They’re Giving the Kids Adult Medicine

Off-label prescriptions are perfectly legal and, a new study finds, increasingly common. Here's what parents need to know.


How Much Advil Is Too Much?

Anti-inflammatory painkillers like Aleve and Advil are one of the most commonly abused over-the-counter drugs. So? They can do more damage than you might think.


How Road Rage Affects Kids

Even if you don't run that other guy off the road, losing your cool in front of your kids can cause long-term problems.


Why Your Baby Will Never Ace the Apgar, Their First Test

And it doesn’t really matter.


Are Fidget Rings and Pop Its Modern Day Snake Oil, or Stress-Relieving Tools?

To fidget or not to fidget? It's not really a question.


Mosquito Repellants Keep the Bugs At Bay. It’s Time To Kill Them Dead.

Even DEET has its limitations. Instead, take the war to their breeding grounds — and stop them before they ever have a chance to bite.


How to Avoid Dangerous Bath Habits

Lower the risk of bath time accidents.


Do Baby Probiotics Really Improve Your Infant’s Health?

Baby probiotics are everywhere and surrounded by lofty promises. But do they actually work?